Felicia Rhoden has been studying and performing ballet and other forms of dance since the age of 4 years old. She was trained in the Cecchetti (Italian) ballet technique. The Cecchetti Method of ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of the great Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928).
Felicia incorporates that method of training into her own classical ballet teaching. Felicia studied classical ballet at The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She studied modern dance at The Martha Graham School of Modern Dance in New York. Felicia studied Jazz dance in New York under the direction of Gus Giordano, who is considered one of the forefathers of jazz dance and his technique and style have shaped today’s modern jazz dance. She also studied Tap in Miami with Jack Stanley, one of the finest Tap dancers. As a solo principal dancer, and in a pas de deux partnership, she has appeared all over the country as a guest in ballet performances.
Felicia has been an active dance teacher since she was a teenager. She has also been a choreographer and director for over 50 years. It was then that she created the first Savannah River Pageant with a cast of over 800 performers. She was one of the Artistic Directors of The Savannah Civic Ballet and she has worked with The Atlanta Ballet. She has choreographed and performed in many Little Theater Productions. Felicia has not only judged, but has also trained, many contestants of several pageants.
Since moving back to Florida 16 years ago, Felicia has been teaching dance on a daily basis. She is both Director of the Dance Ministry and Director of Liturgical Dance at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Every December, for the last 15 years, Felicia has been producing her own joyful version of “The Nutcracker”. Her Nutcracker program has grown from 18 performers to an ensemble of approximately 300 performers, ranging in age from 2 ½ years old to 100. The Christ Church Nutcracker is an opportunity for her dancers to care about the less fortunate and to help those who need help.