Over the years, those who have enjoyed performances of The State Ballet have had the additional pleasure of watching the remarkable career of Ana. Born in Split, Croatia, while her parents, Herci and Myles Marsden were leading members of the Croatian National Theatre, she came with them to the United States when only six months old. Taught by her parents, Ana’s ballet training began at age two. She became a trainee at The State Ballet when she was eleven, and when she was thirteen, she became a member of the company. Her passion and persistent dedication resulted in her rapid promotion to soloist and then principal dancer at the young age of sixteen, in 1974. Later, she was privileged to be accepted at The Royal Ballet School in London, England, official school of The Royal Ballet. When she returned to Lincoln, she continued performing as a principal dancer with SBRI.
Ana has danced major roles in numerous productions of State Ballet, such as in Graduation Ball, as Dewdrop of Nutcracker Suite, Blue Bird Pas de Deux of Sleeping Beauty, and as Queen Myrtha in Giselle, to name a few. She has danced the leading female roles in both Giselle and Coppelia. To quote newspaper critics from the Narragansett Times: “...a perfectly lovely dancer to watch...”
In 1970, Ana toured Croatia with the State Ballet. Under the direction of her godfather, the late Sir Anton Dolin, Ana (then a teenager), was honored to be chosen by Dolin to dance the role of Grahn in Pas de Quatre (performed for the first time in Rhode Island in 1978). Also, Ana was chosen to be on the cover of the compact disc Phantomgreen (based on The Princess and the Pea), which was premiered by The State Ballet with Ana dancing the lead. She has appeared as a principal dancer in Faust, Aida, Carmen, La Traviata, The Merry Widow, and Oklahoma with the Providence Opera Theatre. With the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, she danced in Carmina Burana. She has performed with the Atlanta Ballet and was a guest artist with the New England Ballet.
Ana has also choreographed several pieces for SBRI. Ballet Ireland, a dancer and audience favorite, has been performed at many events and venues throughout Rhode Island including the stage at Water Place Park during a Providence WaterFire event as well as at the Roger Williams Park Temple of Music. She also created the eclectic and illusionary, Les Pieds in 2001, and its sequel, Les Bras, in 2004.
In December of 2003, Ana received a Merit Grant from the RI State Council on the Arts for a Fellowship Grant in Choreography, a highly competitive award, based solely on the quality of the work of an artist and the artist’s contribution to life in the state. With her grant, Ana premiered her creation, Ballet West in May of 2004. This original one-act ballet with traditional and ethnic folk dance takes you on a journey through the early 1900’s, a short story about the Wild West at the turn of the century.
In June 2006, at The State Ballet‘s Partner with the Arts Wine Tasting Soirée, Ana premiered her ballet Goddesses of the Vine. The following year, Ana premiered Autumn Leaves with Mike Lyons and the Blue Moon Orchestra. During spring 2007, Ana was able to bring back one of her most humorous pieces Ballet of the Clowns. With a grant from RISCA in 2008, she created an original one-act story ballet Gansel & Hetal, A Sweet Family Fairy Tale, based on the story of Hansel & Gretal. Upon the return from her 2010 trip to her birth country Croatia, where she studied folkloric dance and Croatian traditional patterns, Ana was inspired to create her theatrical and colorful ballet, Petra and the Vuk. This 2011 story ballet based on the story of Peter and the Wolf, with a strong Slavic influence, delighted audiences of all ages and embraced Ana’s heritage. March 2014 was also the world premiere of Ana’s ballet Hegnar & Buck, which was a light-hearted pas de deux danced to the musical compositions of RI composer, Noreen Inglesi.
In 2015, Ana celebrated SBRI’s Emerald Season and was one of the five resident choreographers at SBRI who worked together on the large-scale, full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The stunning show was later awarded ‘Production of the Year’ by Motif Magazine.
In addition to being SBRI’s executive director and resident choreographer, Ana is a lead instructor for Herci Marsden’s Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet in Lincoln. She has revived and directs the annual Brae Crest Summer Camp for children, which she once attended as a child. Ana has taught master classes at several area schools in RI and MA, and is a former faculty member of RI College and URI-Providence Extension. She has been recognized as RI’s “Children’s Ballet Mistress” for visiting professional ballet companies. She is a recipient of SBRI’s Partner with the Arts Award, and serves on the SBRI Board of Directors. Ana was also nominated as a Board Member of The Rhode Island Modern Music Project.
Although a dedicated artist, Ana is also a selfless wife and mother. She resides in Lincoln, Rhode Island with her husband, Gregory Fox. They have two grown children, Shana and Brandan Cane, and granddaughter Anika.
Ana Marsden Fox
Classical Ballet Specialist & Choreographer
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