Dance Musicians 2020-01-25T12:15:49-08:00

Art Koshi

Art Koshi, Dance Musician

Art Koshi has been accompanying ballet and modern dance classes since 1997. Born in Taiwan and raised in Honolulu, Art now works as an accompanist at Dance Fremont, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Theatre Group’s Dance for Parkinson’s, and Jet City Improv. Before moving to Seattle, he played for the University of Hawaii, Ballet Hawaii, and On The Spot Improv. He has performed in improvisational theater festivals such as Honolulu’s Improvaganza, Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival, the Phoenix Improv Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, and the Seattle Improv Festival.

Marleen Land

Marleen Land is originally from Milwaukee, WI and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1989 – yes, well before a lot of you were even born! She began accompanying ballet classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1992 and has played for just about every area studio since. Workshops, auditions, master classes, summer intensives, performance and show warm-ups – she’s done it all. She’s also been a state certified music teacher for grades K thru 12 in five (count ‘em, 5!) states and has the battle scars to prove it. Or maybe those are from playing for ballet. Either way . . . In addition to being a Dance Accompanist at Dance Fremont!, Marleen plays regularly at Cornish College of the Arts and other studios. And she subs whenever and where ever she can, her motto being “Will Play Piano for Food”. She is also on the music staff at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle, where she is the Assistant Youth Choir Director (grades 3 – 5) and Director of (so cool they’re corny and so corny they’re cool) the HANDBELL CHOIR! Mrs. Land LOVES music and dance, so here at Dance Fremont! she is livin’ the dream!

Ryan Love

Ryan Love, Dance Musician

From Manchester, NH, Ryan began his voice and piano studies at age eight in the Ted Herbert Music School and continued his education with theater and dance studies at the Boston Conservatory. He began working as a dance musician for Boston Ballet and moved on to The Richmond Ballet and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his BFA in Theater Performance. Since moving to Seattle, he’s worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Dance Fremont, the University of Washington, Ballet Hawaii, Washington (DC) Ballet, Whitman College and was Music Director for Jet City Improv. He has accompanied professional artists for the past 15 years, some of which include: Clark Terry, Yo Yo Ma, Bebe Neuwirth, Carla Maxwell, Clay Taliaferro, Donald McKayle, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. jones, Val Caniparoli, and Kyle Abraham. His compositions have appeared on PBS, NPR and in many dance festivals. Ryan appears on albums such as Month of May by Romeo + Juliet; and Midnight Veil by Prom Queen.

His new album Caviar Dreams (FOX HUNT) was completed in 2015 and features both his visual artwork and favorite Musicians. Ryan likes to spend his free time painting & songwriting.

Angela Rinaldi

Angela Rinaldi began accompanying dance classes in 1979 and currently serves as Principal Accompanist and Dance Musician Coordinator at Spectrum Dance Theater. She has been a Dance Musician at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department since 1980 and has accompanied ballet and modern dance classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Washington, Whitman College, Ballet Hawaii, Dance Fremont, Exit Space and Velocity for such notable dance masters as Patricia Barker, Debra Hadley, Magali Messac, Hillary Cartwright, Bill Whitener, Veronica Tenant, Kevin Kaiser, Elaine Bauer and Donald Byrd. As a trained dancer, herself, Angela’s extensive dance background has given her great insight as a dance musician. Angela is currently a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children's Theatre, Village Theater’s Kidstage Everett and Youth Theater Northwest teaching musical theatre classes. Along with performing professionally as a singer and actor, she has composed over 225 songs for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded in 1995 with her husband, Bob Gribas www.varietyplus.org. She is also an actor, writer and composer for Events on the Edge, performing Interactive Murder Mysteries, Meet the Biscotti's, A Mafia Musical, and Caffeine, An Addictive Musical. As resident Music Director and Choreographer for the Spring Musical program at Bellevue High School since 2003, she has performed with BHS students in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 and 2017. Angela is also an accompanist for the Dance for Parkinson’s program in the Seattle area and is promoting her Music for Ballet Class and New Age Solo Piano compact discs, available on itunes.com. She is a member of ASCAP and a proud member of The Musicians Association of Seattle- Local 76.

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Ben Verdier

Originally from the Boston area, pianist Ben Verdier lives in Seattle where he adores playing live music for ballet classes. From modern swing in the Czech Republic to salsa in Alaska, he has toured all over the world. Also an accomplished bassist, Ben performs regularly in the Pacific Northwest.