Acevedo/Donald-dancer and teacher(ballet)
Adams/Carolyn-teacher,faculty,curator - dancer(r)
Alfandre/Dominique-Administrator IMC & Ri4Arts
Allen/Jeff-dancer and teacher(ballroom,latin,swing,hustle),writer|
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y
Dancer, Artistic Director, Teacher
Ballet (bRI, lRI, wRI)
Donald Acevedo is a native of Rhode Island and a graduate of the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada where he received his classical ballet training. He has danced with the National Ballet of Canada, Ater Balletto in Italy, the London City Ballet, and the Dutch National Ballet. Locally Donald has performed with numerous ballet companies including the former Cavanaugh & Dancers, and Cadence Dance Project where he was also the assistant artistic director. He teaches classical ballet to students of all ages, privately and in groups, at the Providence Ballet studio. He is a member of Waking Dreams and Warrior Women, a breast health awareness and art and healing organization, as well as the director and artistic consultant for the Waking Dance Project.
ADDRESS: Providence Ballet/107 Eddy St/Providence RI
WEBSITE: DONALD ACEVEDO and WAKING DANCE PROJECT
posted 25Jan01.updated 21Jan04
Carolyn Adams was born in New York City and raised in Harlem. Her father was managing editor of the Amsterdam News, and her mother pursued a career as a writer, pianist, and composer. Adams studied at the Martha Graham School and attended Sarah Lawrence College. When she joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1965, she was the company's only black member. Adams distinguished herself during her years with Taylor. Her particular qualities as a dancer enhanced Taylor's eclectic style of choreography, which emphasized momentum and each dancer's individual talent. The petite Adams demonstrated a gift for lightness and speed.
Adams gained worldwide recognition as a dancer and taught dance composition in London and Denmark. In 1969, while still active as a performer, Adams, with her sister Julie Adams Strandberg, also a dancer, founded the Harlem Dance Foundation. The multipurpose school and center for community preservation and restoration was originally located in the family's historic brownstone residence and eventually expanded into a second Harlem brownstone. Adams divided her time between developing the school and pursuing her interest in brownstone preservation and landmark designation.
Carolyn Adams and her sister (Brown's Julie Strandberg) are co-editors of Dancing Through the Curriculum: a guide to dance video tapes designed by and for teachers to enhance the school curriculum. Also with her sister she co-produced Images & Reflections, a video documentary on Donald McKayle's Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder. Ms.Adams is Curator for The American Dance Legacy Institute and serves on the faculty of The Julliard School. She is often to be found here in Rhode Island.
The first two paragraphs are taken from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/freetodance/biographies/ - a wonderful source detailing how black dancers effected modern and jazz dance in the United States. ARCHIVE:
posted 4Mar01.updated 04Feb04
Tara Ahmed is a Boston-based dancer and choreographer who focuses on the classical Indian dance styles of Bharat Natyam and Kuchipudi. In addition to her work in pure classical Indian dance, Tara choreographs and collaborates with musicians, actors, poets and dancers from other traditions, to create contemporary works. She is the founder and artistic director of Lasya and is a member of the Triveni Dance Ensemble. She has performed and taught in Brazil, Turkey and throughout the U.S.
She teaches Bharat Natyam and Kuchipudi at the Triveni School of Dance in Brookline, Massachusetts and at the Groundwerx Movement Center in Providence. She also gives lecture/demonstrations, guest classes and workshops regionally. Tara has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has studied other dance disciplines, including West African. She received her classical dance training from Neena Gulati in Brookline, Massachusetts and from Anuradha Jonnalagadda in Hyderabad, India.
WEB SITE: TARA AHMED and TRIVENI SCHOOL OF DANCE
Dominique Alfandre moved to Newport, RI in 1982 when the Island Moving Co. was first forming. First as a board member and then as a paid manager, she worked with the dance company for the next twenty-two years, currently as Executive Director. During this time she helped found the RI Dance Consortium, an association of local arts councils, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, which she now chairs. She has also worked as a consultant with Janice Kissinger in Non Profit Advisory Services, and has offered counsel to many fledgling arts organizations. She serves on the boards of Island Arts, Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, and the Newport Performing Arts Center. In 2005 she received the Arts & Business/RI Arts Advocate award.
WEB SITE: IMC and NEWPORT ARTS
posted 27Feb03.updated 10Jan05
Dancer, choreographer, performance artist, Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre,Teacher
Modern, ballet (lRI,wRI)
Heather Ahern is a founding member, performer, and Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre. She taught dance at Moses Brown School and the Gordon School and has choreographed, performed, and taught dance at numerous schools and colleges throughout New England. She enjoys creating choreography for theatre and using scripted materials as the basis for her movement pieces. Her projects include choreography for Girl Gone at Perishable Theatre and commissioned work at Providence College, Festival Ballet and Roger Williams University as well as producing Groundwerx concerts at the Carriage House.
Ahern is a past recipient of an artist project grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the creation and performance of a one-woman show titled Amazons, Goddesses, and Others. Past performances include work with Gary Shore, Pat Goneconto and Dancers, Annamaura Silverblatt, Michele Bach-Coulibaly, Shoda Moving Theatre, Bottom Doubt and the Invisible Theatre in New York City.
An experienced movement educator, Heather presents the creative process in exciting and accessible lecture-demonstrations, workshops, and performances. She holds a BA in dance from Roger Williams University and is an accredited physical trainer. At Groundwerx, she hosted a more-or-less monthly choreography workshop.
In August 2002, she departed to California to get her MFA from California State University.
Update: Heather graduated in 2005. She is now an Assistant Professor of Dance at West Virginia University.
ARCHIVE: DEPARTURE and ROLES AND CHOREOGRAPHY
WEB SITE: HOUSE OF USHER REVIEW
posted 25Jan01.updated 10Jan08
Dancer, teacher, writer
Ballroom, Swing (west and east coast and lindy), Hustle, Salsa, Argentine tango
(lRI, wRI, sRI)
Jeff Allen, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, developed his interest in Ballroom Dancing in 1960 with social dance classes in Providence. By the late 70's Jeff's interest in competitive dancing began to consume all of his free time. At that time Disco dancing and Disco Night Club competition were his main dance activity. Disco dance competitions were held all over New England and New York where Jeff won thousands of dollars competing. The Disco craze subsided and competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancing piqued Jeff's interest. He began competing in national and international dance competitions.
Jeff turned professional in July of 1984 after winning the Gold closed level at the North American Championships. In that same year Jeff began traveling to Montreal, Quebec, a mecca of Ballroom Dancing, for teacher training and competitive dancing. This journey continued every four weeks for over three years. Jeff finished in 4th place in the Canadian Provincial Basic and Standard Professional Latin Championships, won the New England Professional American Smooth Championships, finished 2nd in the Rising Star Closed Latin North American Championships, and was a finalist in the Eastern United States Championships in both the Professional Open American Smooth and Professional Open International Latin Divisions.
His interest in Argentine Tango developed when training in Montreal during 1986. Fascinated by this form of Tango, he took a bold step and added elements of the Argentine style to his professional American Tango choreography. Today all top competitors in the American Smooth divisions use Argentine Tango to add drama to the American style.
Jeff's greatest pride is the more than 30 Top Teacher Awards he has won and having kept his position consistently in the list of the Top 75 teachers in North America. This was done while competing professionally and performing an average of more than one show per week. Jeff holds his Membership credentials with The North American Dance Teachers Association, Inc. and The Pan American Teachers Association and his Associates credentials with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
Jeff has written a series of well-reviewed books on dance- Quickstart to Social Dancing, Quickstart To Tango, The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing (and a companion video), and Quickstart To Swing. His latest book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancing was originally published in 2002 by Alpha Press and a second edition is due out on September 5, 2006. He is also a feature writer for Dancing USA.
Jeff Allen served as the ballroom dance resident expert for USA Today Newspapers during the February through May 2007 Dancing With The Stars season.
He is available for private and semi-private classe.
PHONE: Phone 401-331-1400
WEBSITE: JEFF ALLEN DANCE
posted 25Jan01.updated 5Apr12
Robin Allen, from Indiana, joined Cadence Dance Project in 1999. An alumna of Indiana University with a Master's Degree in Ballet and a Bachelor's Degree in both Ballet and Human Biology, she studied under Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous, and Jacques and Virginia Cesbron. She has performed in a wide range of classical and contemporary works including Serenade, Western Symphony, Don Quixote, Great Galloping Gottshalk, The Firebird, and Daphnis et Chloe. Since moving to New England in 1998, Robin has also danced with Newport's Island Moving Company, worked with Boston Ballet's City Dance Program, and currently teaches ballet at Boston Ballet and The New Bedford Ballet School.
Providence, RI-based dancer, Ankhara has been involved in the Rhode Island arts scene for a number of years, having been a participant, then coordinator and contributor of the Newport, RI Women's Sacred Arts Festival Exhibit. She preforms in American Tribal Fusion, Nightclub and Sacred Dance forms. Her dance style is rooted in her early training in ballet, with evidence of jazz and other modern dance forms.
As webmistress, event organizer and founding member of the Ocean State Pagan Network, she plays a dynamic role in bringing performance, education and networking opportunities together for local community members. Ankhara's love of the arts has brought her to the world of Middle Eastern Dance. She has performed as a dancer and is also a doumbek player.
WEB SITE: BELLY DANCE RI
Rebecca Arnold is a member of Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre. While working with Jose Mateo, she has progressed from dancing corps roles to principal parts, and has been a faculty member at the school since 1990. Ms. Arnold received her early training with the State Ballet of Rhode Island and later received her BFA at the Boston Conservatory. In addition, she has studied modern dance at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City.
ARCHIVE: See also Kim Carnevale who was with Cadence Dance Project and now dances with Jose Mateo
WEBSITE: JOSE MATEO'S BALLET THEATRE