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Newport Vintage Dance Week

This just came to me, and I thought I would share it:

The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are pleased to announce plans for the 19th Newport Vintage Dance Week, to be held August 14-20, 2006 at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI.

View the details, brochure and registration form on the web at:

We are very excited about the staff who will be teaching. As is often the case at Newport, we will be bring back some familiar instructors and introduce a new (to Newport) instructor.

It has been a few years since we have had Hannelore Unfried instruct at Newport, and she has been doing some very interesting research since then into dance steps that, as Patri says,"literally no one else on Earth knows." We are delighted she will be coming from Vienna, Austria to share this information with us this summer.

We are also excited to introduce Cathy Stephens, of Ontario, Canada, to the Newport Dance Week. Cathy is an very popular and skillful dance teacher across North America. A professional dance instructor, choreographer ,and historical dance specialist since 1984, she has served as the Artistic Director, Instructor and Dance Mistress for Grand Traditions since it was founded. She is also the founder and Director of the Pleasant Moments Vintage Dancers performance company.
Cathy will be teaching ragtime classes at Newport.

Idy Codington's class on the "Black Bottom" was a huge hit several years ago at Newport. We are happy to announce she will be back teaching a class in 1920's dances. Idy performs with her partner, Bob Thomas, as the Kamikaze Jitterbugs. Idy has taught dance in the Boston area for over 25 years and has been a member of CVD for 11years.

Patri J. Pugliese will once again teach a class in 19th century dance, assisted by his wife, Barbara Pugliese. In addition to being a co-founder and co-director of CVD, prompting balls and teaching public workshops sponsored by CVD, Patri has been on the staff of most of the major Vintage Dance weeks. He has taught at several dance workshops in Europe as well. He is a highly respected dance historian. He and Barbara frequently give dance workshops and precept balls at Civil War events.

After several years of trying to match schedules, the stars have finally aligned so we can add Ian Whitcomb to the dance week staff! An ex-British Invasion pop star, Ian is "America's foremost Tin-Pan Alley Man, Ukulele Virtuoso and Grammy-Award winning recording artist," as well as being a noted music historian. Many vintage
dancers will be familiar with his recording "Titanic: Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage," a collection of pieces from the White Star Orchestra's songbook. We look forward to the concert Ian will give.

Our balls will again be held at The Astor's Beechwood Mansion, Glen Manor House and the Rotunda Ballroom at Easton's Beach. The Fancy Dress Ball on Saturday night will be an evening in King Arthur's Court. Other plans are in the works! Brochures will be in the mail soon. We hope we will see you in Newport!

For CVD,
Hannah Roberts Artuso, Co-Director