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Open for Dancing 2017 is the seventh Open for Dancing festival mounted by IMC.  This year, the sites and artists are

Ballard Park Quarry Meadow
21 Hazard Road, Newport
Choreographer: Teresa Fellion
Collaborating artists: Elizabeth Woodhouse and Alicia Ruggiero

Greenvale Vineyards
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI
Choreographer: Thom Dancy
Collaborating artist: Lisa Reimer

The Redoubt at Fort Adams
near Eisenhower House at the Fort, 1 Lincoln Drive, Newport
Choreographer: Mary Sheldon Scott
Collaborating artist: Jarrad Powell

Performance schedule:
Saturday, September 23
noon – the Phantom Limb, dance improvisation through the wharves
2pm – Ballard Park, Fort Adams
3pm and 4pm – Ballard Park, Fort Adams and Greenvale Vineyards
5pm – Greenvale Vineyards
5:30pm – Ballroom Flashmob on Bowen’s Wharf
6pm – Sunset Ballroom on Long Wharf

Sunday, September 24
noon – the Phantom Limb, dance improvisation through the wharves
2pm – Fort Adams, Greenvale Vineyards
3pm and 4pm – Fort Adams, Greenvale Vineyards, Ballard Park
5pm – Ballard Park

We are seeking participants for this year’s festival.  Participation includes being part of the creation of one of the new site specific pieces, working with the choreographer, the collaborating artist, dancers of the Island Moving Company and other community company members for three days at your site. It also includes stretch, yoga and master classes with the choreographers and evening events such as an opening night party and the Friday artists panel, where the artists tell about their creative adventures and answer questions about their process.  For adults, the five day festival participation fee is $150; for students $75.  Commitment to the entire 5 day creative adventure is required.

Festival Schedule (information)
Wednesday, September 20
9am – yoga class with Lisa Hansel at the Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
10am – master class with Mary Sheldon Scott – Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
noon  – lunch with the choreographer at the studio
3 – 6:30pm – rehearsals at various indoor locations – thanks to St. John’s Church, the Edward King House and Greenvale Vineyards!
7pm – opening night party for artists and participants at Salvation Cafe, 142 Broadway, Newport

Thursday, September 21
9am – barre with Revka Hovermale – Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
10am – master class with Thom Dancy – Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
noon  – lunch with the choreographer at Greenvale Vineyards
3 — 6:30pm – rehearsals at the sites, open to the public
7pm – Hula Hoop with Susan Whitney and drummer Dave Passafiume; Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport

Friday, September 22
9am – barre with Revka Hovermale – Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
10am – master class with Teresa Fellion – Island Moving Company studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
noon  – lunch with the choreographer at Ballard Park
3 – 6:30pm – rehearsals at the sites, open to the public
7pm – Artists Panel at the Redwood Library, led by Bob Rizzo