Rhode Island dance events






MARCH 2006


Smith Center for the Performing Arts
549 River Avenue
Providence RI 02918-0001
Price: $250.00 per couple
Information 401-847-5301

Rhode Island's ballet theatre, a pre-professional, classical ballet company, will hold its 10th Anniversary Gala on March 11, 2006 in the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Providence College.

The Ballet Gala will consist of a pre-show food and wine reception, a ballet performance in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre, and dessert following.

RIBT will premiere two new repertoire pieces – Blues, a jazz piece and Ever After, a lovely lyrical ballet.

Also on the program are Debut, a Degas painting brought to life, and Espana, a fiery pointe ballet showcasing the athleticism of the dancers.

Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support Rhode Island's ballet theatre's outreach program bringing classical dance to the community, and its training program for the region’s most talented young dancers who are admitted to the company by audition only.

Presenting Sponsor - The Wealth Management Group at Washington Trust

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APRIL 2006


The Loft
3 Steeple Street Restaurant
125 Canal Street
Providence, RI
Price: $55.00 per person - includes parking!!
(RI PBS and WGBH discount available-call for details)
Information (401) 946-0607
Website http://www.fusionworksdance.org

Join Fusionworks Dance Company for an elegant evening out!

Come mingle with the Artistic Director, artists, Board of Directors and volunteers of Fusionworks Dance Company. Get to know the dancers you've loved to watch for 19 seasons now, as well as the folks behind the scenes who are an integral part of making each performance and event happen.

Join us upstairs at the elegant 3 Steeple Street Restaurant for Fusionworks Uncorked where we will feature a selection of wines from around the world, finely crafted beers from Newport Storm and a tapas menu that includes everything from thin crust grilled pizza to seared ahi tuna wantons to chicken, apple and cheddar empanadas.

There will be a silent auction and the event will be taped for Channel 6's Eventful Living series tol be shown in May!

Fusionworks Uncorked is limited to 100, so please call to make your reservations early. 21+ only please. See you there!!

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MAY 2006

JUNE 2006

JUNE 16&17, 2006

Downtown Providence
& RISD Auditorium
Website: http://www.firstworksri.com
Price: FREE!!!!

Chinese acrobats, Mexican musicians, and Japanese drummers join RI's Big Nazo and others at FirstWorksKids Festival on Father's Day Weekend

The 3rd annual FirstWorksKids Festival is headlined by Sones de Mexico, the joyous band busily reinventing son, a vibrant style of Mexican folk music, and the astonishing 13-member Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. It will also bring a whirlwind of musicians, puppeteers, storytellers, and dancers to Providence's vibrant downtown, allowing everyone in the family to experience the art of what's fun. All FirstWorksKids Festival events are free.

Festivities kick off Friday night with a free hands-on puppet-making workshop with New York's Arm-of-the-Sea Theater at the Providence Children's Museum. Saturday brings with it a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind, with indoor and outdoor activities and five stages bursting with creativity. Saturday FirstWorksKids Festival highlights include:

* The sweet sounds of Ugandan musician Samite, about whom Joseph Shabalala (of Ladysmith Black Mambazo fame) said, “When you hear the music of Samite, the soul of Africa is revealed to you."

* Puppets, puppets, and more puppets: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater will bring to life luscious, larger-than-life puppets in their show At the Turning of the Tide, which reveals the inner life of a river, before their enormous 18-foot fish puppet leads the rollicking FirstWorksKids River Procession to Waterfront Park. Puppetkabob Productions will delight children young and old with Under Night Sky, an evocative shadow-puppet performance, and Providence favorite Big Nazo will make merry along the procession route and in workshops throughout the day.

* The FirstWorksKids Rising Stars Showcase—young musicians, dancers, and other talented young performers representing the spectrum of ethnic traditions from Providence and its surrounding areas. Armenian and Liberian children's choruses, youths from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, and Off the Curb, Newport's hip-hop dance troupe, are among the many groups that will be featured.

* A hands-on children's bookmaking workshop at the RISD Museum focusing on its popular exhibition all about the classic children's book Goodnight, Moon.

* Dramatic and delightful surprises along the River Walkway between Market Square and Waterplace Park, from Chinese dragon dances and Tropical Gems' happy and festive steel drums to Odaiko New England’s electrifying Japanese taiko drums and the wacky What Cheer? Marching Brigade.

* The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will give three wow!-inspiring performances Saturday. And fellow headliners Sones de Mexico will appear Saturday evening in Waterplace Park for a Family Fandango dance fiesta concert that will have everyone on their feet and celebrating. Following the concert is the lighting of Waterfire, a series of beautiful and aromatic fires set along Providence's downtown riverfront.

Founded in 2004, FirstWorksKids—like its sister festival, FirstWorksProv—is hailed for its innovative programming and its anything-but-ordinary approach. Last year’s festival-goers were delighted by The Frog Bride, David Gonzalez's magical multimedia retelling of the classic Russian folk tale that has gone on to a Broadway run at New York's famous New Victory Theater. Percussionist Donald Knaack thrilled FirstWorksKids crowds in 2004 and 2005 with his JunkJam musical stylings on brake drums, saw blades, wine bottles, and other sorts of junk. And this year's program offers children and their families even more reasons to experience 'the art of what's fun'.

Founded in 2004, FirstWorks is a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic excellence, affordable programming, and community outreach through its two festivals, FirstWorksKids and FirstWorksProv. This year's FirstWorksProv Festival will feature programming from Sept. 29 to Nov. 4, with highlights including STREB and Kronos Quartet's epic Sun Rings. More information about FirstWorks, its festivals, and related hotel packages, can be found at www.firstworksprov.org (not updated as of April 11, 2006) or by calling 401-421-4278.

FirstWorksKids Festival is produced in collaboration with the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, with generous support from the Providence Tourism Council, State of Rhode Island, Citizens Bank Foundation, Textron, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Narragansett Bay Commission, Plan USA, Providence Department of Parks, and the RI Resource Recovery Corporation. Media sponsors include the Providence Phoenix, the Providence Journal, Poder 1110, Clear Channel Communications, and our exclusive television sponsor, WJAR/NBC10.

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JUNE 26 thru JULY 12, 2006
& North American Lindy Hop Championships

Endicott College
Beverly, Massachusetts
Registration Opens late March

Mini-Camp & NELHC
Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25, 2004
Beantown Lindy Hop Mini-Camp &
The Northeast Lindy Hop Championships


Beantown Lindy Hop Summer Camp
Monday June 26-Sunday July 2, 2006

Email: info@hoptothebeat.com
World famous dance camp features many different kinds of social dance, but primarily the Lindy.
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JULY 2006


AUGUST 14 thru 20, 2006

Portsmouth Abbey School
Newport County
Rhode Island
Information: 781-662-8344 (before 10pm eastern time, please)
Email: Newport@VintageDancers.org
Website: http://vintagedancers.org
A week of dancing amid the splendors of the Gilded Age in Newport, RI, at the lovely Portsmouth Abbey School located on the shores of Narragansett Bay. Join dancers from all over the country for an exceptional week of dance and elegance.

The Newport Vintage Dance Week is an opportunity to combine vintage dance with the pleasures of Victorian summer life. Classes will offer instruction in 19th and early 20th Century ballroom dancing and are carefully designed to cover material ranging from basic steps and technique to more challenging choreographies and improvisation. Other events will include formal teas, croquet games and Victorian amusements, tours of nearby historic Newport. Formal evening events typically include an 1860's ball at the Rotunda Ballroom at Newport's First Beach Carousel; an 1890's ball at the elegant Astors' Beechwood Mansion; a formal dinner and ragtime ball at the Glen Manor estate; and a turn of the century fancy dress ball.

Housing will be on the Portsmouth Abbey School campus, a private secondary school located near Newport, Rhode Island. All meals are included (Monday dinner through Sunday breakfast). Lodging will also be available for Sunday, August 13th.

If you register before May 31st, prices range from $580.00 (double per person) to $650.00 (single) and include room, meals (vegetarian option available), dances and workshops. Reservations must be accompanied by a $100 deposit per person, partially refundable until July 1st. The balance must be paid at registration. Reservations will be acknowledged after May 1. Limited financial assistance is available. For more information about the Newport Vintage Dance Week, please contact Hannah Roberts Artuso at: Newport@VintageDancers.org or 781-662-8344 (before 10pm eastern time, please).

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Salve Regina Iniversity
Rogers Recreation Center
Ochre Point Avenue
Newport RI
Event starts at 4pm
Phone: Katie Dugan 401 835 3064
Phone: Terri Schimmel 401 789 5269
Email: DreasDream@aol.com
Donations gladly accepted!!
Website: http://www.theandrearizzodancetherapyfoundation.com
Bring the Whole Family!!!
A Great outdoor activity with Door prizes, Raffles and Refreshments
Walk a mile along Newport's famed Cliff Walk while raising money for a great cause. Proceeds will benefit the The Andrea Rizzo Dance Therapy Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a public school outreach program, bringing dance therapy to RI public school children with special needs.
The event will feature free performances by local dance companies. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors - same time, same place
If you can't be there, just send a pledge donation and we'll walk for you! Checks should be payable to The Andrea Rizzo Memorial Fund, and mailed to Terry Schimmel/Andrea Rizzo Memorial Fund/29 Asa Pond Rd/Wakefield RI 02879.
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SEPTEMBER 20 through 24, 2006

Sites around Newport RI
Price: TBA
Information: 401-847-4470.
Island Moving Co. invites you to Open For Dancing, a participatory outdoor dance festival September 20 thru 24, 2006. The Festival will feature work created for famous Newport landscapes by well-known choreographers and performed by all kinds of dancers, and one of those dancers could be you! Open For Dancing welcomes all levels, ages and body types. Be part of this exciting project - rehearse and perform a dance with the choreographer who made the dance - or just take the master classes and enjoy the performances.

"Open for Dancing is a joyous project!"
Choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer

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