Open For Dancing
Newport RI 02950
Sep 22 thru 26, 2004
Newport Academy of Ballet
Rough Point
Fort Adams
For more information
Please call 401-847-4470






About Newport
Food  &  Drink
OFD  Locations

Details, Details, Details

Fly into Providence Airport (PVD) and take the Cozy Cab Limo straight to your hotel.
Cozy Cab Airport Shuttle: 401-846-2500/800-846-1502
Reservations required/reservations can be made 24 hours a day
Traveling time is roughly 45 minutes. Arriving passengers at the airport should purchase their tickets at the ticket counter located at the Ground Transportation desk in the baggage area, and should present themselves to the driver at least 5 minutes before departure time. The Newport Shuttle is a passenger van service, and is designed to accommodate two suitcases and one carry-on per passenger. Passengers must be ready for pick-up at least 15 minutes before departure time on runs originating from Newport. Fare $20.00 Per Passenger Each Way.

Or you can also rent a car at the airport and drive. There's a $2.00 toll to cross the Newport Bridge. Check with your hotel about parking fees.

Amtrak has trains to Kingston (closest) and Providence RI and is offering a special discount rate for OFD Attendees. Please use the OFD discount code (TBA). RIPTA has bus service from the Kingston Station to Newport.
Phone: 1-800-872-7245

The bus terminal is less than a mile from the studio and close to most hotels.
Bus lines that service Newport
Boston and Fall River to Newport
Phone 888-751-8800
Route 60 Providence to Newport via Portsmouth
Route 64 Kingston Train Station to Newport via Wakefield, Narragansett and Jamestown

Please let the festival organizers know if you have any transportation issues.
Go Newport's Where To Stay

Bed And Breakfast of Rhode Island
Phone 1-800-828-0000/In RI call 401-849-1298
Website http://www.bandbnewport.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Viking Hotel
One Bellvue Avenue
Newport RI
Phone 401-847-3300
Website http://www.hotelviking.com
Regular Room Rate: Lowest room rates: $239.00 1st night/289.00 per each additional night
Not included in rate - 7 Percent State Tax/5 Percent Occupancy Tax/$18 per day self parking/valet fee
A beautiful (and short) walk to IMC studios, the Viking is on the National Registry of Historic places and was honored with Yankee Magazine's coveted New England Editor's Choice Award for 2004. Amenities include an indoor pool, an onsite fitness facility and a rooftop bar.
Rate: $1600 for two people (plus tax)
The Viking Hotel is offering a package for OFD attendees, which includes four nights accommodation, 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. There's no dance experience required, just a love of movement and a sense of adventure. Call 401-847-3300 for reservations.

Spring Street Inn
353 Spring Street
Newport RI 02840
Phone 401-847-4767
Rates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday $129.00 per night
Friday & Saturday $169.000 per night
Lovely Bed & Breakfast at a much lower rate than the hotels, but there's only a few rooms so if you want to stay here, book ASAP.
An 1858 Empire Victorian, centrally located in downtown Newport in the Waterfront Yachting District. Private baths, air conditioning, free parking (one car per room), gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments. Rooms available with 2 twins, or 1 queen or 1 king.


-   Breakfast on your own.
-   Lunch on your own or with the choreographers (22-24Sep). You may order a brown bag lunch (you choose what's in the bag) at the Island Moving Co studios (Newport Academy of Ballet).
-   Dinner on your own with the following options
Wednesday - Browsables at the Rock Point Opening Night Reception
Saturday - Informal Dinner at the home of IMC's Executive Director, Dominique Alfrende. Everyone chips in for Chinese take-out!
Please see the on-line Newport Restaurant Guide for suggestions on where to eat. In the upper left section of the web page, you will see links for Breakfast, Lunch, Upscale and Casual dining.

Restaurants Near Newport Academy of Ballet
Ocean Coffee Roasters
22 Washington Square
Newport RI
Hours 6am to 6pm daily
Great (but very strong) coffee/latte/espresso. They microroast and grind the beans daily. Fun and lively atmosphere serving up breakfast (including a hugh array of bagels) and lunch daily. Standard fare is complemented by a host of homemade soups, cakes, and desserts.

La Petite Auberge
19 Charles Street
Newport RI
Hours 11am-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Famed formal french bistro with casual back tavern room. Converted historic colonial house with fireplaces and outside patio dining in the summer.

28 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02871
Website: http://www.yesterdaysandtheplace.com
Hours Monday thru Saturday 1130am-10am
Sunday 1130am-9pm
Reasonable priced yet good quality food for lunch or dinner

And Don't Miss...
The Viking Hotel's Top Of Newport
Viking Hotel
One Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI
Phone 401-847-3300
Hours: Thursday thru Sunday weather permitting
Their rooftop bar restaurant and sundeck, Top of Newport, offers guests the best views to be found in this charming Rhode Island city, as it looks out across a sweeping panorama from Newport Harbor to the mansions of Bellevue Avenue. You can relax with a cocktail and enjoy the soothing atmosphere. OFD is planning a Friday night get together here, but feel free to enjoy outdoor dinning. The Viking also features an excellent formal dining room, which serves breakfast 7 to 11am, lunch 1130am to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm.

City of Newport
Phone 401-846-9600 x207
Website: http://www.cityofnewport.com

Parking Information

Go Newport
Tourist Information

September Events


Island Moving Co Studios
Newport Academy of Ballet
3 Charles St
Newport RI
Phone 401-849-8473
Website http://www.newportarts.org/pages/dance.cfm

Ballard Park
Across from Rogers High School
Hazard Road
Newport RI 02840
Phone 401-846-7680
Website http://www.ballardpark.org/about_ballard.html

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellvue Avenue
Newport RI
Phone 401-848-8200
Website http://www.newportartmuseum.com

Rough Point
680 Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI
Phone: 401-849-7300
Website: http://newportrestoration.com
(Pretty website, but not very useful)
Website: http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/dorisduke/roughpoint.html
(Brief history)
Choreographers Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman
The legendary estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke.

Sod Maze
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-1000
Website: http://www.newportmansions.org/page3543.cfm
One of the famed Newport mansions, Chateau-sur-Mer is the location of the Sod Maze created by artist Richard Fleischner.

Fort Adams
Fort Adams Road
Newport RI 02840
Website: http://www.fortadams.org
Website: http://www.riparks.com/fortadams.htm
Surrounded on three sides by Narragansett Bay, historic Fort Adams was built in the 1700'a and is the largest coastal fortification in the United States.

Michael Bolger
OFD Artistic Director Trinity Church Concert
A native of Fall River, Michael Bolger, received his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and performs in RI with the Island Moving Company. He has set a work for the Portland Ballet and has performed with Underfoot Dance in New York City, Carol Sommer's Dance in Boston, and Spindle City Ballet. In Rhode Island, he has performed with the The Cadence Dance Project and currently dances with the Island Moving Co. In recent years, he has found himself much in demand as a choreographer and has created dances for the RIC Dance Company, Island Moving Co and Convergence Arts Festival. His work has been seen in such diverse locations as the Bagnotti Fountain in Providence Park, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Newport and Rhode Island College.
Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman
Choreographers for Rough Point
Artists-In-Residence of Dance at Mount Holyoke College and co-directors of the Freedman/Coleman Dance Company Prior to forming the Freedman/Coleman Dance Company, Jim Coleman was a featured soloist with the Bill Evans Dance Company (WA), and a founding member of Tandy Beal and Company (CA); Terese Freedman was a member of the Nancy Spanier Dance Theater, and the Bill Evans Touring Company. Their choreographic, performing and teaching endeavors have taken them to over thirty states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and to Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Austria and the People's Republic of China. Freedman/Coleman Dance Company is on the rosters of both the Massachusetts and New England Touring Programs, and has also been a participant in the National Performance Network (NPN) touring program. They have received numerous choreographic commissions from dance companies throughout the United States including Concert Dance Company of Boston, Chicago Moving Company, Danceworks Northwest (WA), Co-Motion Dance Company (WA), Cincinnati Contemporary Theatre, Island Moving Company (RI), Dances Unlimited Repertory (TX), D-9/Seattle, as well as many university and college dance companies.
Dante Del Giudice
OFD Director Phantom Limb
Dance artist, choreographer and educator, Dante Del Giudice is currently On the faculty of Rhode Island College where he is also the Director of the Dance Company. As Director of the Rhode Island College Dance Company he has produced and directed nearly two hundred performances and commissioned over seventy-five works by local, regional, and national choreographers. Mr. Del Giudice has succeeded in attracting many renowned guests choreographers to assemble a performance repertory that rivals many nationally significant professional modern dance repertory companies. Dante Del Giudice's professional dance credits include performance work throughout the eastern United States and extended residencies in Holland and Belgium with Dance Collective of Boston (1980-85), Concert Dance Company of Boston (1979-82 & 1984), Marcus Schulkind Dance Company in New York (1977-78), and Festival Ballet in Rhode Island (1977-78). He was the recipient of a fellowship in choreography from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 1984 and inducted into the Alumni Honor Roll at Rhode Island College in 1993.
Noemie Lafrance
Choreographer for Fort Adams
"New York City via Quebec Choreographer Noemie Lafrance is best known for Descent, winner of two Bessie Awards and one of the 10 best performances of 2002 by The New York Times and Time Out New York. Named a site-specific wizard by Dance Magazine in the 25 to watch for 2004, Lafrance's imaginative site-specific choreography never ceases to amaze New York audiences." DANCE MAGAZINE

"Certain choreographers spend more time focusing on what a dance feels like than the way it looks. But site-specific wizard Noemie Lafrance realizes that the art form has the potential to be physically gratifying for everyone involved. In her Bessie-Award-winning Descent, audience members trailed behind performers on a twelve-story staircase in a lower Manhattan City Court building. In the creepily beautiful Melt, a fifteen-minute work presented over the summer in a Brooklyn art gallery, the audience gazed at glistening dancers who were strapped to a cement wall and literally dripping with wax--just as they seemed to dissolve, so did you. Her latest, Noir (June 2004), explored aspects of film noir and takes place in a parking garage." Gia Kourlas dance editor for Time Out New York
Daniel McCusker
Choreographer for Chateau-sur-Mer
Daniel McCusker was a long time member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company before becoming artistic director of Ram Island Dance in Portland, Maine in 1985. He has been a guest lecturer at Bowdoin College, and has done residencies at Bates College, Emerson College, George Washington University, and Williams College. Among others, Danny also has been guest choreographer for Island Moving Co., Phoenix Dance Company, Three Postcards, Jessica Fogel, Berkshire Ballet, Act 3, and the Ballet Project at Jacob's Pillow. He has taught for American College Dance Festival and Harvard Dance Center, and is currently teaching at Mt Holyoke College and Tufts University. Director of his own McCusker/Dance, his choreography has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, MAC Institutional Support, and the Payson Foundation.

Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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