ROTHESAY BALLET SCHOOL

Sylvia Logan   Artistic Director

Marcia Dysart

Photo of Marcia Dysart Marcia has 20 years in dance performance, choreography and instruction in the dance disciplines of contemporary, jazz, creative movement, improvisation and contact improvisation. She studied modern dance at McMaster University's Centre for Dance Performance from 1998-2001 and most recently at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in NYC, where she studied the dance technique of Lester Horten under Ana Marie Forsythe. While in Ontario, she danced with the Hamilton Dance Company and Parahumans Dance Theatre. Performances include: Guelph and Dundas Contemporary Dance Festivals, Hamilton Art Gallery shows as well as 8:08 Series, and Chimera Project, Toronto. She has traveled to Oklahoma and Detroit for the American College Dance festivals to perform and study the dance disciplines of contemporary, jazz, and African dance.

In 2010, Marcia co-founded Connection Dance Works Inc., a professional contemporary dance company in Saint John, NB and continues to act as co-director for the company (www.connectiondanceworks.com). Marcia coordinates the Artist in Residency School Program with support from the Province of New Brunswick and regularly teaches an improvisation series for the company. Recently, she has danced in works by: Darryl Tracy, Meagan O'Shea, Sarah Johnson Power and Stefanie Mayhew. Marcia's most recent choreographic projects include: Petticoat Captain, in collaboration with videographer John Marshall which was supported by artsnb, Under Sail, performed at the NB Museum and supported by the Saint John Community Arts Funding Program, Hot Thoughts Disrupted, a duet that debuted at PERSPECTIVE in 2011 and Spill Herself Away, a collaboration with musician Joel Leblanc. Marcia is currently working on a new creation that will premier in 2016 with support from artsnb, that will include an original score by cellist Katie Bestvater.

Currently, Marcia teaches contemporary dance at Rothesay Ballet School and acts as resident choreographer for their Contempora Company. She also choreographs for the Interaction School for the Performing Arts. Her most recent piece for the school was a text and movement piece based on the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly.