Rhode Island Dance Companies
Last update December 27, 2006

Rhode Island Dance Companies
J through L

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 alphabetical section are dance companies in nearby states and those with Rhode Island connections.

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Middle EasternMimeModernMorrisMusical TheatrePerformance Art

Jasper Ballet (Y)
Jump! (Y)

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Jasper Ballet
Ballet (youth)
3344 Mendon Rd
Cumberland RI 02864
Phone: 401-658-0144
Artistic Director: Arlene Gilbert
Email: jasperinfo@aol.com
Website: http://www.jasperschool.com

The Jasper Ballet is an all-volunteer nonprofit ballet company dedicated to helping fight the battle against AIDS. Founded in 1995 in memory of Alan Golden, named for Alan's dog, Jasper. The company resides at The Jasper School of Dance, and is headed by Arlene Gilbert, Founding Director and Artistic Advisor, and Ann-Marie Normandin, Artistic Director.

In November of 1995, The Jasper Ballet premiered at Rhode Island College, and has since disbursed over $11,000 in contributions to AIDS organizations. As part of its initial fundraising campaign, the company raised $1600 in raffle sales for a pair of white satin pointe shoes personally signed, in support of the company's goals, by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

This troupe of young dancers danced in 1995 and 1996 to present Moments to Remember in observance of World AIDS Day. These moving presentations included inspirational and spiritual dance works, guest speakers from the clergy and various AIDS organizations, a display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and a tribute to those who lost their lives to the virus with a memorial reading of names.

Since 1997, the company's performances have been in conjunction with other organizations that compliment The Jasper Ballet's purposes, while at the same time continuing to engage in its own fundraising campaign. Jasper is an acronym for Just for AIDS Support, Perpetual Care, Education and Research. Recipients of The Jasper Ballet proceeds include RI Project/AIDS; Amfar (the American Foundation for AIDS Research); The National Chapter of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; The RI Chapter of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; House of Compassion; Hospice Care; and F.A.C.T.S. (Family AIDS Center for Treatment & Support).

posted 05Jul01

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Modern, Ballet, Jazz (youth)
8 Rhode Island Avenue
Providence RI 02906
Phone: 401-351-3393
Website: www.jumpdancecompany.org President: Karen Norton heyknorton@cox.net
Artistic Director: Paula Hunter Mphunter54@aol.com

JUMP! is a collaborative dance company based in Providence, RI for children ages 8 to 18. JUMP! was founded by Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter in 1999 with a mission to encourage and instruct young local artists in creating and performing original choreography.

JUMP! is not your typical dance company! At JUMP! children take center stage - dancing, acting, directing, and choreographing. JUMP! is a unique dance company specializing in dance-theater that combines ballet technique, modern dance, exciting sets, original music and acting. Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter collaborates with her young company involving them in all aspects of the production. JUMP!, Hunter's 5-year old brainchild, is based on a collaborative model in which participants learn to choreograph and direct productions - a rare opportunity for young dancers.

Criticaldance.com did an article about JUMP!'s first New York City appearance at Judson Church on April 30th, 2001. You can see it at http://www.criticaldance.com/features/2001/jump.html.

posted Dec00.updated 29Jun06

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Komme Djosse
Kukiki & the Coconuts (Y)

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Komme Djosse
Phone 917-225-6633
Email: KDjosse@aol.com
Website: http://hometown.aol.com/kdjosse/Seydou.html

Lead by Seydou Coulibaly, Komme Djosse is a high energy troupe of West African performance artists -- musicians, poets, dancers, storytellers, and singers -- who are committed to introducing the traditional arts of the Mande people to students, both young and old.

Komme Djosse is available for performances as well as residencies. Performances and Programs are inter-active in nature. Students will be given a brief history of the Khassonke, Bambara, Malinke, and Bobo peoples who comprise the Malian population. Songs will be taught from the specific ethinic groups represented in the dances.

Residencies (from one day to a week or longer) may include Dance Workshops taught by Award-Winning Master Dancer Seydou Coulibaly, Drum Classes in the traditional djembe style of drumming, and Lectures.

posted Feb01

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Kukiki & The Coconuts
Hawaiian, Polynesian
Judi T Dance Studio Inc
1211 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-823-8630

Judith Tessitore Nietupski (Judi T.) is "Kukiki". She is a dance instructor and choreographer who offers an authentic and entertaining Polynesian review, as well as Hulagrams for various special occasions. She has performed with many different celebrities, appeared in the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and PM Magazine, and performed in benefits for senior citizen and youth programs.

posted Feb01

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Ladies of the Rollingpin
Little Babemba (Y)

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Ladies of the Rolling Pin
26 Highland Ave
Wakefield, RI 02879
Contact: Dance Foreman Marjie Stevens 401-789-3680
Contact: Ginny Kenny 401-782-2286
Email: rollingpin1@aol.com
Website: http://www.ladies-of-the-rolling-pin.org

Ladies of the Rollingpin perform Border (of England and Wales) Morris dance routines which date back hundreds of years. LORP was founded by Marjie Stevens and Susan Olson in Wakefield RI in 1998.

Dancers wear black dresses, chef hats and aprons and use rollingpins in their movement as well as percussive instruments. The company has performed at fairs and festivals such as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), Providence Waterfire, the infamous Wakefield Block Parties, Twelfth Night Peasants Feast, South County Hot Air Festival and Providence First Night. In addition they dance at private events such as parties, weddings and the Blessing of the Bread.

Ladies of the Rolling Pin are available to bring their own brand of flour power to any festive occasion. To book them call Margie at 401-789-3680 or Kate at 401-789-7779.

Morris dancing groups are called teams. Joining a team is like joining a chorus or band. You practice and then perform. LORP currently practices every other Sunday from 7pm to 9pm. If you are interested, please attend their annual recruitment practice. This year it's September 21, 2003 from 7pm to 9pm at the Jean Deluca Dance and Gymnastics Studio in Wakefield. Beginners are welcome.

posted 1Sep03.updated 27Dec06

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Little Babemba
91 Knowlton Street
Riverside, RI 02915
Phone: 401-437-1268
Artistic Director Michele Bach-Coulibaly

Little Babemba is a dance company of 12-18 year olds from Roger Williams School in Providence performing traditional West African dance.

See New Works/World Traditions

posted 1Sep03.updated 27Dec06

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Circus Arts
Phone: 401-351-9211

Lub-dub brings a touch of humor to superbly skilled juggling and acrobatics. This lively troupe engages audiences in their enjoyment of classic circus arts. Lub-dub performed for the Alliance Francaise and Trinity Repertory Theatre's Open House in Fall 2003, and at Bright Night Providence, December 31, 2003. Founding troupe members are Michaela Andrews, Eric Cohen, Clara Kim, and Mike Plotz.

Michaela Andrews, juggler and acrobat, is a member of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown University, performing with them at events around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She has taught juggling and acrobatics at Providence Circus School since winter 2002, and is now Providence Circus School's coordinator of guest classes.

Eric Cohen, juggler, is President of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown University, performing with them at events around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has taught juggling and acrobatics at Providence Circus School since winter 2003.

Clara Kim, acrobat, is a member of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown University, performing with them at events around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She studied at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and Gemini Trapeze in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Mike Plotz, juggler and acrobat, performed six summers as a member of Circus Smirkus, a youth circus based in Greensboro, Vermont, which tours New England every summer with its own big top. He studied at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, Gemini Trapeze in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. He was President of the Out-of-Hand Juggling Club at Brown University for four years. He is a founding member of the Providence Circus School where he teaches juggling and acrobatics.

For further information about the troupe, and to book performances, call Providence Circus School at 401-351-9211.
posted 22May04

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