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Ward/Melody Ruffian-choreographer,dancer,teacher(modern)
Wardyga/Ed-videographer(dance,theatre,music)
Wentworth/Chuck-promoter(cajun,zydeco)
Wicke Davis/Kelli -choreographer,dancer,faculty
Wilson/Michael-teacher,dancer(ballet)
Windrow/Jaime-dancer(theatrical,jazz,hiphop)


WARD/MELODY RUFFIN
Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher
modern(lRI,sRI)
Poet Tim Seibles describes Melody Ruffin Ward's choreography and dancing as having "the physical capacity to articulate the delights and lyrical mysteries of being human.... Her work bears witness that we live in bodies, and that it is only through our vulnerable flesh that we enter and come to know the world." A native of Atlanta, Georgia, this dancer, educator, and choreographer lives in Providence with her husband and two daughters. Having spent two decades of her life dancing and working with a myriad of wonderful artists and making her own work along the eastern seaboard, Ward has taught and been a guest artist in colleges and universities. A graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in English and education, she graduated cum laude and went on to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received her M.F.A. in choreography and performance, studying both the Cunningham and Limon Techniques. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Rhode Island College. Ward's work is steeped in her love for developing dances that have an internal and personal dialogue. She creates atmospheres where both the specialist and the non-specialist have the opportunity to experience the impact that dance and movement have on humans, and is always looking for a story from anyone who wants to share and move with her.
ARCHIVE: April 18-20, 2002 Choreographed and with Kathy Gordon Smith performed in There in That Very Place, and danced in a solo City Called Heaven (April 19 only) at the Groundwerx Choreography Showcase at the Carriage House Theatre.
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WEBSITE: RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE DANCE
posted 02Mar01.updated 24Apr02

WARDYGA/ED
Videographer
Dance & Theatre
Ed Wardyga, the president of the Keepsake Video has fourteen years of video experience (since 1989), including broadcast photojournalism and 28 years in the computer field with a degree in Engineering, that combines to provide you with a unique blend of art and technology that will fulfill all of your media needs. Ed has also written a number of video related articles that have been published in national video publications as well as a columnist in a video trade journal. He has also conducted seminars on various aspects of video production and related technical subjects and has been a speaker at the WEVA International EXPOs in Las Vegas.
ARCHIVE: Keepsake Video specializes in stage performances, including recitals, theatrical and competition and is currently associated with over a dozen schools/studios in the Rhode Island/Southern New England area. Capabilities include multi-camera production, VHS tape and DVD production/duplication and Sound systems/sound reinforcement.
As of February 2003, they work with
Festival Ballet-Providence (since 1999) both the company and the school
RI's Ballet Theatre (since inception) Nancy McAuliffe
RI Ballet Arts Academy (No. Kingston/Tiverton, RI) Nancy McAuliffe (since 1991)
Dance Scene II (E. Providence) Stephanie Marandola and Jennifer Sparks (since 1996)
DanceWorks (Quincy, MA) Sandy Butler (since 1999)
The Dance Step (No. Smithfield, RI) the LeDuc Sisters (since 2002)
Danceology (Warwick, RI) Tanya Salvatore (since 1998)
Alden Harrison Dance Center (Seekonk, MA) Alden Harrison and Kim Fowler (since 1997)
Glocester Dance Academy (Glocester, RI) Mary Jane Rainone (since 2000)
Neon Dance Theatre (Johnston/No. Providence, RI) Angelica Vessella (since 1997)
Vessella Dance Project (since 2000)
Susan's School of Dance (East Providence) Sue Messier (since 1994)
On Stage Productions (Fall River, MA) (Since 2001)
Theatre video production includes
Providence College Theatre/Dance Dept. (since 1994)
Brown University (occasional music and theater)
On Stage Productions (Fall River, MA) since 2001
plus many Grammar, Middle School and High School productions.
Competitions:
NABF (North American Bodybuilding Federation) since 1997 to Present
NERI (North East Rhode Island) Pop Warner Cheerleading Competition (1997-1999)
SWRI (South West Rhode Island) Pop Warner Cheerleading Competition (1999-present)

PHONE: 401-725-9210
FAX: 401-725-4756
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EMAIL: info@kvimedia.com
WEBSITE: kvimedia.com
posted 17Feb03.

WENTWORTH/CHUCK
Promoter
Roots, Cajun, Zydeco music
In 1985, Chuck Wentworth formed Lagniappe Productions to promote the exciting sounds of roots music (including cajun and zydeco) to Rhode Island, and he had the foresight to provide the large dance halls which really good music requires. He is a long time disc jockey with WRIU (90.3) where he plays roots music. As of June 2000, you can hear him Mondays from 6-9pm. He has offered many different music and dance festivals including Rhythm and Roots. He produced a series of dances at the Holy Ghost Brotherhood Hall in East Providence from 1985 to 1997 featuring acts such as: Queen Ida, Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dewey Balfa and Beau Jocque just to name a few. On the concert scene, he produced shows at the Greenwich Odeum, RISD Auditorium and the Holy Ghost Hall with acts like Alison Krauss & Union Station, David Grisman Quintet, the Tony Rice Unit, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements along with many others.
ARCHIVE: Mardi Gras at Rhodes on the Pawtucket started 1992 Rhythm and Roots started 1998
PHONE: 401-783-3926
ADDRESS: Lagniappe Productions/255 Holly Road/Wakefield RI 02879
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WEBSITE: LAGNIAPPE PRODUCTIONS and RHYTHM&ROOTS
posted 10Feb01

WILSON/MICHAEL

Michael Wilson with Shawna Aiken at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Teacher, Choreographer, Adjudicator
Ballet
Michael Wilson is well known throughout Rhode Island for his fast paced, exciting ballet classes and workshops which he has taught in many locations including Dance Forum, The Loft, Dance Artistry and The Studio. He is currently teaching at Dance Artistry & The Studio and is available to teach workshops and Master Classes in other locations.

Michael Wilson was raised in rural Wyoming, and studied in New York City as a scholarship student with The Joffrey Ballet School, where he trained under David Howard, Melissa Hayden and Diana Cartier.

Later he danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Caracas, Cleveland Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Louisville Ballet, New England Dinosaur and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Michael's performance credits include works by Paul Taylor, Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiri Killian, Lisa De Ribere, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Eugene Loring, Michael Christensen, Chu San Goh, Marius Patina, Agnes de Mille, Bruce Wells, Augustus Bournonville, Michael Fokine, Alvin Ailey, Andre Prokovsky and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

Michael's choreography has received top awards at competitions throughout the New England area and he a popular adjudicator at dance competitions.

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PHONE: 401-783-3405
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EMAIL: mwpmw@msn.com
WEBSITE: Gansett Moves
posted 19Jan04.updated

WINDROW/JAIME
Dancer, teacher
Theatrical,jazz,tap (bRI,sRI)
Jaime Windrow started dance lessons when she was three years old. She has never stopped. She taught at the dance studio where she took lessons Rita Beaulieu Dance and Gymnastics in Coventry. She enrolled at Rhode Island College, danced with the RIC dance company, and toured with a summer tour called Dance Olympus. In 1997 after her junior year, Jaime won a position with the famed Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In June 1998 she was one of ten dancers featured on MTV's the Daily Burn - a hip hop exercise program. As of 2003, Jaime has been with the Rockettes for 6 years and is now an assistant dance captain. She is scheduled to graduate from Hunter College in 2004 with a degree in nutritional science.
ARCHIVE: Full page spread on Jaime Windrow in Dance Spirit December 2003 Vol 7 no 10 page 38
Also see Carolyn Dutra who was a Rockette from 1967-69
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posted 10Feb01.updated 18Nov03

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