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MYLES MARSDEN .... I am an Internationally known Premier danseur, teacher, choreographer and director. In 1952 at the age of 16 I moved from America to England to study at the Legat School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent England. After being evaluated by the great ballet icon Sir Anton Dolin and under his recommendation, I joined the school and began my training with Madame Legat. In 1953 Ana Roje' and Oskar Harmos, also my teachers at Legat, opened a school in Split, Yugoslavia (now known as Croatia), They chose me along with 5 female dancers to be the first students of their International Ballet School. I began dancing in the corps de ballet with the National Ballet, Split in 1954. I had started to take on many principal roles by 1956 and went on to partner renowned Prima Ballerina Ana Roje'. In January 1957 I was elevated to Premier danseur, a title given to me by the Yugoslav Government. Also in 57 by the invitation of Mr. Dolin, I…

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  • Born on June 8
  • Joined May 2, 2010

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Strathmore 140lb heavy acid free watercolor paper, watercolor paints, acid free paint markers, ink, pens

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MYLES MARSDEN .... I am an Internationally known Premier danseur, teacher, choreographer and director. In 1952 at the age of 16 I moved from America to England to study at the Legat School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent England. After being evaluated by the great ballet icon Sir Anton Dolin and under his recommendation, I joined the school and began my training with Madame Legat. In 1953 Ana Roje' and Oskar Harmos, also my teachers at Legat, opened a school in Split, Yugoslavia (now known as Croatia), They chose me along with 5 female dancers to be the first students of their International Ballet School. I began dancing in the corps de ballet with the National Ballet, Split in 1954. I had started to take on many principal roles by 1956 and went on to partner renowned Prima Ballerina Ana Roje'. In January 1957 I was elevated to Premier danseur, a title given to me by the Yugoslav Government. Also in 57 by the invitation of Mr. Dolin, I took on a short tour with the London Festival Ballet, but after a few months followed my heart back to the National Ballet in Split a company that I felt at home with and loved being part of. Then in 1958 my career took an unplanned turn which brought me back home to America. Timing now had allowed me to act on a dream that my mother (Eileen Ashley-Marsden) and I had since the early 50's, to someday establish the first regional ballet school and company in our home state. First came the Brae Crest School of Ballet in September 1958, then in 1960 my mother and I also Founded the State Ballet of Rhode Island. Both made there home in Lincoln Rhode Island on the property of my parents which they called Brae Crest named after a family dwelling on my mothers side, in England. I took on the role of Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer for the next 18 years until I resigned in July of 1976.

In my retirement years I have learned to slow down, enjoy life and cherish ever moment of every day. I have survived a massive heart attack in 1982, triple bypass in 1995 and cancer in 2007. In between these obstacles I continued on with my career teaching at 3 Universities (University of Rhode Island 1965-78, Point Park College 1982-85, Cal State Fullerton1986-89). I was the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the New England Ballet Company 1977-80 and the Myles Marsden Studio/Theatre 1988-96 as well as lecturing and giving Master Class in many schools across the country.

After 63 professional years I retired from the stage in 2004. Today I am very much involved in my new passion, drawing. I have created these whimsical characters in movement that began as tiny figures and with practice grew to take shape and form, I call these unique ensembles,"Dancing Doodles." They are original pieces, one of a kind, titled and signed by me, the artist. I showcases my work throughout the year and I donate a portion of each sale to The Heart Association, and scholarship funds which is why I call my work the Art with a Heart.

My wife Linda and I moved to Nashville Tennessee in 2013 to live closer to our grandson, Clark Otis Marsden, born at just 24 weeks February 17, 2010. I'm happy to say we celebrated his 5th birthday this year, which is so unbelievable to us, he is a survivor like me and growing in leaps and bounds, this is really what life is all about.

After 5 long years in the making, my wife Linda and I finally launched our book this past spring called "The Chronicles of Myles Marsden on Stage and Of." It is an extensive and very interesting meaty biography of my tumultuous life up close and personal. We are happy to say the reviews have been overwhelming, it can be purchased at Amazon.com or through my website mylesmarsden.com.

In June I celebrated 79 years young and I embrace it with open arms....life is for the living and that's just what I intend to do.

WHAT ARE DANCING DOODLES YOU ASK!
Many people have asked me where I came up with my idea for my drawings simply "what are dancing doodles"? Each piece is an actual sketch that I have doodled across the paper. It begins as nothing, just a lot of scribble. It is like a nervous energy that is sketched out without a plan until I've studied the squiggly lines that have formed, then the images come to me. Each drawing is based on people I may have met throughout my career, ballets I have choreographed. Pieces of my own life experiences sometimes appear in these drawings consisting of objects or numbers that pop into my head that have meaning to me. They are dancers, directors, choreographers, actors, students, even family and friends. As I begin to draw the idea takes shape and form as if I were choreographing a piece for performance and choosing a lead performer. I like to listen to music while I am drawing to get the feeling and mood of the ensemble as it comes to life. Once I see where the direction the picture is going in, the mood, set and costumes come into play.....I love colors and mixtures of color, textures. What I see in these drawings is personal to me but what you see as the observer may be something different. My pieces are painted to bring out your imagination as well as mine. They are quite conversational and whimsical ensembles. I see a parallel between choreographing dance and drawing, they are both based on different emotions and these emotions mixed with the characters create a picture, whether it be on stage or on paper. I draw every day, it's my therapy after 55 plus professional years in the dance and I truly am enjoying this new venture I have literally stumbled upon......I hope you enjoy.

Favorite Quotations" Consider that in order for you to become enlightened, the practice of patience & tolerance is essential"......Dalai Lama

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