Open For Dancing
Newport RI 02950
Newport Academy of Ballet
Rough Point
Fort Adams
Sep 22 thru 26, 2004
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Outdoor Dance Festival

September 22 thru 26, 2004

Come Dance In Newport
Rhode Island's Historic City by the Sea

Island Moving Co. invites you to Open For Dancing, a participatory outdoor dance festival September 22 thru 26, 2004. The Festival will feature work created for famous Newport landscapes by well-known choreographers and performed by all kinds of dancers, and one of those dancers could be you!


Open For Dancing welcomes all levels, ages and body types. If you would like to be part of this exciting project - rehearse and perform a dance with the choreographer who made the dance - or just take the master classes, REGISTER now or call the Island Moving Co. at 401-847-4470.

Come Dancing
You may participate as a dancer, tech support or opt to experience the Festival as an audience member. There's a place for everyone! Feel free to bring non-dancing friends and family members - they will find that Newport is full of exciting things to do and September is a great time to explore the area. Just don't forget to invite them to your performance!

How Much Dance Do I Have To Know?
You can be a trained dancer, a rank beginner or anything in between. You can have danced for years or have only dreamed of the possibilities. Open For Dancing uses the contemporary dance idiom, which permits a a wide technique base. In addition, the choreographers, you will work with, are experienced with your level of expertise.

How It Works
You will be assigned to a choreographer based on your dance background, abilities and the choreographer's needs. No one will be left out. Rehearsals will be held on-site at the location where you will perform. In case of heavy sustained rain, classes will be held at the Island Moving Co studios located in downtown Newport at the Newport Academy of Ballet . Come prepared to put in long hours, work hard and love every minute!

Only $150.00 for five days of extraordinary experiences!! The price includes all festival events - opening gala reception, Ballard Park Cello concert, cocktail party, Saturday night informal dinner, master classes, panel discussion, rehearsals & training with choreographers as well as performing in an original dance. It does not include meals. If you cannot attend the entire festival, please check prices for individual events at Open For Dancing A La Carte.

Choreographers & Artists
You will train and perform a dance by one of these outstanding choreographers:
Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman
Noemie Lafrance
Daniel McCusker
Michael Bolger

You will rehearse and perform at one of these spectatular Newport locations.
The rocky lawn at Doris Duke's Rough Point
The ramparts and parade ground of historic Fort Adams
The Sod Maze by artist Richard Fleischner
     on the grounds of Chateau-sur-Mer

Rehearsals & Performances
Dances will be rehearsed the first three days of the festival from 3 to 6pm and performed on September 25 & September 26 three times each afternoon, with audiences traveling to the sites by trolley. Master Classes will be held in the mornings while rehearsals for each dance will be held in the afternoons. Festival rehearsals are the same as any dance company rehearsal except that you will be performing before the week is over!

What's Happening
Morning master class with choreographers
      September 22 thru 24
Lunch with choreographers September 22
      thru 24 (BYOL)
Wednesday night Gala Reception at Doris
      Duke's famed Newport home, Rough Point
Thursday night Baroque cello concert
      at Ballard Park
Thursday night cocktail party
Friday evening panel discussion on site-specific
      art including Monumenta
Performances at three Newport locations
      from 3 to 6pm on September 25 & 26 including
      transportation by trolley between performance
The Phantom Limb guerilla dance troupe will
      present spontaneous performances throughout
      downtown Newport
A performance in the center of Newport
      on Queen Anne Square choreographed by
      Michael Bolger. This dance will start rehearsal
      prior to the Festival. If you are local and
      interested in participating, please call the
      Island Moving Co. at 401-847-4470

You may stay anywhere you wish. The Accomodations section will link you to websites providing local hotel and Bed & Breakfast information. Book soon as September is a popular month for people to visit Newport.
The Viking Hotel is offering a special Open For Dancing package, and there are several hotels located in downtown Newport and more in the surrounding area. In addition, Newport has many lovingly restored historic homes which have been converted to Bed & Breakfasts. Book soon. September is a popular month for tourists to visit Newport.
The Viking Hotel
One Bellvue Avenue
Newport RI
Phone 401-847-3300
Website http://www.hotelviking.com
The Viking Hotel is offering a package of $1600 for two people (plus tax), which includes four nights accommodation for two people, breakfast each morning, complimentary parking at the hotel, and an all-access four-day pass for Open For Dancing, which allows you to join in the creation and performance of a dance created by one of 4 guest choreographers.

"Open for Dancing is a joyous project!"
Choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer

Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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