Meet the guest artists that joined us for our most recent production, Artist and Muse:


Wynn Fricke

Minnesota-based choreographer Wynn Fricke, recipient of seven McKnight Fellowships in Choreography and Performance. Wynn danced with Zenon Dance Company from 1992 to 2001 and since 1998 has created eight original works for the company including her most recent work, The Mourning Tree, which premiered in 2015 with live traditional Bulgarian Folk music performed by Mila Vocal Ensemble. In 2016, Wynn traveled with Zenon to Havana, Cuba where her choreography, My Very Empty Mouth, was presented at the historic Jose Marti Theater. Wynn served as Choreographer-in- Residence with Minnesota Dance Theatre from 2005 - 2007, and in 2008, she was the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist at Carleton College. She has had choreographic residences at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, at The Yard in Chilmark, MA, and in Yarlslavl, Russia. She is the recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the American Composers Forum, and Arts International and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and has been honored with two Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance in the category of Outstanding Performance. Wynn has created work for additional companies including James Sewell Ballet, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Ragamala Dance, Frank Theatre, Minnesota Ballet, and Borrowed Bones Dance Theatre. Wynn is Assistant Professor and director of the dance program at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where she has taught since 2008. 





Francesca Dugarte of Caracas, Venezuela, is in her fifth season with The Washington Ballet. Dugarte trained at Academia de Ballet Clasico Nina Novak and La Scala Theatre Ballet School. Before joining TWB, she was a principal dancer at Teatro Teresa Carreno, a demi-soloist at Zurich Ballet, a principal dancer at Victor Ullate Ballet and a guest artist at Slovakia National Ballet. In 2011, Dugarte was a contestant on the reality show, Amici di Maria de Fillippi in Rome. She is the winner of numerous awards including second place in the Youth America Grand Prix. In 2007, she won First Place in Korea's International Ballet Competition and in 2010, she was the winner of the "Presidential Sponsorship Award" at Korea's International Ballet Competition. Dugarte has danced a variety of repertoire including Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Diana & Acteon, Paquita, Esmeralda, Flames of Paris, Napoli, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Balanchine's Serenade, Graduation Ball, Carmen, Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Firebird, 27'52", In the Upper Room, Samsara and Jaleos.


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Anais Di Filippo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Ms. Di Filippo began her study of classical ballet with the renowned former prima ballerina/ director of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Sra. Nina Novak. Under the direction of Sra. Novak, Di Filippo danced the full classical repertory including, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Don Quixote.   At age 18, Anais’ dream to become a full-time professional dancer came true when she joined the Ballet de Teresa Carreño, Venezuela’s most important dance company. In Teresa Carreño, Ms. Di Fillipo was able to expand her contemporary repertoire  dancing in some of the most celebrated choreographies of the times. Anais is extremely grateful for the opportunity to dance with Performa/Dance and show a USA audience that with all the political strive affecting her country at the moment,dance is a unifying force through out the world. In her own words Ms. DiFilippo’s passion and perseverance are clear when she says ” we have to fight so hard as Latin Americans to demonstrate on stage a passion that connects us with the audience we love and want to please. So much energy is needed to achieve our dreams that we give everything we have, leaving our souls on the stage.”