The 23rd Annual
Newport Vintage Dance Week
Sponsored by The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
August 1 to 6, 2010

Newport 2010 Details and Events Overview

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Scholarship Application (pdf)
Workshop Proposal (pdf)

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Last updated 26 july 2010


We are starting a day earlier this year
Please note that the week will be starting a day earlier than in previous years, with registration opening Sunday afternoon, and pre-conference activities on Saturday and Sunday. The welcome Dance will be held on Sunday night and classes start bright and early on Monday Morning. Check-out will be Friday morning.
On-line registration form and PayPal
We are also accepting on-line registrations and payments can be made (via credit card or bank account) by PayPal! We hope that these changes will make the registration process faster and more convenient.
Request for Workshop Proposals
As another change this year, in the afternoon classes, we will be offering an expanded selection of one-hour workshops to give you a chance to focus on the types of dances that interest you the most. We still have some slots available and would like to extend a call for proposals (see below) for details on how to submit a Workshop Proposal.


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You may apply singly or with a partner. To ensure dance partners for everyone at all events, priority is given to people who register with a partner of the opposite gender. All payments must be made to CVD. The date of the lottery for those applying singly is May 9. The capacities of our historical venues limit the space for the dance week, if the week is over-subscribed a lottery for couples may also be held June 9. A discount is offered if full payment is made by May 31. Scholarship applications are due by May 31; applicants will be notified by June 7. Deposits can be refunded up to June 30. Registration will close, and all payments must be received, by July 15.


Registration Changes for 2010 Newport Vintage Dance Week

  • More Payment Options! This year we are able to accept payment for the dance week by credit card via PayPal. If you prefer this option, just indicate it on your registration form (either electronically or by mail) and provide an email address where we can send you an invoice. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card, and all of your personal information will be kept completely secure.

  • Electronic Registration Form! Also new this year, we have an on- line registration form, so if you’d like to speed up the registration process, and save yourself a stamp, please consider filling out your registration form online.

  • Expanded Room Selections: There are a number of housing options available at our new campus that may be new to you if you were unable to join us last year. They have been described on the registration form and in detail below; if you have any questions about which option is best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Registration Forms:
You may access an on- line registration form that can be submitted electronically, and we will invoice you
or download a printable registration form (pdf) to mail with your payment.


You may apply singly or with a partner. To ensure dance partners for everyone at all events, priority is given to people who register with a partner of the opposite gender. The capacities of our historical venues limit the space for the dance week. In rare instances, if the week is over-subscribed, there will also be a lottery or waiting list for couples.
A lottery for all who apply singly will be held on May 9. Anyone not admitted in the initial lottery will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of their standing on the list. Those on the list will be admitted only if an opposite-gender single applies. Anyone on the waiting list may withdraw and receive a full refund of their deposit.
To avoid delays and disappointment, find a registration partner! Please note that you are not obligated to share housing nor does it place you under any specific obligation to your registration partner during the dance week. Please state clearly whether you wish to room together or not.


  • The discounted tuition price is $730 per person if the account is paid in full by May 31
  • A deposit of $250 is required
  • If the account is not paid in full by May 31 tuition is $780.
  • Price includes:
    all classes and workshops, meals, evening events
    (Welcome Dance, 1890s Soiree at Belcourt Castle, mid-century Ball at Ochre Court, Glen Manor Dinner Dance and the Swap & Sell)
    all afternoon events
    (Formal Tea at Linden Place and Seaside Tea Dance at the Rotunda Ballroom).
  • Deposits can be refunded up to June 30.




Roger Williams University Campus

New Home:We are happy to report that the response to our new location at Roger Williams University has been very positive. The excellent facilities, including dance spaces, dorms and dining hall, combined with air-conditioning, contribute significantly to the enjoyment of the week. There are a number of housing options available that may be new to you if you were unable to join us last year. We hope all of your questions have been answered below.
Roger Williams University’s (RWU) 140-acre campus in charming Bristol, RI offers a beautiful coastal location overlooking Mount Hope Bay. The campus offers state-of-the-art facilities including air-conditioned dance studios, gyms, dining commons and dorms. All campus buildings are within walking distance of each other. RWU is a short drive from Newport and just 5 minutes from our former home in Portsmouth.
RWU is a bustling campus with several summer classes and programs taking place at one time. Despite not having the campus to ourselves, we found that the configuration of the dining hall and dormitories still afforded a significant measure of privacy for the week, and the larger size of the facility offers additional conveniences we did not previously enjoy, such as a cafe and bookstore.

Bayside Dormitories

Our on campus accommodations offer comfortable, air-conditioned, apartment-style dormitory living in the Bayside Dormitory. During the school year, these apartments are reserved for upperclassmen and are designed in the style of a "U" shaped apartment complex with a quiet shared green space in the middle and a view of the bay, which will be ours alone.
All Bayside apartments have one or more bedrooms with two twin beds per room. There is ample closet space in each bedroom, with additional storage in each apartment’s common area. Each apartment has its own full bathroom with a bathtub and shower, plus a separate vanity and additional sink outside the bathroom, along with a furnished living room and a kitchenette that offers a small stove with oven, full-size refrigerator and sink. Please plan to bring your own hangers, dishes, pots, and utensils if desired, as these are not provided by the school (but please note that as all meals are provided, cooking is not required or encouraged by the school). The Bayside Dormitory is just a few minutes walk down the hill from the dining hall, gymnasium, and dance studio.
Most apartments house four people, in two bedrooms, with two twin beds in each bedroom. Beds in each bedroom are usually 2 different heights so cannot be pushed together to make one large bed.
A limited number of one bedroom apartments offer more privacy by housing just two people in one bedroom.
A small number of three bedroom apartments house 5 people (two double rooms and one single), on the second and third floors of the dormitory.
Laundry facilities are available in the dorm area, at $1.25 to wash or dry. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining hall for Bayside residents.

Baypoint Inn and Conference Center

Hotel-style rooms, with two double beds, are available at the University’s Baypoint Inn & Conference Center, a five-minute drive from campus. This facility now functions as student housing during the school year, but was originally designed as, and retains many of the amenities of, a modern hotel, including an on-site pool and weight room.
Reservations for the Baypoint Inn must be made directly with the hotel at 401-683-3600 x9 (ask for the Vintage Dance block), but payment should be made to CVD as part of your registration. Baypoint Inn guests will have continental breakfast served at the hotel, but lunch and dinner will be on campus in the dining hall. Please note that the Baypoint Inn will not be available for those wishing to take advantage of Saturday early arrival.

Accommodations Pricing

Bayside Dormitory: 2 twin beds per room (prices are per person)
  • $250 Double Room (in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment)
  • $350 One Bedroom Apartment (housing 2 people)
  • $500 Double Room as a Single (2 or 3 bedroom apartment)
Baypoint Inn & Conference Center: 2 double beds per room (prices are per room)
Make room reservations directly by calling 401-683-3600 x9 before May 31!
  • $500 Baypoint Inn Double (per room)
PRE-CONFERENCE LODGING: Early Arrival, Saturday, July 31 (prices are per person)
(per person, includes dinner Saturday and breakfast and lunch Sunday)
  • $75 Double Room
  • $95 One Bedroom Apartment (housing 2 people)
  • $125 Double Room as Single





Newport Vintage Dance Week offers you the rare opportunity to learn from some of the finest vintage dance instructors in the world.
Classes will start Monday morning, August 2nd.
Core Classes:
Classes are offered for all levels of dancers. There will be two core class periods each day and two classes to choose from during each class period. For classes covering core material, participants will have a choice between Fundamentals (beginner/intermediate) and Variations (intermediate/advanced) classes. The distinction here is intended to reflect a dancer’s familiarity with the specific material of vintage dance rather than his or her overall ability as a dancer.
Specialty Classes:
The Afternoon specialty classes will be a bit different this year. A variety of instructors will offer one- or two-day classes covering different dances from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These are intended to allow dancers to try new material or get additional practice in dances they already know. We are currently reviewing class proposals. The list of classes will be available at registration
Quadrille Class
The Quadrille class, taught by Barbara Pugliese, is provided for everyone, experienced dancers and newcomers alike, to learn this year’s quadrille: The Columbian Quadrilles. Attendance is encouraged for all as this dance will be performed without calls at Wednesday evening’s ball (instructions will be printed almost legibly on the dance card).
Warm-ups: Warm-ups will be led by Idy Codington each morning. For safety’s sake, to help avoid injury, we urge everyone to take the responsibility warm-up properly.


  • Fundamentals Classes: The Fundamentals classes are ideal if you are new to vintage dance and are designed to build a solid repertoire of steps so that you can enjoy yourself on the dance floor from the very first ball.
  • 19th Century Fundamentals covers the popular dances of the mid and late 19th century, including waltz, polka, mazurka, galop, and schottische.
  • Ragtime Fundamentals introduces many early 20th century favorites including the one-step, tango, and fox trot.
  • 19th Century or Ragtime Variations: These classes build on the steps learned in the Fundamentals classes, providing many fun variations to enhance the ballroom experience for intermediate and advanced dancers.
  • Quadrille Class teaches dancers a 19th century Quadrille, which will be danced without calls at the Mid-19th Century Ball.
  • Specialty Classes: This year’s specialty classes will offer an expanded selection of one hour workshops taught by a variety of instructors. Choose the dance classes that interest you most, or attend a lecture instead if your feet need a rest!

We are excited to offer an expanded schedule of classes for 2010!

Instructor Biographies

Once again, talented instructors will teach diverse 19th and 20th century social dance.

Margarita Marambio

Ms. Marambio joins us from Montréal, Canada. In addition to directing Ensemble Aquarelle historical dance company, Margarita has been researching and reconstructing dances from Chilean, French and other dance manuals. Margarita will teach the Habañera and some quadrilles not well known in the US in a specialty class.
Margarita Marambio began her study of vintage dance in Santiago, Chile. Upon her arrival in Montréal, Canada, she continued her study and was a member of Il pomo verde, a Renaissance dance group for eighteen years. In Montréal, as well as in France and Italy, she perfected her knowledge of baroque dance which led her to various other types of dance.
During her stay in France from 1997 until 2000, she specialized in dance of the 19th century and early 20th century with teachers Yvonne Vart and Patrick Nollio. While there, she was a member of Divertissements, a dance group located in Paris and Révérences, a group based in Lyon.
When she returned to Montréal, Ms. Marambio founded Ensemble Aquarelle specialized in the promotion of ball dances from the early 19th century up to World War I. She continues to reconstruct dances published in France, the United States and in Chile. Her interest in costumes of the period has resulted in the creation of numerous costumes following strict historical research.
Ensemble Aquarelle and Madame Marambio have participated in numerous demonstrations given in theatres, museums as well as outdoors. She leads Viennese balls with the Strauss-Lanner Orchestra conducted by Jean Deschênes. In December 2008, she provided costumes and danced in the PBS Public Television production Elegancia featuring pianist Richard Abel. In the same year, she was the principal dancer in Die Fledermaus an operetta produced by the University of Montréal.
Each year since 1999, Margarita Marambio is the artistic director of a costumed ball, representing different periods: Napoléon III (1860), La Belle Époque (1900), Ragtime (1910). She regularly participates in a number of workshops and period balls in France and in the United States.
Ms. Marambio has also taught English Country Dance of the 18th century, and since 1995, she has been a member of Danse Cadence, a group specializing in the reconstruction of 18th century dances of France and Québec. The group, directed by Anne-Marie Gardette and Pierre Chartrand, participate annually in the Fétes de la Nouvelle-France in Québec City.
Margarita Marambio graduated with a Bachelor of Communications degree from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Barbara Pugliese

We're again pleased to welcome Barbara Pugliese who will teach 19th century and Quadrille classes.
Barbara Menard Pugliese is a dance historian specializing in the social dances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. As co-director of The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, she manages a troupe of 16 members, a performance schedule that includes museums and festivals throughout New England, and an internationally recognized dance week. She is the troupe’s primary choreographer and teacher. She leads 19th century balls, early 20th century dancing parties and a regular series of 19th century contra dances.
She is the widow of Patri Pugliese, one of the founding board members of the Society of Dance Historians. She was his teaching assistant for nearly 20 years. Barbara has spent the last two decades researching nineteenth century dress and teaching historic sewing. Her reproductions of Civil War uniforms and civilian clothing have be exhibited at the American Textile History Museum. Her reproduction ballgowns have been worn in ballrooms from the mansions of Newport, RI to the palaces of Vienna. She provides costume advice and support to several military reenactment groups including the Salem Zouaves (American Civil War), the Salem Trayned Band (1630s New England) and the Higgins Armory Sword Guild.

Joan Walton

Joan Walton was introduced to the world of Vintage Dance by Richard Powers in 1983, and has not stopped her involvement since. As Assistant Director and dancer with Richard’s Flying Cloud Vintage Dance Troupe for ten years, she performed all over the country, including at the Smithsonian and on the ABC-TV mini-series North and South. Since 1991 she has taught classes in Ragtime, 1920s, 1930s and 19th Century dance at Vintage Dance workshops across America, in Australia and the Czech Republic. The summer of 2010 will find her teaching at Stanford’s Dance Historical Dance Week, Waltz Weekend, and the Newport Vintage Dance Week.
Her high-energy, focused teaching, theatrical choreographic style and morning warm-ups have become well known to vintage dancers over the years. As a teacher, her strength lies in her ability to communicate movement concepts to all levels of learners with energy, humor and interest. A keen observer of learning styles, Joan has an ongoing interest in understanding the many ways that people learn to dance.
Teaching on the faculties of San Jose State University, Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music has produced opportunities to choreograph Vintage Dances, Musical Theatre and award-winning Opera productions. She received a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from Stanford University and is currently teaching dance at The College of San Mateo and San Jose State University, choreographing and residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Ragtime Variations Class:
The Habnera, Boston Louis XV Waltz and The Levi Jackson Rag

Margarita Marambio

Prepare for a turn of the last century World Tour. We begin with a stop in Cuba to learn the Habanera, a dance that was in vogue from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century and enjoyed widespread popularity beyond the small island, introducing the world to Cuban music and culture. Then we will look across the Atlantic to France for the Boston Louis XV waltz, and round out the week with the Levi Jackson Rag.

Ragtime Fundamentals Class:
The Cakewalk, Two-Step, Tango Foxtrot and One-Step

Joan Walton

We’ll begin by preparing those dances useful for the Tuesday evening 1890s ball: Cakewalk and Two-Step, followed by the character- filled dances of the Ragtime Era for Thursday’s dinner-dance. Tango, Foxtrot and One-Step your way to Glen Manor for an elegant evening of dancing and dining.

19th Century Variations Class:
The Newport, Hongroise, and Polka Variations

Joan Walton

For our Tuesday evening 1890s ball, we simply must dance The Newport variation. Then brush up your Mazurka Waltzes for Wednesday’s mid-19th Century ball, get your Folk Dance persona ready for the Hungroise, and enjoy rousing Polka variations to finish off the week.

19th Century Fundamentals:
Turning Waltz, Koska, Gitana Waltz, Polka Variations: Esmeralda, Bohemian

Barbara Menard Pugliese

We’ll learn a basic mid-19th century turning waltz, and two waltz variations; the koska and the gitana waltz. We’ll also work on basic polka and polka variations including the esmeralda and the bohemian. These will be practiced in simple choreographies that will help the beginning dancer become comfortable with switching between different steps when dancing socially.

Quadrille Class:
The Columbian Quadrilles

Barbara Menard Pugliese

This year’s quadrille is the Columbian Quadrilles, an elegant choreography danced to charmingly patriotic tunes.


CVD Staff

We can't do the week without the tireless work behind the scenes of the members of CVD:

Hannah Roberts Artuso (conference coordinator and co-director of CVD)
Barbara Pugliese (dance master, co-director of CVD and dance director)
Ken Baclawski, Michael Bergman, Ben Bishop, Katy Bishop, Brian Carlson, Nicole Carlson,
Idy Codington, Terry Crumb, Gail Steketee, Victoria Wagner



This year in place of the traditional specialty class format, we are offering an expanded selection of dance workshops and lectures to offer more variety and give dancers a chance to focus on the areas of vintage dance that interest them the most. It is also an opportunity for us to showcase more instructors who might have not had the chance to teach at Newport before.

Afternoon Workshop Curriculum

Ragtime Dances with Attitude
Hannah Roberts Artuso

There are several ragtime dances that have distinctive style and feeling. The steps can be quite easy, but it is giving them the proper attitude that makes the dance successful. We will start off looking at the Castle Walk and Cake Walk and will add others as time allows. We will dance to some of the tunes that will be used at the Ragtime Ball, so if you would like an opportunity to practice and pick up a few pointers, please come!

mid-19th c. Contras w with Style
Michael Bergman

Whether you think Contra Dances are totally confusing or dead simple, you'll take something away from this class. For the intermediate and advanced dancer, we'll look at some of the finer points of style that frequently get glossed over in the short instruction that takes place at a ball, and which you may have forgotten or never learned. For the beginner, we'll at least try to get you facing the right direction at the end of each figure and nail down some of that anglicized french terminology. We'll mainly focus on the mid-19th century style, with some brief excursions forward or back in time to look at antecedents and descendants.

The Black Bottom
Idy Codington

The Black Bottom is the dance most fondly remembered by those over 90 years old who lived through the 1920s in America. It was a more fun dance for them to do than even the Charleston. Idy will teach the Black Bottom at Newport this summer, it's a NEwport favorite. "Whenever I meet someone who danced back in the 1920's, it's the Black Bottom they'd talk about, their eyes all sparkling with enthusiasm!" She will teach the unique steps from the Black Bottom including a lot of classic Charleston steps found in the dance. "It's got great steps like the Shoe Shine and the Pidgeon Wing it's one of Idy's favorite dances. The dance was researched and put together by Warren Hayes of London's Jiving Lindyhoppers. This will be a two session class.

The French Quadrille
Margarita Marambio

Originating from the French contredance of the 18th century, the Quadrille français became the principal dance at balls throughout the 19th century. Originally composed of elaborate steps that were difficult to perform, these steps were eventually replaced by simple walking steps starting from 1830. A variation of the French Quadrille is the quadrille croisé or cross quadrille, where four couples dance at the same time. So as not to collide during the crossing, the figures are danced in cannon fashion. This workshop will instruct participants on the French Quadrille for 2 couples as well as its crossed variation. If time permits, we will learn the Triangle Quadrille, a variant of the French Quadrille for 3 couples! This will be a two session class.

The Royal Horse Guards Quadrille
Antonia Pugliese

This double version of the Lancer's Quadrille by Thomas Hillgrove is a graceful example of a mid-19th century quadrille for 8 couples. Antonia will teach and call the quadrille and offer a few interesting variations from other sources. This needs 16 people or any multiple of 8 above that. (We can dance this twice and switch in half-sets as necessary.)

Gypsies in the Ballroom
Antonia Pugliese

From Esmeralda to La Gintana to La Zingarilla, many ballroom steps are named after gypsies. Antonia will tell you about the romance of 19th century gypsies in opera and literature while also teaching you the technical intricacies of steps that involve slides, cuts, hops, and leaps.

Recreating the Nineteenth Century Ballroom
Barbara Pugliese

Barbara will discuss the ways in which the correct clothing influences our dance reconstructions. For instance, we have found that reproduction clothing helps emphasize the differences between an 1860s and 1890s schottische. The movement of period undergarments and fabrics influences how a dancer chooses to cushion each leap or hop and thus helps bring our recreation of the dance closer to the way it was originally performed. Likewise, historically accurate clothing influences the behavior of everyone in our modern 19th century ballroom, giving us a more complete sense of what these dances were like in their original context. This will be a lecture.

1890's Polka Variations
Al and Jan Seabra

Glide, Cross, Hop: variations abounded during the late 1800’s as novelties and changes were pursued in an effort to reinvigorate ballroom dancing. This class will look at three variations for the Polka. The Glide Polka, similar to the Four Slide Galop and part of an old friend, the Mid Century Esmeralda, was perfect for Quick Polkas and as part of other polka combinations. Cross Step Polka adds the novelty of a crossing step to the Basic Polka step and combines with the Glide Polka in a 2 part variation with a surprising twist! The Combination Polka begins with the Hop of the Bohemian or Heel and Toe Polka, adds a half part of Glide Polka and a full Polka step for a three part combination that is a dance in itself. Class exercises will have you dancing from Basic Polka to Variation and back -- and just in time for the 1890’s evening Ball!

Cancan Quadrille
Jeanette Watts

The Cancan was a dance of licentiousness and rebellion from the very outset. Long before it became a female-dominated dance about jump splits and cartwheels, it was a quadrille that broke every rule that Parisian teenagers had learned about proper deportment on a dance floor. Needless to say, it was wildly popular. And of course, it had NOTHING to do with the fact that the women were tying up their skirts to get them out of the way while they danced!

The Harrison Quadrilles
Jeanette Watts

This collection of 5 quadrilles was written for William Henry Harrison's inauguration in 1841. Steve Percer of Cincinnati did the research on these, finding the calls and the sheet music. They're a wicked fun set of dances - I swear there's a narrative built in. Things start perfectly normally, but the flirtation each person is doing not with their partner, but with their opposite, gets more and more extreme as the dance progresses from one quadrille to the next. It becomes as much performance art as a quadrille; human nature can't resist the temptation to try to outdo the other couples in the set with more and more outrageous flirting.

Requirements for Workshops or Lectures:
1. Either a dance workshop or lecture may be proposed. Dance workshops should focus on dance steps or short choreographies from approximately 1800-1920, or on specific dance skills necessary for vintage dance (for example: Leading and Following). Lectures could include such topics as dance research, fashion, etiquette of the ballroom, music of the Victorian or Edwardian era, or a particular aspect of Victorian or Edwardian life. They could also be in the form of a costume or hairstyling demonstration. We are open to all creative suggestions. If you have multiple proposals, please submit a separate application for each idea.
2. Workshops and lectures will run 1 hour and 15 minutes. Material presented should be narrow enough in scope to be taught within a single time slot. Workshops will be held in a dance studio/gymnasium with sound equipment (please plan to provide a CD of music if needed). Lectures and demonstrations will be held in a classroom (please indicate if you require an overhead projector or other common classroom equipment).
3. Compensation: Those whose proposals are accepted will receive a $50 credit towards their dance week bill per one-hour workshop accepted. If you are local to the Newport area and are not attending the dance week this year, you may chose to apply your credit to a future dance week or to any upcoming CVD event (due to employment laws we are unable to provide cash compensation or pay for travel expenses).
If you have an idea for a one-session workshop, please see our Workshop Proposal (pdf) application.
If you have any questions please feel free to email us at
or call Hannah Roberts Artuso at 781-662-8344 (before 10pm eastern time please)
Applications can be mailed or emailed to:
Newport Vintage Dance Week
Scholarship Committee
99 Malvern Street, Melrose, MA 02176



A limited number of scholarships are available; most scholarships will be in the form of partial aid. If you are applying for a scholarship we still require a deposit check; it will be held until a financial aid decision is made. A scholarship application will be sent to all who apply. The application may also be downloaded from our website.



Balls have always been at the heart of Newport Vintage Dance Week. We have planned a number of memorable events from formal balls in opulent mansions, to relaxing afternoons dancing bay the sea.

Early Arrival Events

If you plan to take advantage of the optional Saturday early arrival, we hope you'll consider joining us for two exciting early arrival events. On Saturday evening we will be attending a polo match at the famous Newport Polo Club. This exhilarating sport was a Gilded Age favorite, and Newport was both the home of the first polo club in the United States and the site of the first Westchester Cup polo tournament in 1886. On Sunday, we will meet in Newport to tour Marble House. Even if you do not plan to arrive Saturday, you are welcome to join us for this tour before Sunday afternoon's regular check-in.

Polo Match, Saturday, July 31 (5 pm)
Newport International Polo Field, Portsmouth.

Note: Pre-registration is required for this event. You may pick up your tickets ($15 per person) any time during Dance Week early check-in on Saturday, which starts at 3 pm; you may arrive at the field any time thereafter. Boxed dinners will be provided at the event. Outside beverages may not be brought into the enclosure. Drinks may be purchased at the on-site bar.
If you wish to attend this event in period dress, we suggest formal or semi-formal afternoon wear, at the height of fashion, from whatever decade you choose: from the late 19th century through the 1930s. You might take inspiration from Gilded Age equestrian events such as Britain's Royal Ascot. Gentlemen might wear pale linen suits with panama hats or morning coats and top hats. Everyone is encouraged by the event sponsors to add pink and pearls to show support for their cause. We have also assembled a page of fashion plates for those who wish to dress in period style for the event. For more information on the Polo Matches see the Polo Field Website. Full details are available in the first edition of the Gazette, including directions, costume suggestions and ticketing information.

Mansion Tour, Sunday, August 1 (10:15 am)
Marble House, Newport

We meet on campus at 10:15 am, in the covered archway at the dorm, and enjoy a tour of one of the most ornate of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions.
We will also have the rare opportunity to view the special exhibit: Gothic Art in the Gilded Age: Medieval and Renaissance Treasures in the Gavet- Vanderbilt- Ringling Collection. It features nearly all of the Gothic artworks Alva Vanderbilt acquired from Emile Gavet in Paris in 1890. Hunt envisioned Marble House's Gothic Room specifically to house these fine pieces, which date to between 1100 and 1550, and, thanks to photographic documentation, visitors once again have the opportunity to view these works in the exact positions they once occupied.
Period dress is encouraged but not required. Cost is $12 per person. Full details are available in the first edition of the Gazette, including directions and ticketing information. View the Marble House Webpage for more information.

Afternoon Events

Immerse yourself in Victorian life as you stroll vintage gardens, play lawn games, or take tea in the elegance of a gentler age. Afternoon events include:
Sunday: Ladies’ Period Hairstyles Workshop, Recreation Center Conference Room (2 pm)
I Can’t Do a Thing With It: Period Hairstyles 101. One of the most asked for fashion workshops, this will be a hands-on session led by Katy Bishop. She will illustrate ladies’ hairstyle fashions of the 19th to early 20th centuries as well as shortcuts and products that she has found useful. Participants are welcomed to share their secrets, successes and horror stories. Please bring along your own hair brush, accessories, products and tips. Four-foot long hair is not a pre-requisite. Advice on period headdresses will also be available, so if you have a headdress that you are working on for one of the week’s events, bring it along and perhaps you will find further inspiration on how to incorporate it with the perfect hairstyle.
Sunday: Orientation, Recreation Center Conference Room (4 pm)
Immediately following the workshop, Barbara Pugliese will host an informal, open discussion to answer questions and introduce newcomers to all aspects of the Dance Week. First- timers are encouraged to drop by for a few minutes (or longer) to hear about the events and customs of the week. Experienced participants are welcome to come by and hear about the new events for this year and to offer insights to first-timers.
Monday: Seaside Excursion and Tea Dance, Easton’s Beach Rotunda Ballroom
Those of you who have attended Newport in the past may be more familiar with the Rotunda as a favorite site of our mid-19th century ball. However, this year for a change of pace we will be visiting this charming venue during the day for an afternoon of tea, dancing, carousel rides, and strolling by the sea. As with all our afternoon events, there is no specific time period for this event, so expect the dance program to draw from the 1860's through Ragtime, and feel free to choose any era for your costume (including the modern era if you prefer). We are pleased to welcome back Silhouette Artist Deborah O'Connor to our Seaside Tea Dance.
Wednesday: Formal Tea, Linden Place mansion
Linden Place, known as the "crown jewel" of Bristol's historic waterfront, is celebrating it's bicentennial in 2010. This Federalist Period mansion has experienced an exciting history, from piracy and elopements to visits from Hollywood stars and presidents. We are very excited to be able to host our formal tea, which is the highlight of the week for many Newport attendees, at this remarkable house. We are pleased to welcome back Silhouette Artist Deborah O'Connor to Linden Place. Visit the Linden Place website.

Evening Events

Sunday: The Welcome Dance, Gymnasium
The first dance event of the week is the Welcome Dance, an informal dance to recorded music. This event is a chance to meet new and old friends in a relaxed atmosphere, with both Victorian and ragtime dancing. Instructors will be introduced and will give an introduction to their classes at approximately 9:30pm. You will also be given the opportunity to get a head start on this year´s quadrille! Dress can be casual: modern or vintage.
Monday: The Vintage Swap & Sell, Field House
The Vintage Swap and Sell, Newport Dance Week’s vintage clothing Bazaar. Perhaps you have a gown or dress-coat that you just can’t wear any more, or maybe you have left your favorite gloves at home, or if you just want to own more (or less) stuff, then the Vintage Swap & Sell is for you! Participants are encouraged to bring items (vintage or not) to sell or trade. Informal Dancing to recorded music will follow the Swap.
Tuesday: The 1890’s Soireé, Belcourt Castle, Newport
Designed in the style of Louis XIII, and once home to the fascinating and sometimes scandalous Alva Belmont, Belcourt Castle is the third largest mansion in Newport and boasts an enormous European and Oriental art collection. The Soireé features a mix of couples dances and contra dances popular during the last decade of the 19th century. Visit the Belcourt Castle website.
Wednesday: The Mid-19th Century Ball, Ochre Court, Newport
The Mid-19th Century Ball is returning this year to the resplendent Ochre Court. If Cinderella ’s ball had taken it place in Newport, it would have been held at this Richard Morris Hunt masterpiece. The evening will begin with a Grand March through the numerous rooms of the mansion’s first floor, and if your feet need a rest you can ascend the sweeping staircase to the second floor gallery for an unforgettable view of the swirling dancers below. Visit the Ochre Court website.
Thursday: The Formal Dinner and Ragtime Ball, Glen Manor House, Portsmouth
Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail reception in the manor’s renowned Italianate gardens, followed by an outstanding gourmet dinner. The final ball of the week, the Ragtime Ball offers the experience of an elegantly relaxed turn-of- the- last-century dinner party at a country estate, with romantic music and couples dances lasting well into the night. Visit the Glen Manor House website.




Clothing for Classes: Modern dancewear or any light weight clothing that provides freedom of movement is ideal. Ladies may wish to wear a full skirt to classes to practice the art of dancing in a ball dress. Lightweight, flexible-soled, shoes that have not been worn out-of-doors are required for all dance surfaces. Ladies should have flat shoes or slippers for the 19th Century classes and shoes with one to two inch heels (such as Capezio character shoes) for Ragtime. Gentlemen should wear jazz oxfords or some other lightweight shoe with a moderate heel. Sneakers or other high traction shoes do not lend themselves to many dance movements and are dangerous to the wearer in some circumstances. Leg warmers are recommended for both men and women.
Clothing for Social Events: After some debate within The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, we have compiled a set of fairly detailed costume sheets illustrating ideal outfits for events that we will be hosting during the week. Several members of CVD felt that including such a sheet would carry an unwritten implication that elaborate costuming was expected even if not required, and therefore argued that these sheets should not be included. Others, who agreed that no one should feel obliged to spend more work on their wardrobe than they wanted to, felt that it was unreasonable to deprive those attendees who were interested in doing more costume preparation of information that could help them produce the most appropriate looks. Please regard all the information that we are including in that light.
It is not necessary to have perfectly reproduced period outfits for any of the week’s events. Some participants do have large vintage wardrobes and while this can be intimidating to newcomers, it must be remembered that these participants have usually spent many years and considerable effort building up these wardrobes. Everyone understands that many dancers have had neither the time, nor possibly the inclination, to devote to this particular aspect of vintage dance.
Visit Vintage Victorian for more information on period clothing styles.
For further information on the week’s costuming please contact us at:


Phone: Katy Bishop at (781) 593-3038 Barbara Pugliese at (781) 396-2870(before 10pm eastern time, please)



Dr. Patri J. Pugliese Scholarship Appeal

The Dr. Patri J. Pugliese Historical Dance Scholarship Fund will be used in part to help enthusiastic young dancers for whom the dance week would otherwise be out of reach financially to experience the magic of Newport. An optional donation line has been included on the registration form to make the donation process easier. We hope even if you are unable to join us for Newport this year that you will consider making a tax deductible gift to the scholarship fund. Unrestricted donations are also appreciated.




If you would like to tour additional mansions, or stroll along Newport’s Cliff Walk, you might consider arriving Saturday or early Sunday to view a mansion or two before check-in. Ten mansions are owned by the Newport Preservation Society and discounts can be obtained by purchasing multiple tickets at the first mansion you visit.
Closer to the RWU Campus, we can recommend Linden Place (built in 1810) in Bristol, the site of our Formal Tea in the middle of the week, Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, also in Bristol, and The Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth. From past experience we have found that it is wise to plan to see no more than two mansions in an afternoon. For further Newport information call the Newport Information Center at: (800) 976-5122 or visit Preservation Society Website, Beechwod’'s Website or Linden Place's Website.





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  • Registration Booklet (pdf)

  • Reply Form (pdf)

  • Preliminary Schedule Detail (pdf)

  • Campus Map (pdf)

  • Costume Booklet (pdf)



    All payments are to be made to CVD.

    • A deposit of $250 is due upon registering.

    • The lottery date for those applying singly is May 9.

    • Tuition is discounted if paid in full by May 31.

    • Scholarship applications are due by May 31; applicants will be notified by June 7.

    • Deposits can be refunded up to June 30.

    • Registration will close, and all payments must be received, by July 15.


    For more information about the Newport Vintage Dance Week, please contact Hannah Roberts Artuso at:


    Phone: (781) 662-8344 (before 10pm eastern time, please)



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