Cynthia Fellom Tricou cofounded Fellom Ballet School in 1965 with her two sisters, Artie & Martie. Dr. Tricou was professor of Education and former Laboratory School Director at Southeastern Louisiana University. She received her doctoral degree in Elementary Teaching from the University of Northern Colorado. She has studied and taught dance for over 46 years. Dr. Tricou retired from Southeastern Louisiana University after 25 years on the faculty. She presently teaches music, dance, and theatre at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School for the Performing Arts (Tangipahoa Parish School System). She also enjoys practicing sacred movement, Pilates, yoga, and aromatherapy. She hopes to continue her passion for working in the performing arts, writing stories for children, and cooking.
Artie Fellom Gautier continues to work in public education. Mrs. Gautier has been an educator for the past 49 years in the Private and Public sectors in Louisiana teaching all age levels from Pre Kindergarten to College. International work involves Classical Ballet instruction for the Algoma Music Camp in Algoma, Ontario, Canada where she serves as Artistic Director of Ballet Lagniappe. Film, Creative Writing, and Sacred Movement continue to be her passion. Life will always be good when each day is a day for learning and sharing and kindness. Mrs. Gautier’s journey reflects teaching children to be all they were created to be. She continues to serve God with all her heart and soul and to teach the children that come into her path in Louisiana and Canada and along life’s way. Artie serves as Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet’s Fine and Performing Arts Specialist. She finds herself indifferent with titles and that lover of children and books reflects her own mother’s life philosophy and hers also. She has studied formally, but her greatest learning has been through living each day with an open mind and a willingness to serve.
Martie Fellom, professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Southeastern Louisiana University, received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University in 1985 and, and while at NYC, she was a Shubert Fellow. This is her 28th year at Southeastern. Dr. Fellom currently holds the title Woman’s Hospital Endowed Professor in Humanities. She received the President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity at Southeastern in 1995 and was the recipient of the 1993-94 Louisiana Dance Educator of the Year Award presented by the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD). Dr. Fellom has been on the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) for two terms. She was the 1998 recipient of the Dance Award presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center and co-recipient with Fellom Ballet in 2000. One of her favorite quotes is “To dance is to live.”