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Great News!

DanceRWU Dance and Performance Studies has been awarded high honors by the American College Dance Association by placing into the top four of the adjudicator's picks for best choreography and dancing!

Congratulations to the piece, Multiplex, choreographed by RWU alumna Christina Robson, and student cast members: Emily Bartnicki, Makaila Corridori, Abbie Dougherty, Shae LeLievere, Kaylee Mahan, Emilee Olivari, Erin Saunders, and Layne Willis.

This year's New England conference (Feb. 15-18, '18) had 36 colleges and universities participating - and 44 adjudicated pieces total. The adjudicated pieces were judged by the following panel of professional dancers and choreographers from diverse stylistic backgrounds:

dance3.jpgGretchen Alterowitz is Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte, teaches ballet, choreography, and dance history - and researches the social and cultural impact of democratic approaches to choreography and pedagogy.

Sean Curran is Chair of the Dance Department of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Artistic Director for Sean Curran Dance Company, and longtime member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company - and fun fact...Sean started his modern dance training right here at RWU!

dance2.jpgGesel Mason is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Professor of Dance at University of Colorado Boulder, and a longtime member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects.

Our 4th place ranks us Second Alternate in the possibility of bringing our work to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Bravo RWU!


Audition for RWU’s Dance Theatre Company:

Mon., Jan 29, PAC Dance Studio, Open to all RWU Students

Auditions for the Dance and Performance Major:

Early Action:
Mon Oct 23
Mon Nov 6
Mon Nov 20

Regular Decision:
Mon Feb 5
Tues Feb 20
Mon Feb 26

For program auditions, please contact Tom Durigan in Admissions at


Alive! Arts Series


2/ 12 – 7:30 p.m.
Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy
Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in NYC. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship,  a Six Points Fellowship, and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Paramodernities is a series of dance-experiments, generated through deconstructions of landmark modern choreographies.

Two out of the project’s six installments will be presented:

PM#1: Vaslav Nijinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” positioned as an aesthetic and political turning point.
Performed by Netta .Yerushalmy and David Kishick

PM#4: Material from five different Merce Cunningham works.
Performed by Marc Crousillat and Brittany Engel-Adams

Also performing members of The Roger Williams University Dance Theatre


3/23, 3/24
JR/SR Dance Major Concert
Jr_Sr_2018_Spring.jpgJunior and Senior Dance and Performance Studies Majors present original works.




Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern  currently resides in Belgium where he creates and performs with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman) and is also currently a guest dancer with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Before relocating to Belgium, Ahern worked full time as dancer and dance captain for Pilobolus Dance Theatre from 2010 until his departure in 2017. During his tenure at Pilobolus he created more than 15 touring dance-theatre works, in addition to many other productions for film, stage and print.


5/3, 5/4, 5/5 – 7:30 p.m.
5/6 – 2:00 p.m.
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New and innovative works by guest artists, students and faculty.