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Cadence Dance Project


P.O. Box 40607
Providence, RI 02940
(401) 738-5404
CDP Website


Cadence Dance Project is a newly incorporated, non-profit, contemporary ballet company. It evolved from the ballet company Cavanaugh and Dancers which has been performing with critical acclaim in Providence, Boston, and New York City over the past several years.

What is unique about Cadence Dance Project is that it is the only contemporary ballet company comprised entirely of professional, classically trained ballet dancers in Providence.

Cadence Dance Project's Summer Season

Cadence Dance Project revitalizes professional ballet statewide with the critically acclaimed choreography of Colleen Cavanaugh. This company of professional, classically trained dancers includes former soloists and principals with Boston Ballet, Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet Canada, Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas, and Dutch National Ballet.

The season will include Kore described by Jack Anderson of the New York Times as a "ceremonial dance of ritualistic rigidity and emotional fervor" to the music of Bang On A Can. A duet from Scarlet Tangents to Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet, Opus 47 described by William K. Gale of the Providence Journal-Bulletin as "poetic magic filled with color and depth" will be presented along with a premiere danced to contemporary tango piano solos. Another premiere will be a trio performed to Fritz Kreisler's Prelude and Allegro with live piano and violin accompaniment. Also included will be What is this Thing Called Love?, a playful suite of solos, duets, and trios to songs of the 1930's sung by Billie Holiday.

Colleen Cavanaugh, Artistic Director

Cavanaugh performed with the State Ballet of Rhode Island in her youth. After completing a B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College, she moved to New York where sher studied ballet and modern dance. Singled out by the New York Times critic Jack Anderson for her "virtuosic" performances and by the Village Voice's Deborah Jowitt as an "excellent performer," Cavanaugh performed in New York and Europe with several dance companies.

After returning to Rhode Island to complete a medical degree, she continued to choreograph, and has had several ballets selected and presented in contemporary ballet showcases in New York City, including Ballet Builders and To The Pointe. She has also premiered ballets on Festival Ballet, Island Moving Company, and on her own company, Cavanaugh and Dancers. Cavanaugh and Dancers, now known as Cadence Dance Project, seeks to introduce beautiful, exciting and inspiring professional dance to Rhode Islanders, to educate the community about this art form, and to develop a large dance audience in the Ocean State.

Upcoming Performances

July 18, 1998 8:00pm
Will Theatre, University of RI
Reservations: 401-738-5404
July 25, 1998 7:00pm
(Preceding WaterFires)
Waterplace Park, Providence
July 26, 1998 4:00pm
Arts in the Park
Festival of Internat'l Dance
Waterplace Park, Providence


Cadence Dance Project Board of Directors

Marlene Cutitar, M.D., President
Santina Siena, M.D., Secretary
King To, M.D., Treasurer
Donald Acevedo
Cheryl Brodsky, M.D.
Colleen Cavanaugh, M.D.
Andrew Lipsky
Joan Martin
Jeffrey Schrenck, Esq.

Want to learn more about ballet & dance?

Bravo's Footnotes Television Series
Dictionary of Classical Ballet
History of Ballet
Ballet Web
NYC Modern Dance Season (MSNBC Story)
Dance Online