Salsa Fitness w/ Mori Granot @ 95 Empire 3rd Floor Dance Studio
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Salsa Fitness with Mori Granot // Mondays @12-1pm //only $5!

Salsa Fitness was inspired by the love for salsa music and dance and was created to bring awareness to the history of Latin dance and music. Salsa fitness incorporates Afro-Cuban body movement, basic fundamentals of Salsa NY style footwork and techniques from professional dancers training exercises. The music used in the class is an authentic salsa, Latin cha cha cha, and Afro-Cuban music. Salsa Fitness is for EVERYONE and is a unique fun aerobic low impact exercise. You will not only sweat, but you will work on your balance, core straightening, develop stamina, and burn a lot of calories while dancing and learning new moves you can use on the dance floor.

Mori Granot, originally from Israel, has been dancing Salsa for over 14 years. Starting with Ballet, Jazz,  and Modern, in 2000, Mori continued her dancing journey with Cuban style salsa. She then learned Salsa on1, La Style, which then led her to Salsa on2, NY Style Salsa, where she fell in love. Besides Salsa, Mori also teaches lady styling, body movement, Casino Rueda, Bachata, and Merengue. Mori is currently teaching at different studios throughout Rhode Island and is offering a new fun workout program called “Salsa Fitness”, which is based on the fundamentals of Salsa on2.

Web Programming: Beyond the Basics CSS @ AS220 Media Arts
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

web programming beyond the basis
Dates: Mondays, October 20, 27, November 3, 6-9pm
Instructor: Todd Linkner

Do you know the basics of HTML and CSS but want to know how to take your coding skills to the next level? This three-session workshop will explore best-practices and principles for organizing CSS, mastering CSS selectors, making your own CSS layout grids, and giving elements state and motion using CSS transformations and animation. All materials will be supplied. The software used in class is free and open source. You may use your own laptop or Macintosh computer in the AS200 Media Arts studio.
About the Instructor: Todd Linkner has over fifteen years of experience in graphic, user-experience, and user-interface design. He has worked with clients ranging in scope from small grassroots non-profits to enterprise-scale global corporations, specializing in brand-centered design with a focus on usability, and is currently designing mobile apps and websites for several book publishers and universities. Todd is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where he studied graphic design and printmaking. His work has been featured in several books and design publications, including Black Book AR100, Graphic Design USA, Logo Lounge, and Print.


Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with Betsy Miller // Mondays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

This is a contemporary release technique with a solid base in ballet. Class begins with a full-bodied warm-up designed to activate the core and connect breath with movement while finding anatomically efficient pathways. Structured improvisations and set exercises explore dynamics, weight shifts, and flow to develop a quick mind and a listening body. Class finishes with a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase.  Students will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and develop as versatile technicians. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

Stretch & Strength @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 21 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Stretch & Strength with Myah Shein // Tuesdays @ 5:45-6:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you would rather hang out on your mat than at the gym, and if plies sound better than squats, make Stretch and Strength part of your routine.  Drawing from Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout toning muscle, building flexibility and even throws in a little cardio.  All fitness and experience levels welcome!  Bring your own mat or use one of ours.

Myah Shein is a dance and theatre artist from Chicago. She has trained in a variety of contemporary dance techniques, as well as maintaining a person practice that includes yoga and Pilates. As a founding artistic ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre, she served as resident choreographer and a performer, and performed in work for independent choreographers around Chicago. Outside of dancing, Myah produced the annual Chicago Fringe Artists Networking Night, served as dramaturg and assistant director for various store front companies, and is a makeup artist who designs for dance and theatre. Myah is the Public Relations and Advertising Manager for Trinity Repertory Company and holds a degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in International Studies and French and a post-bac degree from the Dance Center of Columbia College in Dance with a focus in Dance Studies.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop -in
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 21 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Betsy Miller** // Tuesdays @ 7:15-8:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create clarity and expression in your dancing.

** Class will be taught by Michael Bolger from 7/1-8/12


Arkham Film Society Presents: Heavy Metal Massacre! @ 95 Empire Black Box
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tuesday, October 21st
8:00pm Doors – 8:30pm
$5.00 or FREE with Brown / RISD student ID

Come out and see the absurdness that is HEAVY METAL MASSACRE, a 1989 shot on video horror movie made in Providence, RI!
See the old Living Room!
Thrill to shots of the old police station!
Gasp at a pre-mall Providence skyline!
But most of all just be amazed at how hypnotically bad this movie is!!!

The Big Sway, Filmstrip, and Jake Wasson @ AS220
Oct 21 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 22 @ 1:00 am


Comprised of brothers Dave Taha (guitar / vocals) and Matt Taha (bass / backing vocals), and childhood friend Nick Riley (drums), Cleveland’s Filmstrip is a band that has grown together both literally and figuratively. Interpersonal intimacy coupled with years of incessant self-booked touring, and you have a recipe for an album that sounds at the same time both completely new, but yet comfortable and easy: like a favorite record that’s been on your shelf for years.Though heavily rooted in DIY culture, Filmstrip is a band whose sound has evolved well past their simple punk rock origins. Imagine if the Meat Puppets (another brother band) circa 1985 teamed up with the indie-psych-folk stylings of Pink Mountaintops, and was informed by an upbringing heavily steeped in the Maximumrocknroll ethos. Do this and you can begin to approximate the beautifully fractured take on the American Songbook presented here on Moments of Matter.Singer Dave Taha’s voice bathes Filmstrip’s sound in a world-weary / seen-many-a-recent-sunrise, aura that compliments the narratives of each song so perfectly. From the heart-broken delivery on “Wild Abandon,” to the sun-drenched, wonderfully off-kilter delivery of “MMS1970s,” the songs always let you know that the experiences were lived first person. At times, the mastery and interplay between slow and loud songs / dynamics can be reminiscent of Control-era Pedro the Lion.

Recorded at Asheville’s storied Echo Mountain Studio (Band of Horses, Co.) Filmstrip’s Moments of Matter is 11 songs worth of heartbreak, hope, good times, and comfort….your new favorite record.

Featured Tracks:

Stuck on Explode – Perhaps the most delicate and haunting track contained on the album. This song would have been very comfortable on Built to Spill’s classicThere’s Nothing Wrong With Love.


The press reviews of Filmstrip have been favorable; they’ve garnered high praise and some very flattering comparisons.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “For fans of Neil Young, Band of Horses. (Moments of Matter) doesn’t disappoint. It’s full of all the best parts of the late-1990s, post-grunge turn toward more melodic pop without letting go of the big-guitar wall of sound.”

Brooklyn Vegan says: “Cleveland’s Filmstrip make a similar kind of post-slowcore indie rock to Pedro the Lion.”

Artvoice Magazine: “Filmstrip is the type of band you would expect to see on the front page of Pitchfork. Singer Dave Taha sounds a lot like David Bazan, their songs are as depressing as the National’s, and their guitar tones are as stressed out as the Deerhunter’s. These days there is only one thing that could make a band like this cooler than being featured on Pitchfork though, and that is not being featured at all. The hype machine and the automatic haters have not tainted the three-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio yet. You can still discover this band on your own, and that feeling of discovery is a rare one these days.”

The Ohio Authority: “Filmstrip’s sound recalls Zen Arcade–era Hüsker Dü, with some of the beautiful dirge of Nirvana and some 90s slacker rock thrown in for cool points.”

Scene Magazine: “Filmstrip turn out unassuming garage-rock gems.”


The Big Sway is a sonic wrecking ball, smashing down the walls between the epic psychedelia of funk and the raw fury of punk rock. A constantly evolving trio based out of Massachusetts, The Big Sway has been wowing audiences of all ages since their conception in the Summer of 2007. With two epic EPs under their belt, The Big Sway has been in constant support, playing shows throughout the New England area as well as writing for a fourthcoming full-length album.

Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

“Deadline Coaching for the Creative Class: Playful Metrics” with Connie Colvin @ AS220
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Title: “Deadline Coaching for the Creative Class: Playful Metrics” with Connie Colvin
Date: Wednesday, 10/22
Time: 2 hours

Description:  How do you mark growth?  How do you measure qualitative aspects of your creative practice as opposed to the quantitative aspects?  What are measurable outcomes and why do they sound so boring?  Maybe you’re sitting there thinking that you don’t track metrics at all and you don’t need to!  In this happy hour informational lesson on an aspect of deadline coaching, we’ll talk about why metrics are important, some ideas on setting up structures to stay on top of checking metrics on a schedule and have an opportunity to create at least one playful metric for your own life.

Playful Metrics free workshop @ AS220
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Connie Colvin is very serious and a deadline coach extraordinaire.  Trained as a project manager with over eight years of project based experience at nonprofit and media organizations in New York City, Connie translated those skills to assist creative makers and freelancers to increase revenue and make more ideas come to fruition.  Her coaching practice has been based out of Brooklyn for the past three years.  One of her biggest client success stories is an acupuncturist tripled his income in the first three months of coaching.  Focusing on the fun and surprise of life in conjunction with forward traction on your projects, Connie provides support and structure for those outside of traditional organizations.  She’s like the best dream boss you’ve never had.  Connie is currently writing a coaching e-book on starting and maintaining a sustainable daily creative practice.”
Open Level Modern Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with  Katie McNamara // Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Intro to the Darkroom @ AS220 Media Arts
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Artist Danny Floyd working at the Paul Krot Darkroom by Elliot Clapp

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 29, 7-10pm
Instructor: Sam Thompson

Learn through a hand-on introduction to traditional black and white photo printing at the Paul Krot Darkroom. Students should bring two rolls of exposed film to class to develop. The cost of the workshop includes a material fee of $20 consisting of  film, five sheets of RC paper, and chemistry.

Note: This workshop goes over using the darkroom only. If you would like to learn using 35mm camera, enroll in the Intro to the 35mm workshop the week before this one. You can register here.

Register here:

Days Of Judgement, Justin Chase, and Starship Shape @ AS220
Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 1:00 am


Days Of Judgment is a hard rock band hailing from South Kingstown RI. The bands has been playing together for the better half of 2 years now. They have been playing shows for over a year at venues including Narragansett’s Poncho O’Malley’s, North Providence’s McNeil’s Tavern, and Providence’s Dive Bar.They currently have show coming up at Manchester 65 and DV8 Nightclub and Lounge. Their first full length ep is about to come out with a single played on HJY’s sound check
Dave Public MONSTER SHOW @ Empire Black Box
Oct 22 @ 10:00 pm – 11:15 pm
Open Level Belly Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Belly Dance with Barbara Derecktor Donahue// Thursdays@ 6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

This belly dance class includes a floor warm up, rhythm walks, head-to-toe isolations, traveling steps, choreography snippets, and veil use in Egyptian & Turkish styles. All are welcome.

Known as “The Dancing Spirit,” Barbara Derecktor Donahue lives in Tiverton, RI where she owns and runs The Dancing Spirit Studio. Barbara began dancing as a young child. She brings over 30 years of ballet and modern dance and 14 years of Mid Eastern Oriental Belly Dance training and instruction. She teaches adults, teens and creative movement for children. Her teaching and performing style is fusion of American, Turkish and Egyptian influences. Barbara performs around New England, presents community and studio shows and brought the International Shimmy Mob to RI. Find her on the web at

Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Rap Is Poetry Slam @ AS220
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Greg Abate and the Monsters In The Night Band @ Empire Black Box
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Greg Abate and the Monsters In The Night Band perform selections from the CD Monsters In The Night with Paul Nage , Artie Montanaro, Bill Miele and Vinny Pagano. 

Beta Motel, Ssleaze, Yerri, and Krokodil Dundee @ AS220
Oct 24 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 1:00 am












Beta Motel

Beta Motel











Beta Motel plays electronic rock, also commonly referred to as synthrock, electrorock or digital rock, is rock music generated with electronic instruments. It has been highly dependent on technological developments, particularly the invention and refinement of the synthesizer, the development of the MIDI digital format and computer technology.


Lacrimos youth soars with doomed lower registry atop hardened underground hip_hop/darkwave from Providence & beyond.












Unhinged noise and chaos!


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Saturday Switch Series @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Saturday Switch Series Masterclasses 10-11:45am 2nd & 4th Saturdays// $15 per class; $60 for 6 class package

Fall Class Schedule:

September 13: Modern Dance with Bill Evans
September 27: Modern Dance with Danielle Davidson
October 11: Modern Dance with Jessica Howard
October 25: Modern Dance with Sydney Skybetter
November 8: Modern Dance with Lindsay Caddle Lapointe
November 22: Ballet with Kristi Liu
December 13: Dance Improvisation with Shura Baryshnikov

Upcoming Class Info and Teacher Bios:

September 13: Modern Dance with Bill Evans
The Evans Approach to Contemporary Dance Technique is a pedagogical method based on my four-decade investigation of Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies. Its fundamentals are: Trust, Relationship, Active learning, Validation, Differentiation, Student Empowerment, and Teacher Regeneration. I will share an introduction to my technique and pedagogy in the master class. It will include improvisation and an extended dance phrase and be appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

September 27: Modern Dance with Danielle Davidson
This contemporary/post-modern technique workshop combines pedagogical ideas from Limón, Release techniques, Gaga technique and a dash of ballet! I hope to facilitate these ideas rather than teach them. Together we will aim at developing a balance between force and freedom, a directed impulse, a clarity of intention in performance and the release of weight in movement. After a short Gaga-based warm-up, we will approach challenging material and physicality using set exercises based on gravity, momentum and spirals. Emphasis will be placed on a tactile connection with the floor, the relationship between the body’s axis and space, and the equilibrium between muscular engagement, efficiency, and effort. Participants will explore new pleasures as they play with the forces of gravity, levity, momentum and inertia.

October 11: Modern Dance with Jessica Howard
This modern dance based class embraces technique and improvisation skills. Participants learn to embody a state of presence and grace. We will focus on moving with efficiency while testing endurance and increasing stamina. This dance practice moves in and out of the floor, upside down to right side up, and from the inside out.  This class encourages letting go, having fun and embraces confidence on the dance floor (wherever that may be)!

October 25: Modern Dance with Sydney Skybetter
Beginning with a comprehensive warmup of the spine using contemporary Bartenieff technique, and incorporating phrase material from recent works, Sydney Skybetter’s company class introduces the diversity of contemporary movement vocabularies in context of the skybetter & associates repertory. This class investigates how anatomy and movement mechanics interface with the qualitative aspects of dance performance, culminating with phrase work emphasizing floor work, jumping, musicality and personal performance choices.

November 8: Modern Dance with Lindsay Caddle Lapointe
Modern dance  comes from the individual and the past that lives inside them.  For Lindsay, influences from yoga, improvisation, other approaches to modern dance, ballet technique, jazz and hip hop expressions are molded into what she calls her in-motion modern dance style. Students in her classes learn through repetition and the experience of moving, following along until it feels correct for their bodies.  Slowly, the steps tack onto one another, building the dance phrase.  It is her goal for people to dance as long in their lives as possible.  In keeping this goal she reminds students to relax, find proper placement and rely on the support of the floor.

November 22: Ballet with Kristi Liu
Hoping to share insights of this art form using examples of every day life, this class will be designed to build a stronger technique through visual thinking. Using an anatomical approach, the class will emphasize on the body mechanics through fun and simple combinations. This will allow progression to more complex combinations that will get you freely moving through the music and into the space.

December 13: “Find the Self, Further the Whole”- Improvisation with Shura Baryshnikov
In this improvisation workshop, we will work to strike balance between individual voice and collective action.  Designed to integrate performers of all disciplines, we will work with movement, sound and language to discover free and authentic impulse.  Actively listen and witness in order to cultivate clear intention.  Clarity will propel us through time and space.


SPG_8735Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer.  With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility.  Shura has worked as a choreographer and movement consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions;  her performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, the Providence Fringe Festival and in Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab.  As a freelance dancer, she has performed in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence and Lostwax Multimedia Dance.  Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs, a faculty member at Festival Ballet Providence School and has also taught movement at at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company and is also actively engaged in the practice of Ruth Zeporah’s Action Theater.  These methods, as well as a rich Contact Improvisation practice, inform Shura’s pursuit of embodiment and honesty in performance and in the classroom.
photo 4Danielle Davidson received her early training at L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec. Upon graduation,  she was invited to join Le Jeune Ballet, and toured Europe and North America, working with internationally-renowned choreographers such as Thierry Malandain/Ballet Biarritz, Jean ­Grand Maitre/Alberta Ballet, Hélène Blackburn/Cas Public, Francoise Vaussenat, Brian MacDonald and Dominique Khalfouni/Opera de Paris. In 2001, while earning her Theatre Diploma at George Brown College in Toronto, she began her career as an  independent dance artist. Danielle has since worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Banff Festival Company, Opera Ontario, REAson d’Etre, Ballet Ouest, AmpleMan Danse and Le Groupe Apogée/Debra  Brown. She is currently working with Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz on a new work that will be presented in January 2015. Danielle is also a teacher and dance maker and has been the guest choreographer at FDanse Compagnie since 2011. She has been commissioned to set new works on SBDC, DanseKF, 360 Degré Danse and  for Concordia University’s Casa Cares Fundraiser. She has presented her work at the fFIDA (Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists) in Toronto and at Le Festival International de la Danse, in Montréal at La Place des Arts. She is recipient of Le Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore.

_JCD5840 (818x1024)William (Bill) Evans is artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company Seattle, then Albuquerque, and then Greater Rochester, New York). BEDCO celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, 2014. It has performed in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada, and in 22 other countries. It was among the most-booked companies in the U.S. for several years under the Dance Touring and Artist-in-the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts. William founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992. He was formerly artistic coordinator, choreographer and dancer for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre and artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and its professional training programs. He has choreographed more than 250 works for more than 60 professional companies throughout the world and been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 75 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the U.S. and Canada.His book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man:  A Photographic Journey of a Life in Dance, was in 2005. He received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and two Awards for Excellence in Dance from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance He was named National Dance Association Scholar/Artist and is one of only three honorary members of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. He was voted one of the three top world tap dance artists in the most recent Dance Magazine Readers Poll. His most significant life’s work has been as a dance educator. He is professor of dance emeritus at both the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York College at Brockport. He is currently a professor of dance and artist in residence at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. He founded the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance in 1977 and has taught thousands of students and teachers in the past 38 years. He created the Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance Technique, which is passed on through a four-summer certification program. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine.He earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts and the Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival.

554100_545735368786807_505597106_nLindsay Caddle LaPointe is a dancer, teacher, videographer and video editor.  She received her BA in Dance/Performance from Roger Williams University and her MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University. She has taught dance at The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Muskingum University and currently teaches courses at Regis College. LaPointe has performed in over 60 works in Rhode Island, Boston, MA and Columbus, OH.  She is a company member of Quicksilver Dance under the direction of Mariah Steele and a performer for Audra Carabetta and Peter DiMuro. In 2010 she started her own video production company, Linden Tree Productions, which provides video support to dancers and artists. During the summer, she works at the Bates Dance Festival as part of the video production team.

JessicaHowardJessica Howard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio. She is Steward of the P.O.T.E.G.P. Spiritual Guidance center as well as apprenticing under Greg Squillante in the studies of spirituality, meditation and world religions. Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre and Dance and recipient of the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Endowment and the Charles Hildebrandt Award in 2009. She has continued education in various forms of healing and mind-body awareness through workshops and Festivals that include: Mark Morris Dance Group Dance for PD training, Ideokinesis, Bates Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Cultivate! festival amongst other professional retreats. Jessica is a lead instructor for the POTEGP Instructor Training Program, she is a certified E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. Jessica is an independent performance artist & dance educator. She is on her fourth season performing with Lorraine Chapman, the Company and currently performing with Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. Jessica has presented her own work in Cambridge MA, Keene NH, NYC, and Bethlehem, NH. 

KristiLiuA native of the Washington DC area, Kristina Liu began her dance training at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, VA, under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick.  Starting at age 13, Kristina attended summer programs at Eglevsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet. Kristina was accepted into the prestigious dance program at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance and graduated in May 2013. After graduation, Kristina joined the Festival Ballet of Providence, under the direction of Mihailo Djuric. She is also part of the faculty at Rising Stars Dance Academy, where she teaches ballet and private lessons. For more information:

20110405_Skybetter_Christopher.Duggan_176Sydney Skybetter is a technologistchoreographer, and writer. His dances are regularly performed around the country, most recently at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and the Joyce Theater. As a Founding Partner with the Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, he has consulted on issues of change management and technology for The National Ballet of Canada, Barnes & Noble, New York University and The University of Southern California among illustrious others. He lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, and is a frequent speaker atJuilliard, Boston Conservatory, Dance/USA, and OPERA America. He is a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report, and was the first to get the word “Frack” in print at Dance Magazine. @SydneySkybetter