4/2/2017 Maggie ADAIR Upton Featured in Antigone
SARTA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Maggie ADAIR Upton, will be featured in an adaptation of Antigone, by Sophocles, at the Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Boulevard, North Sacrament
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9/27/2016 Maggie ADAIR Upton receives SARTA Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to classmate Maggie ADAIR Upton
A Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Maggie recently by SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance). The following informatio
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8/16/2014 TESTA wins ClassReport Questionnaire Contest
Congratulations to Bob Testa, who was the first person to correctly identify the 10 classmates who fit the statements in the recent ClassReport Questionnaire. As his prize, Bob was given a $
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Marlis graduated from SHS in February 1958 and entered U.C. Berkeley for two years, followed by two years at U.W. in Seattle where she graduated with a double major in Elementary Education and Fine Art. She worked as a kindergarten teacher full-time until 1964, returning to California with her husband, Dr. Eugene Rosa (a 1955 SHS graduate). They built a home in Berkeley where Marlis lived for 30 years. They divorced in 1980, after 20 years of marriage.
In 1967, Marlis earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science at U.C. Berkeley, then began 45 entrepreneurial years as a professional dancer and dance teacher for women and children in the San Francisco Bay Area. For a decade, Marlis owned a dance studio in Albany, California, and traveled yearly throughout Europe and the Middle East, teaching master dance classes in Cologne and Berlin, Germany, and the western U.S. during the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
In retirement, Marlis, who is more widely known by her stage and pen name, “Najia,” is a coach for professional dancers and has written numerous articles for dance magazines. She also edits copy for an online Internet magazine titled “The Gilded Serpent” (a journal of Middle Eastern Dance and Culture).
Marlis lives in unincorporated Bay Point, California, with her two cats and her antique collections that include framed examples of hand-made lace, embroidered and beaded textiles and other art works. She is a member of the Berkeley Hillside Club and is currently a cancer survivor, struggling to return more fully to dance.
On Facebook: Marlis Rosa
List of articles written by Marlis: www.gildedserpent.com/najia
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