Rhode Island Dance Companies
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Last update December 1, 2001

Rhode Island Dance Companies

Dance companies of all kinds are listed here including youth groups and those affiliated with dance studios. They range from amateur to professional. If you know the name, click on the letter list above. To find a company doing a specific kind of dance or movement, click on the type of dance below. Listed in their own section are dance companies in nearby states and those with Rhode Island connections (they have performed more than once in RI or they have an RI connection).

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Andary Dance
The Arabella Project

SGTV Alpenblumen
German Folk Dance
1740 Stony Lane
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Directors: Justin McGuire & Kurt Van Dexter
Phone: 401-246-0381 Justin McGuire
Phone: 401-294-7994 Kurt Van Dexter
Email: asclepiask@aol.com

Performances for many venues.
Founded in 1982 by Kurt Van Dexter and Justin McGuire, SGTV Alpenblumen performs Bavarian folk dances wearing the complete traditional folk costumes of Bavaria, usually with live musical accompaniment. Some of the dances are over 1,000 years old.

An average performance consists of two dance sets of about 25 minutes and 3 to 4 dances each. A spokesperson will describe the dances to the audience, sometimes asking for audience participation. The group is comfortable with any audience type, young or old, large or small, and each performance is tailored to it.

updated 11May01

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Andary Dance
Modern, Butoh
Director: Nathan Andary
Phone: 401.454.6714
Email: andarydance@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.andarydance.org

Founded in 2001, Andary Dance is emotionally uninhibited, whimsical, driving and innovative. The company was described by Rhode Island Colledge as "...a new and refreshing force in Rhode Island's contemporary dance scene"

Award winning and nationally touring, Andary Dance utilizes Body-Mind-Centering, Release and Butoh aesthetics/techniques to create thought-provoking and provocative dance works. Andary Dance has performed by invitation to festivals and performances throughout the New England area and beyond. Andary Dance continues to connect Rhode Islandís dance community to other dance communities nationwide.

In 2004, artistic director, Andary received a coveted RISCA fellowship for choreography. Andary Dance has also received grant support from Toyota, the Creative Arts Council from Brown University, Massachusetts Cultural Council and NG Systems. To learn more about Nathan or Andary Dance please visit the website at www.andarydance.org or contact Nathan at andarydance@hotmail.com.

Andary Dance offers master classes and extended residencies including setting new and repertory work. Recent residencies include: Rhode Island College, Providence College and On Stage Academy. DVDs/Videotapes are available on request.

updated 1Dec07

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The Arabella Project
Providence RI
Phone: 401-863-7596
Email: Julie_Strandberg@Brown.edu
Contact: Julie Strandberg
Rachel Balaban, Catherine Bodner, Sumati Kathryn Eberstadt, Mary Reavey Gendreau, Sharon Jenkins, Marty Sprague, Julie Adams Strandberg

Arabella Project was established in 1999 by former members of The Rhode Island Dance Repertory Company (Dance Rep) to explore what mature dancers have to offer. Founded in 1971 by Julie Adams Strandberg and Sumati Kathryn Eberstadt, Dance Rep performed and taught throughout the country and, in many cases, provided Rhode Islanders with their first exposure to contemporary dance.

Arabella Project has performed at ADLI's Mini-Fests in Providence, RI and Saratoga Springs, NY; in Newport RI as part of Island Moving Company's Flight of Steps; and at the National Dance Education Organization's National Conference 2002. Further, members of the company present lecture demonstrations and workshops in schools. Arabella Project donates its honoraria to charity.

posted 04Mar01.updated 01Mar02

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Chance To Dance/SLEEQuE FEET (Y)
Cranston Senior Tappers

Chance to Dance/Sleeque Feet
Theatrical & Jazz/Youth
Dancing at PPAC 2000 photo by Lisa Kannel Scheff P.O. Box 372
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Administrative Director - Kerri Peterson
Contact: 401-359-5628 & ctdri@hotmail.com
Artistic Director - Christena Murphy
Contact: 401-568-2168, 401-678-0309 & dtcm91@yahoo.com

A program of Dance Alliance of Rhode Island Inc, Chance To Dance is a state-wide dance program for school children which teaches dance and dance routines (jazz, hip-hop and theatrical) to over 1,700 students.

In 2001, Chance to Dance was in Providence, East Providence, Bristol, Warren, Jamestown, Pawtucket, Peacedale, Barrington, and North Kingstown school systems. Many skills are acquired through the learning of choreographed dance including rhythm, timing, phrasing and kinesthetic memorization.

Chance To Dance offers performance options to the community with SLEEQuE FEET KIDS, a group of 35 to 60 high spirited, high stepping, 4th to 8th grade school kids who execute exciting choreography tailored to their abilities or a lecture demonstration using the audience children with or without SLEEQuE FEET KIDS as demonstrators. We can target educators, children alone, children and their parents or school teachers

last update 08Sep06

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The Cranston Senior Tappers
Tap Dance
131 Michigan Ave
Warwick RI 02888
Contact: Jim Baker
Phone 401-737-7985

Led by teacher and choreographer, Jim Baker, this performance group of 6 senior citizens have appeared at (among others) Great Woods, former Goveneror Almond's first inauguration, and on Good Morning America. The Tappers were formed in 1989 and are available for public or private functions. In addition to tap, they also do jazz, pantomine, and specialty acts. Monies paid to The Cranston Tappers go to help the Cranston Department of Senior Services.

posted 22Dec98.updated 11May01

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