Mark MarsdenAlumnus Principal Artist
Pas De Deux Specialist and Company Massage Therapist
Born in Providence, RI, Mark began taking classes under
the direction of his mother, Herci Marsden, as soon as he
was able to walk! After receiving extensive training at the
Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet, Mark joined The State
in 1984 as an apprentice, learning as much of the
company’s corps de ballet repertoire as possible.
In 1985, Mark was promoted to Company member, partnering many female dancers, and
was then shortly promoted to a Soloist dancer. As Mark’s hard work in the
company increased, he was seen dancing many pas de deux and solo male
variations. By 1992, Mark was promoted to Principal dancer and given the
opportunity to dance the role of “Frantz” in Coppélia
for the first time. In the
spring of 1996, Mark was specially chosen to dance a lead role in “Two’s
Company” for guest choreographer, Toni Pimble of The Eugene Ballet Company,
Oregon. Audiences have enjoyed Mark’s performances in many leading roles such
as “Prince Desiree” (The Sleeping Beauty), “Head Cadet” (Graduation Ball),
“Albrecht” (Giselle), and “leading cowboy” in “Ballet West”, just to name a few.
Mark has amazingly partnered every leading lady in SBRI’s history.
this, Mark was recognized for all of his contributions to The State Ballet of RI with
one of the first “Partner With The Arts
” Awards ever given in May of 2004. This
year will be Mark’s eighteenth season dancing the lead role “Frantz” (Coppelia).
Mark continues to coach up-and-coming male dancers. As a resident choreographer
for SBRI, Mark’s ballet “Boys Will Be Boys
,” debuted in 2005. Then, in the spring
of 2009, he was part of a choreographers’ collaboration for the contemporary ballet
,” funded in part by RISCA.
Mark has practiced Massage Therapy for 13 years, is on staff at The Brae Crest School, and is a Vice President
for the SBRI Board of Directors. Building upon his Bachelor of Science and
NCTMB certification, at present, Mark is pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy.
Mark is married to alumna principal dancer, Barbara ann (DeVivo) Marsden. They
reside in Lincoln with their daughter, Ashley.