Must-see moves

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2009

PAULA HUNTER is back in town, from a successful summer run at chashama in New York City, where she presented We Are Karen Finley with two of the dancers from her youth company called JUMP! Now in its 10th year, this company of young dancers collaborate and improvise with Hunter to create their own choreography, which they will perform at Firehouse 13 on October 16 and 17 and at the Providence Children's Museum on November 20. They will reprise their annual SCENES FROM THE POLAR EXPRESS on December 12 and 13 at the Bishop Middle School in Providence. For more information, go to or

Two organizations that bring dance groups from across the country or around the world are the FIRSTWORKS FESTIVAL ( and the Performing Arts Series at Rhode Island College ( First Works will present the YELLOW BIRD INDIAN DANCERS (October 17), Native American dancers whose performances encompass Apache, Southwest, and Northern Plains traditions and feature the 2008 World Champion Teen Hoop Dancer; HORSE (October 24), Taiwan's first all-male dance company that combines theater, drama, mime, and movement in Velocity; and CIRQUE MECHANICS (November 14), veterans of Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, and Moscow Circus who will present Birdhouse Factory, a collage of acrobatic hijinks. The Performing Arts Series at RIC is hosting FIVE BY DESIGN (October 1), performing its musical Club Swing, spotlighting America's swing era; the SHAOLIN WARRIORS (October 21), a troupe of Zen Buddhist monks from China in a fully-choreographed program of martial arts; and CIRCO AEREO (November 5), another group which utilizes circus arts with creative movement and theatre.

Also at RIC, the RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE DANCE COMPANY will present percussionist/rhythm dancer, "body musician," and Guggenheim Award winner KEITH TERRY on October 9. The piece Crosspulse will explore the creative possibilities of percussion and movement. The RIC Dance Company will feature Connecticut College professors and award-winning choreographers Lisa Race and Heidi Henderson in an evening of contemporary modern dance on October 23.

The ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY DANCE THEATRE will be in concert December 3-5, with new works by faculty, students, and guest artists Elizabeth Spatz and A'Keitha Carey. At PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, the fall dance concert will be that same weekend (December 4 and 5), with guest choreographers Nikki Carrara, Lise Brody, Jamie Jewitt, Eva Marie Pacheco, and Lindsay Guarino.

BROWN UNIVERSITY's Family Week-End Dance Concert is October 16-18 and features students performing works by faculty and guest artists. The annual fall dance concert is November 19-22, with all-student choreography.

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