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Jamal/Sabra-dancer,teacher,choreographer(me)
Jefferson/Abagail-teacher,dancer(African)
Jenkins/Sharon-choreographer
Jobe/Steven-composer,musician
Jones/Brian-dancer(tap),choreographer
Jordan/Kieran-teacher,dancer(Irish)
Jungels/Aaron-dancer,teacher(ballet,modern)
Jungels/Dorothy-artistic director,choreographer(ballet)
Jungels/Rachel-dancer(ballet)
Juul/Tina-production stage manager

JAMAL/SABRA
SABRA JAMAL Dancer,Teacher,Choreographer, Artistic Director
Middle Eastern
Sabra Jamal is the Artistic Director of the Arabian Village Dancers- a dance company which has performed all over New England. In addition to teaching the work of national and international masters, Sabra is also a choreographer who teaches and performs her own dances including The Gypsy, Saidi Katia, Veil Fantasy, and Le Danse Algerian. She has a B.A. in Psychology, is a Reiki Master, and has 24 years of training and experience in Middle Eastern Dance.
ARCHIVE: CLASSES
PHONE: 401-284-0104
EMAIL: chealey430@aol.com
WEBSITE:
(posted 27Feb01/updated 26Sep01)
JEFFERSON/ABIGAIL IFATOLA
Teacher, Dancer
African
Abigail Ifatola Jefferson is a storyteller, dancer and arts educator performs and conducts workshops throughout the United States. Through a unique blend of story, song, and dance, Abigail brings to life stories from around the globe. Her performance presentations are highly interactive, educational and fun-filled. Audiences of all ages have described her performances and workshops as inspiring, informative, and energizing. Abigail has conducted workshops and performed in schools, churches, prisons, shelters, theatres, festivals, and libraries. Abigail holds a M.Ed. from Lesley University and a B.F.A. from Howard University. She has traveled to Ghana, Nigeria, and Cuba to study traditional cultures. Currently, she is co-director of Celebration of Culture, a program designed to increase students' and educators' appreciation of diversity. In December 2002, she was awarded two RISCA grants.
ARCHIVE: CLASSES (nothing at this time)
PHONE: 401-783-4982
EMAIL:
WEBSITE:
(posted 21Jan03/updated 13Sep03)
JENKINS/SHARON
Choreographer
Theatre,Modern
Sharon Jenkins has been a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for over 45 years, beginning her career in the children's corps de ballet of NYC Ballet's The Nutcracker. Her performing career has included work in the theater, night clubs, and the concert stage. She danced for several years with Rhode Island's first modern dance company, Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company, which performed and taught throughout the country. Ms. Jenkins was a dance specialist with The Rhode Island State Council on The Arts, where she served in the Arts in Education and Arts in Aging programs.

Her position as choreographer for Trinity Rep has spanned 30 years, 3 artistic directors, and dozens of productions, including The Music Man, Fall, and Annie. She directed and choreographed Tintypes and Side by Side by Sondheim, and has created dances for 17 productions of A Christmas Carol. Other work with Trinity includes Aimee, Rich and Famous, Jack the Ripper, The Lady from Maxims, The Boys Next Door, Red Noses, The School for Wives, and As You Like It.

She has choreographed for Rhode Island and Providence Colleges, and Roger Williams University Dance Theatre, and was the director of dance at Hope Arts Magnet School for 20 years.

Ms. Jenkins was the dance consultant and choreographer for Paramount Picture's 1992 feature School Ties, and currently works as a choreographer for The Arabella Project. She is married to actor Richard Jenkins, and they are the parents of Sarah and Andy. ARCHIVE: July 20, 2001 performance of the the Arabella Project's Not So Fast choreographed by Sharon Jenkins as part of Island Moving Co's 2001 Flight of Steps dance series held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.
May 12-June 25, 2000 at Trinity Repertory Company choreographed the world premiere of Fall (a play set at a swing camp) by Bridget Carpenter.
PHONE:
EMAIL:
WEBSITE: http://www.trinityrep.com
posted 12Feb01.updated 29Apr04
JOBE/STEVEN
Composer, Musician
Theatre, Dance
Steven Jobe has played music since the late nineteen-sixties when he played electric bass in a rock band with his high school friends back in Ohio. Since that time he studied viola and Medieval music, earning a couple of degrees along the way (B. Mus., Rhode Island College, 1982; M.A., The Ohio State University, 1984).

Settling in Providence, Rhode Island in 1984, he has continued to explore traditional and historical music on the viola, hurdy-gurdy and bassoon. In the process, he has collaborated with such musicians as accordionist/composer Alec K. Redfearn, harmonica virtuoso Chris Turner, violinist Laura Gulley, cellist Rob Bethel and vocalist Ellen Santaniello.

He has appeared in various local productions, ranging from A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Co. through the Rhode Island School of Design's Winter-session Cabaret and The Pan-Twilight Circus Theatre.

Composing since 1990, Jobe's works include an opera, Jeanne d'Arc (1993) and music for dance, Bosch's Garden (2001). He composed Four Movements for string quartet and soprano in 2005, and was subsequently commissioned to compose the Concerto for Bassoon with strings, harp and celesta. That piece had its premiere in June 2006 with bassoonist Jim Morgan as soloist.

Beginning in 2000, Jobe commissioned the design and construction of several large-scale instruments, including the Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy - ten feet long with three wheels and an octave-and-a-half keyboard. The performance resulting from this work premiered october 5 & 6, 2007 as part of the FirstWorks Providence Arts festival.

ARCHIVE:
ADDRESS:
PHONE: 401-345-4320
EMAIL: stevenjobe@gmail.com
WEBSITE: http://www.as220.org/~stevenjobe/index.html
posted 09Oct01.updated 17Sep07
JONES/BRIAN
Brian Jones Dancer,Choreographer,Costume Designer,Singer
Tap, Ballroom, Theatrical (sRI, wRI, lRI)
Dancing and singing professionally since 1975, Brian Jones is Rhode Island's premiere tap dancer. As founder, artistic director, and participant in the late Brian Jones All-Tap Revue, he created a tap dance venue that has rarely been equaled inside or outside of Rhode Island. The All-Tap Revue captivated its audience with song, story, and humor.
In 2000 he and Susan Boyce (his song-and-dance partner of many years) swing danced in Trinity Repertory's production of Bridget Carpenter's Fall. Previous Trinity choreography includes Cathedral of Ice, Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Master Harold...and the Boys, and Baby.

Like many Rhode Island artists, Brian's career can only be described as eclectic. He has toured with Susan Boyce as the song-and-dance team Jones & Boyce, and performed with Donald Suthard as Street Tap. Everett Dance Theatre, Harlem Dance Foundation, Orion Chamber Ensemble, and Hawaii's Volcano Circus have danced his choreography.

His media credits include television and radio commercials, private-label recordings, and producing the social dance documentary, Oh How We Danced, with John Belcher and Dorothy Jungels.

With a degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, he has designed sets, costumes, and graphics. He has co-authored theatrical scripts, arranged vocal and electronic scores, and programmed the entertainment for Providence's first First Night. He has toured and shared the bill with The Boston Philharmonic, The American Band, and was the subject of the Family Channel's TV show American Snapshots. Among other projects, he has been a resident choreographer with the Rhode Island College Dance Company.
You can see his class schedules at Brian Jones Classes.

EMAIL:

posted 12Feb01.updated 8Aug08
JORDAN/KIERAN
Dancer,Teacher
Irish Step Dancing, Cape Breton Step Dancing
Kieran Jordan, T.C.R.G. has been Irish step dancing for over 23 years. She enjoys teaching and performing and deconstructing the belief that Irish step dancing is just for competitions. She has taught at The Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, Rhode Island and is currantly teaching as the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A Philadelphia native and Boston resident, Kieran earned a B.A. in English and Irish Studies from Boston College, and she spent her junior year at University College, Cork, Ireland, studying Irish music, dance and folklore. For four years, she worked at The Boston Irish Reporter newspaper as arts editor and Irish music and dance features writer. She has written articles for Irish Music magazine in Dublin and has created her own lecture/demonstration on the history and development of Irish step dancing which she presents in schools. As a performer, Kieran dances in concerts and festivals throughout New England with Pendragon (with step dancer Kevin Doyle) and Childsplay. In 2001, she danced in a nine-week run of And They Called It Ireland, a new Irish musical choreographed by Mary Beth Griffith and produced by The Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Kieran is an expressive dancer who focuses on percussion, simplicity and grace; she also performs Cape Breton step dancing. Kieran is a certified Irish dancing teacher.
ARCHIVE:
PHONE: 617-825-8787
EMAIL: info@kieranjordan.com
WEBSITE: KIERNAN JORDAN
(posted 11Jul01.updated 24Aug04)
JUNGELS/AARON
Dancer
Ballet
Aaron Jungels dances with and is one of the founders of the Everett Dance Theatre, and was one of the major players (along with his mother-Dorothy) in the construction of The Carriage House.
A co-founder of Everett Dance Theatre, Aaron Jungels brings a variety of design, movement and teaching skills to his work with the company. A state-wide wrestling champion in high school, he went on to study fashion,theatre,film and sculpture at RISD, and eventually discovered in dance a way of integrating his interests in kinetic arts and performance. Beyond creating many of the innovative props and set pieces used by Everett, Aaron's skills as a designer and builder were utilized to manage the renovation of an old carriage house into the company's own studio theatre, which opened in September 1994. ARCHIVE:
PHONE: 401-831-9479
EMAIL:
WEBSITE: EVERETT DANCE THEATRE
(posted 12Feb01/updated 15Oct01)
JUNGELS/DOROTHY
Choreographer, Artistic Director, Promoter, Dancer(r)
Ballet
When Dorothy Jungels founded Everett Dance Theatre in 1986, she brought to the company a lifetime of experience in dance, education, and visual arts that has led the company to national recognition. As Artistic Director, Dorothy has been awarded four choreographer's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, she won a Bessie, the New York Dance and Performance award, for Body of Work, an evening length concert exploring work and the labor movement. In 1997, Everett was the recipient of the First Annual Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1994, along with the assistance and commitment of her company as well as help from her family, many artists and community members including the Rhode Island Guard and Brown, Dorothy created the Carriage House Theatre as a venue for small to medium sized Rhode Island dance companies. Everett Dance Theatre uses the space for rehearsals and offers dance training for a diverse variety of students. The Carriage House targets low-income inner-city youth and offers its programs free of charge to provide arts experiences to a population that tends to have limited access. In 1995, under Dorothy's direction, The Carriage House received the City of Providence Citizens Citation for Outstanding Youth Program. Through the Carriage Inn, she has promoted many different kinds of dance. Dorothy has taught at Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Trinity Conservatory, and Roger Williams College. She has also worked for the state bringing the arts to mental hospitals, children's hospitals, prisons, senior citizens sites and conferences. In 1982, along with Brian Jones and John Belcher, Dorothy put together and filmed the social dance documentary, Oh, How We Danced, about social dancing in RI in the 30's, 40's, and 50's.(This video is available from the Warwick and Providence Library sytems.)
ARCHIVE:
PHONE: 401-831-9479
EMAIL:
WEBSITE: EVERETT DANCE THEATRE
(posted 12Feb01/updated 15Oct01)
JUNGELS/RACHEL
Dancer
Ballet
Rachel Jungels studied with Lydia Pettine at the Dance Center, and graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. She teaches, and is a founding member as well as a dancer, with the Everett Dance Theatre.
ARCHIVE:
PHONE:401-831-9479
EMAIL:
WEBSITE: EVERETT DANCE THEATRE
(posted 12Feb01/updated 15Oct01)
JUUL/TINA
Production Stage Manager
Tina Juul stage-managed for Groundwerx Dance Theatre from 1994-1999. Her credits include The Fleet Arts Showcase at the Providence Performing Arts Center, The Oddity & the Ecstasy, Sweatbox, DecaDance- The Tenth Venture, No Fear of Falling, Faith and Providence, Urban Pagans, Downcity Dances, and Groundwerx's residencies in Juneau, Alaska, and numerous colleges. She also stage-managed The Fall of the House of Usher, Groundwerx's collaboration with the New York-based Invisible Theatre, which toured both Providence and New York. Tina has also worked extensively throughout Providence and beyond with: Trinity Repertory Company and Brown University, Perishable Theatre, Synergos Theatre Project, Square One Theatre Project, Sally Mayo Dance Company, Spindle City Ballet, Providence composer Steven L.Jobe, The Rhode Island Dance Consortium, local choreographer Gary Shore, and Keith Munslow's Thick Cut Bacon and Other Stories. Having earned her BA in Theatre from the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Roger Williams University, Tina currently serves as Production Coordinator for the Providence Parks Department in the Office of Cultural Affairs.
ARCHIVE: Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for GOING SOLO 27-29April 2000 at the Carriage House
PHONE:
EMAIL: tj@caparts.org
WEBSITE:
(posted 12Feb01/updated 27Feb01)

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