Dance Preview -- fall 2009

Four RIC Dance Company events celebrate the magic of the human body in motion this fall.

Keith Terry (Photo: Irene Young)
Percussionist/rhythm dancer Keith Terry, with Crosspulse, will perform on Oct. 9. Terry, a Guggenheim Award winner, combines music, dance, theatre and performance art to create an artistry that cannot be easily labeled. As a "body musician," he uses the human body for what his website describes as “the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities.”

Crosspulse, founded in 1980 by Terry, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, performance and recording of rhythm-based, intercultural music and dance.

Young dance enthusiasts will be treated to the RIC Dance Company’s Annual Mini-Concert Series from Oct. 21-23. Offered free to schoolchildren in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960s, these concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms.

RIC Dance Company
On Oct. 23, modern dancer/choreographers Lisa Race and Heidi Henderson team up for an evening of contemporary modern dance. Race, an assistant professor at Connecticut College, has taught and choreographed at many universities and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She danced and toured with David Dorfman Dance from 1989-2000, and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”) in 1995.

She recently choreographed a dance for students at Brown University, and will be choreographing a work for RIC students this fall.

Henderson is artistic director of elephant JANE dance. She is the 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship for excellence in the field. Her work has been performed in London, New York City, and at many venues in New England. She has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener and Peter Schmitz among others, and has been on the faculties of several colleges and universities.

The RIC Dance Company Holiday Concert will be held Dec. 4.

For general information on RIC's Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance events, call (401) 456-9883 or visit .

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