instructor and choreographer Ricki Feeley
As director and choreographer of Terpsichore Dance Company, Ricki’s exceptional artistry brings to life the true art of dance. As the inspiration and direction behind the company (founded in 2009), Ricki has revived the dance community in Billings with a rich and fully vibrant artform. She was born in Red Lodge, grew up in Lewistown, and attended the University of Montana in Missoula. She began her dance training at the age of 4, with the three basic styles of dance: Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, and Tap. Ricki later discovered modern dance at the age of 17, and it was love at first sight.
After receiving several scholarships and awards for her dancing and choreography from the University of Montana’s dance department, Ricki was awarded a scholarship to attend a workshop and was trained by many well known choreographers at the Velocity Dance Studio in Seattle. At Velocity she was chosen to dance with instructor and choreographer, Aimee Legendre, awakening in her a hunger to learn and catapulting her technique with many a-ha moments. Over the span of her college years, Ricki was trained in a wide range of dance techniques and dance related studies such as Ballet, Modern Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Caribbean, African, Balinese, Pilates, Yoga, Choreography and Performance, Anatomy and Physiology, Dance History, Contact Improvisation, Laban Theory and Notation, Drama, Stage Management, Teaching dance to People with Disabilities, Teaching Dance to Children, Class Preparation, meticulously in Advanced Modern Techniques, and holds a BFA in Dance. She found her voice, dance style, and teaching technique through self-discovery, musicality, and a love to move big. Ricki has performed in Seattle with Velocity dance studio, and in San Francisco with Epiphany Productions. She has choreographed, performed in, and produced many independent dance shows in Missoula. Ricki’s choreography has been selected by her professors to represent the University of Montana at the American College Dance festivals in 2001, and 2005. Her solo “Mirage” was requested to be performed for the International Women’s Festival in 2005, and her piece “Ne Me Quitte Pas” was chosen to be performed for the University of Montana’s Fine Arts Graduating Ceromony in 2005. Ricki has taught dance at the University of Montana, Ballet Arts Academy, and On Center Performing Arts in Missoula, and has taught dance classes for people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Receiving Awards of Excellence in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, Ricki graduated from the University of Montana in 2005 with a BFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance.
Over the past twelve years, Ricki has worked as an aide and a group home manager in the Developmentally Disabled field. She wants to bring Dance Therapy to Billings, and hopes to develop income-based dance classes for children and adults with disabilities, molding how mind-to-body connections help heal brain interruptions. Ricki currently teaches Modern dance, and Creative Movement at the School of Classical Ballet in Billings going on the 7th year. Her class begins on the floor and addresses an awareness and focus on the core. The class fosters the alignment of the body and the continuum between inner cellular awareness and a route of the body through space, providing a support for integration of the relationship of body to mind. Finding strength within their physical centers, students experience more freedom and daring in their dancing. Guided creative dance allows the mind to step out of the way of the body and into spontaneous expression. Authentic movement promotes a deep listening to the inner impulses that lead us to move and create dance art.