There will also be participatory dancing in Newport-based Island Moving Co .’s site-specific series, Open for Dancing 2013, which this year expands to Providence at the Steel Yard (27 Sims St) on September 14 and 15, with a piece by Tom Pearson of NYC’s Third Rail Projects. Open for Dancing moves to Newport the following weekend (September 21 and 22), where three choreographers will create dances for three Aquidneck Island spaces: Yanira Castro will set her work at the Opera House Theater; Deborah Lohse will use the meditation labyrinth outside Salve University’s McKillop Library; and John-Mark Owen will make a dance drama on the terraces of the Gray Craig estate in Middletown. This unique (and free!) multi-dance experience is always amazing.

IMC’s other site-specific piece this fall (with audience members moving from room to room) will be the popular Newport Nutcrackerat Rosecliff (November 29-December 6,

Festival Ballet Providence ( will kick off its season at the Vets on October 3 with Together We Dance 3, an annual gala benefit for the company that spotlights invited guest artists from national companies, along with FBP performers. Their intimate in-studio series, Up Close On Hope, runs October 25, 26, and November 1, 2, 8, and 9. And they’ll stage their annual take on The Nutcracker at the Providence Performing Arts Center December 20-22.

Paula Hunter’s JUMP! Dance Company will present Carnival of the Animals on November 1 and 2, and Scenes from the Polar Express on December 21 and 22. Check for more details.

The first international dance performance this year (November 1 and 2) comes from FirstWorks (, which is presenting the Montreal-based company Cirque Éloize at PPAC on November 1 and 2. Their show, Cirkopolis, combines dance, theater, acrobatics, and circus feats, featuring 12 performers who reinvent themselves in the confines of a factory-city. With fast-paced movement accompanied by original music and video projections, the stage design portrays a dark and impersonal universe above which the performers fly, juggle, spin, tumble, and balance.

Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series ( will host the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble on November 14. Founded in 1951 to preserve and present various folk-related Hungarian genres, this large ensemble is as colorful as it is energetic. Their varied repertoire includes traditional Hungarian music and dance, dramatic folk plays, and creative contemporary dances inspired by the themes or movements of the historic dances.

Other events at Rhode Island College ( Gary Shore , the associate professor of dance at Roger Williams University, will present The Link To the Missing Link and Animating the Closet on October 25; and the RIC Dance Company , featuring local artists, will perform a program titled Dance Area Code 401 on December 6 and 7.

At Providence College (, the Blackfriars Dance Concert will take place in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts on November 16 and 17. And at Roger Williams University (, the Basement Series will present freshmen dance majors with Heather Ahern’s Aerplaye on November 2, and the RWU Dance Theatre ’s winter concert (December 5-8), with new works by guest artists, faculty, and students.

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