Helen and Creative Pinellas will also be hosting a series of monthly community meetings in an effort to bring the dance community together and discuss how to strengthen it. These meetings will take place in August 2021 through February 2022. To cap off the year, Helen will collaborate with artist Sharon Ranieri McCaman who creates large-scale sculptures. Sharon’s artwork will be on display at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas and Helen will create a performance interacting and telling a story with the exhibition pieces.
A native of St. Pete and graduate of Gibbs High School Pinellas County Center for the Arts, French received her BFA from The Juilliard School and was a dancer with the prestigious Buglisi Dance Theatre in New York City, with whom she toured nationally and internationally for many years.
Helen French is committed to arts education and developing the next generation of artists as well as contributing to the arts community she lives in. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance, serves on the board of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and co-produces Beacon, a performance series. Currently she is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College.
In addition, Helen is working with Creative Pinellas to create a dance residency program which will run September 8th through October 17th and include an open studio environment where dancers can rehearse, collaborate, and create choreography. The space will be open to the public and visitors will be invited to observe, interact, and respond. In conjunction with the dance residency, the Gallery at Creative Pinellas will feature an exhibition of dance photography by both professional and emerging artists.