- PAULA HUNTER AND DANCERS
MODERN & PERFORMANCE ART
- 73 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
A small modern dance company with all choreography by Paula Hunter
who often also does solo performance pieces.
Lecture demonstrations and full performances by the company.
Choreography is highly physical and theatrical.
Also see JUMP- a dance company founded and run
by Paula Hunter for children ages 8 to 18
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX REVIEW
By Johnette Rodriquez
...January 23, 2004
- PO Box 746
Newport, RI 02840
Contact: Cheryl Burns
The Island Moving Company presents original works by company members and
guest choreographers in styles ranging from classical ballet to modern and jazz.
Its dancers, led by Miki Ohlsen, present master classes, lecture/demonstrations
and full-length concerts for children and adults. Repertoire includes original
works based on stories and fairy tales as well as shorter works to jazz,
contemporary and classical composers.
Artistic Director: Miki Ohlsen
- THE JASPER BALLET
- 3344 Mendon Rd
Cumberland RI 02864
Artistic Director: Arlene Gilbert
The Jasper Ballet is an all-volunteer nonprofit ballet company dedicated to helping fight the battle against AIDS. Founded in 1995 in memory of Alan Golden, named for Alan's dog, Jasper, The company resides at The Jasper School of Dance, and is
headed by Arlene Gilbert, Founding Director and Artistic Advisor, and
Ann-Marie Normandin, Artistic Director.
In November of 1995, The Jasper Ballet premiered at Rhode Island College,
and has since disbursed over $11,000 in contributions to AIDS organizations. As
part of its initial fundraising campaign, the company raised $1600 in raffle sales
for a pair of white satin pointe shoes personally signed, in support of the
company's goals, by actress Elizabeth Taylor.
This troupe of young dancers danced in 1995 and 1996 to present Moments to Remember in observance of World AIDS Day. These moving presentations included inspirational and spiritual dance works, guest speakers from the clergy and various AIDS organizations, a display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and a tribute to those who lost their lives to the virus with a memorial reading of names. Since 1997, the company's performances have been in conjunction with other organizations that compliment The Jasper Ballet's purposes, while at the same time continuing to engage in its own fundraising campaign.
Jasper is an acronym for Just for AIDS Support, Perpetual Care, Education and Research.
Recipients of The Jasper Ballet proceeds include RI Project/AIDS; Amfar (the
American Foundation for AIDS Research); The National Chapter of the NAMES
Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; The RI Chapter of the NAMES Project AIDS
Memorial Quilt; House of Compassion; Hospice Care; and F.A.C.T.S. (Family
AIDS Center for Treatment & Support).
MODERN, BALLET & JAZZ/YOUTH
- 8 Rhode Island Avenue
Providence RI 02906
President: Karen Norton firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic Director: Paula Hunter Mphunter54@aol.com
JUMP! is a collaborative dance company based in Providence, RI for children ages 8 to 18. JUMP! was founded by Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter in 1999 with a mission to encourage and instruct young local artists in creating and performing original choreography.
JUMP! is not your typical dance company! At JUMP! children take center stage - dancing, acting, directing, and choreographing. JUMP! is a unique dance company specializing in dance-theater that combines ballet technique, modern dance, exciting sets, original music and acting. Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter collaborates with her young company involving them in all aspects of the production. JUMP!, Hunter's 5-year old brainchild, is based on a collaborative model in which participants learn to choreograph and direct productions - a rare opportunity for young dancers.
Criticaldance.com did an article about JUMP!'s first New York City appearance at Judson Church on April 30th, 2001. You can see it at http://www.criticaldance.com/features/2001/jump.html. Ladancedirectory.com also has an 2002 article at http://www.ladancedirectory.com/monthlyprofile/august2002.htm.
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX REVIEW
By Johnette Rodriquez
COOL MOVES Jump! climbs aboard The Polar Express - December 5, 2003
Also see Paula Hunter and Dancers
posted Dec00/updated 29Jun06
- KOMME DJOSSE
Lead by Seydou Coulibaly, Komme Djosse is a high
energy troupe of West African performance artists -- musicians, poets, dancers,
storytellers, and singers -- who are committed to introducing the
traditional arts of the Mande people to students, both young and old.
Komme Djosse is available for performances as well as residencies.
Performances and Programs are inter-active in nature. Students
will be given a brief history of the Khassonke, Bambara, Malinke,
and Bobo peoples who comprise the Malian population. Songs will
be taught from the specific ethinic groups represented in the dances.
Residencies (from one day to a week or longer) may include Dance Workshops taught by
Award-Winning Master Dancer Seydou Coulibaly, Drum Classes in
the traditional djembe style of drumming, and Lectures. (Feb01)
- KUKIKI & THE COCONUTS
- Judi T Dance Studio Inc
1211 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Judith Tessitore Nietupski (Judi T.) is "Kukiki". She is a dance
instructor and choreographer who offers an authentic and entertaining Polynesian
review, as well as Hulagrams for various special occasions. She has performed
with many different celebrities, appeared in the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon
and PM Magazine, and performed in benefits for senior citizen and youth
- LADIES OF THE ROLLINGPIN
26 Highland Ave
Wakefield, RI 02879
Contact: Dance Foreman Marjie Stevens 401-789-3680
Contact: Ginny Kenny 401-782-2286
Ladies of the Rollingpin perform Border (of England and Wales) Morris dance routines which date back hundreds of years. LORP was founded by Marjie Stevens and Susan Olson in Wakefield RI in 1998. Dancers wear black dresses, chef hats and aprons and use rollingpins in their movement as well as percussive instruments. The company has performed at fairs and festivals such as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), Providence Waterfire, the infamous Wakefield Block Parties, Twelfth Night Peasants Feast, South County Hot Air Festival and Providence First Night. In addition they dance at private events such as parties, weddings and the Blessing of the Bread.
Ladies of the Rolling Pin are available to bring their own brand of flour power to any festive occasion. To book them call Margie at 401-789-3680 or Kate at 401-789-7779.
Morris dancing groups are called teams. Joining a team is like joining a chorus or band. You practice and then perform. LORP currently practices every other Sunday from 7pm to 9pm. If you are interested, please attend their annual recruitment practice. This year it's September 21, 2003 from 7pm to 9pm at the Jean Deluca Dance and Gymnastics Studio in Wakefield. Beginners are welcome.
- LITTLE BABEMBA
- 91 Knowlton Street
Riverside, RI 02915
Artistic Director Michele Bach-Coulibaly
Little Babemba is a dance company of 12-18 year olds from Roger Williams School in Providence performing traditional West African dance.
See NEW WORKS/WORLD TRADITIONS.
- Phone: 401-351-9211
Lub-dub brings a touch of humor to superbly skilled juggling and acrobatics.
This lively troupe engages audiences in their enjoyment of classic circus
arts. Lub-dub performed for the Alliance Francaise and Trinity Repertory
Theatre's Open House in Fall 2003, and at Bright Night
Providence, December 31, 2003. Founding troupe members are Michaela Andrews, Eric
Cohen, Clara Kim, and Mike Plotz.
Michaela Andrews, juggler and acrobat, is a member of the Out-of-Hand
Juggling Club at Brown University, performing with them at events around
Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She has taught juggling and acrobatics at Providence
Circus School since winter 2002, and is now Providence Circus School's coordinator
of guest classes.
Eric Cohen, juggler, is President of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown
University, performing with them at events around Massachusetts and Rhode
Island. He has taught juggling and acrobatics at Providence Circus School since
Clara Kim, acrobat, is a member of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown
University, performing with them at events around Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
She studied at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and Gemini Trapeze in
Mike Plotz, juggler and acrobat, performed six summers as a member of Circus
Smirkus, a youth circus based in Greensboro, Vermont, which tours New England
every summer with its own big top. He studied at the San Francisco School of
Circus Arts, Gemini Trapeze in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Celebration Barn
in South Paris, Maine. He was President of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at
Brown University for four years. He is a founding member of the Providence
Circus School where he teaches juggling and acrobatics.
For further information about the troupe, and to book performances, call
Providence Circus School at 401-351-9211.
- MODERN POPULOUS
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY BALLET
284 Hawkins Street
Providence, RI 02904
Contact: Director James Preston Brown
A small modern dance company formed in April 2002 by dancer/choreographer James Brown and dancers Beth Petkus and Meghan French. Their first official performance as a company occured at the 2002 NDEO (National Dance Educator's Conference) concert held at Rhode Island College where MP received an enthusiastic reception based on their strong technique and nuanced choreography. MP's first solo concert was on August 23 and 24, 2003 in New Bedford.
posted 08Sep02/updated 04Aug06
- 110 Highland Avenue
Barrington, RI 02806
Contact: Kelli Wicke Davis
Phone and fax: 401-245-6956
An umbrella organization run by Kelli Wicke Davis,
under which a number of different professional theatrical companies operate including Shoda Moving Theatre.
- MYSTIC BALLET/YOUTH
- P.O. Box 429
325 Mistuxet Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
Contact: Desiree and Goran Subotic
Phone and fax: 860.536.3671
Mystic Ballet is a performing company comprised of professional dancers and young local talents, who have the opportunity to grow as artists, by performing and studying dance on a scholarship basis. As a non-profit dance institution in Southern New England its goal is to produce world class dance performances, nurture its artists and students, and serve its communities through superior educational, and outreach programs.
Now in its 9th season, Mystic Ballet is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new, innovative works. Performances are regularly held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, The Garde Arts Center Theatre, Dealey Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Mashantucket Pequot Center Auditorium, Connecticut College as well as in local public school theaters.
- NAPUA O POLYNESIA
- 19 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Contact: Carolyn Castro
Office hours: M-F, 5pm-7pm
Napua O Polynesia has been a Providence institution for over ten years. Founded by Carolyn Castro after extensive training in Polynesian dance, Napua O Polynesia (Flowers of Polynesia) has toured extensively throughout New England at festivals, schools, and traditional performance venues. In addition, they dance for Hawaiian luaus, fund-raisers, school functions, cultural events and graduations. Their performances will take you on an unforgettable experience to the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and the Phillipine Islands in various songs and dance. This dance form, which uses the drum extensively, is steeped in custom and folklore.
Director Carolyn Castro has founded a community dance
program that offers classes in Polynesian dance and arts and crafts, as well as
Tahitian and Hawaiian languages. Polynesian dance classes for beginners
take place on Saturdays 3pm-4pm at The Carriage House Theatre.
Workshops and performances are held at elementary, middle and high schools, and
at local colleges.
(posted 22Jun01/updated 22Apr02/04Sep04)
- NEW WORKS/WORLD TRADITIONS
- 91 Knowlton Street
Riverside, RI 02915
New Works/World Traditions, a Brown University-based dance company directed by Michele Bach-Coulibaly
uses a research to performance methodology to develop new dance theatre pieces that
are rooted in Mande dance, music and culture. They work in
association with troupe Komme Josee-a West African drumming and dance ensemble
from Mali, West Africa with Master drummers Moussa Traore, Issa
Coulibaly and Seydou Coulibaly.
They have performed at Brown and on tour with great success.
See also LITTLE BABEMBA
- ODYSSEY DANCE TROUPE
GREEK FOLK DANCE
The Church of the Annunciation
175 Oaklawn Avenue
Phone 401-942-4188 (Church)
Contact: Koula Rougas
The Odyssey Dance Troupe, formed in 1985, dances at many different events (including Festivals, Weddings, Christenings, Nursing Homes, Colleges) and annually in September at The Greek Festival hosted by The Church of the Annunciation.
(posted 08Nov01/updated 17Sep04)
- OFF THE CURB HIP HOP PERFORMANCE TROUPE
- PO Box 415
Newport RI 02840
Contact: Jackie Henderson
Web Site http://www.offthecurb.com
Founded in 1992 by Jackie Henderson as a way to help kids discover the joys of movement instead of drugs, Off the Curb is an outstanding youth Hip Hop dance and music group available for performance venues. Every Fall, OTC hosts Bringing in the Funk, a hip hop dance event, and offers year around lessons in Middletown and Providence. See riDance's Off The Curb Page for class schedules.
- PHAZE II
- Contact: Kristen Penza
Founded in 2004, Phaze II formed from the the original Dance Planet.
They are a professional group of energetic dancers that takes exciting choreographed routines mixing hip-hop, hi-nrg and jazz styles to enthusiastic audiences at clubs, concerts, festivals and other events.
(posted 02Sep04/updated 08Jun05)
- PO D'TERRA
CAPE VERDEAN FOLK DANCE
- Contact: Palmira Goncalves
Po D'terra was founded in 1987 by Palmira Goncalves as the Rhode Island Cape Verdean Cultural Exchange and Education Project.
With an emphasis on bringing Cape Verdean Culture to Rhode Island, this group specializes in two forms of island dancing: Funana and Batuko, the latter being the more difficult.
(posted 22Apr02/updated 22Feb02)
- Providence Academy of International Studies
182 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Contact: Marty Sprague
ProviDance Company performs various dance forms including Jazz, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, and World Dance. The public school based company was founded in 2003 and is under the direction of Marty Sprague and Gerri Lallo.
- PROVIDENCE COLLEGE DANCE COMPANY
MODERN & JAZZ DANCE
- Providence College
Providence RI 02840
Box Office: 401-865-2218
Contact: Wendy Oliver
The Providence College Dance Company dances on campus each semester and
participates in a regional dance festival every year performing choreography by
faculty, guest artists, and students, mainly in the styles of modern and jazz
dance, with some tap, ballet, and other influences as well.
- PROVIDENCE YOUTH BALLET
- 107 Eddy St
Corner of Weybosset and Eddy St
Above the Down City Restaurant
Providence RI 02903
Contact: Eva Marie Pacheco
The Providence Youth Ballet is a performing group with 26 members ages 7-17. They perform twice a year and feature orignal and classic choreography.
- THE PROVIDENCE THEATRICAL BALLROOM AND JAZZ PROJECT (PB&J)
BALLROOM wt JAZZ&TAP
- Providence RI
Artistic Director-Nelia Lawton
Auditions: 17 April 2004
Formed in 1999, this dance company encompasses many dance styles primarily
ballroom, latin, and jazz, and premiered at SummerBall at the Providence Fleet
Center on August 5, 2000. PB&J's goal is to bring Ballroom dancing into
the performing arts in Providence and to help employ professionals on the stage and give amateur dancers more opportunities to perform. They are available for concerts and various functions during their tour season of April through July and again September through early December.
Auditions are normally held in the Spring and Fall. PB&J offers dance lessons for beginners in ballroom and for more advanced students in ballroom, theatrical, and jazz. Please check the riDance Class section for class information.
PB&J AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE OR FUNCTION
PB&J is available for performances during their tour season of April through July. For anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of seeing this company, they are an extremely accomplished and very physical ballroom and jazz performance group. Each year for the past three years, they have drawn thousands of people to their outdoor SummerBall performance. Fred Gliottone of Swing Newport has called PB&J
"Rhode Island's most requested dance company". Call or email artistic director Nelia Lawton at 401-245-1119 Dancenelia@aol.com
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- RANCHO FOLCLORICO DE NOSSA SENHORA DE FATIMA
PORTUGESE FOLK DANCE/YOUTH
- 242 Ohio Avenue
Providence, RI 02914
Contact: Maria Quadros
Phone: 401-722-7172 or 401-729-8196
Rhode Island's oldest Portuguese folk dance troupe was founded in May of 1981 and performs traditional
dances of continental Portugal, Azores, and Madeira. The group is formed of 36 children 4 years and older, there are 4 musicians and 4 singers. This group represents the Nossa Senhora de Fatima Church of Cumberland, RI.
Forty dancers, singers and musicians perform in
colorful native costume.
The group will sing and dance for any occasion upon your request.
- RHODE ISLAND'S BALLET THEATRE
- 20 Loring Street
Middletown RI 02842
Artistic Director: Nancy McAuliffe
Rhode Island's Ballet Theatre is a classical ballet company training talented young dancers for the stage. The company's goal is to help promising young dancers reach their full potential through a pre-professional training program consisting of weekly company class, regular Master Classes, professional evaluation & feedback, learning experiences with leading ballet companies, and ongoing performance opportunities. With no paid professionals, RIBT requires dancers to continue studying at their respective ballet schools in addition to training with the company. Their goal is to strengthen the dance community through openness and collaboration. They perform at private functions as well as at their yearly concert.
Many of RIBT's dancers have been admitted to elite, summer intensive training
National Ballet of Canada, Toronto
The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Torrington, CT
Kirov Academy, Washington DC (affiliate of the famed Kirov Ballet)
The Briansky Ballet, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Boston Ballet
The Hartford Ballet
The Walnut Hill School, Natick MA
All these programs are by audition only. Nutmeg toured 15 US cities to
select 30 students; Kirov about the same number of cities to select 50
students; the National Ballet of Canada auditoned over 1,500 to select 100.
Their dancers have competed against the best and won coveted positions in
these competitive auditions.
- RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE DANCE COMPANY
- John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Founded in 1958, The Rhode Island College Dance Company is the oldest modern dance company in
the state.It is a widely recognized innovative modern dance ensemble.
Their programs provide their students with a highly professional
dance training and performance opportunity, and provide the RI community with
modern dance events. In addition, the company provides educational programs
to school children in the area.
To see the speech given by Clay Taliaferro at Rhode Island College on March 5, 1999 in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the RIC Dance Company, founded by Billie Ann Burrill and honoring her, Fannie Melcer, Pat Cohen, Jennifer Cooke, Christine Hennessy (in memoriam) Doris Holloway (in memoriam), go to
- RHODE ISLAND THEATRE ENSEMBLE
THEATRE, DANCE, IMPROV
Rhode Island Theatre Ensemble (RITE) was established in 1999 and has collaborated with many organizations and individuals to prduce cutting plays and create arts programing for schools.
RITE is in residence at The First Universalist Church, 250 Washington Street, Providence.
- THE ROBIN'S EGG
Contact: Tovah E. Bodner
The Robin's Egg, founded in Western Massachusetts in 2002 and now relocated to Rhode Island, uses strong technique to expand on traditional modern dance vocabulary. Artistic Director Tovah E. Bodner, collaborates with musician/composer, Jim Muro, to create cohesive works of art. The company has performed for Alive With Dance in Amherst, MA, Island Moving Company's Flight of Steps and Open for Dancing in Newport, RI, as well as for The Theater Expansion's annual Dancestravaganza event at The Carriage House Theater in Providence, RI.
- SHODA MOVING THEATRE
A division of M·O·V·E
- 110 Highland Avenue
Barrington, RI 02806
Contact: Kelli Wicke Davis
Phone and fax: 401-245-6956
Under the artistic direction of Kelli Wicke Davis, the choreography,
narratives, and performances of Shoda Moving Theater are an imaginative
incorporation of dance, mime, voice, masks, and gesture, which create a movement
theatre style which is innovative and unusual in its presentation. Their work has
been presented at LeFestival Exite Creteil, France, the international Festival of
Theatres, Switzerland; the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; the Riverside Dance
Festival, NYC; DIA Center for the Arts, NYC; and throughout the US. Shoda offers
full concerts as well as workshops in dance and movement theatre.
- SLEEQuE FEET
A division of Chance To Dance.
- SPINDLE CITY BALLET
- 288 Plymouth Avenue
Fall River, Massachusetts 02721
Artistic Director: Lisa Bibeau
Web site: http://www.spindlecityballet.org
Fall River-based Spindle City Ballet is devoted to the development of dancers artistically and technically through professional performances as well as to offer quality programming that will educate Southcoast Communities while providing an opportunity for enjoyment and understanding of dance.
SCB's repertoire ranges from original works in classical and contemporary disciplines to full-length story ballets. Choreography is by Artistic Director Lisa J. Bibeau as well as guest choreographers. The company performs the South Coast's only local full-length production of The Nutcracker. Performance season is approximately 24-30 weeks. In addition to full length ballets, performances include lecture demonstrations, short programs for use as educational or entertainment purposes. The company appears at various festivals in the region.
SCB was founded in 1995 by Lisa Bibeau and is based at The Dance Academy in Fall River.
A native of Westport, she has studied with Mikhail Korodsky of the Riga Ballet Academy in Russia, David Howard of the Royal Ballet in London, and Marilyn Casselli of the New York City Ballet, and has performed extensively throughout New England in classical and contemporary roles. Many Rhode Island dancers have performed with Spindle City
including Danielle Genest, Eva Marie Pacheco,
and Anne Tanzi Carty. The Dance Academy is the official school of the Spindle City Ballet.
(posted 1Apr01/updated 26May02/26Jan03/04Apr03)
- STATE BALLET OF RHODE ISLAND
- 52 Sherman Ave
PO Box 155
Lincoln, RI 02865
Contact: Herci Marsden
The State Ballet is a nonprofit, regional, semi-professional ballet company whose
purpose is to promote and maintain the highest standards of dance education and
performance. Founded in 1960, it is RI's first established classical ballet company in residence.
The company offers the best in full length story ballets,
fairy tale classics and contemporary ballet, by guest choreographers,
and Ana Fox-Marsden and Artistic Director, Herci Marsden.
Classes are offered at SBRI's school, Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet. Project Ballet in Education programs
include bringing your students to the ballet, or bringing the ballet to your
students (field trips, workshops, demonstrations)-designed for all school/community
SBRI has three scholarships programs which are awarded to students based on talent and financial need.
- STREET TAP
Brian Jones and Donald Suthard have been touring as Street Tap since 1995. They tap dance on a portable wooden stage, clamped on overturned buckets. Sets of tuned boxes provide additional surfaces for percussive teamwork. Street Tap brings street energy to the twin American classics of jazz and tap. They also tap to swing, ragtime, mambo, tango, spiritual--even classical music, and have been featured performers from Newport to Maine as well as at Boston's Fanuil Hall Marketplace.
Brian Jones, known for his All-Tap Revue, has danced for many groups, including
Hawaii's Volcano Circus and Trinity Repertory Company. Boston-based Donald
Suthard has danced at Walt Disney World and traveled the country with
Sesame Street Live.
(posted 07Feb02/update 03Apr02)
- STUDIO 34 DANCE COMPANY
- 620 Killingly Street
Moving to Smithfield (see below) on January 2, 2006
10 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 029017
Contact: Debbie Mallozzi-Brzozowy
Small dance company always looking for talented dancers.
Studio 34 Dance Co. was founded in 1994 by its owner and director, Debbie
Brzozowy and offers classes for adults as well as performance opportunities for dancers. The company consists of some of the best choreographers in RI, and members, as well as guest artists, perform yearly at their annual dance concert. The company also performs for various local groups and charities throughout Rhode Island.
posted 6Feb00/updated 09Jan02/26May02/15Oct04/15Dec05
- TERPSICHORE DANCE COMPANY
- Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre
730 Kingstown Rd
Terpsichore is a company of dancers (ages 13 and up) who study, perform and compete in the following dance forms: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Hip Hop Dance.
Terpsikids is a junior company for dance students from nine to twelve years.
posted 09Jun02/updated 07Feb02
- THEATRE EXPANSION
THEATRE, THEATRICAL MOVEMENT & DANCE
- 104 Ives St. #4
Providence, RI 02906
Contact: Tim Rubel
The Theatre Expansion began in 2002 under the name Summer Theatre Three. For two seasons the company worked under the mission of producing controversial plays from three genres. Challenging modern/absurdist plays, obscure classic dramas and new unpublished works. Specifically they were Pinter's The Room and Shanley's The Dreamer Examines his Pillow (2002), followed by Marivaux's Double Infidelity and a new adaptation of Alan Lightman's book Einstein's Dreams written and directed by Peter Deffet (2003), who's choreography appears in our July 18 & 19 fundraiser. In re-evaluating the talents and aspirations of those of us who helped start ST3, I realized that we are movers as well as actors. Choreographers as well as directors and designers. Most of all, artists who have a passion for telling great dramatic stories through dance as well as theatre. This epiphany prompted Arrtistic Director, Tim Rubel to form The Theatre Expansion. A company committed to the practice of drama but universal in the artists it includes. Our future seasons will still include controversial straight plays but also pioneer Dance adaptations of Dramatic Literature, present socially relevant Performance Art plays and continue to break through boundaries between the different performing arts. Our first production under our new identity will be performed this August at the Bell Street Chapel. In our August production, you will see this kind of contemporary dance incorporated into a theatre production, to bring a more complete interpretation of a human experience. Come celebrate this experience with us.
- TROUPE NASIB
MIDDLE EASTERN & BELLY DANCE
- Contact: Zaharah
Founded in 2003, Troupe Nasib specializes in Oriental, Folkloric as well as Ethno-Fusion styles. Their innovative
and exciting approach to this dance has captivated audiences throughout New England. Troupe Nasib is available for parties,
fund raisers and cultural events.
- VESSELLA DANCE PROJECT
JAZZ & TAP
- Angelica Cardenta-Vessella Artistic Director
4 Warren Avenue
North Providence, RI
The Vessella Dance Project is a professional jazz and tap dance company dedicated to bringing modern-jazz and tap dance to the community in
concert form. It was founded and is directed by Angelica Vessella, and operates out of the Neon Dance Theatre.
(posted 11Feb01/updated 28Sep01/05Jun02/20Aug02)
- WAKING DANCE
CONTEMPORARY BALLET & MODERN
- 123 Oak Tree Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Contact: Donald Acevedo
"Dance has been used throughout history as a spiritual method of establishing
social and individual consciousness as well as a tool to heal the sick, inspire the weak and celebrate life's achievements."
Waking Dreams & Warrior Women uses dance, both live performance and recorded works to educate, inspire and establish a greater sense of appreciation of the healing power and nature of the human spirit. One part of Waking Dreams is the Waking Dance project, led by Donald Acevedo, which encourages ill and recovering people as well as their families, physicians and other health care providers to use their creative talents to aid in their healing and to share that healing experience with the world.
Each participant choreographs her/his own Waking Dance, bringing into play many individual art forms such as music, photography, poetry, sculpture and costume & lignting design. Mr.Acevedo works closely with the individual or group, facilitating the expression of personal healing through dance, movement, story and/or other art forms.
There is a sacred and fertile space in the place which exists between patients and their caregivers whether they are physicians, nurses, physical therapists, family or friends. The collaboration carries each individual willing to enter the creative process to move through fear into self-reflection, self acceptance and healing.
Waking Dance can provide:
Live performances for Conferences, Concerts and Special Events
Original choreography by physicians, artists and people affected by a disease process
Multi-media performances which include sculpture, photography and other art forms
A thirty minute video of four dances available for preview
- WESTERLY MORRIS MEN
ENGLISH FOLK DANCE(MORRIS)
- 56 Main Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Contact: Scott Patton
The fifteen members of the Westerly Morris Men perform a variety of
traditional Morris dances from the Cotswold Region of Oxfordshire, England.
Accompanied by pipe and tabor, button accordion and concertina, these 6-man and
8-man dances re-enact ancient traditions.
- WHAT'S ON TAP
Contact: Scott Franco
Brown University's Tap Ensemble presents a variety of tap dance styles in performances both on and off campus throughout the year.
- WORK HORSE
Good Buzz about this group. In April they performed at Carriage House in April 2006 and will take their latest work,
with claw and beak, to New York City this August. No other information at this time
- ZAMBOS CAPORALES OF RHODE ISLAND
BOLIVIAN FOLK DANCE
- 421 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Contact: Ernesto Murillo
Zambos Caporales performs folkloric Bolivian dance at parties, festivals,
and other events
MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE
- Providence, RI
Contact: Angela Butler (Aradia)
Zingari~East is a local dance and percussion ensemble based in Southern New England. Our focus is on the blending of Middle Eastern dance and rhythm, Folkloric style and American Tribal Style with the perspective of spirituality and myth from the Earth Religions. Classes with Aradia are ongoing, please check our website for details. Private lessons are available. To contact Aradia or to book a Zingari-East performance, please email: email@example.com.
posted 17Sep01/updated 01Jun04