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2004

DECEMBER 2004
NARRAGANSETT DANCE STUDENT JOINS FBP'S JUNIOR COMPANY
Sarah Jane Gray, who has been studying ballet with Marilyn Smayda, Louise Turilli and Michael Wilson at The Studio at Mariner Square in Narragansett was invited to join Festival Ballet Providence's junior company. Sarah has been a passionate and devoted student with The Studio since she was nine. Her long hours finally showed results in the last couple years when she bloomed into a lovely and elegant dancer.
DECEMBER 2004
PROVIDENCE TANGO IS A SPONSOR FOR ART FAIR
Providence Tango is a sponsor for Craftland, the annual arts, craft and kitsch (that's their description and they say it with pride!) holiday event. This year, it runs from November 20 thru December 23 and is located at 232 Westminister Street in Providence. There are TONS of exhibitors, and judging by their websites, there will be something there for everyone. You can see more about the event at http://www.craftlandshow.com. And while you're at it, check out PT's website at http://www.providencetango.com
NOVEMBER 2004
DANCE PROFESSOR AT BRYANT AWARDED FIRST INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY DANCE FELLOWSHIP
29 November 2004
A German dancer and community arts leader, now based in the United States, has been awarded the first Caroline Plummer Dance Fellowship.

Petra Kuppers, who teaches at Bryant University in Rhode Island, has two decades of community dance experience. She is a disabled dancer and was the first person with a disability to become a full-time member of a dance department in the United Kingdom, where she taught a community dance course at Manchester Metropolitan University for three years. She is also the author of a book on dance and disability, Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge. Petra's second book, Bodily Fantasies: Medical Visions/Medical Performances, is due to be published by Minnesota University Press in early 2006.

The Dance Fellowship was inspired by the vision and achievements of young Otago dance student, Caroline Plummer, who died from cancer in April 2003. It was made possible by a Memorial Trust set up by Caroline's parents to give ongoing life to her passionate belief in the power of dance as a medium for healing, education, cultural understanding and artistic expression.

The Fellowship is believed to be the world's first in community dance and provides funds for six-month projects that encourage the practice of dance in the community both nationally and internationally.

Ms Kuppers aims to create a site-specific project series culminating in two performances, a digital video and a CD ROM. Her Dunedin project is called 'Mapping'. It will chart the energy of dance by disabled and non-disabled dancers. "Together, we'll see how we all fit on the same page, on the same or different maps, or explore the borderlines of different map-legends. We'll see how we can map each other's movement onto our different bodies. Different cultures, different origins, different (body) languages: these will provide the vocabulary out of which we will choreograph and create," she wrote in her proposal.

The fellowship is the fourth strand in Otago University's prestigious suite of Arts Fellowships. The others are the Robert Burns Fellowship for writers, the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship for artists, and the Mozart Fellowship for musicians. Petra will leave for New Zealand in June to start the Fellowship in July 2005.


NOVEMBER 2004
PROVIDENCE SWINGS CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Providence Swings is celebrating its One Year Anniversary with a Swing Dance on December 11 from 8 to 11:30pm. They've also got a whole new linup of classes starting in January. For more information see their information at riDance's Social Dance Class page
NOVEMBER 2004
LORD OF THE DANCE VISITS LOCAL STUDIO
Damhsa Irish Dance Studio participated in a master class on Tuesday November 16th with the lead dancers of Lord of the Dance. The troupe had arrived in Rhode Island that morning for their 3 days of shows at PPAC. The students were taught pieces of the actual show and then took part in a question and answer session.
OCTOBER 2004
FOLK DANCE TEACHER NEW TO RHODE ISLAND
Ray Price specializes in the community dances of Celtic Brittany, the country dances of Central and Southern France and the Medieval court and peasant dances from Southern France and Spain. He also has studied the dance and music from other Celtic regions and the circle dances of a wider Europe. He is available for workshops, performances and lectures. Check out his website at http://www.geocities.com/signaltonoiseradio/dance/. You can reach him at 401-274-5238 or keltikdancer@hotmail.com.
OCTOBER 2004
IRISH DANCE TEACHER JOINS SAVE THE BAY
Irish dance teacher and director of one of RI's newest dance studios, Grainne Lanigan has joined Save The Bay, Rhode Island's well loved and best known environmental organization. In 1994, Grainne moved to Rhode Island from Dublin, Ireland and has just become Save The Bay's educational specialist and Bay Partners Coordinator. In partnership with Colleen Beirne, Grainne runs Damhsa Irish Dance Studio. You can see more about Save The Bay at http://www.savebay.org.
OCTOBER 2004
DANCE TEACHER, SARAH SLOANE IS A 2004 LANDSCAPING AWARD WINNER
Artist, garden designer and swing, salsa & argentine tango teacher, Sarah Sloane (aka Hepcats) has won a 2004 Less Toxic Landscaping Award for achievement in providing an attractive, healthy landscaping model. Sarah used no pesticides or herbicides on her own spectacular gardens, and her lawn was created with clover to avoid the need for fertilizing and mowing. You can find out more about the awards and why a non-toxic garden is so important at http://www.toxicsinfo.org/lesstoxic.htm.

A RISD graduate originally from California, Sarah has been teaching dance in RI for years and many, many dancers got their start with her. She became interested in landscaping and the green arts, studied them intensively and went on to design and build her own gardens complete with pools and a waterfall all on a small half acre lot. Her summer gardens were something special to see - a mix of English country garden, Arts& Craft and De Novo - all done with one eye on the price and the other eye on the environment.

Sarah is available to design your garden. For do-it-yourselfers, she offers workshops in topiary, bonsai and miniature water ponds. For anyone interested in the 2-D arts, she has watercolor, drawing and illustration classes. You may contact her at 401-921-1898 or Rihepcats@aol.com. And of course, check out her swing, salsa and tango classes in Providence and Narragansett at riDance's Social Dance page
OCTOBER 2004
FESTIVAL BALLET STUDENTS NOW AT JULLIARD & BUTLER
Two dancers, who studied at Festival Ballet's Center are now training at two very prestigious dance colleges. East Greenwich native Erin Gildea, who in addition to studying at FB and Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy also attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, is now at Butler University (WEBSITE, well known for its excellent dance program. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, who trained first at Spindle City, then FB and went on to the San Francisco Ballet School, is now in the dance program at the Julliard School in New York City WEBSITE.
SEPTEMBER 2004
RETIRED TO FLORIDA BUT COULDNT QUIT
Many Rhode Islanders received their ballroom dance training from George and Pat Lawton, who ran the Arthur Murray dance studio. They retired to Florida in the early 90's but are now back running The Continental dance studio in Port St Lucy.
SEPTEMBER
RI DANCE TEACHER IN GOOD COMPANY
Marty Sprague is one of five teachers in the U.S. to be awarded Dance Teacher 2004 by Dance Teacher magazine. You can read about her on page 61 of the September issue. She is a certified Dance Educator currently teaching dance at Providence Academy of International Studies, and is also the artistic director of Rhode Island's Chance To Dance program. Dance Teacher magazine has a good website, check them out at www.dance-teacher.com
SEPTEMBER 2004
RIC DANCE ANNOUNCES 2004 SCHEDULE
RIC Dance Director Dante Del Giudice has announced the 2004 Rhode Island College dance schedule. It includes dance classes by master choreograhers open to the public as well as the RIC Dance Company concert listings.
OPEN CLASSES
August 24-28, 2004
Dance: Open Dance Company Class with Andrea Woods
10-11:30 A.M., Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
Admission $6 per class

November 1-6
Dance: Open Dance Company Class with Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson
10-11:30am, 11/2, 6
4:30-6:00pm, 11/1, 3, 4
Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
Admission $6 per class

PERFORMANCE
October 13-15
Dance: Rhode Island College Dance Company
Annual Mini-Concert Series for Rhode Island school children*
October 29
Dance: Rhode Island College Dance Company October Concert with Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers
December 3
Dance: Rhode Island College Dance Company Winter Concert with Nugent+Matteson

Read more about RIC Dance classes and concerts


SEPTEMBER 2004
NEW AFRICAN DANCE CLASS IN PAWTUCKET
Come enjoy the live drumming and discover the exciting dance of Sabar!
Sabar Class is held every Saturday from 4:00pm - 5:30pm at Motion Center of Providence.

Classes are taught by Senegalese master dancer Pape Ndaiye, and include a live Senegalese drum ensemble led by international artist Lamine Toure. Both new and experienced students are encouraged to come and discover this energetic and exciting dance form. More information and directions can be obtained through contacting Motion Center at 401-338-5466 or motiontherapy@verizon.net.

Sabar is the traditional dance of the Wolof tribe of Senegal, West Africa. A highly energetic dance form, it emphasizes twisting movements of the legs and arms while the torso remains upright and almost aloof. While technically detailed and precise, once the basic vocabulary is learned there is much room for stylistic variation and creative interpretation of the steps. In fact, the dancer's ability to both communicate with, and surprise, the accompanying musicians with feats of choreographic imagination is highly regarded. Great dancers are complemented not by descriptions of their dance, but by saying that they can hear the music.
SEPTEMBER 2004
NEW NORTH KINGSTOWN STUDIO IS A TRIPLE THREAT
Studio to include training in video, film, dance, voice and theatre

Talent Factory
Suite Number 3
7661 Post Rd
(Next to Newport Creamery)
North Kingstown RI 02852
Phone: 401-294-7214
Email: talentfactoryri@aol.com
Three passionate advocates of the performing arts have banded together to found a new school in North Kingstown. The Talent Factory was created with the idea of providing Rhode Island with a well-rounded center for the arts where people of all ages could learn to dance, act and sing all within the same place.

The three directors are:
*  Dana D'Iorio - part of a dance dynasty, which includes Dana's mother, well known dance teacher, Debi Cusick D'Iorio and Dana's aunt, Cheryl Cusick, who runs the very successful Narragansett Performing Arts Center for the Dance in Narragansett. Dana, who has an amazing number of years of performance experience under her belt for one so young, will teach tap, jazz, and hip hop.
*  Tara Tommasiello, who trained at Dance RI and at Festival Ballet will teach ballet, pointe and lyrical
*  Melanie Morrissey who is the voice and drama teacher at Overbrook Academy, an international boarding school for South American students, will be teaching voice and acting.

Melanie and Dana will be offering film workshops where students will learn the skills required for film-making. The workshops will result in a film that students will have to use in future endeavors.

The Talent Factory will hold its first open house and registration this Sunday (August 22nd) from 10am-4pm. Drop in to see what the new studio has to offer. Classes will start on September 7th (Schedule on riDance's Talent Factory listing)
AUGUST 2004
CATHY NICOLI IS BACK IN RI!
One of riDance's favorite dancers is back in Rhode Island this fall to teach at Roger Williams University and Providence College. Cathy Nicoli has earned her MFA from Smith College (Northhampton Ma) and in addition to teaching, she will be choreographing two dances for RWU and one for PC.
AUGUST 2004
BALLROOM DANCE COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEWEST ADDITION
Lewis and Sarah Inman, ballroom dance teachers and owners of Hollywood Dance Studio have announced the birth of their second child. Demetri Inman arrived into the world healthy and weighing 8lb 14oz.
AUGUST 2004
FUSIONWORKS OPENS EAST GREENWICH DANCE STUDIO
Mary Gendreau has sold The Loft dance and bodyworks studio to Deb Meunier, Director of Fusionworks Dance Academy and Artistic Director of Fusionworks Dance Company. Mary Gendreau will continue to teach Pilates in the new studio. Fusionworks offers classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz and most importantly modern. This is great news for Southern RI's modern dance community, as the Loft was only one of two studios in the area offering modern for adults (the other being Art In Motion). See the fall schedule for the East Greenwich at Fusionworks Dance Academy.
AUGUST 2004
IRISH DANCE STUDIO OPENS IN WARWICK
The Damhsa Irish Dance Studio will open its doors on September 7. To celebrate, co-directors Colleen Beirne and Grainne Lanigan will host an Open House on Saturday, September 18th from 4 pm to 7 pm. Everyone's invited! The Open House will feature demonstrations of step and ceili dancing , as well as refreshments and information. For more information call 401-368-9314 or email damhsa04@hotmail.com
AUGUST 2004
NEWPORT DANCE TEACHER RETIRES AFTER 50 YEARS
"I wanted to keep teaching til I got it right." - Sara Atkins
Long time instructor and Newport native, Sara Atkins has announced her retirement from ballroom dance teaching. Since 1955, when she an her husband Tom first started, she has trained thousands of eager students. Sara and Tom ran classes all over Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts including Newport, Middletown, Kingston, Fall River and Taunton.

Sara met Tom at a Petty Officers Club dance in Newport. He was on his way to ask another girl to dance and ended up with Sara. After they married, they continued dancing. So many people commented on their nimble feet and lovely movement that they decided to learn how to teach.

They trained in Boston where Sara ran the Brigham and Young Hospital's physiotherapy department for many years. She later worked at the Newport Hospital, but always taught dance. After Tom died in 2000 she kept going and could often be found teaching at the Friends of Ballroom Dances. Last fall at a dance, the 80 something Sara suffered an injury while doing the Charleston!

Many, many people have learned the beautiful art of ballroom dance from the Atkins'. They truely are one of Rhode Island's ballroom dance icons. Her Middletown classes will be continued by Joe & Mary Souza, who have assisted her for the past year.
JUNE 2004
ADLI & MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY TO CREATE ETUDE
The American Dance Legacy Institute has announced that they have been asked by the Martha Graham Dance Company to create a Graham Repertory Etude. Negotiations are in process.
MAY 2004
SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED BY FESTIVAL BALLET
The Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education announces its annual Culmination Performance May 30th at Rhode Island
College's Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. This two-hour production by some of the region's most promising young dancers illustrates the progressive skills and artistry that are developed at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education. The performance is appropriate for the entire family, and is an excellent introduction to dance.

The Center for Dance Education, under the leadership of Mihailo Djuric and Mary Ann Mayer, is the official school of Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island's leading professional dance company, and is housed in the company's new state-of-the-art studios at 825 Hope Street. Over 400 students aged three to adults from throughout Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts study dance with the school's international faculty.

The May 30th performances of choreographed dances showcase the talents and skills of over 180 of the school's young dancers aged 6 to 18 who are finishing the year of study at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education. In addition to ballet pieces, the professionally staged performance will also feature jazz, modern, and character dance styles.

In keeping with the school's emphasis on strong ballet education as the core training, the major work of the production is Paquita, an exciting classical ballet danced by the school's top three levels of dancers. Ann Morsilli will stage her intriguing contemporary ballet, Musical Cirque, featuring three advanced dancers, Sarah Medeiros, Jessica Whiteley, and Ashley Andries with a cast of a dozen others.

Advanced level dancers will also be featured in Artistic Director Mihilo Djuric's Piano Cencerto to music by Mozart. The advanced students will be joined in several of the pieces by Davide Vittorino, Cameron Baldassarra, and Ty Parmenter, all members of the Festival Ballet Providence Company.

Other works include period piece Italian Renaissance, character dances Tarentella and Dance from Prince Igor, as well as The Garland Waltz from Giselle, The Magical Forest, Mirlitons from The Nutcracker, and Nagelschmeid Polka. Pre-ballet classes will charm audiences with Wild Mountain Thyme, Irish Medley, The Syncopated Clock, and Scapricciatello. Jazz works include Compromise, Sing, Sing, Sing, Popa's Got a Brand New BAG, and Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves.

This performance is open to the public, and is an excellent introduction to the school's standards of dance education for parents who are considering dance classes for their children. Children in the performance include both recreational track and pre-professional track dance students.

There will be two performances on Sunday May 30th at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM at Roberts Auditorium, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Street, Providence. Reserved tickets priced at $15 are available for purchase now at the Festival Ballet Providence reception desk Monday through Saturday, or by calling 401.353.1129. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the performance. The theater is handicapped-accessible.

The Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education offers a comprehensive dance program for children and adults suitable for the professional, pre-professional and recreational dancer. The Young Children's Program is available for students ages 3-7 and the Core Dance Program is designed for students ages 8-adult. In addition to its classical ballet training, the Center for Dance Education offers enrichment classes such as Jazz, Pilates Mat Classes, The Festival Ballet Workout and more.

Summer courses of study are available for all ages, from June 21st to August 27th. For information, please visit riDance's Festival Ballet classes.

WEBSITE


APRIL 2004
WICKFORD DANCE STUDIO OPENS
Classes at RI's newest dance studio, Art In Motion, will commence on Monday May 3. The school will feature the usual panoply of classes for children - ballet,hip hop jazz,pilates/stretch, creative movement and tap as well as the less common modern, improv and musical theatre dance for teens. See below for a listing of their adult classes including Horton!! Call 401-294-6611 for more information.
TUESDAY APRIL 6 LECTURE ON CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION
Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium
100 South Main Street
Providence RI
Tuesday April 6 at 6pm
The Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to announce Unlocking Creativity, a talk by Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. Sir Ken Robinson is Senior Adviser to the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in June, 2003 for his achievements as a leader, writer and speaker in creativity, the arts and education. His book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative was called "the best analysis of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds of creativity that we need today in our organizations and our society."
WEBSITE: http://www.sirkenrobinson.com


ARTS ACTIVIST SPEAKS AT BROWN APRIL 6
Smith Buonanno Room 106
Brown University
95 Cushing Street
Located between Brown & Thayer Sts
Providence RI
Tuesday April 6 at 7pm
NO FEE AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Now is the Time to Rise Up!
Alli Starr is the founder of Dancers Without Borders and Cultural Links in San Francisco, and the co-founder of Art and Revolution, a multi-city movement of artist-activists who revitalize political action throughout the United States using nonviolence, street theater, dance, music, poetry and giant puppetry.

Alli will speak about her experiences and present her slideshow on contemporary arts activism from the last 8 years - connecting the dots between peace and justice and environmental movements in the U.S. Includes dozens of inspiring images from Art and Revolution and other contemporary radical artists. She will also be showing several short, very inspiring videos of arts activism models: Dancers Without Borders (New piece re: the war and the media), Art in Action Camp, and The Another World is Possible Road Show.

Dancers without Borders is an all-women, multi-racial performance collective dedicated to making dance-theatre that matters. The goal of this collective is to use movement, spoken word, and music to mobilize human resistance to human rights abuses, state and personal violence, corporate culture, and environmental destruction as well as to present a vision of society that values cooperation, creativity and beauty. They collaborate with anti-war, human rights, community groups and other artists to choreograph dance-theatre pieces for public events, as well as teach movement-theatre to young people and other grassroots activists groups.

Cultural Links is a community-based program housing several arts-activism and youth-led education projects primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cultural Links collaborates with Global Exchange and Youth for Environmental Sanity to offer Art in Action, an annual, week-long summer camp for youth ages 15-25 (http://www.cultural-links.org/artinaction.html). Cultural Links produces the annual San Francisco conscious arts festival, the Radical Performance Fest (now in its 8th year) and helps coordinate arts-education traveling road shows, which address specific environmental and social justice issues. It provides regular community events and workshops to teach street theater, giant puppetry, mural and banner-making, dance and singing, as well as anti-oppression and anti-racism workshops for schools, community groups and non-profit organizations all over the United States. Cultural Links also sponsors Danza Sin Fronteras, a young women's activist dance troupe and Estudiantes del Sexto Sol, a creative arts advocacy project for Latino political prisoners.

Cultural Links is currently part of an upsurge in worldwide community involvement and social action by artists. Visionary people are coming together all over the world to find creative strategies to counter the degradation of our environment and the exploitation and enforced poverty of millions of people. Activists are building new coalitions globally and locally to challenge injustice and develop alternatives in our communities. It may be that life as we know it on this planet depends on the creative resiliency, sustainability and thoughtfulness of these groups (see links to their webs below).

Ms. Starr is also the founder and director of the ten-year-old annual Radical Performance Fest. Ms. Starr has been a guest on radio shows, national conferences and panels, performed in and produced socially conscious arts events, and taught dance, theater, political song and anti-oppression/anti-racism workshops with students and activists across the country since 1991.
WEBSITES:
Art and Revolution: http://www.artandrevolution.net
Dancers without Borders : http://www.cultural-links.org/dwob.html
Radical Performance Fest: http://www.cultural-links.org/rpf.html
Art in Action Camp: http://www.cultural-links.org/artinaction.html



RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE TO HONOR ELIZABETH STREB
Renowned choreographer Elizabeth Streb was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island College on Friday, April 2, at the College's 150th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of the RIC dance company and alumni dance celebration. She delivered the keynote address, Action Forever, an overview of her current dance and performance projects. Commentary by dance scholar/historian Marcia Siegel was included as part of the degree conferral. A faculty and alumni concert featuring works by Liam Clancy '95 and RIC faculty member Melody Ruffin Ward.
6 p.m. - Streb degree conferral and keynote address, Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
7 p.m. - Reception, Alumni Lounge
8 p.m. - Faculty and Alumni Concert, Forman Theatre featuring works by Melody Ruffin Ward and Liam Clancy '95
Post Concert Reception, Alumni Lounge
Tickets for the post concert reception are $60 per guest
Streb's work is recognized worldwide as one of the most unique and significant American choreographers of our time. Her choreography (she calls it pop action) intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, extreme-sports, and Hollywood stunt work into a bristling muscle and motion vocabulary.

Streb has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. She is currently the Dean's Special Scholar at New York University at the Draper Program

In 1994 the Rhode Island College Dance Company was the first-ever college ensemble to perform a work by Streb.

Billie Ann Burrill, associate professor emerita of health and physical education, will serve as Honorary Chair of the celebration. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burrill/Melcer Dance Resource Library Fund within the Rhode Island College Foundation.

For more information, contact Dante Del Giudice, director of dance at RIC, at 401-456-9791.

STREB WEBSITE http://www.strebusa.org


MARCH 2004
DANCE FORUM CLOSES
The Wickford dance studio, Dance Forum closed its doors on March 31st. The school was founded in 1987 by Jazz Dancer/Teacher Erja Fischer and throughout the years kept its committment to teach children and adults (including beginners). In addition to the Mattox-trained Ms Fischer, the school has seen such notable local teachers as Louise Turilli, Elizabeth Spatz, Elli Lupo, Marilyn Smayda, Michael Bolger and Abigail Ifatola Jefferson as well as nationally known teachers including Dante Sciarra, Eunice Kim, Donald Acevedo and Yahya James (featured in the 2003 Gap Hip Hop commercials).
HEATHER MCNAMEE TO WED
Studio owner, Heather McNamee has announced her engagement to Donti Rosciti. Donti's a detective in the Pawtucket Police Department, and Heather is the well known owner and director of Dance RI in Scituate. Four and a half years ago, Heather and Donti's respective Physical Therapists (full service PT's!) did some matchmaking, talked them into a blind date and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. They seem to be compatable in their mutual love of theater and dance (although Donti prefers jazz and hip hop while Heather's heart belongs to ballet), and can be found at most PPAC events (where they have season tickets) and many dance performances. A summer 2005 wedding is planned.
DEBBIE BRZOZOWY REPRISES ROLE OF MARY MAGDALENE
Jesus Christ Superstar, done as a dramatic version, but retaining the music and score, will be performed in Seekonk on April 2 & 3 and will feature RI's Debbie Brzozowy as Mary Magdalene. Debbie first played Mary Magdalene in her Junior High's (George J. West in Providence) modern dance production at the tender age of fourteen (1972). Bernard Masterson, then director of the Young People's School for the Performing Arts, saw the show and awarded her a scholarship to attend the YPSPA, a summer program of acting, singing, and dance. Jesus' mother, Mary was played by Mary Reavey Gendreau, who also won a scholarship for her performance. In the early 70's, JCS was considered quite radical and not accepteble for young people, but George J. West's progressive dance director, Ellen Berger, persevered and the production met with success and toured RI schools.
AND BABY MAKES THREE
On March 15, 2004, Barbara Jean Medeiros and husband Richard Mancini became the proud parents of Keith Bruno Mancini, who weighed in at 7 lbs 10 ounces. Barbara Jean ia a dance teacher in the North Kingstown School system and with the Rhode Island Ballet Academy or Arts.
FEBRUARY 2004
DANCE ON CINEMA AT RIC
Rhode Island College's Dance Cinema series has more films and will be showing them for free! Even better the films will be followed by panel discussions with film makers, dance historians, dance critics and dancers.
From a past miserable experience where this editor was sent back and forth between two buildings and never did find the festival, RiDance highly recommends that you call ahead and make sure the location listed is correct.
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APRIL 05, 2004 at 12noon
Clarke Science Building Room 125
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Envisioning Dance on Film and Video
Book/DVD released Fall 2002 by Routledge
Discussion and screening of DVD clips led by Elizabeth Zimmer, dance critic and senior editor Village Voice and text editor from Envisioning Dance; Bonnie McDonald, Rhode Island College Department of Communications; and Dorothy Jungels, film-maker and artistic director, Everett Dance Theatre.
Dance on Film Festival website http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/festival.html.
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FEBRUARY 9, 2004 at 12noon
Clarke Science Building Room 125
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Information 401-456-9883
Balanchine and Stravinsky
Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky
Stephanie Jordan, writer
Discussion by Marcia Siegel, dance scholar/historian and critic; Mihailo Djuric, artistic director/resident choreographer Festival Ballet; and Johnette Rodriquez, dance critic, Providence Phoenix.


WEDNESDAY 28 JANUARY 2004
WHAT'S UP AT BROWN THIS SEMESTER
PERFORMANCE
March 2004
March 4 - J Mandle performance, site and costume-specific performance, 7 pm, RISD Auditorium
http://www.jmandleperformance.org
March 11 - Anna Beatrice Scott, dancer/performance artist (probably African), 7 pm RISD Auditorium
http://www.dance.ucr.edu/people/scott.html
April 2004
11 Coco Fusco, conceptual and performance artist, 7 pm Stuart Theatre, Brown
http://www.thing.net/%7Ecocofusco/




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