SITE MAP LESSONS
riDance herein offers up some useful links
all of which have been checked for reliability through August 2006
Bear in mind that many dance people are not yet on the internet.
(Please look under LESSONS for teacher or studio websites and/or email
and under DANCE BANDS for musicians and bands)
ALL THAT MATTERS
315 Main Street
A good resource for dancers. All That Matters was founded and run by Jeanne Wettlaufer and Joan Dwyer "to educate, support, and inspire the community towards optimal heath and well being". ATM offers thirty yoga classes a week, many other disciplines and lessons such as tai-chi, meditation, drumming, massage as well as belly dance and workshops in various meditative or sufi style dances classes.
ANDREA RIZZO DANCE THERAPY FOUNDATION
Andrea Rizzo was a gifted dancer, who was a special education teacher in Narragansett Rhode Island. She was killed by a drunk driver on May 19, 2002 as she returned home from a dance performance at The Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Her dream lives on through the success of the Foundation.
The Andrea Rizzo Dance Therapy Foundation was set up by Andrea's family in friends in memory of a young woman who had a dream. She dreamed of the day she would become a dance therapist and be able to give children with cancer and disabilities the gift of dance. With the support of many, we have been able to make this dream of hers a reality.
The Foundation provides funds for a Dance Therapist at Sloan-Kettering and hosts fund raising events which often feature Rhode Island dance companies.
ASTOR'S BEECHWOOD MANSION
580 Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI 02840
Astors' Beechwood, an historic ocean front mansion located on Bellevue Avenue in historic Newport, hosts performances by the Beechwood Theatre Company of life in the mansion during the Victorian time including various Balls and The Christmas Feast where guests can watch and mingle with the past, even joining in on the occasional dance. In addition, Beechwood offers occasional social dances open to the public. Every August The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers hold their Vintage Dance Week at the Beechwood (among other Newport venues). Beechwood is also available for weddings and private celebrations.
P.O. Box 6143
Providence RI 02906
Editors: Annie Geissinger, Joan Webb, Paula Clements Sager
Authentic Movement is a mediatative practice where one or more people move
with their eyes closed while at least one other person watches.
This technique has much to offer dancers, actors and other performing artists.
A Moving Journal is a Rhode Island-based magazine devoted to Authentic Movement.
A yearly subscription of four issues is 20.00. Their web site is delightful-simple,
clean, easy to read and navigate with plenty of information and excerpts from articles. The email will also take you to Joan Webb who is a teacher and leader of Authentic Movement sessions.
AMERICAN DANCE LEGACY INSTITUTE
The American Dance Legacy Institute
Providence, RI 02912
Brown University is one of the homes for The American Dance Legacy run by
Julie Strandberg and
Carolyn Adams. ADL notates and maintains dances from well known choreographers while making them available to dance teachers and students.
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street
(across from Ann & Hope)
Cumberland RI 02864
Excellent website for the Blackstone River Theatre which offers
Step dance lessons, concerts (folk,world,ethnic,whatever), and social dances (Irish Ceili, French Canadian Quadrilles and Contra).
BOSTON DANCE ALLIANCE
The Boston Dance Alliance supports and promotes the health and development of the Greater Boston dance community by providing direct services to local dancers, choreographers, dance teachers and dance organizations. BDA seeks to improve the work environment for dance and increase the visibility, understanding of and access to local dance.
CAREER TRANSITION FOR DANCERS
165 West 46th Street, Suite 701
The Actors' Equity Building
New York, NY 10036-2501
Career Line: 800-581-2833
Career Transition is the only organization in the United States dedicated to helping dancers find the direction, confidence and training to develop new careers. Although it is not a job placement agency, its offices house an extensive library of job postings and books on how to write resumes, conduct a job search or find a new vocation. Based in New York and Los Angeles, the organization offers individual and group sessions, seminars and computer classes. Services are free to all dancers on an open-ended, as-needed basis. Those who have danced professionally for at least seven years are eligible to receive scholarship grants toward new degrees and training programs. The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund provides limited funding for tuition, retraining or seed money central to fledgling business enterprises is available to current and former professional dancers who meet certain requirements. Additional funding for educational scholarships is available through CTFD board member Anka K. Palitz and the Rudolf Nureyev Educational Scholarship Fund.
Run out of Massachusetts, this large website covers circus news and information for the U.S. It includes a dictionary of circus words and a section on how to make your own circus equipment.
COMMONWEALTH VINTAGE DANCERS
PO Box 9
Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
Phone: 781-396-2870 (before 10pm eastern time, please)
The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are dedicated to the preservation of social dances from the 19th
and early 20th Centuries. The group researches and teaches the history of the dances, as well as the
steps. In addition, they are interested in the clothes from these time periods, and many of the
members design and sew their own ball clothes.They have(and will) stage performances of these dances,
and are available to organize and run Grand Balls, Tea Dances, Garden Parties and other period amusements. Several times a year the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers offer vintage dance events in RI. The 20th Annual Newport Vintage Dance Week (a week of dance lessons, parties, balls, and entertainment) will be held Aug. 6-12, 2007, with an optional arrival on Sunday, August 5 for those wishing to get settled and sightsee.
Contra Sene provides information on contra dances in Southern New England(Connecticut,Massachusetts,and Rhode Island). Although some of the postings are incomplete (probably sent in that way), the site is a useful website with a faq page to answer your questions and links to other contra dance sites.
DANCE ART-I-TECHS - BUILDING DANCES
Dance Art-i-Techts gives educators the easy-to-use tools needed to integrate dance into the core curriculum. We remove the mystique of choreography by showing you step-by-step how to do it yourself, and just as importantly how to teach it to your students. In no time you will see how easy and rewarding building dances can be!
As educators, you recognize the value of integrating dance into your program but too often lack the confidence to do so. With our straighforward set of tools and hands-on instruction, you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to introduce dance into your classroom. We are committed to making dance a core part of the education process.
Our methods are born from over four decades of teaching dance and movement at all skill levels, in both public and private settings, and to all walks of life. Our mission is to become your resource for information on integrating dance into your school's curriculum.
THE DANCE CARD MUSEUM
An on-line exhibition of late 19th and early 20th Century Ballspenden from Europe and America from the private collection of Newport art collectors Federico Santi and John Gacher with an historical discussion of dance cards and balls. These antique dance cards are for sale.
THE DANCE GYPSY
A good resource for contra dance and folk dance, with many others dance styles represented. The schedule covers all of New England for dances and all over the country for festivals.
THE DANCE INSIDER
The Dance Insider is a fabulous website with short dance reviews from all over the country but primarily New York AND a section of excellent help for the adult dancer. Two of riDance's favorites are
A TIME TO DANCE (it's about being too busy), and TOXIC ENVY.
NEWPORT - WHAT TO DO
There's always something happening in Newport! Their Calendar of Events is up to date and offers plenty of events featuring dance - performance and do-it-yourself!
PROVIDENCE DANCING COP
Tony Lepore has been dancing in the streets of Providence since 1984. Although now retired from the Providence police force, Tony dances on. His website includes a schedule of his many public performances as well as how to book him for private events. You can also purchase the second edition Tony the dancing cop doll from the website as well as t-shirts, caps, and other
FIRST NIGHT NEWPORT
Good looking easy to navigate site. Newport has performance dance and social dance almost always including a swing dance.
FIRST NIGHT WESTERLY
Chamber of Commerce: 401-596-7761 (sells the buttons)
Westerly's 1st Night always has good bands for swing, ballroom and freestyle.
FOLK DANCE IN RHODE ISLAND
The Folk Dance Association runs this website.
It has lots of useful information about all different kinds of folk dance, but is not current.
FOSTER FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Foster Foundation for the Arts seeks to "...foster the arts in the community of north-western Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut". They sponsor artistic, theatrical, and other performance events
as well as offer classes in the creative arts (sometimes dance) for adults and children. Every year, they offer several social dances (contra,cajun etc) featuring live bands.
FREE TO DANCE
An incredible massive website based on and expanded from the PBS documentary by the same name which showed the influence of black dancers and african dance on the development of modern dance in the United States. This link points to a comprehensive lesson plan for teachers complete with extensive web resources, but wander around - there are many dance biographies and historical information.
GREAT PERFORMANCES PUBLIC TELEVISION
Great Performances on public television presents high level dance performance somethimes live.
THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
In 2001, the venue changed from nearby new London Connecticut to New Haven (kinda off the map for Rhode Islanders), but there is dance much of it highly experimental.
In 2003 the festival was from June 12 to 28, and in addition to dance from New England Choreographers (none from RI), the Festival feaures the Inbal Pinto Dance Company from Israel.
The best ballroom DJ's in New England. Their up-to-date site lists their scheduled dances and contacts.
HAVE TO DANCE
Excellent Boston-based swing/hustle/argentine tango/tap dance etc. website which covers the aforementioned dances
throughout New England. Go to the central location or check out Have To Dance RI for Rhode Island swing dances.
THE ISLAND FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY
This Jamestown based group works to encourage and develop awareness of the folk music scene in our area through classes, workshops, singing and dancing opportunities, concerts and guest performances.
Lagniappe Productions founded in 1985 for the purpose of producing the highest quality roots music festivals, concerts and dances. They produce the Mardi Gras Ball held every February at Rhodes On The Pawtuxet in Cranston, Mike Arnone's Crawfish Fest held the first weekend in June in Stanhope, New Jersey, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival held the third weekend in July at the Rothvoss Farm, Ancramdale,
New York, and The Rhythm & Roots Festival held every Labor Day weekend at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island.
NEW ENGLAND FOLK FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
The New England Folk Festival Association is a non-profit educational and cultural organization, which sponsors and preserves high standards of performance of the folk arts and traditions in New England and elsewhere. The New England Folk Festival is a fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands. One of the things that makes the Festival special is that all performers donate their talents as volunteers. This year the 60th NEFFA Festival will be held on April 23-25, 2004 in Natick Massachusetts.
Newport Festivals contains information various Newport festivals
including the Waterfront Irish Festival(early Sep), OktoberFest,
and the Great Chowder Cook Off (early June). All three of which have dance performances and /or social dancing. The website gives schedule information within a couple weeks of the event.
Jeff Allen-a long time RI dance teacher-writes the popular QuickStart to dancing books and his fifth book - The Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancing was published in April 2002.
A writer for DanceUSA, some of his articles are available on Quickstart.com as well as reviews of his books and information about the lessons he offers.
This site was a lot better when it was hosted by AS220, but it still has arts information for artists and performers.
PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Providence Performing Art Center
220 Weybosset Street
HOORAY! PPAC finally improved their web site. It's big, good-looking, and relatively easy to find your way around in.
PPAC hosts many dance events including musicals and performances by nationally ranked dance companies.
You can even order tickets through it.
To order tickets call 401-421-ARTS or visit PPAC's box office. Their hours are
Monday thru Friday from 10am til 6pm, and on Saturday from 12noon to 5pm, but its cheaper if you buy your tickets in person.
RHODE ISLAND ARTS LEARNING NETWORK
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
83 Park Street - 6th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Director Education Program
In 2002, President Bush signed into law an education bill which mandated the the arts be part of every child's education. Rhode Island was already well on its way to accomplishing this goal thanks to a 1997 Brown University/Providence Journal Public Policy Conference on the Arts. This resulted in the 1999 Task Force on Literacy in the Arts, a joint effort of two state bodies - the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) - and established by then-Governor Lincoln Almond. The decision was made to start by having all high school students (starting with the 2004 incoming freshman) graduate with a proficiency in one of four art forms -visual arts, dance, music and theatre.
The Rhode Island Arts Learning was created to define the proficiencies necessary to claim a specialization in one of the arts, to find a way to implement them and to provide this information to teachers, administrators, parents and interested individuals. Dance community members who served on the dance panel included Dr Wendy Oliver, Marty Sprague, Deb Meunier, Elaine Colaneri, Tricia Callahan, Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Rita Moran, Deanna Camputaro, Reachel Robidoux. Solanchy Rodrigues and Marli Blanco were student readers on the panel. To learn more about this process, please see
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
One Union Station
Providence RI 02903
RIF now offers grants to all kinds of artists including dancers not just for
creative work but also to help in the creation of performance or rehearsal space or
other peripheral concepts that would enhance the audience's ability to view, appreciate,
or understand the work. Use your imagination.
THE RHODE ISLAND SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
http://www.riscot.org (website down as of August 2006)
The Scottish Heritage Society was incorporated in the spring of 1998 to
foster, encourage and assist our community and State in furthering
their appreciation of the dance, music, athletics and customs
of the Scottish people and to the continuance of the Gaelic
culture. In May, the Scottish Heritage Society puts on the annual Rhode Island
Scottish Highland Festival. This year they will present the sourth annual festival on May 22, 2004 from 9am to 5pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds
in Richmond Rhode Island and a welcome dance & dinner will be held on Friday May 16 at the Westerly Armory. Call 401-828-9349 for reservation information (after you check out the website).
Activities include piping, dancing (competition, performance,
and Scottish country dances), and athletic competitions
In addition, you may research your ancestry at different clan tents
and societies. Scottish food and merchandise are available
for purchase, and a variety of Scottish Entertainers
are scheduled throughout the day. The Festival is open to the general
public and is an event for the entire family, even the children have their
The Society offers scholarships (link not working as of August 2006) to aid people in their study of Scottish arts and culture including dance.
Also check out Highland Games and Celtic Festivals for RI website
A part of the The Clan Campbell Society website, it lists Scottish and Celtic Festivals in North America.
RHODE ISLAND STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
83 Park St 6th floor
Providence RI 02903-1037
RISCA awards grants and fellowships to artists. Provides information to artists on resources including information on facilities for performances. An essential website if you perform. See riDance's RISCA Page for more information. Also see The Rhode Island Arts Learning
RHYTHM & ROOTS AT NINIGRET
The website for the Labor Day cajun/zydeco festival at Ninigret Park.
The website for the Rhode Island branch of USA Dance formerly The United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association(USABDA) - a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and sharing
the excitement and joy of both social and competitive dance.
A swing dance club which offers swing dances in East Providence.
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
The URI Ballroom Dance Club hosts half semester ballroom dance classes open to the public taught by Timothy Sorrentino. In addition they run dances and ballroom travel events, and sponser the URI dance team.
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND GREAT PERFORMANCES
Great Performances brings in internationally known performing artists
including dancers. They don't offer much dance, but thanks to Roxana
Tourigny, their dance-saavy director, what does come in is first rate, and its usually at a substantially lower rate than up-state venues.
VSA ARTS OF RHODE ISLAND
500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
TTY: 1-800-745-5555 Relay
Executive Director Jeannine Chartier
VSA arts of Rhode Island is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to actively participate in high quality programs in literary, performing, and visual arts. It is the only organization of its kind in Rhode Island.
WAKING DREAMS AND WARRIOR WOMEN
PO Box 552
Barrington RI 02805
Waking Dreams, founded by BetheAnne DeLuca-Verley and Christiane Corbat, is a nonprofit collaborative project of physicians, healthcare professionals, artists and patients whose goal is to examine the relationship of the Arts and Medicine and to discover how to integrate the two to promote healing. Their work started with women living with breast cancer and has widened from there to include other serious diseases. Waking Dance (a division of Waking Dreams) is headed by Donald Acevedo. This website is not up-to-date.
THE WALLACE FOUNDATION
Phone: (212) 251-9700
Funded by the Wallace Foundation www.wallacefoundation.org,
Arts4AllPeople is a resource for anyone or any group dedicated to the arts and culture, who wish to share or gain better insight into successful ways to build and enhance audience participation. The site was designed to facilitate the exchange of new research, concrete ideas and 'best practices' to promote service to people as integral to the health of arts institutions and to the life of their communities.
WOONSOCKET'S STADIUM THEATRE
PO Box 665
Woonsocket RI 02895
Beautifully restored old theatre often presents dance events including recitals, musicals and world dance companies.
RHODE ISLAND WEB LOG
A selective and opinionated weblog of different aspects (especially the arts) of our nation's smallest state.
YANKEE MAGAZINE NEW ENGLAND EVENTS
Nicely kept up Event section listed by state. If your dance event is of interest to tourists (and why wouldn't it be?), consider posting here. Yankee does require that you register, but they do not sell emails or information and there is no charge.
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