The Roger Williams University, Providence College, Brown University and Rhode Island College dance programs were awarded a joint grant from the National College Choreography Initiative to work with Danny Buraczeski's JAZZDANCE for a period covering three months (January thru March 2002). Dancers learned two works: the legendary jazz master, Jack Cole's Happy Endings Every Time and Danny Buraczeski's Repertory Etudes. The first is a reconstruction and translation from the film On the Riviera to the stage. Repertory Etudes is a synthesized representation of Mr. Buraczeski's Blues, Swing, and Cool Jazz style.
RIC Dance Company February 28 - March 3, 2002
Happy Endings Every Time - long curvy dancing with the women in wonderful black & yellow horizontal striped dresses went below the knee, had a sexy slit up the side and accentuated every movement. The poor guys (all but one were girls) got stuck in older style suits. Lots of fun and way too short.
Buraczeski's Etude (Premiere) - An aggressive yet funny duet by a couple in black.
Generations ADLI Winter Dance Concert March 2, 2002
Since the lady's striped dresses were over at RIC, here the costumes were different Roger Williams University's Dance Theatre April 11 -13, 2002
Providence College April 27 & 28
Brown University Spring Concert May 02 - May 05
The Four College Dance Company performed Happy Endings Every Time one evening at each of the Roger Williams', Brown and Rhode Island College concerts.
Reknowned dancer and choreographer Danny Buraczeski grew up outside of Allentown Pennsylvania and received a degree in Japanese Studies from Bucknell University. After a career on Broadway, appearing in such musicals as Mame with Angela Lansbury and The Act with Liza Minelli, he formed the original New York City-based JAZZDANCE in 1979 which toured to more than thirty states, Europe, and the Caribbean, and regularly performed to sell-out crowds in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Minneapolis/St. Paul and merged his company with Zenon Dance Company, where he served as Artistic Co-Director and Resident Jazz Choreographer. That association ended in the summer of 1992 and Buraczeski re-formed JAZZDANCE in the Twin Cities. This company made its debut with a program of new work at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in the spring of 1993.