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Kick It!

Now THIS is teamwork!

Students from six local dance studios performed this kickline dance routine on the day after Thanksgiving this year, as part of National Dance Week’s Kick Line Contest in celebration of the Rockettes 85th anniversary.  Over 160 students, from Danceworks, Extensions School of Dance, Just Dance, Rosemary’s School of Dance, Shannon’s Studio, and The Ballet Center performed together at Colt State Park in Bristol on Friday, November 23rd.  The performance was filmed and entered in the Kick Line Contest, in the “Longest Line” category.  Way to go, dancers!

Summer Vacation

Ah, the first day of summer and the last day of school, and TheArtsRoom is on vacation!  We won’t be posting much for the next several weeks (though something from a guest contributor may pop up now and then!).  Stay in the know about local arts happenings by visiting our Pages (see the tabs up near the top of this page?  Dance, Music, Story, Theatre, and Visual Arts).  Our pages include links to and descriptions of local arts events – for example, on our Music Page there’s a link to the Bristol 4th of July’s Concert Series schedule.  On our Story Page you can view descriptions and links to our local libraries’ Summer Reading Program activities.  Our Visual Arts Page gives you so much, from announcements of upcoming art events, to links to our local galleries, and a roundup of summer art camps, classes and workshops.  Our Dance Page offers links to local dance studios (many are offering summer camps, classes and workshops, too!); and on our Theatre Page you can access links to all the tempting summer theatre offerings from 2nd Story Theatre, RWU Summer Playhouse, and the Bristol Theatre Company!

Keep up with us on Facebook, too, to see our picks-of-the-week over the summer, find other arts-loving friends, and join the conversation!  And last but not least, for your summer enjoyment, TheArtsRoom is on Pinterest this summer!  We’re pinning all sorts of ideas to inspire you and your family to relax and enjoy the arts this summer – come take a look!

Dancers Create ‘Tree of Life’ This Weekend

For the past several months, dancers at Just Dance! studio in Warren have carefully decorated more than 300 leaves in an effort to raise money for cancer research.  Each individual leaf is dedicated to someone the dancers care about who is affected by cancer – as a survivor, battler or a loved one who has passed on.  The decorated leaves will become a “Tree of Life” in a spectacular stage set for an upcoming annual dance recital.  “A project like this really makes you realize how many people are touched by cancer,” says Sherry Winn, Just Dance! owner.  “It’s been a wonderful effort and the students have put so much love into decorating the leaves.”

a dancer’s leaf for the Tree of Life

Throughout the winter dance season the students purchased and sold blank leaves for $5 each, raising more than $1,300 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.  The dancers labeled the leaves with the names of people they care about who have been affected by cancer, and carefully decorated each one accordingly.  “I’m so thrilled that we’re able to help a good cause at a time when there is so much attention and excitement focused on our dancers,” says Ms Winn.  The dancers will be attaching the decorated leaves to create the Tree of Life on Saturday, May 26th starting at 1:30 pm at the Just Dance! studio (located in 426 Fitness on Metacom Avenue in Warren).

The Tree of Life will be moved to Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA on June 5th for designers to finalize the stage set ahead of the studio’s annual recital, “Dance 4 Life”, on June 8th and 9th.  This year’s recital has been recognized by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as an official fundraising event and the dance studio hopes the event will raise further funds for Dana-Farber.

For more information visit the Just Dance! website or contact Sherry Winn: swinn11@cox.net or 401-486-4478.

A Week of Music and Dance

After a weekend whirlwind of theatre and art, this week is filled to the brim with music and dance!

Roger Williams University Instrumental Ensemble performs on Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  This spring, the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ralph Vaughn-Williams form the heart of the program, while there’s plenty of lighter fare as well: Chuck Mangione’s “Land of Make Believe”, a Brazilian samba, and a good dose of American jazz. Join the students, faculty, staff, and community members who make up the ensemble for this free concert.

Roger Williams University Dance students will perform ‘A Casual Interaction’, a site specific piece on campus to display their exploration of movement related to the architecture and environment around them.  The piece will be performed on Wednesday, May 9th, at 12:30pm.  The dancers will utilize the spaces in front of the University Library, the Gabelli School of Business, and the School of Engineering.  Michael DeQuatro, composer and accompanist for the Performing Arts Center, will be playing his own original sound score for the site specific piece right alongside the dancers.  Eighteen Dance majors; all junior and senior students, have studied site specific dance in their Performance Lab and Movement Analysis class.  Site specific dance is a piece that occurs outside of the conventional theatre space.  It was first explored in the 1960‘s during the post-modern dance movement and has been developing ever since.  Click here for more information.

Roger Williams University Chorus in concert on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  The free performance is focused around the theme of love songs, featuring the “Neue Leibeslieder” (“New Love Songs”) Op. 65 by German composer Johannes Brahms.  The remainder of the program will consist of love songs from a variety of time periods, from the Renaissance through the present day.  The chorus is an ensemble of 30 singers and is directed by Jonathan Richter.

The Bohemian Quartet will perform in concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm in the Colt School Auditorium on Hope Street in Bristol.  Prior to the concert, members of The Bohemian Quartet will conduct a free workshop with a group of musicians from the Community String Project – participants in the afternoon workshop will perform with The Bohemian Quartet in the evening concert!  Ticket prices for the general public are $10 ($5 senior citizens; free for CSP students and family members), and all proceeds from ticket sales will be used for the benefit of the Community String Project.  The afternoon workshop and evening concert are sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts.

Friday night also marks an Open Mic Night at The Coffee Depot on Main Street in Warren; Michael Troy is the featured artist on Friday, May 11th, beginning at about 7pm.

And to cap off the week you’ll have to make a choice:

Stone Church Coffee House in Bristol presents an evening of music on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30pm featuring Anne’s Cordial, a musical cocktail of folk, blues & jazz, and bluesy alternative folk artist Jacob Haller and the Running Commentary.  Tickets are $15 (students are half-price and children 5 and under are free); doors open at 6:45pm.

Church Street Coffeehouse in Warren presents Atwater-Donnelly on Saturday, May 12th at 8pm.  The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, olf-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limber jacks and other surprises.  Tickets are $10 at the door and refreshments are available with a small donation.  Doors open at 7:30pm.


Their official Opening Night is tomorrow, but students and teachers will get a sneak peak of the Guiteras Performing Arts Committee’s debut production, “Seussical, Jr.” when the cast & crew performs for their school this afternoon.  Break a leg, kids!


And remember, tonight is also Opening Night for the Masqueraders’ production of “Beauty and the Beast” at the high school, and the show will be preceded by the Community Arts Celebration at 5:30pm – read our post, “Things in Threes” for more details.  And there’s lots more happening this weekend – Michael DiMucci performs at Linden Place, the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre in Concert, “The Divine Sister” at 2nd Story Theatre – be sure to visit our Pages for all the details!