Ginny Siano-Eck is the founding Artistic Director of Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts and owner of Foothills Dance Conservatory in Seneca.
She began her early classical training with Larry Long and Delores Lipinski at the Ruth Page Foundation and with Bell Bender and Ellis-DuBoulay dance schools in Chicago. Ginny holds a B.A. in Dance and Secondary Education from Barat College. While at Barat she trained with Kenneth Melville, Carol Walker, Bobbie Neiman, Marcus Alford, Eileen Cropley and performed with the Barat Repertory Dance Company. While pursing graduate studies at Northwestern University Ginny worked with Peter Sparling, Sue Lee and Juanita Lopez. She trained in modern dance with Randy Duncan, Joseph Holmes, Harriet Ross, and studied jazz under Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano and Lea Darwin.
Ginny Siano-Eck taught modern dance for seventeen years in the Performing Arts Departments at Highland Park High School and for three years at Stevenson High School. Ginny has danced with the Tony Wilson Dance Company and Chicago Ballet Ensemble. In 1987 she founded Lake Shore Dancers and remained artistic director until 1996 when she relocated to the upstate. Ginny's former students have had professional careers with American Ballet Theatre, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Charleston Ballet, Maryland Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble and most recently Charlotte Ballet. Ginny was artist in residence for the School District of Oconee County from 1997-2005 and was on the approved artist roster with the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Ryan Martin, former Principle dancer with Milwaukee Ballet was the first American male dancer ever to be accepted into the Kirov School, now known as the Vagoanova Ballet Academy in Russia. He graduated from prestigious ballet schools with diplomas in both Cecchetti and Vaganova training styles. He has danced with companies in Russia, Germany, and the United States, working closely with celebrated artist and choreographers. He has performed principle and solo roles in the classical repertoire as well as working with important choreographers of the 20th century. Mr. Martin most recently served on the faculty of Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.
Lloyd Whitmore, a native of Philadelphia, began his career in dance at the age of 20. Since then he has spent years in dance as a performer, teacher and choreographer for several professional schools and dance companies throughout the U.S. Trained in the Lester Horton and Martha Graham techniques, Mr. Whitmore has performed all over the world with compaines such as Philadanco, DC Contemporary Dance Theater and the New Orleans Opera.
From 1991-1993 Mr. Whitmore served as Artistic Director of his own Modern Dance Company, The New World Dance Company, based in Washington D.C. Mr. Whitmore was the first male recipient of a scholarship to The Craft of Choreography Conference from the Northeast Regional Ballet Association in 1983. He also was a scholarship student at the University of the Arts (Formerly Philidelphia College of the Arts).
He has received fellowships and grants from The D.C. Commission for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the faculties of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Atlanta Ballet, S. C. Governors School for the Arts, Harrison School for the Arts and The Rochelle School of the Arts. He presently freelances as a Modern Dance Instructor and Choreographer.
Allie Larson started dancing at 3 years and hasn't stopped since. Graduating from James Madison University with a BA in Theater and Dance, she joined West Virginia Dance Company/Theater West Virginia in 2008. After finishing her contract, Allie came back to South Carolina to help start a poultry operation and teach modern and jazz to the students of the Foothills Dance Conservatory. Allie sat as President of the FCPA from 2011 to 2014 and has aided in its indeavors to foster, create and produce positive and engaging educational children's programming for the community at large.
Vaughn Newman was born in Philadelphia, PA where he began dancing at William Penn Arts Charter. Later, Freedom Theater and PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company) became his formal introduction to the dance world. But it wasn't until he moved to Miami, FL that he realized his passion was dance.
During his training at New World School of the Arts he performed works by Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham, Jennifer Muller and works of Sean Curran. He has also performed various seasons with MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY of Miami, FL and Premiered "Dreaming Amazonia" with Brazz Dance Theater, an Afro-Brazillian based company. Along with community organizations and various grant programs he has taught dance throughout South Florida for inner-city community centers and public schools, encouraging youths through the arts and dance.
Foothills Dance Conservatory has been his dance home since moving to the Upstate. Vaughn teaches & choreographs for the intermediate and advanced students of FDC. In 2016 FDC students performed Vaughn's choreography at Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta and recieved excellent scores.
His personal artistry fuses his life's experiences, human encounters, spoken word and dance with local artists and venues as a platform for higher consciousness in the Arts.
Ms.Todinova is a professional ballet dancer from Russia and performed with the prestigious Moscow Ballet since 2001 before relocating to teach at Foothills Dance Conservatory. Her
profile on the official website for the Moscow Ballet's "The Nutcracker" states the following:
"Svetlana Todinova, Moscow Ballet's dynamic Audition Director and soloist for over a decade, dances as soloist with Moscow Ballet in all the company's repertory. Born in Yadrun, Russia just outside of Moscow, Todinova completed formal training under ballet legendary Yuri Gigorovich at the Ufimsky school of Choreography in Ufa, now named Rudolf Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy in honor of the legendary dancer who was also a graduate. Upon graduation in 1997, Svetlana was invited to dance with the Ufa Opera and Ballet Theatre in the capital city of the Bashkiria Republic. She was later invited to join the Krasnoyarsk Musical Theater, directed by Yuri Grigorovich who is now famous for his virtuosic productions at the Bolshoi Theater. There she danced all the big works that Grigorovich created including "Legend of Love," "Spartacus" and more. She recounts that at rehearsals for these productions Grigorovich would watch the complete show without comment and then gave corrections to each dancer as needed one by one on stage and from memory. In 1999, Svetlana joined Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts, aka "GITIS," founded in 1878 by theater pioneer and founder of the Stanislavsky acting method, K. directory, and to preserve the heritage of Russian classical ballet. There she specialized in pedagogy and repertory for children.
Known for her high speed jumps, turns and strong accents, Svetlana was known affectionately among her colleagues as "The Baby Swan" for her role in the classic "Swan Lake." Along with Swan Lake, her repertoire included Spartacus, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and more. As Moscow' s former Ballet Audition Director, Svetlana visited dozens of American cities September though November annually, where she auditioned and rehearsed hundreds of aspiring dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker." Foothills Conservatory was honored to have her join the faculty in August of 2015.