Program Director, People Like Me
Artistic Director, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
After acting as co-Artistic Director for the 2004 season of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Ms. Fine is currently the sole Artistic Director for the 2005 Festival. As such, she is responsible for the vision and manifestation of a dramatic framework that both ties the diverse dance styles and traditions into three full-length performances, and connects the three distinct weekends into one cohesive and themed Festival.
Ms. Fine holds an M.A. from UCLA in Dance Ethnology, and an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree specializing in Theater and Mask, from Penn State University. She was awarded a Title VI language fellowship for research in language and dance in Cuba, and has presented her dance and music research at national conferences and symposiums. Since 1983 Ms. Fine has traveled abroad to study and research movement arts and theatrical movement styles with master teachers in Bali, Cuba, Italy, Switzerland, and Uruguay.
Her eclectic career includes several years a professional musician, teaching mask making to children and adults, and creating custom made instruments for percussionists throughout the country. She has studied, performed, taught, created and directed productions in diverse genres of theater and dance including masked movement, mime, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and song, clowning, modern dance, contact improvisation, body music, and rhythm in culture. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.