Colleen Cavanaugh

 Colleen Cavanaugh, a Rhode Island native, has choreographed ballets on Festival Ballet Providence for the past 15 years. After completing an undergraduate Degree in Art History from Wheaton College, Colleen moved to New York City where she studied ballet with Alfredo Corvino. She performed with several ballet and modern dance companies including Marcus Schulkind, Libby Nye, Mercury Ballet and Rush Dance. Colleen returned to R.I. after eight years and completed a medical degree from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. In her residency at Women and Infants Hospital, she specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in private practice for almost 25 years. Dr. Cavanaugh is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown.

Integrating her love of medicine and dance, Colleen went on to choreograph many dances, often focusing on health and social issues. Her Cadence Dance Project was followed by Part of the Oath, a group of dancers and poets using movement and spoken word to explore important issues our youth struggle with. Part of the Oath is currently one of Festival Ballet Providence’s outreach programs.

This fall, FBP is resetting Pippi which Cavanaugh choreographed in 1998. Pippi is a whimsical ballet inspired by Astrid Lindgren’s children book Pippi Longstocking.