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Noelle Rose™ - History of the Lil Strawberry ™
Her Beginnings - I was a Lil Strawberry™ - ready for media release. Please contact our offices for the full high resolution images and complete unabridged press release.
Noelle Rose ™ born mostly of Italian and French decent, she shares quite a diverse ethnic background that spans 4 continents and over 12 countries, 3 faiths, and a lot of love and art. Her grandmother Nana or Nona, Marie Antinette, was a beautiful dancer & entertainer herself (photo featured right). She was vastly responsible for Noelle Rose™ becoming the entertainer and artist she is today. Noelle Rose™ had beautiful strawberry hair from birth that has become her legendary trademark of her brand. She still has the two blonde streaks at her temples in which her mother Shirley-Marie always told her it was a perfect blend & sign of her parent's love: Noelle Rose's ™ father was a blonde and her mother had hair as dark as a raven's crest thus they made her - a lil' Strawberry.
Noelle Rose™ had her first ballet performance when she was Pre-Kindergarten (photo featured right). He Nona always said, "Should you lose your way, go back to the beginning..." And this is exactly what Noelle Rose ™ did each time she was separated from dance; her triumph over breast cancer; legal blindness diagnosis; and post spinal cord injury. She went back to her beginning and placed her left hand on the barre fiercely. Ballet was Noelle Rose's ™ beginning but it was not her ending or the middle of her story. She uses the ballet dance discipline & technique to create and preform intense modern and contemporary dance pieces that depict her true life stories to encourage you her audience.
Along the way, she has worked both in front and behind the camera for TV & Film Moguls such as Aaron Spelling and many others. Mr. Spelling admired her talents, tenacity and her shrewdness, and believed that she would surpass his for she could always see and tell him why he did the things he did in the business world. This was an important learning process for Noelle Rose ™ as she learned what to do and what not to do in the various businesses she has owned and created. She also worked in marketing for SUNSET Magazine assisting the department and here too learned how to take a product and honestly present it to the world. All of these stepping stones created who she is today as a well sought after talent both in front and behind the camera.
Noelle Rose Andressen, General BIO - Professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator, special events producer-presenter, show curator, actress (SAG-AFTRA), model, musician, composer, cancer survivor, author, human rights advocate (especially for abused children & women), Emmy nominated screen writer & producer, film producer, singer, performer, author, speaker and arts adviser. She reigns as the Artistic Director & Principle Lead Female Dancer of our ensemble for the 12th Season in Rubans Rouges' history. With her flaming ruby red hair as her trademark, she has withstood much adversity and championed as a winner & survivor-thriver through it all. Honestly earning the title of DanceWarrior® she has had the privilege of being photographed by the world, legendary dance photographer: Lois Greenfield who calls Noelle "a true DanceWarrior®" and "..."Her story is truly inspirational to anyone...Noelle Rose ™ is a true DanceWarrior® RED Ribbons is beautifully danced & choreographed...Noelle Rose is very talented, and a beautiful strong dancer...her choreography is very passionate, not cliche, held my interest the entire time....very professional group to work with..."
Ms Andressen has danced for over 30 years and choreographed for about as long. Being a native from NJ and having lived in NYC, Vegas, LA and many other places, she was able to gain great experience and knowledge from many other artists and those that came before her who graciously passed on their expertise to her. She first enjoyed a pre-pro dance career in a teen dance ensemble that toured Southern California and went on to professional musical theater and concert dance. The very first professional stage she was on while still a teen, was at the Bob Hope McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert where she met her future husband and began their careers in musical theater. The embryonic inception of her dance company was under "Noelle Andressen Dance" in 2000. That same year, her first professional choreographic work was seen nationally on TLN in 2000 and was nominated for several awards and won including EMA Media Award and deemed "thought provoking...and compelling" by the EMA Panel. LIVE from Las Vegas featured her choreographic work in two episodes during the 2002 season and was asked to return several times as a performer.
With degrees in Dance focusing on performance, technique and choreography and being a Graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas; she's been able to currently pursue her MFA in dance arts & choreography. She's studied Horton and Graham techniques and also trained at Alvin Ailey NYC. Her personal teaching background delves into the art of dance as a means of expression and refining technique. She has taught intermediate, advanced & company ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern, contemporary ballet, contemporary, and jazz for all ages at dozens of schools in Southern California and Nevada. She also teaches the art of dance at other dance academies across the country and exclusive workshops in basic Horton technique.
2005 was met with devastating news: she had breast cancer. The "Dance Warrior®" within rose up and conquered that disease. Having sold their Vegas home to pay for treatment, she and her husband migrated back to Los Angeles. With nothing to lose since everything was lost except her life, she started back at her beginning: ballet. She chose a quaint studio nestled in the quietness of a valley to rehabilitate herself from square one and would find the most unlikeliest helpmate in a beautiful stranger. "...broken body, broken heart, broken spirit..." Ms Andressen completely re-made herself as a dancer with a new perspective on life since her life was threatened by a ruthless disease. Please read the rest in her "Dance Warrior®" from Cancer to Dancer book in the "Dance Warrior®" Book Series in which she shares intimately how she put her life back together after losing everything.
She first began Rubans Rouges in 2008 with the first performance in a small studio in a quaint valley. In 2009 she merged dance and her Emmy nominated film-making with she and her husband's Emmy nominated scores and compositions; to form professional, multi-media Dance Drama™ dance company: Rubans Rouges Dance that expresses dance art through cinema, stage and various mediums such as her books, writings, animation, and more. Mostly seeing herself as a dancer that expresses herself through movement called choreography; she shares healing messages of understanding and compassion through her company's mission. Not necessarily defining herself as a choreographer alone, but a story-teller & dancer that uses her life's history and other's as a source of material (for herself) to give many HOPE. Not only does she "write what she knows", but also dances what she has lived through. "How else can I reach people unless I've been there myself. My quest is to touch hearts and share the sublime nature of love. Ultimately, my dance company was formed from a seed of deep LOVE. I've written my Dance Warrior™ Book Series and other books to go deeper into the choreography so the audience can understand more.
She's had the privilege performing and/or presenting her choreography in some of the most prestigious dance festivals in the country and on TV & film including: CBS Studio Center; Modern Family; GLAAD Awards; TLN cable-network; Cam Group & more. She has toured internationally and presented work for Center Stage Theatre, Miles Playhouse, Nevada Ballet Theatre's Performing Arts Center in Vegas, Moorpark Performing Arts Center, Pierce Performing Arts Center and various venues in NYC & Brooklyn. The BaliNale Film Festival & Idyllwild CineFest officially presented her choreographic work and performance in "ENTROPY" as an official selection on the big screen. The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs granted her application two years in a row to have her self-produced "SUMMER SERIES", Company Repertoire Show & "MOSAIC™" Outreach Program presented at The Miles Memorial. The LA Dept of Cultural Affairs also approved her major production of "Awakenings & Beginnings Dance Festival" 2017 for the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
Her choreographic work has been commissioned for the PASSION Play in which she and her dancers performed for over 10,000 people by the end of the presentation's run. It was a huge success and Rubans Rouges Dance, Ms Andressen and her dancers were proud to be a part of it. Various community colleges have also commissioned her work and/or performances in which she also teaches group workshops. Ms Andressen was nominated Performance Artist of the Year (2012) and her choreography has been considered for Emmy nominations in various TV projects. "Coeur de Verre" (a section of Red Ribbons™) was nominated for her dynamic choreographic merit and qualified as a finalist competing, and has won 2 competitions professionally. Salli Saffioti, Actress (NYPD Blue & ER) and Voice Over Artist said this about "Coeur de Verre", "Having seen Noelle's story told through dance, she is the full expression of hope and life and strength. Her artistic vision is uniquely her own and is a force. I was honored to see her perform."
Ms Andressen has a vast background in production as well and currently produces and is the Artistic Director for: “Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival” at Diavolo Space, an annual dance festival that incorporates seasoned professional choreographers who desire to further awaken their craft and present new works; and also for the professional emerging artists who wish to share their artistic beginnings. Other Sold-Out shows includes: Summer Series Showcase, "Red Ribbons & Memories"; "Secrets & The Silent Rose"; "Fight for Love" and "MOSAIC™"; Co-produced "UNDRESSED" 2009 at Moorpark's Performing Arts Center and solely produced "Dance Expo 2012, 2013".
Additionally, Ms. Andressen works as an actress and model appearing in several national magazines such as PARENTS, and photo books as a dancer including Maybelline Model and TV & Film Actress Tomiko Fraser-Hines's "UNbound" who additionally commissioned her choreographic work for Goddess Gathering 6 Year Anniversary Gala which featured Vanessa Williams. Ms. Andressen's acting credits including: PROFILE; Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; CSI; and numerous other independent films and TV productions, including national commercials. She was crowned Miss Expo for her beauty, artistry and performance in 2013.
Another one of Ms Andressen's multi-talents in the arts includes film-making in which she received Emmy nominations for her: writing, music composition/arrangement, & producing and was honored with an EMA Media Award - Las Vegas Media Awards Show for Women in Film. She is also an accomplished seamstress who's had her designs in national magazines such as: Better Homes & Gardens, and on TV: ABC's Extreme Makeover-Home Edition and "According to Jim" and has costumed many dance concerts for college and university performances. (The Emmy logo is the trademark of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences). Her choreography was also considered for an Emmy nomination.
Charity is an important part of her life. Throughout the years she has continued to provide regional outreach programs to under-served community members and other charities by donating her time, art and dance teaching to organizations such as: Thrill the World L.A., One Circle, and many cancer societies in which she served and continues to serve as Chairperson and Spokesperson. This will be her dance company's seventh year providing a dance of HOPE "Emergence" for the hour long Dancers Fighting Cancer Ceremony event. Since 2011, her dance company also helps raises funds every year to support many charities. This is her seventh year that she sits as Luminaria Chair for The American Cancer Society's annual event: "Relay for Life" in which she produces an hour long program "Luminaria Ceremony". This program merges: dance, film, performances, and candlelight vigil that helps raise awareness and funds to help find the cure for cancer. READ MORE ABOUT OUR OUTREACHES & PROGRAMS.
In 2014, Ms. Andressen noticed that her eyesight began to worsen at a rapid speed. Upon going to a doctor, she was told that she was legally blind, she now has a disability. After months of follow up tests, it was also discovered that she has glaucoma. The future of her eyesight remains unknown. She's had to learn to adapt and and re-learn many things one could easily take for granted. While this is still a new challenge for her, she has chosen to rise above it all and succeed. As for her dancing, she's made adjustments and decided to not give up and not give in. "A true DanceWarrior®". Her creation: Rubans Rouges turned 10 years old in the fall of 2018. While we normally celebrate the anniversary of the company in January due to when we hold our festival, she triumphantly brought the company to its next landmark with grace and strength. 2019 kicked off the year with a huge surprise, she was featured as Ms. January and graced the cover of Lois Greenfield's DANCE Calendar published by the prestigious art calendar by Weingarten.
Challenges are not unknown to Ms. Andressen, and in 2018 she and our some members from our touring ensemble were injured in an auto accident that was due to no fault of our own. In this accident, Ms. Andressen sustained a spinal cord injury and our other members also were injured. This life altering event has only invigorated all of us to fight harder and win.
Some background history for clarity since we are asked often: Ms Andressen, who is married to a Native American (also from English, Scot-Irish, German decent) and Emmy nominated artist himself: Kristopher Kale, has a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic family. Their son, and with all their families combined they comprise most of the races including Mexican; Asian; and other Islander and cultures in our world. We believe this is what also makes our company and its members unique and accepting. Ms Andressen came from a Catholic faith, but as you know she's had many concerns about the faith. Upon her mother marrying and her Jewish step-father adopting her and brother, they combined their step father's Jewish faith with their Christian upbringing and celebrated the differences and merged the two faiths with harmony as did her husband. Her blood ancestry includes: primarily Italian and French; Austrian with noble decent; German; Swiss; Sicilian; Egyptian; and many others. For a pause, we truly don't appreciate the corporate insults of late about hers or us/The Board's faith and heritage. We are not prejudiced against anyone and take great offense to those who've mailed us these racial slights. We have reported each one. As Ms Andressen says, "We are all part of the same race: the human race...How can we still behave like infants and think one is superior over another. I'd have to have hatred towards my own self because I'm fashioned with many colors, a true artist sees all colors and utilizes them for noble purposes...."
Noelle Andressen, Brief Dancer BIO ready for press release - Guiding with strength and vision for the 12th season as Artistic Director for Rubans Rouges Dance, Principal Choreographer & Dancer, Ms Andressen reached a pinnacle highlight in her career having been photographed by legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield who calls Noelle "a true DanceWarrior®" . Throughout her 25 + year dance career, Ms. Andressen has appeared in various Stage, Film & TV dance roles including: "Modern Family", GLAAD Awards, Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards, "ENTROPY, "Without Him". The very first professional stage she was on while still a teen, was at the Bob Hope McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert where she met her future husband and began their careers in musical theater. For concert dance, she has performed in various venues & renown festivals internationally. She has toured internationally and presented work for Center Stage Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre's Performing Arts Center in Vegas, Moorpark Performing Arts Center, Pierce Performing Arts Center and various venues in NYC & Brooklyn. The BaliNale Film Festival & Idyllwild CineFest officially presented her choreographic work and performance on the big screen. Additionally, Ms. Andressen works as a model and appeared in several national magazines such as PARENTS, yoga, and photo books as a dancer including Maybelline Model and TV & Film Actress Tomiko Fraser-Hines's "UNbound" who additionally commissioned her work for Goddess Gathering 6 Year Anniversary Gala which featured Vanessa Williams. Her education consists of an AA in dance and a BFA in Fine Arts (UNLV), and working towards completing her MFA. She and her partner trained at Alvin Ailey in NYC, studied under Premier Danseur/Choreographer from the Paris Opera Ballet Patrick Frantz and with his resident choreographer at La Danserie Conservatory. Ms Andressen's blend of contemporary ballet is derived from various techniques and additionally, her athletic style comes from her martial arts background of Karate and Aikido. She currently teaches dance at various academies across the country as a special guest instructor, nominated Performance Artist of the Year (2012) and her choreography has been considered for Emmy nominations in various TV projects. "Coeur de Verre" (a section of Red Ribbons™) was nominated for a RAW Award for her dynamic choreographic merit and qualified as a finalist competing, and has won 2 competitions professionally. Salli Saffioti, Actress (NYPD Blue & ER) and Voice Over Artist said this about "Coeur de Verre", "Having seen Noelle's story told through dance, she is the full expression of hope and life and strength. Her artistic vision is uniquely her own and is a force. I was honored to see her perform."
(photo top Nicholas Heredia)