Trisha K. Folk, our Artistic Director is a native Phoenician and has instructed dance, drama and art in Arizona for twenty four years, has trained over 800 students, ages 3 through adult, beginners through professionals and produced over 200 company stage shows. She was the Artistic Director of Arizona Dance Theatre for 15 years and and is a mom of twins, Anna and Bradley who were born December, 2006. She holds a BFA in General Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and advocates for special needs children and serves on the Board of Directors for Autism Society of Greater Phoenix.
Trisha’s solid reputation for producing high quality productions and skilled dancers in Arizona is part of a family legacy. Her mother, Glenda danced with Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Fred Astaire and her father, Don, a tap dancer, danced with Donald O’Conner and Gene Kelly. Trisha started dancing at the young age of 3 and was classically trained by some of the world’s greatest performers, teachers and choreographers in Ballet (Royal, Cecchetti, Vaganova, Bournanville, and Floor-Barre), Pointe, Jazz, Tap, African, Modern (Limón Technique, Graham), Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Ballet Folklorico, Hip Hop and Argentine Tango. Trisha was the dance assistant to the legendary Faher of Modern Jazz Luigi on his national master class tour of the US and has apprenticed with the Corp de Ballet for Houston Ballet. Trisha has traveled the country in numerous touring stage shows, such as Grease, Chicago, 42nd Street and West Side Story and with ZZ Top, Charlie Daniels, Three Dog Night and Tim Conway. She has choreographed, directed, danced and produced for over 300 productions for such notables as: Twentieth Century Fox Studios, Disney, NBC, Atlanta Olympics, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Jose Cuervo, Reebok, Porsche, Time Warner, Best Western, AT&T, Phoenix Zoo Lights, The Hyatt Hotels, Redkin, Penn Racquets, Danskin, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Esprit, Sketchers, Coca Cola, Swatch, Polaroid Cameras, Ray Ban, Dollyworld Tennessee, House of Blues, The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, The Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Cancer Ball, Phoenix Symphony Ball, Arizona Heart Ball and Arizona Opera Ball, Arizona Kivel Ball, Arizona Big Brothers, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon College, Miss Arizona Pageant, Phoenix New Times, GoDaddy, Honeywell, Boeing, American Express, Mayo Foundation, Lowe’s Company, Desert Botanical Garden and Gila River Gaming, Harrah’s Entertainment.
Companies and Productions with former students trained by Trisha include Alvin Ailey, San Francisco Ballet, Paul Taylor, Colorado Ballet, Disney, Fox Sports, Cirque du Soleil “Mystere” Las Vegas, Dancing With The Stars, Broadway cast of Hairspray (US touring co.), Broadway cast of Rent (Australia touring co.), Broadway cast of Miss Saigon (San Fransisco), Broadway Cast of Lion King (Los Angeles), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Mark Morris, Hubbard Street Dance, Ballet Arizona, Jubilee Las Vegas, West Valley Conservatory of Ballet.
Trisha is the recipient of an AriZONI award, Choreographer of the Year 1995, Arizona Performing Artist Association and the National Arts Education Association Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts Curriculum; Children’s and Teens Dance Programs and Dance with Drama.
Trisha’s teaching style is a reflection from years of technique-based training and distinguished performance methods. Her students receive the benefit of a world class curriculum, exposing them to multitudes of dance styles while laying a traditional, classical foundation that is necessary to be successful in dance.
With all her years of teaching experience in dance, theatre and visual art, Trisha brings quality, commitment and experience to any program and is unparalleled in the Valley. She specializes in multidisciplinary curriculums, integrating the arts into a cohesive and successful program of study. Trisha’s teaching strength lies in the ‘old school’ commitment to teach the classical fundamentals and traditional techniques of each art form according to each student’s stage of development and personal goals. Communicating the language of the arts by recognizing individual needs is her philosophy for success. She believes each child is unique and capable of contributing to the arts through a well structured program in which each child is given individual attention and supported as part of a unified group. Trisha’s classes help students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality performance, and goal-setting skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Trisha allows students to learn the value of technique-based core training, production and teamwork in a challenging, fun and positive environment while creating memories and success that lasts a lifetime.