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The 2000s

As the new milenium started The State Ballet of Rhode Island continued to premier new ballets for Rhode Island audiences.  Some fo the premiers  included Cherokee, Boys Will Be Boys, and Goddesses of the Vine.  SBRI members Mark Marsden, Mia Nocera Godbout, and Shana Fox collaborated to produce an electrifying world premiere ballet, Gracefully Gershwin, which delighted audiences.

A New Millenium

  • SBRI performs at events such as ‘The Festival of Giving,’ the Town of Lincoln’s ‘Festival
    of Lights,’ and The Lincoln Mall’s Holiday Celebrations.
  • SBRI Alumna Principal Dancer and Executive Director, Ana Marsden Fox, premieres
    her choreographed, eclectic ballet, “Les Pieds.”SBRI is filmed by National Geographic for its TV series, Jellyfish, aired on PBS, 2001.
  • 41st Season of The State Ballet opens with premiere of Ballet Espagnol.
  • SBRI annually participates in the RI Health and Fitness Expo at the RI Convention Center, demonstrating healthy lifestyles and positive community involvement.
  • SBRI performs at the annual Robert Mondavi Festival of the Vine WaterFire events, On the Corner of Art and Vine, at WaterPlace Park.
  • In June 2003, SBRI hosts its first Partner with the Arts, which welcomes business & community leaders to explore opportunities with SBRI.
  • SBRI performs at Trinity Repertory Company’s Holiday Open House in December of 2003, and Ballet West & Les Bras premierse in May of 2004, created by Ana Marsden Fox.
  • RI premieres of Cherokee, Boys Will Be Boys, and Goddesses of the Vine in May, 2005.  
  • Summertime, a solo variation danced to music from the opera, Porgy and Bess, is premiered by resident choreographer and SBRI alumna, Shana Fox. The piece marked the choreographer’s official launch as a SBRI resident choreographer.
  • SBRI hosts its 5th annualPWTA event on the outdoor stage at SBRI’s grounds, and performs with Mike Lyons and The Blue Moon Orchestra.
  • Coppélia is honored with a Motif Magazine Theatre Award – ‘Recognized for Excellence in the 2008 Motif Theatre Awards readers poll & voted – Best Dance Production.’
  • In May 2008, Gansel and Hetal is premiered by Ana Marsden Fox, and a revival of Claire de Lune is created by Mia Nocera Godbout.
  • The 2008-2009 season began with a revival of SBRI’s Project e Pea), Ballet Coffee Hour From Studio to Stage, a four-series, family-friendly event of how a ballet is created including music, lecture and a visual performance.
  • Mark Marsden, Mia Nocera Godbout, and Shana Fox collaborate to produce an electrifying world premiere ballet, Gracefully Gershwin, funded partially by a RISCA grant.
  • Coppélia is named ‘The Professional Semi-Pro Best Dance Production’ during the 2009 Motif Theatre Awards readers’ poll.

Ballet West

Gracefully Gershwin – 2009

Gansel and Hetal – 2005

Cherokee – 2005

Coppelia – 2004

Ballet Americana

Boys Will Be Boys – 2005