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2003

WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2003
DENNIS BALL AND TRESA CODAY WED AT DANCIN FEELIN
Long time members of RI's ballroom dance community, Dennis Ball and Tessa Coday celebrated their nuptials on November 16, 2004 at The Dancin' Feelin' in Warwick. When Dennis relocated to Colorado in the 1990's, Rhode Island lost a kind and wonderful dancer. At countless dances, Dennis would dance with everyone who did not have a partner, old, young, advanced, beginner. Indeed, many followers (including riDance's editor) would never have progressed from lessons to the dance floor if Dennis had not been so generous with his time. Tresa met Dennis at a dance; they became friends and now partners in life. RiDance wishes them all the best. (Thanks to Brian and Kathy Soscia aka K&S for the scoop)

MONDAY 01 DECEMBER 2003
STUDIO 34 RELOCATES FROM PROVIDENCE TO JOHNSTON
Studio 34, one of the few RI dance schools that focuses on adults, has moved to a new location in Johnston effective December 1, 2003. Upcoming workshops in Monahan Jazz and Greenberg's Intimate Expressions will be held at the Johnston location. You will be able to call Studio 34 at the same number 401-474-6150.
New Address as of December 1, 2003
Studio 34
620 Killingly Street
Johnston, RI
Email: studio34@msn.com
Website: http://go.to/studio34danceco

MONDAY 01 DECEMBER 2003
NOVEMBER FOOTNOTES
PASSING
Carrie Colaneri, mother of well known dance teacher, Elaine Colaneri, died Friday November 21, 2003 at Fatima Hospital in North Providence. Her funeral was Monday and she was buried at St. Anne Cemetary in Cranston.
DANCE SPIRIT
Dance Spirit is on-line at http://www.dancespirit.com although always a month behind the printed magazine and with fewer articles. The November issue shows Future Star Award winners and Rhode Island is represented by Marissa Carosi from Cheryl's School of Dance.


SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2003
PERFORMANCE BENEFIT FOR DANCE FORUM
Dance Forum
Hamilton Plaza
685 Boston Neck Rd (1A)
North Kingstown RI 02852
Phone 401-294-6611
5pm on November 16
All Ages Welcome! $5 suggested donation
Email dnash@cox.net
Web Site: http://www.danceforum.net
A Benefit Concert for Dance Forum will be held on Sunday, November 16th at 5pm with a Show and Reception. Seattle fusion jazz & hip hop dancer Alexandra Blackbird and her daughter Soleil Blackbird will do a Hip Hop performance, New York City-based performer, Joan Merwyn will present "Tangled" from her repertory. Also from New York City and a featured dancer of the Randy James Dance Company as well as an instructor at Roger Williams University, modern dancer, Elizabeth Spatz will round out the concert. The performance will be followed by a reception (included in donation) and all are invited.


SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2003
DANCE ALLIANCE NEEDS HELP WITH STORAGE OF COSTUMES & PROPS - POSSIBLE INCOME SOURCE FOR THE RIGHT PERSON
Non-profit Dance Alliance has had to relocate 28 years of accumulated costumes and fabrics from Roger Williams Middle School. It is now sitting in a self-storage facility using three units and costing $300 a month. That is a huge unexpected expense for the Chance to Dance program and Dance Alliance. Does anyone have a contact or know of someone who might be willing to provide free or cheap storage?
Dance Alliance would be willing to have someone manage the costumes and props and rent them out to dance and theatre companies. Dance Alliance would handle the revenues and pay handling fees to the person or organization. This could result in a nice additional profit for a school or studio. If interested or if you have suggestions, please call Helene Scheff at 401-885-6073 or email her at hscheff@cox.net.


DANCE ON FILM FESTIVAL AT RIC
Rhode Island College has imported films from New York's world famous Dance on Film Festival and will be showing them for free! These video and film productions, which include a short film by Roger Williams U's Gary Shore, will be followed by panel discussions of film makers, dance historians, dance critics and dancers.
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October 27, 2003 at 12noon
Clarke Science Building Room 125
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Hispanic Legacy: Bodies of Oppression and Desire
Utango (2002) by Elliot Caplan
Queen of the Gypsies: A Portrait of Carmen Amaya, 1913-1963 (2002) by Jocelyn Ajami
Discussion by Olga Juzyn, Rhode Island College Department of Modern Languages, Jocelyn Ajami, director and film maker and Betty Bernal, president, Centro Cultural Andino.
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November 03, 2003 at 12noon
Clarke Science Building Room 125
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
American Moderns (Program A)
First Movement Form (2002) by Gary Shore with choreographer Sean Curran
Molissa Fenley and Peter Boal: The Restaging of State of Darkness (2002) by Ellen Bromberg
Discussion by Marcia Siegel, dance scholar/historian and critic; Sean Curran, dancer/choreographer and artistic director of the New York based Sean Curran Company and Gary Shore, film maker and associate professor of dance and performance at Roger Williams University.
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November 24, 2003 at 12noon
The Forman Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
American Moderns (Program B)
Tilt (2002) by Ellen Sebring with Paula Josa-Jones
Streb: Pop Action (2001) by Michael Blackwood
Discussion by Marcia Siegel, dance scholar/historian and critic, Paula Josa-Jones, artistic director of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works (Massachusetts) and Johnette Rodriquez, dance critic, Providence Phoenix.

You can see more about Gary Shore's video at riDance's SCHOOL NEWS
This year the Dance on Film Festival will be held over three weekends January 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2004, and on January 13th. See more about it at http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/festival.html.


FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER 2003
RIC DANCE COMPANY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
(From http://www.ric.edu/news/events_091203_dance.html by Dante DelGiudice, Dance Director)

Rhode Island College Dance Company celebrates its 45th anniversary in the 2003/04 academic year and, combined with the College's Sesquicentennial activities, dance in many forms and styles will be evident in the festivities.

Choreographer Daniel McCusker will return to RIC for a residency and performance project that will culminate in a shared performance titled - Dances by Daniel McCusker - with the RIC Dance Company on Friday, October 17.

Boston-based McCusker will create a new work for dance company members and present several examples of his singular and beautifully crafted dances. Thea Singer, Boston Globe correspondent, has praised his work as "...long-limbed geometrical dances [that] fairly burst with heart." McCusker has previously created two works for the dance company. His former New York-based Daniel McCusker and Dancers performed at RIC in 1985.

Island Moving Company of Newport will return to RIC for performances on Thursday and Friday, October 30 and 31, in Sapinsley Hall. Cosponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, this Aquidneck Island treasure celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and remains one of Rhode Island's most durable and creative dance projects.

New York Times critic Jack Anderson remarked about IMC's 2002 New York performances that "...this trim little troupe directed by Miki Ohlsen would be welcome on any return visit." Featured will be three contemporary ballets and a new work by IMC dancer/choreographer Michael Bolger for the RIC Dance Company. Performances will include an evening concert Thursday, October 30, and a morning program for Rhode Island school children on Friday, October 31.

The ever-mercurial and perennial favorite Sean Curran will return to RIC for a residency and performance project titled - Rescuing Repertory. In a collaborative project with RIC Dance Company and the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre, made possible with a National College Choreography Initiative grant from Dance/USA and the National Endowment for the Arts, Curran will restage his Where I End and We Begin on casts from both college ensembles in November. This large ensemble work was originally commissioned by Skanes Dance Teater in Malmo, Sweden and premiered in New York City in 1997.

Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice described the dance as a "...masterly group work for 23 dancers" and compared it to "Doris Humphrey's New Dance". She continued: "Where I End affirms for a later time the possibility of a society in which people joyfully cooperate, submerging their private desires when necessary, and still have room and time to let their individuality flower."

The New York-based Sean Curran Company will share performances with RIC dancers on Thursday and Friday, December 4 and 5, in Sapinsley Hall. Curran's eclectic and engaging dances and dancers will complete these programs in a 10 a.m. concert for school children on Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday. RWU dancers will perform Curran's work in a concurrent series at their Bristol campus.

Continuing the celebrations and new this year will be RIC's presentation of several dance films from the Dance Films Association's 2003 Dance on Camera Festival cosponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Shown on Mondays through the year and with panel discussions by scholars, artists and critics, fall installments will include: Bodies Politic in Contemporary African Dance with Black Spring by Benoit Dervaux and choreography by Heddy Mallen; African Dance: Sand, Drum, and Shostakovich by Ken Glazebrook (10/6); Hispanic Legacy: Bodies of Oppression and Desire with Utango by Elliot Caplan and Queen of the Gypsies: A Portrait of Carmen Amaya, 1913-1963 by Jocelyn Ajami (10/27).

Also, two American Moderns installments - (Program A) First Movement Form by Roger Williams University's Gary Shore and choreography by Sean Curran, and Molissa Fenley and Peter Boal: the Restaging of State of Darkness by Ellen Bromberg (11/3), and (Program B) Tilt by composer/director Ellen Sebring with choreography by Paula Josa-Jones and Streb: Pop Action by Michael Blackwood (11/24).

Chosen by juries with submissions from around the world, these films represent the finest new dance documentaries and experimental art dance/film works. Funding for guest panelists has been provided in part by the RIC Committee on College Lectures and panels will include RIC faculty along with film directors (Jocelyn Ajami, Gary Shore), choreographers (Sean Curran, Paula Josa-Jones), dance scholars/critics (Marcia Siegel, Johnette Rodriguez), and Africanist and Latino scholars/specialists/representatives (Myron Beasley, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Betty Bernal).

Educational programming for Rhode Island schoolchildren will include our annual Mini-Concert Series Wednesday through Friday, October 15-17, in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall and the morning concerts dates above with Island Moving and Sean Curran companies.

Offered free to all schoolchildren in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960s, the RIC Dance Company's Mini-Concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms.

Lastly, Rhode Island community dancers are invited to participate in open dance company classes with our visiting choreographers in September, November and January.



WEDNESDAY 01 OCTOBER 2003
SARA ATKINS IN HOSPITAL
Long time ballroom dance instructor Sara Atkins had a fall doing the Charleston at the September 26 FOBD dance. She is in Newport Hospital (Room 608, 11 Friendship Street, Newport, RI 02840) recovering from surgery for a fractured hip. She is in good spirits and would enjoy hearing from her friends and students. She will be at Newport Hospital at least thru Friday (Oct 17) and will then move to a nursing home for a few weeks continuing with her physical therapy until she can bear weight on her leg. Joe & Mary Souza are teaching her classes. You may contact them at 847-6438 or email jfsmid@webtv.net.   From Skip Jones
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2003
HELENE SCHEFF IN DANCE TEACHER MAGAZINE
The September 2003 Dance Teacher magazine features a large article on character dance with Helene Scheff as one of the two teachers extensively interviewed. A number of photos of Helene and her dance students are included in the article entitled When Character Counts (pg 83-86) by Jennifer Brewer. Character dance is one of the essential components of ballet. The big ballet schools such as those run by Festival Ballet and State Ballet still offer classes in character, but it has fallen by the wayside at most other schools which is a shame as it offers a more accessable entry into ballet as well as being a most beautiful and exciting movement style in its own right.

Helene is available to teach her Character workshop for children or adults. She is also one of a very few in the area who can teach Flamenco. In addition, she has put together a comprehensive dance program for Home Schoolers. For more information on her, please see her RiDance Biography. You may contact her at 401-885-6073 or hscheff@cox.net.

Dance Teacher also hosts a web site http://www.dance-teacher.com with interesting articles and features for teachers, studio owners as well as just dance enthusiasts. Magazine content is not included.



FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2003
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY LOSES TOP CHOREOGRAPHER TO CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
Heidi Henderson, instructor at Roger Williams University, has accepted a faculty position at Connecticut College's prestigeous dance department. Her dance company, elephant jane, has just recruited two new members - Brown senior and choreographer, Kyle Shepherd and dancer, Maggie Ewing.



TUESDAY 20 MAY 2003
FESTIVAL BALLET'S CENTER FOR DANCE EDUCATION TO HOLD END OF SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ON MAY 31
Auditorium
Roberts Hall
This performance is an excellent introduction to the FBCDE standards of dance education for parents who are considering dance classes for their children. Call for tickets as they sell out - riDance
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 2 shows - 130pm & 630pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 401.353.1129
Saturday May 31 at 7pm

The Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education announces its Culmination Performance May 31st at Rhode Island College's Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. This two-hour production by some of the region's most promising young dancers is appropriate for the entire family.

FBCDE's students will dance May 31
Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion

The Center for Dance Education, under the leadership of Mihailo Djuric, is the official school of Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island's leading professional dance company, and is housed in the company's new state-of-the-art studios at 825 Hope Street. Over 400 students from throughout Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts study dance with the school's international faculty.

The May 31st performances of choreographed dances showcases the talents and skills of over 180 of the school's young dancers aged 6 to 18 who are finishing the year of study at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education. In addition to ballet pieces, the professionally staged performance will also feature jazz, modern, and character dance styles.

In keeping with the school's emphasis on ballet training, the major work of the production is Raymonda, a classical ballet danced by the school's top three levels of dancers. Joining the students will be two special guests, FBP professional company standouts, Venezuelan native Eivar Martinez and Italian-born Davide Vittorino.

Also featured in the performance is the Festival Ballet Providence Junior Company, members of whom will dance in Djuric's The Once Over to music by Astor Piazolla. Little Compton's Sarah Medeiros will be partnered by Mr. Vittorino in Chanson Romantique. Barrington's Mary Ellen Beaudreau will dance a modern solo she created for her successful entry in the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition. Other works include Italian Concerto, Pizzicatto, Migra, Polka, Teacher's Dream, Hoedown, A Little Less Conversation, Sweet Chocolat, Chanson, and a character medley. Pre-ballet classes will charm audiences with Musical Clock, Yasoo, and Stroll Through the Park.

There will be two performances on Saturday May 31st at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM at Roberts Auditorium, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Street, Providence. Reserved tickets priced at $15 are available for purchase now at the Festival Ballet Providence reception desk, or by calling 401.353.1129. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the performance. The theater is handicapped-accessible.



MONDAY 21 APRIL 2003
DANCE HISTORY LECTURE TO FOCUS ON HELEN TAMIRIS
Ashamu Dance Studio
Waterman Avenue
(between Brown & Thayer)
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Providence Rhode Island
Monday April 21 at 7pm
Information: Deborah_Friedes@brown.edu
Becoming American/Becoming an American Dancer: The Life and Works of Helen Tamiris
As part of Brown's Resource Scholars and Artists program, Deborah Friedes will give a (free) lecture open to the public on Helen Tamiris, a dancer and choreographer who was a contemporary of Graham, Humphrey, Weidman, and Holm.

How do you become an American? Create American art. Born to Russian Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York City, Helen Tamiris (1902-1966) leapt from the streets to the settlement house to the stage. Intent on developing a distinctly American form of dance, she became publicly accepted as an American through her role in American art. Yet her immigrant background shaped a unique view of America, one in which folk songs, thriving cities, and promises of freedom existed side by side with jazz, classism, and racism. Raised in a politically radical milieu, Tamiris became known not only for dances celebrating American culture but for socially conscious works criticizing the inequalities of American society. While researching for her thesis, Immigrants All! Americans All! : American Choreographers of Russian Jewish Heritage, Deborah Friedes spent several days in Arizona interviewing Tamiris's husband, choreographer Daniel Nagrin, and searching through his extensive personal archives on Tamiris. Using images, reviews, Nagrin's reflections, and Tamiris's own words, Deborah's presentation will examine Tamiris's choreography as it relates to her identity as a second-generation Jewish American.

Deb Friedes likes being Jewish, likes to dance, and likes to write about Jewish dancers. An independent concentrator at Brown University in Dance History: Modern Dance and the Immigrant Experience, Deb will study dance history and notation next year at Ohio State University.



FRIDAY 04 APRIL 2003
BROWN'S 7TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
Video, Technology and Performance and featuring Everett Dance Theatre

RiDance highly recommends that choreographers, wanna be's and experimentally minded dance folk of all kinds attend this conference.
Friday through Saturday, April 4-5, 2003
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Video, Technology and Performance is a festival focused on the creative use of video projection and emerging technology in theatrical performances. The event will bring to Brown University a multidisciplinary group of innovators in dance and theatre, projection specialists, video artists, directors, composers, engineers and inventors who are exploring new concepts and interactive technologies for live performance. The event will foster an exchange of ideas through performances, presentations and discussion sessions, with specialists discussing artistic concepts, set design, motion capture, computer animation, interactive sound, sensing systems, and live video processing.
Friday, April 4, 2003
8:00 p.m.
Festival Concert - Stuart Theatre
Waterman St (between Brown & Thayer)
Live performances that combine video, dance, music, theatre and interactive digital media featuring TODD WINKLER and CINDY CUMMINGS performing Falling Up And TROIKA RANCH, performing The Future of Memory Lawton Wehle Fitt '74 Artists-in-Residence
Saturday, April 5, 2003
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lectures and Performances
Session I (10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Sensing Systems, Sound and Image
Grant Recital Hall
Chris Salter (Sponge)
Todd Winkler/Cindy Cummings (Brown University/Independent Choreographer)
Marc Coniglio/Dawn Stoppiello (Troika Ranch-Lawton Wehle Fitt '74 Artists-in Residence) Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Lab)
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Session II (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Theatrical Projection and Design
Carriage House Theatre
7 Duncan Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
Aaron Jungels (Everett Dance Theatre) *Performing Angel on My Shoulder
Kristin Marting (Here)
Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder (Ridge Theatre)
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Session III (4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) Interactivity and Motion Capture
Grant Recital Hall
Curtis Bahn/Tomie Hahn (RPI) *Performing Pikapika
Paul Kaiser (Kaiserworks)
Toni Dove (Independent Video Installation Artist)

For further information: (401) 863-3234 or Music@brown.edu
Website: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Music/vtpdescription.html#FallingUp



SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 & FEBRUARY 19, 2003
TOP JAZZ TEACHER IN FROM SWITZERLAND FOR MATTOX WORKSHOPS
If you are a student of jazz dance, do not miss your chance to study with Ms. Fischer. You can go to New York, you can go to Boston, but you won't find a better jazz dance teacher in this country (when she's here). Ms Fischer has a phenomenal ability to teach students at different levels at the same time while giving individual attention to each student. If you didn't make either of these workshops, she'll be back for two weeks in the summer. If you want to be alerted of her upcoming workshop dates by email, please contact dnash@cox.net.

Long time student of the great jazz dance teacher, Matt Mattox, Swiss dancer, Erja Fisher will teach an Open level Mattox Jazz class at Dance Forum in Wickford on Sunday February 16 from 11am to 1230pm. Dance Forum is located at 685 Boston Neck Road (Route 1A) in North Kingstown. The price IS $17.00. Call 294-6611 to register or for more information. She will teach an Intermediate level workshop at The Studio on Wednesday February 19 from 630pm to 8pm. The Studio is located at 140 Point Judith Rd(Mariner Square) in Narragansett RI
. Call 401-789-3029 to hold your place or for more information



Matt Mattox was a ballet and theatrical dancer who studied with Jack Cole, the father of jazz dance. Cole used a number of different dance influences including lindy and classical indian dance to fashion what we know as jazz dance. Although Cole developed the technique and taught it to many famous dancers, he never codified the style or developed a technique to readily transmit that style. Many professional dancers were unable to learn his difficult complicated movements or expressed frustration at the slow learning curve. In response Matt Mattox developed a set of exercises that include the isolation exercises done in almost every jazz class in the world. Now in his 80's and still teaching at his wife's dance studio in Perpignan France and at numerous workshops around the world, he is a testament to the strength and pliability conferred by proper jazz dance technique.

Ms Fischer worked on Mattox technique in Finland for two years before studying intensively with Mattox in Paris in 1980. She has trained with him since then in Germany, Switzerland and, most often, in France.



WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26 2003
PETRA DEKUPPERS TO SPEAK AT BROWN
February 26 at 4pm
Smith-Buonnano 201
Cushing Street
Brown University
Providence RI
Phone 401-521-6226
Petra is an exciting speaker with an important message. Try to get to this talk if you are interested in alternate dance forms, dance on video, disabled dance or dance as a lifetime behavior for anyone - not just the choosen few. - riDance

Disability and Community Arts
Petra Kuppers, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant College, will give a presentation entitled "Re-Imagining Disability in Everyday Life: Community Arts Approaches" at Brown University. Professor Kuppers, who is the author of Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge, will discuss her participatory movement-based art work in mental health contexts and will screen a video that she collaborated on with survivors of the mental health system in Britain.

The lecture with discussion to follow will take place on Wednesday, February 26 at 4 pm in Smith-Buonnano 201 on Brown's Pembroke Campus, entrance on Cushing St. off Brown St. Co-sponsoring the event with the Wayland Collegium are the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance; Rites and Reason Theatre; the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Disability Support Services; and the Office of the Dean of the College.

The event is free of charge; the public is invited to attend. All Wayland Collegium events are accessible to people with disabilities. For further information call 401-863-2412.

This lecture is the fifth in a year-long series entitled "How We Spend Our Lives: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work". All the speakers will explore how the meaning of work has changed over time and how working people have striven for social, economic, and cultural democracy. The series is presented by the Francis Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning, an organization at Brown that unites faculty in a unique system of support for innovative teaching and collaborative research about fundamental questions of human values.



SUNDAY FEBRRUARY 23 2003
LEARN HOW TO DANCE LIKE THE RAMETTES!
URI's sports dance team, The Ramettes, will lead a Dance Clinic for ages 10 thru 14 on Sunday February 23. Participants will work with the Ramettes to learn dance routines (created by choreographer and coach Marisa Vincent) in several different styles. No dance experience is required. All clinic attendees will get the chance to see the Ramettes perform at a scheduled basketball game following immediately after the clinic. Complimentary tickets are included in your clinic package. You must register by February 18. For more information, email mlv25@cox.net or call 401-946-7821.
Keaney Gym
Independence Way (off 138)
University of Rhode Island
Kingston Rhode Island 02822
Price: $20.00
Wear: Dance or work out clothes or comfortable clothes you can move in.
Dance shoes,jazz shoes or sneakers are all good choices for your feet.
Optional After Clinic Game: Women's basketball game at 2pm in new Ryan center. URI plays Richmond Virginia
Registration Information: Send a check made out to URI Ramettes and your name, address, phone, age, email (if any), and dance experience (none required) by February 18 to
URI Ramettes Dance Clinic
C/O Men's Basketball Office
Ryan Center
1 Lincoln Almond Plaza
Kingston RI 02881



FRIDAY JANUARY 17 2003
RHODE ISLAND PROFESSOR GARY SHORE HAS DANCE FILM AT THE DANCE ON CAMERA 2003 FESTIVAL
Roger Williams University Professor Gary Shore (Dance Dept) will have his film, First Movement Form, presented at Lincoln Center as part of the Dance On Camera Festival 2003 on January 10th and 17th. The film features Sean Curran (who did the choreography), the Sean Curran Company and music by Tigger Benford with additional music by Mike De Quattro. It was photographed and edited by Christian de Rezendes. Gary Shore wrote, directed and performs in the film. The film was first shown at Harvard University as part of the Dudley Film Festival in May and later at the New Hampshire Film Expo in October and in November won two Orion Awards for Best Comedic Short and and Best Director of a comedy. You can see more about Gary's film at the Orion Awards website http://www.orionawards.com/2002_winners.html. The DOC Festival listing for First Movement Form can be seen at http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/program2003.html. Film Threat magazine selected First Movement Form as an Honorable Mention for one of The Best Unseen Films of 2002.

Brief Synopsis:
In every season and every moment of the day, the protagonist has become obsessed with Mozart's symphony #40. When noted dancer, Sean Curran, accidentally crosses his path, the Mozart lover stalks Sean trying desperately to influence him and his work. Sean is oblivious to his presence and slowly the Mozart lover is drawn into Sean's world.

The Dance On Camera Festival (January 10-11 & 17-18, 2003) was founded in 1971 by the Dance Films Association and is the oldest annual dance film and video festival in the world. DCF is now co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and DFA. You may visit the website at http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/festival.html. Not only does the Festival present dance/movement films from all over the world, but it offers workshops to help dancers (and others) to learn various film techniques. You must register for these workshops in advance so it's too late for this year, but there's always 2004. You can, however, get down to New York City to see some of the amazing dance films. Tickets are not sold in advance and admission to many of the films are free. In 2000, the Boston Museum of Fine Art had a one day presentation of some of the 2000 entrees and may do so again if enough people ask. (They did not show any films from the 2001 festival.)



MONDAY 06 JANUARY 2003
TWO NEW RI DANCE WEBSITES ARE ONLINE
Looking for Argentine Tango or West Coast Swing lessons? Two of Rhode Island's busiest dance schools have recently put up websites. Jennifer Lyons runs TWIRLTHEGIRL (what a great name!) offering all kinds of dance classes but mostly west coast swing. WWW.TWIRLTHEGIRL.COM was born on December 10, 2002. Hopefully in the future, it will post class schedules further out than the current month, but for a new site it has a good amount of information and its beautifully designed. Another lovely site is PROVIDENCE TANGO'S website which has been up a bit longer. You can see it at WWW.PROVIDENCETANGO.COM. PT focuses on Argentine Tango with many classes, dances and workshops with well known teachers from all over.


Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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