Product Photography @ AS220 Media Arts
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

product photographyLearn how to use studio grade lighting to take professional quality digital images of products for your website, portfolio or resume. 

Thursday Jan 17, 6-9pm

Instructor: Savannah Barkley

Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

w/Mekbul Tahir
$13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Brown University & RISD Students Free w/ ID

PLANTING STORIES is  a creative  contemporary African dance class led by Mekbul J Tahir open to all dancers and dance explorers. We will be using modern African dance and improvisation tools to connect with ourselves and people around us. The idea is to play. Play first, with the objective to open ourselves and each other to new ideas and ways of moving.

We will spend part of this class using modern African movement to create stories together and to eventually build a bigger, connected story to share amongst ourselves and potentially friends. We’ll also invite you to bring your other artistic expressions to the class, like music or writing, etc., if you are interested in sharing these facets of yourself as well.

Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Class begins with a number of movement sequences that stress cardiovascular strength, dynamic flexibility, and technique both in the center and across the floor. In continuance, dance phrases are introduced of varied lengths and textures that integrate jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and contemporary dance techniques. In interpretation and practice of phrases, each dancer is challenged to explore their individuality – focusing on authenticity and quality in performance.  NOTE: Improvisational prompts may also be given at any point during each lesson. Class is a judgement-free zone – welcoming of all abilities and backgrounds as it aims to not only train dancers in varied styles, but also build community and support for individual movers.

Free Speech Thursdays: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

10380005_2034433896511_5825485343033422930_oProvidence Poetry Slam. Welcome to all poets, writers, rappers, musicians, and fans. / @providenceslam

7:30–doors open/ sign-up sheet is posted
8pm–open mic

$1 for age 19 and under
Free with Brown/RISD ID

Advanced Intermediate Ballet @ Dance Studio
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

(prior ballet experience required)
w/Ann Ditmars Huyck
$13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Brown University Students Free w/ ID

Come dance in community and find freedom within your ballet technique!  This class follows the traditional format, progressing from barre and center exercises to movement across the floor, and assumes prior knowledge of most ballet vocabulary.  Ann offers options so dancers can tailor the class to their needs, and she designs combinations to emphasize expression and movement while challenging the mind and body.  Wear what’s comfortable for you and enjoy ballet in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere.  Soft ballet slippers are recommended, and anyone wishing to dance on pointe is welcome to do so!


Ann Ditmars Huyck teaches ballet at AS220 and Providence College. She recently served as Guest Choreographer and Interim Artistic Director for JUMP! Dance Company in Providence.  Ann has previously taught at Princeton Ballet School and in an international pre-professional training program at L’Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris, and she worked for five years in New York City Ballet’s Education Department.  She has performed in American Repertory Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, in Martha Graham’s Celebration with the Second Avenue Dance Company, and in new works by Violette Verdy, Deborah Jowitt, Alan Hineline, and Alexi Ramov.  Her own choreography has been presented by Princeton University, American Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Second Avenue Dance Company, and at the Youth America Grand Prix.  Ann holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She received her early ballet training at the Lehigh Valley Ballet and at Princeton Ballet School, later continuing to study in New York and Paris.


Creamer, Universal ZU Disciplez, Manami Braxton + more @ AS220 Main Stage
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 1:00 am


Space Cloud Presents
Manami Braxton

@As220 Main Stage
“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please.” -Karl Marx

Intro to Large Format Photography @ AS220 Media Arts
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturdays Jan 12-26, 11-2pm, $175


Instructor: Norlan Olivo

In three weeks, you’ll get a hands-on introduction to large format photography. Using AS220’s collection of cameras from our Camera Rental Program, darkroom key member Norlan Olivo will take you through the entire large format process, from operating the cameras and their learning settings, to developing 4×5 film and making prints. Only $175, real steal for a class of this caliber! Includes cost of chemistry, film, negative sleeves, and paper.   You do not need darkroom experience for this workshop, but familiarity with basic concepts in photography is strongly encouraged.
Instructor:  Norlan Olivo
Location and Parking

The AS220  Media Arts Paul Krot Community Darkroom  is located at 115 Empire St, Providence, Rhode Island on the 2nd floor. Buzz the Darkroom When you arrive! There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. Also we are located near a parking garage with Entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies

Please be respectful of the short time you and the other Participants Have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than half an hour late, we will not be Able to teach you what you signed up for. Plan ahead, always it Takes Time to find on-street parking.  To cancel your reservation, you must email AT LEAST two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.


If minimum number is not met enrollment in class, the teacher May opt to cancel class.If this is the case, we will give a full refund of payment and first class choice to enroll in future classes. We will Attempt to give as much notice as possible.

    Traditional Irish Music Session! @ AS220 Foo(d) and Bar
    Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

    Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

    No cover charge!

    A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

    Jan 19 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 1:00 am
    Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
    Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!  

    A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

    Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

    Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
    Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

    Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

    If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

    Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


    Build a Microscope @ AS220 Industries
    Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


     Sunday January 20, 11-1pm

    Build a microscope and take it home!


    At our DIY Community Microscope workshop, we’ll guide participants through building their own microscope with affordable materials: cardboard, bolts, webcams, and tape. It takes only 15-30 minutes to build, and plugs into a smartphone or laptop. We’ll look at water and plant samples from nearby sites, and talk about ways that using DIY science tools can lead to meaningful discovery.

    Public Lab is an open community of activists, tinkerers, organizers, makers, educators and scientists around the world, who have worked together to design this kit. We’ve worked with a growing coalition to take a Do-It-Yourself approach to environmental justice issues.

    Instructor: Jeff Warren

    Software Basics: Video Editing with Premiere @ AS220 Industries
    Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    premiereLearn the process of editing and post–production for making a short one–minute video.

    Sundays January -27, 11-2pm


    The work you do in art, education, marketing, or advocacy work can benefit from video projects and this workshop will show you the essential tools and workflow to make a video from start to finish. Maybe you are a beginner waiting to make your first project or want to move from iMovie to software that gives you more creative control, this workshop is for you. The class as a whole will walk through the entire editing and post-production process for making a short one-minute video using media provided to you.

    Get up to speed on the basics of video editing and post-production including:

    • Importing and organizing your files
    • Choosing your shots
    • Basics of editing your project
    • Adjusting the audio
    • Adding titles and credits
    • Exporting your project
    • Uploading your video to the web

    The AS220 Media Arts lab is equipped with Apple computers and the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite. You are welcome to bring your own computer as long as you have Adobe Premiere which can be downloaded here and comes with a trial.

    Instructor: Jacob Dixon

    Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
    Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

    Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

    This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

    Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


    Learn to Code: Intro to P5.JS @ AS220 Industries
    Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    p5jsUsing Javascript to animate for the web!

    Sundays  Jan 20 + 27, 2-5pm


    What  is code, and how do we write it?  Writing code and software is all too often shrouded in mystery, as if only the highly educated or super nerdy can do it. This class is intended to help move away from that mindset and empower you to learn this highly relevant skill.

    This class will use p5.js, a programming language derived from Javascript (the second most used programming language in the world) and an excellent tool to learn real life programming skills. We will work on coding animations and audio/visual experiences for the web, creating simple and beautiful sketches.

    Instructor: Matt Mena-Landry.  Matt is a musician and digital artist. He has won several awards for his video production, teaching, and program development. His main interests are; ensuring that media and technology have a significant place in the core of education and how we relate to the world, instructional technology, supporting youth media production, and developing collaborative pedagogy using digital media tools. He is very excited to be able to share his approach to learning how to code creatively with the AS220 community.

    Learn more about his work at:

    Rhythm Fitness @ Dance Studio
    Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    New Class! RHYTHM FITNESS 4:00-5:00PM
    w/ Ebun Shittu and Ruth Saah
    $5 Drop In
    Brown University Students Free w/ ID

    Rhythm Fitness is an active, high energy African dance experience. The moves incorporated in the class is accompanied by afrobeats music for a modern day feel but still encompasses traditional and contemporary movements. Rhythm Fitness is meant to provide its participants with a fun filled yet effective workout. The classes include yoga and pilates style stretches, which are followed by aerobics (African-style of course!), and the teaching of a dance to afrobeats music. All ages and all levels of experience are welcome!


    Ebunoluwa Shittu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and brings her love and passion for dance to the United States. Ebunoluwa has always saw dance as a way to express her love for her culture. With years of dance experience, Ebunoluwa strives to bring her love and talent to Providence as she co-instructs Rhythm Fitness Dance workshops.


    Ruth Saah was born in Liberia. Ruth possessed a love for dance since she was a little girl. Growing up and through various experiences, Ruth has been exposed to many different types of dance including; Ballet, Salsa, and Sabar. Ruth is also involved with a dance organization ALIMIA which is based at the University of Rhode Island. Ruth has held many leadership positons in the organization and is currently an external member. Ruth also currently co-instructs Rhythm Fitness Dance workshops.

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    Hip Hop with Michael Diaz @ Dance Studio
    Jan 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    New Class! Hip Hop 5:30-7:00
    w/Michael Diaz
    $13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
    Brown University Students Free w/ ID

    Class will start with a warm-up from head to toe, circular movements, and slowly build up to drills. After drills a combo/routine will be taught including steps from the drills as well as new steps to challenge the students. The goal of this class is to comprehend and learn all the various steps as well as to musically find character within each student. Students will be placed in groups to perform the combo before the end of the class without the instructor. We’ll finish class  off with a cool down.



    Michael Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and now lives in Pawtucket, RI. At the age of 11 years old, Michael was inspired by a music video of Chris Brown, and hasn’t stopped dancing ever since. He was mentored by Kelvin Fabian, Tovah Muro and Rhode Island’s notable teacher Nikki Carrara. He is known for his ability to improv and for his stage presence. His participation in national conventions and competitions resulted in various scholarships including The Alvin Ailey program and Broadway Dance Studio both in NYC. After graduating from a performing arts high school In 2015, Michael decided to continue his journey of dance by joining an urban dance company called “Thr3e Live Dance Co. He is currently still with them and defining.


    Intro to Letterpress: Hand Typesetting @ AS220 Printshop
    Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    letterpressGet to know your way around the California job case with this intro letterpress class.

    Monday January 21 + 28, 6-10pm


    You will leave this class with a working knowledge of how to set type, to lock type in the chase, woodtype and lead type, best practices and troubleshooting, press operation including: inking the press, pressure and roller height adjusting, registration, feeding paper through the press and cleaning the press.   This workshop will certify you to use the Vandercook press.

    Instructor: Jacque Bidon


    Software Basics: Illustrator @ AS220 Industries
    Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    illustratorCreate stunning vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator.

    Mondays, January 21 + 28, 6-9pm


    Intro to Illustrator will allow participants to learn the basic tools and uses of Illustrator CC to manipulate vector graphics for a range of projects and applications.  From screen printing to vinyl decals, Illustrator contains a wide array of tools that will help you create compelling graphics and images. This class will cover everything that’s needed to start creating, from the fundamentals of pixels versus vectors to basic drawing and shape manipulation. By the end of the session, you’ll have an understanding of the basic toolkit and the ability to start building scalable graphics.

    Instructor: Savannah Barkley

    Modern Dance for the Body/Mind/Soul with Nicole Laliberte @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
    Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Modern  Dance for the Mind,Body, and Soul with Nicole Laliberte// Mondays @7:00-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

    Class will begin lying on the floor, gently exploring natural movement patterns, drawing upon the somatic principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement.  Standing exercises in the center emphasize articulation of the joints, strength and fluidity of the core and spine, and the body’s natural breath and momentum. Across the floor combinations focus on rhythm, elevations, turns, and changes in level, direction, and dynamic.  Influences include the traditional techniques of Horton, Limon, and Cunningham with constant attention to contemporary safe dance practices.  While some dance experience is ideal, this class is adaptable to each student’s level of experience and anatomical structure.  

    Nicole Laliberte is the artistic director of Freedom Dances, and has performed with Sidelong Dance Co., Boston Dance Co., EBA Dance Theatre, and Honolulu Dance Theatre, among others.  Nicole has danced, taught, and choreographed in Rhode Island, Boston, New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Nicole holds her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  Of note, she has taught at UNCG, James Madison University, Meredith College, Darton College, and Greensboro Ballet. Ms. Laliberté has staged choreography at Providence College, UNCG, The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, AS220, James Madison University, Darton College, Rhode Island College, the North Carolina Dance Festival, the Charlotte Dance Festival, Old Dominion University’s Regional Choreographers’ Showcase, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, Fringe PVD, Cary Academy, American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow Series, Boston Regional Youth America Grand Prix, countless studios nationwide, and in the repertories of Maude Baum and Company, Albany, NY, and Sidelong Dance Company, Winston-Salem, NC.