Sept 15, 2013 New Fred Astaire Studio opens in Warwick
A new Fred Astaire ballroom dance studio has opened in Warwick. Located at 120 Lambert Lind Hwy., it offers classes in Ballroom and Latin/Rhythm, Swing, Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, and more. Additional information can be found on their website. They plan teaching in private and group classes and will feature weekly Friday night dances.
Lisa Medley of Soulistic Arts sent over an interesting piece about a new freestyle dance organized in a manner similar to Dance Friday in Boston. Called "Concious Dance", the events do not involve instruction. The events will be scheduled monthly. Unfortunately, I missed getting this up in time for the first event which was Sept 7th, but you can go to their website and find out more information and find out about upcoming events in this different form of movement.
Heather Ahearn has begun a donations drive to support Aerplay. Below is the text of her appeal. It is a truly worthy cause and I hope you will give it careful consideration.
Dear Friend of Dance,
Aerplaye (tm) is Providence, Rhode Island's newest modern dance project and provides dances that are thought-provoking, humorous, viscerally exciting, and poignant. We need your financial support to thrive by clicking on this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8452 and then clicking on "Donate Now".
Founded by critically acclaimed choreographer, Heather Ahern, (former Co-Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI) the work explores various issues including human relationships, expectations based on gender, and the joy of pure movement.
Currently, Aerplaye is in heavy rehearsal, and we are off to a great start! Our first cast includes, dancers Jamie Arnold, Shura Baryshnikov, Sarah Hopkins, Brittany Lombardi, and Kathy Smith. Our premier performance is on Saturday, September 28th at 8pm, and Sunday, September 29th at 2pm at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium.
There are expenses accrued in getting our premier dance concert off the ground. Here at Aerplaye, we consider ourselves to be a dancer-centric project. Therefore, dancers are paid a fair hourly wage for rehearsals, and a generous performance fee. In addition to the expense of paying dancers, there are studio, lighting equipment, and dance flooring rentals. There are also the costs of marketing materials such as photos, posters, advertisements, and postcards. There are other personnel to consider: a technical director, lighting designer, sound engineer, lighting board operator, and stage crew, among them. It really does take a village to mount a show!
Help Aerplaye thrive and keep modern dance alive. While any donation, no matter how small, will help us toward our goals, here are some examples of how we can make your dollars work:
$50 covers 5 hours of rehearsal for one dancer
$100 covers printing postcards for our performance
June 26, 2013 JEFF ALLEN OPENS NEW STUDIO IN CRANSTON, RI
Jeff Allen, ballroom dance teacher, coach, and the author of several books on Ballroom Dance, has opened a new studio in Cranston, RI.
The studio is located at 800 Oaklawn Ave, (Rte 5) Unit 2 and features a large hardwood floor, excellent lighting, and full sized mirrors on the walls.
Jeff and his wife Robin are teaching classes in a variety of dances with a special focus on Latin, and wedding preparation. Robin Allen has joined the professional
ranks of credentialed teachers by passing the first of her professional exams. She scored highly commended on her junior associates tests for DIVIDA. She has joined
the staff of Jeff Allen Latin and Ballroom Dance Studio. Robin is co-teaching all group classes with her husband Jeff as well as private lessons.
Jeff is a sponsor of riDance and a link to his bio and more detailed information on his offerings can be found in the sponsorship links to the left of this column.
February 7, 2013 CANCELLATIONS BEFORE NEMO
In preparation for the impending arrival of Winter Storm Nemo, a number of dances, and dance performances have been cancelled across the state. Below is
a list of the cancellation requests received at riDance in anticipation of the storm.
Boston Casting and Media Performance Institute will be closed Friday and Saturday. All auditions, classes, and appointments will be rescheduled.
Boston Dance Company School has cancelled all classes from Friday to Monday
The Dance Complex will close on Friday at 2 pm and reopen on Sunday.
DanceNelia Friday night dance for this week has been cancelled.
The English Country Dance for Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 to 10:30 PM, at the South Kingstown Land Trust barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown has been cancelled.
Green Street Studios Community Concert has been rescheduled to Friday Feb. 23rd at 7pm.
The Hartford Contra Dance with 1st Time String Band has been cancelled for Saturday February 9th
The K and S Valentine's dance has been cancelled for February 9th and rescheduled for February 16th.
The Mardi Gras Benefit Bash at Jones River Trading in Kingston, MA on Saturday, Feb. 9 has been postponed due to the fearsome weather. Stay tuned for the new date!
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) announced today that select performances of its current production of Neil Simons Fools will be canceled due to the impending snowstorm.
Performances of Fools scheduled for Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 pm, as well as the post-show cabaret scheduled for Friday, February 8 have been canceled.
At this time, performances on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm as well as the post-show cabaret following the Saturday, February 9 performance will be presented as originally scheduled.
The Providence Skating Center will close on Friday at 2 PM and reopen on Saturday at 4 pm. (Times are tentative.)
The Rehoboth Contra dance, scheduled for Friday evening, has been cancelled.
Supershag Dance Studio has cancelled their Friday night party but invite their students to join them at Ryles on Saturday and at next Friday's dance.
Also, the Saturday morning Lindy workshop is rescheduled for 2/23
If I receive any additional email notifications of cancellations I will try and post them in this article on the front page.
JANUARY 22, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENT WEBSITE RENEWAL
After nearly fourteen months of inactivity riDance is back! Restoration of the site is now underway.
For those who have used the site in the past, updated information on performances, dances, classes, will begin in the coming weeks.
For those who have provided information in the past, efforts will be made to contact you to get updated listings.
We will also be contacting those who have sponsored this site in the past concerning renewals and gathering additional information for your sponsorship benefits.
A redesign of the site, which was started in November of 2011 was postponed do to the illness of the site's owner
and webmaster, Deborah Nash. With her passing in November of 2011, the task has moved to her husband and the new site owner, Heather Ahern.
The actual implementation of the redesigned site will occur in stages and is planned to begin later this year.
For now, the current site layout will be maintained and updates will be made it as new information is gathered.
JANUARY 22, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENT WEBSITE TRANSFER
Among the last acts performed by Deborah Nash was an effort to preserve riDance for future generations. After a long and carful search Deborah transferred
ownership of the site to Heather Ahern -- a person whom she respected and felt would try her best to maintain the standards of the site. As her husband, I
was very pleased with the choice and I believe that the site has moved on to good hands.
Heather Ahern is returning to Rhode Island where she spent many years as a co-founder, co-director, and performer of Groundwerx. She left the state to pursue
a masters degree in fine arts. She a consumate professional dancer and choreographer and during her tenure with Groundwerx she served as its director, manager
and choreographer. She is an active individual and brings a vibrant energy to her dance and to this site. I look forward to working with her to promote dance
in Rhode Island.
With Heather's assistance I hope to make several major improvements to the day to day operations of the site, and to prepare it for the next generation of viewers.
I hope you will all welcome her back, and work with her to renew the site for future Rhode Islanders to enjoy.
- David Dougher
NOVEMBER 16, 2013 OBITUARY ANNOUNCEMENT Founder Deborah Nash
Nash, Deborah A., 62, of Exeter, passed away November 16th , 2012 at her home with her husband and members of her immediate family at her side. She was the beloved
wife of David Dougher and the creator and sole maintainer of riDance.
Born in Crystal Lake, Ohio, her family moved to Columbus, Ohio and Orono, Maine before finally settling in Kingston, Rhode Island. She was the eldest daughter of
Charles and Frances (Agar) Nash.
She was a graduate of South Kingstown High School and the University of Rhode Island. In her early career she championed women's rights and was asked by the authors,
G. Kass-Simon and Patricia Farnes to be the Associate Editor of "Women of Science - Righting the Record." Considered a seminal work in the women's movement, it has
remained in print since its initial publication in 1990, and continues to be used as a textbook by colleges and universities.
An avid reader and writer, herself, she continued to assist others with their work. Her final editing project was for the just released young adult novel, "The Marble Game",
by Sarah Sloane. The book was dedicated to her by the author. Her interest in writing led her to publish her own poetry and the hobby of creating miniature books. She
created several books, with each double sided page being smaller than a postage stamp. Many included carefully reduced illustrations.
Deborah was an ardent believer in animal rights and a strict vegetarian. She was an accomplished equestrian and engaged in many outdoor sports including ice skating,
swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
She worked for a period of time in the corporate travel industry, specializing in complicated travel itineraries for business professionals, and travelled widely herself.
In 1990 she left corporate work and turned her interest to dance. It was a transformative experience. She trained as a ballroom dance instructor at Paris Academy in
Massachusetts and went on to create riDance.com, one of the largest dance websites in the country. She focused on older adult students, believing that too much attention
was being directed to young and competitive dancers. She worked constantly to improve her teaching technique and taught hundreds of couples and individuals in Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She never stopped her own education, and loved all kinds of dance. She took dozens of classes from experts in jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet,
lindy, and blues dance, as well as regular training to improve her understanding of ballroom technique.
Recognized by her peers for her work on riDance.com and the dance field in general, she was elected to be President of Dance Alliance, the Rhode Island organization
representing the interests of the professional dance community from 2004 to 2009. She was a frequent attendee of dance events: high school recitals, college performances,
ballroom events such as K&S and Dancing Feeling, modern performances by Fusionworks, and classical performances by the Providence Ballet. She would promote these events
and often personally review them on the website to give them additional exposure.
Besides her husband and parents, she leaves two brothers, Jonathan Nash and Eric Nash; and a sister, Susan Nash, and many, many friends from all walks of life.
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