Annie Rosenthal Parr – Director
Proprietress of RoCo Dance and Fitness, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mother of two. She is a native of Mill Valley, California and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was a member of Della Davidson Dance and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and founded RoCo Dance and Fitness in 1993. Annie also trains and gives guidance to new instructors by assembling a comprehensive structure for dance and fitness classes of all levels and genres.
Outside of Annie’s career at RoCo, she presents work as an independent choreographer and performer. She dances in her own work and recently in that of other artists, including David Dorfman, Jo Kreiter and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. Her choreography is selected for many Northern California dance festivals and University commissions. Annie has received support from Theater Bay Area CASH Grant, Zellerbach Family Fund and the Marin Arts Council to fund her work in the Bay Area.
Annie has been teaching dance and fitness classes since 1991 at RoCo and as a guest teacher in universities and abroad. She has been a guest lecturer of dance at University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma State and San Francisco State. Annie’s approach to teaching is accessible to all type of dancers. Her technical and expressive aesthetic is a unique movement vocabulary that continues to evolve through her constant enthusiasm for dance and performance. Annie’s class encourages and teaches multi-dimensional movement that emphasizes efficiency of movement, the use of explosive power, sensitivity, texture, phrasing and clarity. The material presented is a progression of physical challenges that inform and builds onto it. The phrases are musically inspired and paced to safely warm up the body and maximize strength and placement.
You can reach Annie at: firstname.lastname@example.org