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Feb
22
Thu
Prime Action @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 22 @ 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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Feb
23
Fri
Advanced Ballet @ Dance Studio
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 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.

Feb
24
Sat
Contemporary Dance Lab with Providance Project @ Dance Studio
Feb 24 @ 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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Feb
25
Sun
Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 25 @ 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
Feb 25 @ 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
Feb 25 @ 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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Feb
26
Mon
Hip Hop with Michael Diaz @ Dance Studio
Feb 26 @ 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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Modern Dance for the Body/Mind/Soul with Nicole Laliberte @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 26 @ 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.

 

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Feb
27
Tue
Community Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hatha Yoga with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30pm // $5 drop-in

This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice.  Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience.  The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.

Photo on 9-1-15 at 12.25 PMAngie Hartley is a yoga practioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet // Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

w/ Ann Ditmars Huyck
$13 Drop In/$10 Class Card
Brown University Students Free w/ ID

     AnnDitmarsHuyck-1 Ann offers a traditional ballet class with a special focus on musicality, epaulement, and the joy of fully embodied movement.  Her barre exercises allow time to warm up slowly while developing the alignment, strength, and precision  that create freedom in the center.  Dancers slow down for the the beauty and breath of adage before progressing to the speed of petit allegro and the fun of moving through space.   Ann especially enjoys discovering and sharing the “movement” in ballet, and she offers options throughout the class so dancers can tailor exercises to the level of challenge they each need.

 

 

 

Intermediate Ballet @ Dance Studio
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

INTERMEDIATE BALLET 7:00-8:30PM 
w/ Ann Ditmars Huyck
$13 Drop In/$10 Class Card
Brown University Students Free w/ ID

Ann offers a traditional ballet class with a special focus on musicality, epaulement, and the joy of fully embodied movement.  Her barre exercises allow time to warm up slowly while developing the alignment, strength, and precision  that create freedom in the center.  Dancers slow down for the the beauty and breath of adage before progressing to the speed of petit allegro and the fun of moving through space.   Ann especially enjoys discovering and sharing the “movement” in ballet, and she offers options throughout the class so dancers can tailor exercises to the level of challenge they each need.

 

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.AnnDitmarsHuyck

Feb
28
Wed
Contemporary Dance INT/ADV
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The Class begins with a set sequence of continuous stretches and articulate movements of the spine and limbs that will allow us to connect with ourselves, our body and its center.We will place focus on breathing to help us warm up, energize and tone the muscles and joints as well as to open awareness of the balanced body and its/our presence in the space. In continuance, we will explore a succession of moves and some traveling exercises to challenge the body to be available and efficient in relationship to one another’s. We will put into action a dynamic-high-energy dance phrase that encompass floor work, technical sequencing and acrobatic body vocabulary, all of which I have acquired through my years of contemporary dance work in Europe.  I am a creative that uses improvisation and explorative formations so the body can articulate one’s sense of character.  My classes always have the aim of growing one’s individual voice through movement and to share it with others.

 

Gisela Creus has been dancing since the age of nine. She graduated from Company & Company in Barcelona with a professional dance diploma and moved on to Laban Centre in London where she earned her bachelor’s degree with honours in dance-theater.  She has since worked for Moreno Bernardi Dance Company, Cia.Color Dansa, Marie-Gabrielle Roti Productions, Korsnes Kompani and Vbuit. Her collaborative works have always taken an international and interdisciplinary concern, working with artists Clara Bes, Chan Vi, Abrao Vicente, Antonio Da Veiga Rocha, Samuel Diz, Norman Vasseur to name a few. She has presented work as choreographer-performer, individually and collaboratively, such as Hour Cicle, Dust, Dansalona, Black Abyss, On the Road, Dorment, as well as videodance work such as Sombras, Llavors and YZ.

She is one of the founders of NunArt, a creative practices association for artists in Barcelona.  She has been a member of its directive board since it’s inception in 2007.

Recently her pedagogical work has partnered her with Laura Villar, a doctorate candidate. Together they have developed an educational project for pre-professional dancers called AREA-CREA. Gisela has been teaching dance for over 8 years; early on for beginners and now to emerging and professional creatives.  She has recently moved to the United States but will still continue to have an active European presence while contributing to the dance discipline in the US.

 

Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.

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Open Level Modern Dance @ Dance Studio
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mar
1
Thu
Prime Action @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Mar 1 @ 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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Mar
2
Fri
Advanced Ballet @ Dance Studio
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 2 @ 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.

Mar
3
Sat
Contemporary Dance Lab with Providance Project @ Dance Studio
Mar 3 @ 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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Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Mar 4 @ 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).