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Jan
18
Thu
Prime Action @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Prime Action // Thursdays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Prime Action is a contemporary form based in African Diasporic and modern dance traditions that work towards enlivening a presence of be-ing in the body. The class incorporates floor work to develop an agile and responsive central column through the activation and articulation of the pelvis, torso (spine/rib cage), neck and head. Standing center focuses on the coordination and strengthening of the extremities with exercises for the hands and arms, legs and feet. Traveling work integrates various elements of floor and center work with progressive movements, phrases, and improvisational explorations. Finally, Phrase work brings together all technical components into choreographic phrase work that encourages mind/body/spirit expressivity.

yon Tande (Whitney V. Hunter) is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around nurturing and cultivating the creative spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He directs his performance collective Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM], was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), and a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club. yon Tande is presently a Driskell Ph.D. Fellow at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

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Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Welcome to the Providence Poetry Slam! Our shows are at AS220 (115 Empire St.) on the first and third Thursday of every month (except August). Sign-up at 7:15, show starts at 8pm sharp! Don’t be late!
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FIRST THURSDAYS: All-ages slam, feature, and open mic. $5 admission.
THIRD THURSDAYS: Youth slam (Sept—May), feature, and open mic. $5 admission. ($1 for 19 and under)

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CONTACT: muggs@provslam.org or charlotte@provslam.org

 

Jan
19
Fri
Advanced Ballet @ Dance Studio
Jan 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE BALLET  9:15am-10:45am
(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.

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Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Imposter Syndrome by Nika Lomazzo @ Black Box Theater @ AS220
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Nika Lomazzo brings you her first ever solo show, written, directed, and performed by her. Come on down to the Black Box Theater at AS220 for a jam-packed seventy-five minutes of candid stand-up comedy about her experiences as a trans woman navigating her 20’s

Gimme Noise 2 year Bash: Oroboro, XR Tabs, Big Mess, Jesse the Tree @ AS220 Main Stage
Jan 19 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 1:00 am

Oroboro (Amherst, MA) – Your new favorite band
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCh2A5mp7IM

XR Tabs – (Prov) – You know ‘em. You love ‘em.
https://soundcloud.com/xr-tabs/sets/demos-for-dtrc

Big Mess (Boston) – bluesy doom metal trio you can headbang to
https://bigmessma.bandcamp.com/album/big-mess-black-norse-split

Jesse “The Tree” Ramos – pvd poet/rapper who twists words n’ rhymes over beautiful beats
https://jessethetree.bandcamp.com/

$7 cover
All Ages
Doors at 8:30, Music at 9

We might even have zines?!

Holy Hands / Darklands / Trevor Vaughan / Leopard Print Taser / Bare Bodies @ Psychic Readings
Jan 19 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 1:00 am
Jan
20
Sat
Contemporary Dance Lab with Providance Project @ Dance Studio
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 New Class! Contemporary Dance Lab w/ Providance Project
$13 Drop In/$10 Class Package
Brown University and RISD Students Free w/ ID
This intermediate-level contemporary dance class is taught by Providance Project members Angela Cole and Ellen Oliver.  The  90 minute class will continue to refine technical skills and build strength while beginning to develop a sense of ease and efficiency in movement. Class will begin with a floor sequence focusing on weight release and core connectivity, gradually finding articulation in footwork and spatial dynamics. We will culminate in phrase work pulling from Providance Project repertoire that explores ways in which specificity and disorientation collide in motion.  
Following the technique class is an optional choreography workshop that has a twofold purpose: One is to act as a laboratory for participants to develop and receive feedback from fellow peers and Providance Project members. The second is to develop an informal showing of work that we create collectively or individually in this workshop.

Providance Project:

Massachusetts dance artists and teachers Angela Cole and Ellen Oliver began collaborating in 2017 under the name Providance Project. Their choreographic work uses movement as a medium to bridge together different perspectives as a dynamic duo. Angela and Ellen have performed and choreographed together for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Sound Bites Series with Jacob Richman and Amorphous Dance Collective, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, 30-30-30 at Dixon Place NYC, Amorphous Dance Collective at the AS220 Modern Movements Festival 2017, Bearnstow Young Artists in Residency Concert, Works in Progress at AS220 in Providence, and OnStage Dance Company Residencies. They have recently performed choreography by New England artists including Ali Kenner Brodsky, Meghan Carmichael, and Cathy Nicoli in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Additionally, they were 2017 Young Artists in Residence at Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, Maine, and they are 2018 neXt Residency choreographers at Urbanity Dance in Boston, MA. Angela and Ellen are also working with Boston dance artist Molly Hess to co-create 3 Spice Dance, a collaborative platform to produce shows by Bearnstow alumni. Angela and Ellen are 2016 graduates from Roger Williams University and Hampshire College, respectively. Angela Cole and Ellen Oliver continue their passion for sharing dance through their wide age range of students.


Ellen Oliver is a dance artist, painter, and filmmaker from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Ellen is a 2016 and 2017 Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow. Ellen’s professional work and collaborations have been performed in New England, India, and San Francisco, and her dance short films have been screened at dance film festivals abroad. Ellen is currently performing with Fusionworks Dance Company in Lincoln, RI and Lorraine Chapman The Company in Boston, MA. Ellen is very excited for her recent collaborations with Bearnstow dance artist Angela Cole under the name Providance Project. Ellen spends her daytime teaching dance from toddlers to adults in studios across Central MA. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ellen studied dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Hampshire College. www.ellenoliverdance.com

 

Angela Cole is a dance artist, teacher, and choreographer based in Providence, RI. She received her BA in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University and is a recipient of the Kelli Wike Davis Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. She has performed and choreographed for Southern Vermont Dance Festival, 30-30-30 at Dixon Place NYC, Amorphous Dance Collective in the AS220 Modern Movements Festival, OnStage Dance Company Residency, the Museum of Fine Arts Sound Bites Series in Boston, and Tiny & Short: A Drop in the Bucket at the Dance Complex. She has recently performed choreography by New England-based artists including Meghan Carmichael, Cathy Nicoli, and Ellen Oliver. In addition, she is a 2017 Artist in Residence at Bearnstow, Maine. Angela is a co-founder of contemporary dance companies Providance Project and 3 Spice Dance.  

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Fab Lab Foundations 2: Introduction to the CNC Router @ AS220 Labs
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturdays, January 20, 27, 2pm-6pm: $100

Instructor: Larry Z

Register Here 

This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using PartWorks, and basic machine operation and safety.  You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership.

Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96″ (x-axis) x 48″ (y-axis) x 6″ (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings.  This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.

This workshop consists of two parts, 1 3-hour instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine.

Prerequisites
While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. Not familiar with using computers at all? We also offer a basic computer training workshop
Traditional Irish Music Session! @ AS220 Foo(d) and Bar
Jan 20 @ 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!

The Second Annual Providence LIVE Film Score Festival @ AS220 Main Stage
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 1:00 am

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The second Annual Providence LIVE Film Score Festival

14 Short Films (>13 min) each scored by LIVE musisicans!
$8 (a lot of artists to support here)

Doors at 7:00. Get a good seat.

Artists announced soon

Imposter Syndrome by Nika Lomazzo @ Black Box Theater @ AS220
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Nika Lomazzo brings you her first ever solo show, written, directed, and performed by her. Come on down to the Black Box Theater at AS220 for a jam-packed seventy-five minutes of candid stand-up comedy about her experiences as a trans woman navigating her 20’s

Jan
21
Sun
Introduction to Etching @ AS220 Printshop
Jan 21 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 pm



Sundays, January 21, 28, February 4, 12am-3pm: $160

Instructor: Michael Ezzell

Register here: shop.as220.org/products/etching

This is an introductory class appropriate for students of all backgrounds and experiences.

We will cover basic mark-making skills as well as etching press operation. Participants will use traditional etching grounds and resists to etch copper plates in a ferric chloride solution. We will also teach you ink mixing and application, plate preparation, wiping, paper tearing, and registration.

Students’ specific interests will guide the demonstrations, and there will be time for each participant to work on an individual project.

Supplies to bring to the first class:
-18-gauge copper plates (you can choose size, but do not exceed 10″ x 10″), we suggest the RISD 3D Store on North Main St.
-two sheets of Rives BFK paper (Utrecht, Jerry’s, or RISD Store)
-medium etching needle, Utrecht or RISD Store
-drypoint scribe, Utrecht or RISD Store
-scraper, Utrecht or RISD Store
-burnisher (we prefer curved) Utrecht or RISD Store

Instructor: Carey Goodrich

Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jan 21 @ 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 (www.shea-training.com) 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 21 @ 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.

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Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Jan 21 @ 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.

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Introduction to Digital SLR Photography @ AS220 Media Arts
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

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Sundays, January 21, 28, 12-3pm

Cost: $99

Register Online!

Come equipped with your DSLR camera and get set to learn it like the back of your hand! After this class you’ll feel confident using your DSLR, and finally get the pictures you desire. Complete with a weather permitting photo walk around downtown Providence!

Instructor: Jose Navarro-Robles

 

DIY Electronics: Make Your Own Arduino @ AS220 Labs
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Sundays, January 21, 28, 1-4pm $125
Instructor: Britton Kroessler
Learn how to solder and program electronics in this introductory workshop. The price of the workshop covers the cost of the kit being built, soldering equipment is also provided. We will be assembling an Educato Kit: an Arduino-compatable microcontroller that is perfect for beginners and prototyping new projects.
The first session will go over each electronic component used in assembly, the layout of the board, and troubleshooting to ensure proper assembly. The second session will go over reading schematics, the basics of electric theory, the Arduino language, programming and circuit assembly on a breadboard.
Participants will leave with soldering skills and a fancy new tool to add to their arsenal of creativity. With this knowledge, you will also be able to make simple repairs on electronics that were once thought broken for good. Educato Kit is provided.
Rhythm Fitness @ Dance Studio
Jan 21 @ 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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Jan
22
Mon
Hip Hop with Michael Diaz @ Dance Studio
Jan 22 @ 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.

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