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Last update December 27, 2006

Rhode Island Dance Companies
D through F
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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 a RI dancer).

AcrobaticsAerialAfricanBalletBallroomBelly
BrazilianBurlesqueButohCapoeiraCircusFlamenco
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D
The Dance Ensemble
The Dance Extension
The Dance Theatre

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The Dance Ensemble
Modern, African & Jazz
Contact: Julie Strandberg
Phone: 401-863-7596

The Dance Ensemble has enthralled audiences since 1969 with works in modern, traditional, experimental, and vernacular dance forms in concerts on campus and beyond the walls of the University. One of the goals of The Dance Ensemble, open to all Brown students, is to explore the many extraordinary languages of movement which have prepared many for extensive professional careers after Brown.

The Dance Ensemble has two resident choreographers, Julie Strandberg and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly and has worked with many guest choreographers including Milton Myers, Talley Beatty, Seydou Coulibaly, Paul Benney, Annamaura Silverblatt, Mary Paul Hunter, Anne-Alex Packard, Jessica Lutes (Brown 88), Bradon McDonald, Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, and guest artist Deborah Carr on the reconstruction of Charles Weidman's Lynchtown. The Ensemble also presents student choreography and collaborates with other artists to create and present interdisciplinary works.

The Dance Ensemble performs several times a year in works by faculty, students and guest choreographers.

posted 29Sep01

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The Dance Extension
Modern
Contact: Julie Strandberg
Phone: 401-863-7596

Founded in 1980, The Dance Extension is a touring repertory company established by Julie Strandberg on the premise that the training of dancers must include the opportunity to perform, teach, and revisit masterworks.

While the dancers in the company are encouraged and suported to create their own work, they also have the rare opportunity to work with some of our most revered choreographers and some of our most exciting contemporary innovators.

posted 4Mar01

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Dance Theatre
Modern & Jazz
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
Contact: Kelli Wicke Davis
Phone: 401-254-3624
Email: kwickedavis@rwu.edu

Outstanding modern dance company (dancers are all Roger Williams University students) with dances created by excellent choreographers including videographer Gary Shore and nationally renowned Kelli Wicke Davis.

posted 07July01.updated 02Apr04

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E
elephant jane
Elliniki Yperiphania
Everett Dance Theatre

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elephant jane
Modern

The Skirt

elephant JANE's The Skirt
Photo by Harry Zernike
16 Elm St
Wakefield RI 02879
Contact: Heidi Henderson
Phone: 401-254-3624
Email: hh.elephantjane@verizon.net
Founded in 2001, elephant JANE dance is sprawling, absurd, elegant, desperate, womanly. This company is led by Heidi Henderson whose work has been performed in London, New York, Boston, Jacob's Pillow (Becket, MA) and throughout the northeast. The company's diverse repertoire includes solo and group works with flexible technical requirements that are suitable for performing arts series, festivals and college audiences.

elephant jane dance offers master classes and extended residencies including setting new and repertory work. Recent residencies include: Dartmouth College, Providence College and Rhode Island College. Videotapes are available on request.

last update 08Sep06

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Everett Dance Theatre
Modern, Improv, Performance
The Carriage House

Everett Dance Theatre

349 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-831-9479
Fax: 401-831-9479
Website: http://www.everettdancetheatre.org

The five (plus) members of Everett Dance Theatre (EDT) draw on their skills in dance, theater, visual arts, circus arts, and athletics to create their performance and educational work. EDT's Educational Programming has been presented at schools, museums, libraries, and teacher development days.

In addition, Dorothy Jungels the founder and Artistic Director of Everett runs the Carriage House which is RI's most active small dance theatre. The Carriage House features dancing of all kinds including various ethnic styles, ballet and modern, from traditional to the most experimental. The Carrage House is one of the reasons that Rhode Island rivels New York City in the diversity and talent of performing dance. Everett Dance Theatre is a member of the National Performance Network working in collaboration with similarly dedicated artists and organizations located throughout the US.

Everett offers dance and theatre classes to the public and have been generous in their scholarships and mentorships to low income students.

posted May98.updated 03Jan02

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F
Festival Ballet
Fuego Flamingo
Fusion
Fusionworks
FusionworksII

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Festival Ballet Providence
Ballet
825 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-353-1129
Website: http://www.festivalballet.com

The Festival Ballet, a classical/contemporary dance company, offers a wide variety of full length ballets and repertory pieces by noted choreographers: Balanchine, Ashton, Mitchell, DeMille, Bosman, Bruning, Kruzich, and its Artistic Director, Mihailo Djuric. Festival Ballet's season runs from September through April, with performances at VMA, Providence Performing Arts Center, and FB's black box theatre on Hope Street.

In addition, the company tours throughout southern New England, offers master classes, and arranges lecture/demonstrations for children and adults.

Performance Season

Archive

last update 08Sep06

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Fuego Flamenco
Flamenco
Warwick RI
Contact: Michael Dumas
Phone: 401-739-5513

Established in 1988, Fuego Flamenco performs Spanish dance and music from the region of southern Spain known as Andalucia.

The roots of flamenco trace back to Medieval times, when the Moors ruled Spain, and as centuries passed, Sephardic and Gypsy elements became intertwined with the Moorish and Spanish influences. By the nineteenth century, styles from the New World and Africa were incorporated into the flamenco. Guajiras (from Cuba) and Rumba flamenca are two styles of flamenco which demonstrate these influences.

In addition, Older flamenco forms such as Soleares, Bulerias, Tangos (not the same as the social dance), Sevillanas, Fandangos de Huelva and Seguiriyas are still played and danced.

Fuego Flamenco dance company uses all these styles and comes with musicians as well as dancers. They can provide a group with only one dancer and two musicians or a full flamenco company with up to ten performers. The usual ensemble includes four dancers, a singer and three musicians - a guitarist, percussionist and saxophonist.

In Rhode Island Fuego Flamenco has performed at Brown University, Rhode Island College, RISD and Roger Williams University as well as at many different venues such as First Night and various restaurants and clubs including Las Tapas in Newport and CAV in Providence.

The musicians may be hired without the dancers, and in addition, Warwick-based Michael Dumas, the company's classically-trained flamenco guitarist, is available to provide instruction.

posted 02May02.updated 05May02

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Fusion
Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, African
Contact: Lauren Linder (Lauren_Linder@brown.edu &
Yaya Johnson Yaya@brown.edu

Fusion, a Brown University student run dance ensemble, was founded in 1984. Through their own choreography the dancers celebrate their cultural and stylistic diversity. Fusion sponsors its own annual concert and presents performances and workshops for the Brown community throughout the year.

In 1983 a student named Paula Franklin, a black woman at Brown decided that there was a need for more student choreography on campus. She choreographed a piece called Portrait of a Studio for the Fall Dance Concert which featured herself and 7 other African American students. Portrait of a Studio was the precursor to Fusion Dance Company. The next semester this group held auditions and formed a multi-cultural company of 23 students. They performed a variety of dance styles, hence the name Fusion.

Today, Fusion tries to uphold this tradition as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of both men and women and performs both on and off Brown University's campus in a variety of styles including hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern, ballet, lyrical, African, step, belly dance, and Flamenco.

posted 29Sep01.updated 26Jun06

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Fusionworks
Modern, Jazz & Hip Hop
PO Box 402
Lincoln, RI 02865
Contacts: Deb Meunier & Stephanie Stanford
Phone: 401-334-3091
Email: fusionwk@cox.net
Website: www.fusionworksdance.org

Fusionworks is modern dance repertory company based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, founded in 1987 by Artistic Director, Deb Meunier. The company members are known for their gutsy, striking and provocative interpretations of works by an impressive line-up of contemporary choreographers.

The current repertory includes dances by Peter Schmitz, Creach/Koester, David Dorfman, Ze'Eva Cohen, Pooh Kaye, Freedman/Coleman, Bridgman & Packer, Deb Meunier and others. The company has been presented throughout the Northeast including Jacob's Pillow, The 92nd Street Y in New York and ECA in New Haven, also in numerous colleges including U.Mass, Amherst, Brown University, Duke University, and Trinity College.

In its desire to bring modern dance to the children and families of many communities, Fusionworks has developed an array of exciting educational and community dance programs which blend professional performances with participatory workshops and classes for all ages of dancers and non-dancers alike.

The company works year round in theaters, universities, public and private schools, museums and libraries, YMCA's and community centers.

Also see Fusionworks II

updated 21Jan04

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Fusionworks II
Modern & Jazz
PO Box 402
Lincoln, RI 02865
Contact: Deb Meunier or Stephanie Stanford
Phone: 401-334-3091
Email: fusionwk@cox.net
Website: www.fusionworksdance.org

Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director, Deb Meunier, Fusionworks II offers a pre-professional training ground for modern dancers while providing professional level studio and concert experience.

Dancers are trained by Fusionworks company members and given rehearsal time to develop skills in technique, improvisation and repertory performance. Dancers learn existing Fusionworks repertory as well as having original works set on them.
posted 07Oct01

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