Rhode Island Dance Companies
Updated January 1, 2008

Rhode Island Dance Companies
M through O

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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Modern Populous

Modern Populous
Modern & Contemporary Ballet
284 Hawkins Street
Providence, RI 02904
Email: jamesprestonbrown@hotmail.com
Contact: Director James Preston Brown

A small modern dance company formed in April 2002 by dancer/choreographer James Brown and dancers Beth Petkus and Meghan French. Their first official performance as a company occured at the 2002 NDEO (National Dance Educator's Conference) concert held at Rhode Island College where MP received an enthusiastic reception based on their strong technique and nuanced choreography. FP's first solo concert was on August 23 and 24, 2003 in New Bedford.

No performances for the past two years. What a shame that this fabulous company is fading away.

posted 08Sep02.updated 04Aug06

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M·O·V·E Company
Theatrical Movement)
110 Highland Avenue
Barrington, RI 02806
Contact: Kelli Wicke Davis
Phone: 401-245-6956

An umbrella organization run by Kelli Wicke Davis, under which a number of different professional theatrical companies operate including Kelli Wicke Davis/Shoda Moving Theatre.

posted 10May01.updated 7Aug07

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Napua O Polynesia
New Works/World Traditions

Napua O Polynesia
19 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone 401-273-8928
Contact: Carolyn Castro
Office hours: M-F, 5pm-7pm
Website: http://www.tropicalislanddancers.com

Napua O Polynesia has been a Providence institution for over ten years. Founded by Carolyn Castro after extensive training in Polynesian dance, Napua O Polynesia (Flowers of Polynesia) has toured extensively throughout New England at festivals, schools, and traditional performance venues. In addition, they dance for Hawaiian luaus, fund-raisers, school functions, cultural events and graduations. Their performances will take you on an unforgettable experience to the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and the Phillipine Islands in various songs and dance. This dance form, which uses the drum extensively, is steeped in custom and folklore.

Director Carolyn Castro has founded a community dance program that offers classes in Polynesian dance and arts and crafts, as well as Tahitian and Hawaiian languages. Polynesian dance classes for beginners take place on Saturdays 3pm-4pm at The Carriage House Theatre. Workshops and performances are held at elementary, middle and high schools, and at local colleges.

posted 22Jun01.updated 25Sep07

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New Works/World Traditions
91 Knowlton Street
Riverside, RI 02915
Phone 401-437-1268

New Works/World Traditions, a Brown University-based dance company directed by Michele Bach-Coulibaly uses a research to performance methodology to develop new dance theatre pieces that are rooted in Mande dance, music and culture. They work in association with troupe Komme Josee-a West African drumming and dance ensemble from Mali, West Africa with Master drummers Moussa Traore, Issa Coulibaly and Seydou Coulibaly. They have performed at Brown and on tour with great success.

See also Little Babemba

posted Feb01

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Odyssey Dance Troupe
Off The Curb (Y)

Odyssey Dance Troupe
Greek Folk Dance
The Church of the Annunciation
175 Oaklawn Avenue
Cranston RI
Phone 401-942-4188 (Church)
Phone 401-944-7572
Contact: Koula Rougas

The Odyssey Dance Troupe, formed in 1985, dances at many different events (including Festivals, Weddings, Christenings, Nursing Homes, Colleges) and annually in September at The Greek Festival hosted by The Church of the Annunciation.

posted 08Nov01.updated 17Sep04

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Off The Curb
Hip Hop (Youth)
PO Box 415
Newport RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-2872
Contact: Jackie Henderson
Web Site http://www.offthecurb.com
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/offthecurb

Founded in 1992 by Jackie Henderson as a way to help kids discover the joys of movement instead of drugs, Off the Curb is an outstanding youth Hip Hop dance and music group available for performance venues. Every Fall, OTC hosts Bringing in the Funk, a hip hop dance event, and offers year around lessons in Middletown and Providence. See riDance's Off The Curb Page for class schedules.

updated 1Jan08

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