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Rita Felciano

Born in Switzerland and educated there and at UC Berkeley, Rita Felciano has been the Dance Critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 1988. She also is Bay Area correspondent for DanceView and Dance Magazine. Her reviews, features and essays have been published by such national and international publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ballet Review, Dance Now and Dance International.

She has served as panelist for local and national arts funding agencies and has hosted a monthly half-hour show, "Dance Bay Area: Keep it Moving" on radio station KUSF. In1994 she co-directed "Crossed Stars", a conference on artistic sources and social conflict in ballets of Romeo and Juliet.

In 1998 she was awarded an Isadora Duncan Award for sustained achievement in dance writing. For the last four years she has been a consultant to Dance Advance in Philadelphia, a program initiative funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Alison Garcia

Alison Garcia grew up in the Bay Area, where she now lives and writes.  She has written about dance and film for DanceView magazine.

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is the former dance critic of the San Francisco Examiner. She has served as a staff arts writer at the Santa Barbara Independent and the Orange County Register, and contributed to the Village Voice, SF Weekly, Dance Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She is currently finishing a memoir about her father's unsolved murder, to be published by Dutton in fall 2004.

Ann Murphy

When she was four, Ann watched a ballet class in a studio somewhere around Carnegie Hall, and between the music and the dance she suddenly found something that has continued to express the almost inexpressible center of things. She has been writing about the art since 1983, when she launched the monthly publication, In Dance, at the SF Bay Area Dance Coalition. She subsequently became the dance critic for the East Bay Express, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Weekly, and has contributed to Dance Magazine, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. She studied with Dorothy Hill and Diana Byer at the Manhattan School of Dance in New York, and for ten years with former Cunningham dancer (and Margaret Craske protégé) Brynar Mehl in San Francisco. For several years she was Lucas Hoving’s manager and contributed an essay to the anthology Jose Limon: the artist Re/Viewed on the pathbreaking nature of the partnership between Hoving and Limon. In 2002 she was asked to start up Dance Magazine’s new publication, Young Dancer, which will preview in September of 03. Both her young sons are musicians.

Paul Parish

Former Rhodes Scholar Paul Parish lives in Berkeley, California, where he has written since 1988 for alternative weeklies, including the gay press. Currently he is dance critic for San Francisco. He was Bay Area correspondent for Ballet Review for a dozen years (and still contributes) and for World Ballet and Dance in London. He also writes for Ballet International/Tanz Aktuell in Berlin, and has written for Dance magazine, Limn magazine, and The New Yorker. He has taught criticism at U.C. (Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses) and at the Silesian Dance Theater Festival in Bytom, Poland. He serves on the jury that selects winners of San Francisco's Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

He loves to dance. He really really does. He was the best rock-and-roll dancer in his high school and now studies ballet with Sally Streets and Susan Weber. He has studied Limon with Joan Lazarus, Cunningham with Ellen Cornfield, West-African with Naomi and Zak Diouf, Gongolese with the late Malonga Casquelourd, contact improv with Robert Funk and Sharon Tomsky, Sevillanas with Raquel Lopez, Lindy hop with Paul and Sharon and Belinda Ricklefs. He performed in Dance Brigade's Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie for ten years, and is very proud to have danced in Remy Charlip's A Moveable Feast in the SF Gay and Lesbian Dance Festival of 2001.

He started writing about dance in letters home in 1969—while he was a grad student at Oxford, a friend took him to a Saturday matinee at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden—the show was La Fille mal Gardee, it was Leslie Collier's debut in a major role, the company was still under Ashton's direction, and the whole thing was a miracle of intelligibility and energy. I was stunned—mind if I drop the 3rd-person fiction? How could anything with no word spoken be so profoundly understandable? I'd find in letters that I'd say I went to the ballet last night and three pages later I'd still be writing about it —especially after I saw Swan Lake (which I saw over and over, with Sibley and Dowell, Mason and Nureyev) and Dancers at Gathering, which fielded an unbelievable cast—Seymour, Mason, Dowell Sibley, Nureyev, David Wall.

When I returned to the U.S. I worked on a PhD in Shakespeare at Berkeley, but gave it up since there were no job openings in academe for the foreseeable future; everybody else was going to law school or such. I started taking ballet classes and took a class on Balanchine from the ballet critic Robert Garis, who sent a paper I wrote for him to Francis Mason, editor of Ballet Review, who accepted it and invited me to write for the magazine. Encouraged by that, I looked up the alternative papers in Berkeley and started wrting for them.

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor)

Alexandra Tomalonis is founder-editor of DanceView (a quarterly review of dance founded in 1979 as Washington DanceView) and Ballet Alert! (a bimonthly newsletter devoted to classical and neoclassical ballet founded in 1996). She has reviewed dance for the Washington Post since 1979 and is currently Washington correspondent for Dance Magazine. Her reviews and features have appeared in Dance Now, Dance International, Ballet Review, Teater Et, The Guardian, Politiken, and other publications.

She received an MALS degree from Georgetown University's Liberal Studies program and has taught dance history and aesthetics at George Washington and George Mason Universities. She is the author of Henning Kronstam; Portrait of a Danish Dancer (University Press of Florida, 2002).


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