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Dance/Performance

The Department of Dance and Performance Studies develops highly trained, creatively active and professionally oriented students with its unique curriculum. The program allows for individual attention from the faculty, who are all working professionals in the field. Courses are offered in technique (ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic and social forms), choreography, history, pedagogy, movement analysis, kinesiology and performance techniques. Additionally, RWU has the only dance-based university program in the United States to provide training in movement theatre. Majors are expected to maintain a continuing level of technical and creative development and are evaluated each semester by the faculty.

Each year, the department welcomes to campus notable artists for teaching and choreographic residencies and performance collaborations. Artists have included Seán Curran, Doug Elkins, Heidi Latsky, Carl Fink, Molissa Fenley, Billy Siegenfeld, Margie Gills, Creach / Koester, Arthur Hall, Meredith Monk, Marty Beller, Emilie Plauché, Fred Curchack, Bill Evans, Daniel Stein, Laura Glenn, Gilles Obermayer, Claire Porter, Kate Weare, David Dorfman, Neta Pulvermarcher, Tiffany Mills and Janice Lancaster.

Students are also involved in research with faculty members. Recent projects include a feature film, "Children of Providence," that was written, produced and directed by Gary Shore with help from many students, and Residency at the Egg in Mystic Connecticut with choreography by collaboration between Mary Ruffin Ward and three students.

Most recently, Dance students performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the American College Dance Festival Gala in May 2010. The group beat out 45 other programs at a regional competition to earn the right to perform in Washington, D.C.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To channel the passion that leads students to choose dance as a career path and to develop it into an integrated part of how they live their lives and view the world
  • To experience Dance as an effective means of communicating experience and a route for the discovery and realization of the self
  • To develop high levels of competency in all aspects of the discipline, both practical and theoretical, in order to prepare Dance majors for success in related careers and in graduate school.
  • To provide students with an abundance of opportunities, under the guidance of faculty and guest artists, to experience the creative process in a rigorous, challenging and collaborative professionalā€level environment.
  • To expose students to a variety of multicultural perspectives both through a scope of diverse guest artists and through study abroad programs.
Michael DeQuattro
Dance Accompanist/Composer
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Michael DeQuattro

Michael
DeQuattro
Dance Accompanist/Composer
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Michael DeQuattro is the resident Dance Accompanist/Composer and Adjunct Faculty at Roger Williams University. In addition to his work at Roger Williams University he is also Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Rhode Island College, The Community College of Rhode Island, and is an active freelance performer in Providence and Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the Boston Conservatory.

His performing experience is extremely varied, including theater orchestras, jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, and rock bands. He is accomplished in many styles including improvisational, world, jazz, classical, and blues. He has performed with notable artists such as The Moody Blues, opera singer Maria Spacagna, marimbist Nanae Mimura, flautist Carol Wincenc, and pianist Judith Stillman. He has also been involved with many modern dancers and dance companies as accompanist and composer, including Groundwerx, Fusionworks, Sean Curran, Heidi Henderson, Kathy Gordon Smith, Kelli Wicke Davis, Jennifer Scanlon, Diane Noya, Melody Ruffin Ward, and Jenny Rocha among others.

Michael Bolger
Adjunct Professor
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Michael Bolger

Michael
Bolger
Adjunct Professor
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Mr. Bolger’s choreography and site specific works have been commissioned by the Island Moving Company, Spindle City Ballet, Providence Ballet and Connecticut Concert Ballet. As a dancer, he continues to perform a wide range of contemporary works with the Island Moving Company in Newport, RI, Carol Somers Dance in Boston, MA, as well as pursuing creative and performance endeavors with his partner Eva Marie Pacheco in Providence RI. Past performance credits include Underfoot Dance in New York, PHFFT! Company in France and Cadence Dance Project in Providence RI.

Michael’s teaching credits span universities, companies and dance organizations. He is the Director of Dance Education for the Island Moving Company coordinating creative based programs for elementary, middle and high school students. He is on full time faulty at Providence Ballet.
 

"An exceptional and commanding dancer.
- Theodore Bale, Boston Herald

"A compelling performer.
- The Boston Globe

Cathy Nicoli
Assistant Professor
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Areas of Expertise: 
Dance and Performance Studies

Cathy Nicoli

Cathy
Nicoli
Assistant Professor
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Areas of Expertise: 
Dance and Performance Studies

In 2004 Cathy received her MFA in Dance as a teaching fellow at Smith College. She is a two-time recipient of the RI State Council of the Art’s Choreography Award and the RI Foundation's Arts Education Scholarship. She has performed her choreography at the Kennedy Center, London’s National Theater, and in Ben Folds Five’s MTV video Underground - of which she was also assistant choreographer. She was co-artistic director of the Providence-based Groundwerx Dance Theatre for six years, an original member of Heidi Henderson’s elephant Jane dance, and the director of Bearnstow’s art and nature day camp for children.

Lori Medeiros
Administrative Assistant for Performing Arts
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Performing Arts Center - 1st Flr.

Lori Medeiros

Lori
Medeiros
Administrative Assistant for Performing Arts
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(401) 254-3626
Performing Arts Center - 1st Flr.
Gary Shore, B.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Clark University
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Gary Shore

Gary
Shore
B.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Clark University
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Gary Shore is a choreographer, mime, and filmmaker. He has won many awards for his choreography including two choreography fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. His choreography has brought the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre to the Kennedy Center in Washington as part of the American College Dance Festival National Gala Concert.

France M. Hunter, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. California Institute of Arts
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France M. Hunter

France M.
Hunter
M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. California Institute of Arts
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France Mayotte Hunter began her professional dance career in New York performing in the film Hair directed by Milos Foreman (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) and was subsequently invited by the choreographer, Twyla Tharp, to join her dance company. Previously Ms.Mayotte, after graduating from Boston College Suma Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature, had completed an MFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Bella Lewitzky, Donnie McKayle, Mia Slavenska and others.

After three years dancing and touring with Twyla Tharp’s company and following the birth of her first son, Jason, France performed the role of Consuelo with the Broadway Company of West Side Story and later danced and acted in dozens of television commercials and commercial print ads in New York, including an award winning commercial for Grey Poupon mustard and one for Gerber Baby Food in which she appeared with her youngest son, Ian. France also designed and implemented a comprehensive dance curriculum (Pre-K-12th) for an independent school in Connecticut where she taught and chaired the Arts Department.