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Herci Marsden (Ivanka Munitić) - Balerina (Ballet Dancer)

Povijesna Osoba (Historical Figure)


Artistic Director, Choreographer, Teacher


Born in Omiš, Croatia as Ivanka Silvija Munitić. Herci (Ivanka) Munitić was five when she began dancing with the Children's Theatre of Split, Croatia. She made her debut at thirteen with the National Theatre in Split. Throughout her years of training, she has had such notable teachers as Katic, Roje, Harmos, and Slavenska. In 1958, she emigrated to the United States and settled in Lincoln Rhode Island where she co-founded the Brae Crest School of Ballet with her then husband Myles Marsden. As prima ballerina, she made her American debut in 1960 with The State Ballet of Rhode Island - the repertory company she was instrumental in establishing. Best known as a dancer, the leading roles for which she is most celebrated are Giselle and Swanhilda (Coppelia). Among some of her other memorable roles are Juliet, Ivana and Snake (Stranac), Taglioni (Pas de Quatre), Baba Jaga (Pictures at an Exhibition), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Ophelia (Hamlet), and the Dragon Fly (Dragon Fly/Pavlova).

In 1966, Herci introduced classical ballet in the Department of Physical Education at the University of Rhode Island. URI was the first university in Rhode Island to offer ballet as a credited course.In the spring of 1990, she was commissioned to choreograph the world premier fairy tale ballet-Phantomgreen written and composed by Margaret Buechner.

Ms. Marsden continues as Director and classical ballet instructor at her school in Lincoln, as well as Artistic Director/Choreographer for The State Ballet of Rhode Island. She teaches Master Classes at many dance schools in the area. Ms. Marsden lives in Lincoln with her husband, John Radovnik, and her son, Dujko Radovniković. Her daughter Ana Marsden Fox teaches and dances at The State Ballet of Rhode Island, in addition to working as the General Manager and the Assistant to the Director. Her son Mark Marsden often performs with the state ballet.

The State Ballet of Rhode Island


- Photograph: Official WEB page of The State Ballet of Rhode Island

- Text: www.ridance.com

- Additional information: Herci Marsden




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