Rikki Bicknell

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Teen Company Director
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary

Rikki has been dancing since age 8, receiving her early training at Dance RI, under the direction of Debi Cusick D’Iorio. In 1997, she decided to focus on ballet at Festival Ballet of Rhode Island. After three years of hard work, Rikki had progressed to the advanced level and had to choose between dance and singing. She decided to take a hiatus from dancing and focus on her musical aspirations. After graduating high school, she studied voice at the University of Rhode Island and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Rikki currently uses her degree to teach general music, chorus, and band at Greenbush Elementary in West Warwick. She also directs the drama club at West Warwick High School. She returned to dancing after almost 8 years when she came to the Talent Factory in the fall of 2008! With Dana and Tara’s guidance, she rediscovered her passion for dance and is so pleased that she gets to share her love of movement with her students!

Reviews

The Talent Factory Reviews
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Hi Dana,

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had observing this week!! 

Backing up a bit, when we were carefully selecting which studio we were moving to, Taylor participated in a camp week last summer (2012).   Even though you were in a temporary studio, the atmosphere was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Everyone was so friendly and truly passionate about dance. It was fun and serious at the same time. We were hooked. 

 

Last year she grew so much as a dancer thanks to the dedication of you and your staff. I felt like she was so far behind other dancers of her age when she started. Although she still has so much to learn, I am amazed at how far she has come. Not only has her skill improved but her love of dance is immeasurable. I can't thank you all enough, especially Miss Keryn, who has totally transformed my little girl. 

 

So, to my point, this is my first time ever observing classes. I can't tell you how much this week affirmed my choice to become a part of TFDC. The classes were very professional, organized and effective.  But what I knew in my heart, I finally saw with my own eyes. Every teacher was so passionate and really cares about every student.  Their energy and enthusiasm was so intense that I wanted to dance!! Lol. Miss Tara, Miss Keryn, Miss Kayla & yourself are truly special people. 

I'm so glad I finally took the time to sit in on classes and was able to feel the pure joy that she does for dance. What an amazing program and we are thrilled to be a part of it all. Thank you for all you do. 

Thank YOU. The hard work, talent and caring you and your staff put into everything you do is apparent and appreciated. Looking forward to next year's show! -June
Dana: Thank you for doing such a great job. You are really very gifted at your art. You push the kids to reach their best during the year and then are so supportive during the recital. You are complete grace under pressure. Enjoy some relaxation -Amy
THANK YOU for all your hard work in putting together yet ANOTHER fab recital. It's really so amazing to watch it all come together so "professionally"! -Cathy
The show was extremely professional and ran so smoothly it was amazing. I credit you and thank you for providing a wonderful experience for our family.
Thank you for all that you and your staff do! Talent factory is such a great place for to grow up and we feel so lucky. Thank you for all you offer our daughters.