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In Memoriam

Patri J. Pugliese

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Patri Memorial


We are starting a day earlier this year
And the conference is back to 6 days!

Please note that the week will be starting a day earlier than in previous years, with registration opening, and events starting, Saturday afternoon. There will not be an early arrival option, but we are able to offer a late stay for Friday night, August 5. The welcome Dance will be held at the Polo Grounds Saturday evening, on Sunday we will have some specialty dance classes and an optional mansion tour. The full class schedule will start bright and early on Monday morning. Check-out will be Friday morning.

On-line registration form and PayPal

We are encouraging all participants to register on-line this year, whether you will be paying by PayPal or sending us a check. Payments can be made by PayPal (via credit card or bank account) or you can opt to send us a personal check or money order! We hope that these changes will make the registration process faster and more efficient.

    • Early Registration: $675 per person ($725 after April 30).
    • Student Rate: $350 (age 18-24).
    • Tuition price includes all classes and events.
    • To qualify for Early Registration Discount:
      • deposit must be received by May 31.
      • full payment must be received by June 15.
    • Please contact us for Scholarship information (see below).
    • Begins at $435 (per person), based on room choice.
    • On-campus lodging, 6 nights, from Saturday dinner through Friday breakfast.
    • Optional Friday late-stay (extra fee).
    • Meal plans are also available for dancers lodging off-campus.

The registration deadline is June 30, Late registrations will only be accepted if space permits, so register early! You may register with or without a dance partner, however priority is given to those who register with an opposite gender partner.

    • Polo Match, Buffet Dinner & Welcome Dance,
      Saturday, July 31 (5 pm) Newport International Polo Field, Portsmouth.
    • The 1890’s Soireé, Monday, Roger Williams Park Casino, Providence.
    • The Mid-19th Century Ball, Wednesday, Ochre Court, Newport.
    • The Formal Dinner and Ragtime Ball, Thursday, Glen Manor House, Portsmouth.
    • Mansion Tour (optional),Sunday, Location to be announced soon.
    • Seaside Excursion and Tea Dance, Tuesday, Easton’s Beach Rotunda Ballroom, Newport.
    • Formal Tea, Wednesday, On the Lawn by the Sea.

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For more information about the Newport Vintage Dance Week use the links to the left.
If you have questions, please contact us at:

Phone: (781)  606-0096


  • Early registration period has been extended to May 31, with final payment due June 15. Deposit and reservation must received by this date to qualify for the discounted tuition. Accounts qualifying for discount registration must be paid in full by June 15.

  • The final registration deadline is June 30.

  • Late registrations will only be accepted if space permits.

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

  • Deposits can be refunded up to June 30.

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

You may register with or without a dance partner, however priority is given to those who register with an opposite gender partner.

Registration Procedures for 2011

  • Electronic Registration Form: We strongly encourage all registrants to fill out their form electronically, whether you are paying your bill by PayPal or sending us a check, as it will make the registration process much easier.

  • Room Selections: There are a number of housing options available at our campus. They have been described in detail below; if you have any questions about which option is best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Payment Options: We are able to accept payment for the dance week via PayPal (credit card or bank account), personal checks or money order. Indicate which payment option you prefer on your registration form (see above). We will send you an invoice detailing the exact amount due. 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.

  • All registrations and payments should be sent to:
        Newport Vintage Dance Week
        4 Grove Terrace
        Leominster, MA 01453
        c/o Brian Carlson, Treasurer

Registration Partners

You may apply singly or with a partner. To help provide dance partners for everyone at all events, priority is given to people who register with a partner of the opposite gender. Please note that you are not obligated to share housing nor are you placed under any specific obligation to your registration partner during the week. Please state clearly if you wish to room together or not.

Wait List Policy

Newport Vintage Dance Week makes an effort to keep a pleasing ratio of male and female dancers. As a result, those applying singly are sometimes placed on a waiting list until additional opposite-gender singles apply. All single applicants who apply by the April 30 early registration deadline will be notified of their status via email by May 9. Anyone placed on the waiting list may withdraw at any time and receive a full refund of their deposit. Because the capacities of our historical venues limit the overall space for the dance week, a waiting list for couples will be announced in the event that the week is over-subscribed.

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  • The discounted tuition price is $675 per person if the deposit is received by May 31,
    and full payment received by June 15.

  • A deposit of $250 is required from all registrants.

  • If the deposit is not paid by the early registration deadline,
    and balance paid on time, tuition is $725.

  • Student Tuition Rate is $350 (age 18-24).

  • Price includes:
    • All dance classes and workshops
    • All evening events:
      • Polo Match, Dinner and Welcome Dance at the Polo Club
      • 1890s Soiree at Roger Williams Casino
      • mid-Century Ball at Ochre Court
      • Glen Manor Ragtime Dinner Dance
    • All afternoon events:
      • Seaside Promenade & Tea Dance at the Rotunda Ballroom
      • Formal Tea
  • Deposits can be refunded up to June 30.

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A limited number of scholarships, supported by the Dr. Patri J. Pugliese Historical Dance Scholarship Fund (see below), 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.


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.

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Roger Williams University

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 both Newport and Providence. 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.

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There are two choices of housing available, the Bayside Dormitory, on-campus, offers apartment living and the Baypoint Inn and Conference Center, a ten minute drive from campus, for those wishing a hotel-like accommodation.

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, which will be ours alone, with a quiet shared green space in the middle and a view of the bay.
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 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 might not be able to be pushed together to make one large bed.
A very limited number of one bedroom apartments offer more privacy by housing just two people in one bedroom. NOTE: THIS OPTION SELLS OUT VERY QUICKLY
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

The Baypoint Inn and Conference Center is part of the RWU campus complex with Hotel-style rooms, with two double beds, are available at the University’s Baypoint Inn & Conference Center, a ten-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; lunch and dinner will be on campus in the dining hall.

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Prices include room and meals from Saturday dinner through Friday breakfast

Bayside Dormitory:
2 twin beds per room (prices are per person)
  • $435 Double Room (in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment)
  • $555 One Bedroom Apartment (housing 2 people)
  • $715 Double Room as a Single (2 or 3 bedroom apartment)
Baypoint Inn & Conference Center:
2 double beds per room (prices are per person)
Make room reservations directly by calling 401-683-3600 x9 before May 31!
  • $355 Baypoint Inn Double (double occupancy)
  • $655 Baypoint Inn Double (single occupancy)
Meal Plan Only (for those lodging off-campus):
  • $160
This option is only for those who are lodging off-campus, not for those lodging in the Bayside Dormitories or Baypoint Inn. It covers meals from Saturday dinner through Friday breakfast
OPTIONAL Post-Conference Lodging:
Late Stay, Friday Night, August 5 (prices are per person); includes dinner Friday and breakfast Saturday. Lunch Friday is not included.
  • Bayside Dormitory
    • $75 Double Room
    • $95 One Bedroom Apartment
    • $125 Double Room as Single
  • Baypoint Inn
    • $67 Baypoint Inn Double (double occupancy)
    • $112 Baypoint Inn Double (single occupancy)

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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 Sunday morning, July


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.

  • 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.

Specialty classes, taught by variety of instructors, will offer 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.

  • Specialty Classes: Specialty classes offer a selection of one hour workshops taught by a variety of instructors. Choose the dance classes that interest you most.

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).

Our morning warm-ups will be led by Idy Codington. For safety’s sake, to help avoid injury, we urge everyone to take the time to warm-up properly.


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Instructor Biographies

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

Marc Casslar

marc casslar Marc Casslar, dancer, choreographer, and producer has been involved in a variety of historic dance forms since 1977 and Victorian and Ragtime dancing since 1984. He is the founder and director of the Vintage Dance Society and its performing troupe, Polite Society.
He has conducted research into and taught historic dance for more than 20 years. He has taught at a variety of dance weeks including Newport, San Diego, New Orleans, and Cincinnati. He routinely teaches at vintage dance weekends and precepts balls throughout the United States.
In addition, he has produced, choreographed for, and/or performed in numerous stage and screen productions, with an occasional television show thrown in for good measure. Recent theatrical activities include choreographing historic dance sequences for a production of The Mad Woman of Chaillot and Benedict Arnold: A Brave Revenge. Recent screen activities include appearances in TR, An American Lion and shooting segments for a film on the Golden Era (the 1890s). Recent television appearances include performing a tango for WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut. While Mr. Casslar has produced numerous dance productions and events since 1987, he recently produced Pictures at an American Exhibition, his first foray into a dramatic theatrical production. When not dancing, performing, choreographing, producing, etc. Mr. Casslar runs an environmental consulting firm, GeoQuest, and a production assistance company, Specialty Productions, both based in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Idy Codington

idy codington Idy Codington has taught dance in the Boston area for over 25 years. A former professional dancer with the Ohio Ballet, Idy has toured Asia and performed with Symphony Pops Orchestras across the U.S with the Kamikaze Jitterbugs. Her school show, The Roots of American Dance, has been seen by over 100,000 Massachusetts children. Idy has been a performer with CVD for many years.

Margarita Marambio

margarita marambio Margarita Marambio joins us from Montréal, Canada. In addition to directing Ensemble Aquarelle historical dance company, Margarita specializes in researching and reconstructing dances from Chilean, French and other dance manuals. Margarita Marambio began her study of vintage dance in Santiago, Chile. She studied dance of the 19th century and early 20th century with teachers Yvonne Vart and Patrick Nollio in France, where she was also 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, promoting ballroom dances from the early 19 th century up to World War I. Ensemble Aquarelle and Ms. Marambio have participated in numerous demonstrations given in theatres, museums as well as outdoors. Among her many other accomplishments, Ms. Marambio has led Viennese balls with the Strauss-Lanner Orchestra conducted by Jean Deschênes, and provided costumes and danced in the PBS Public Television production Elegancia.. She has also taught and performed English Country Dance of the 18th century as a member of Danse Cadence. She continues to reconstruct dances published in France, the United States and in Chile.
Margarita Marambio graduated with a Bachelor of Communications degree from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Barbara Pugliese

barbara pugliese 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 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.

Jeanette Watts

jeanette watts Jeanette Watts, self-described dance slut, (’If it involves dancing, I’ve either tried it, or I’d sure like to!‘) has been performing, learning, and teaching a wide variety of dance forms since 1986.
She is the founder of Madame Gigi’s Outrageous French Cancan Dancers, Raks Devi (belly dance troupe), and the Terpsichorean Delights Dance Assembly (Vintage Ballroom club). She is currently also a performer with the Forget-Me-Not Historical Dance Company, and teaches social ballroom dance at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

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Ragtime Fundamentals Class:           Jeanette Watts

Dance Steps with a Focus on leading and Following,
One-Step, Blues, Tango and Fox-Trot

Leading and following: there are entire generations that ignore the most basic fundamentals. Nothing breaks the heart more than hearing people say “I used to dance, but I don’t remember how anymore.” After a week of Ragtime fundamentals, you’ll never forget how to dance again. Besides learning to steer and learning to interpret, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to one step, blues, tango, and foxtrot.

Ragtime Variations Class:           Joan Walton

Evolution of Dance Steps, Focusing on:
Two-Step to Maxixe to Samba, One-Step to Blues
and Tango to Foxtrot

This year the theme is going to be evolution: how dances evolved from one form to another. The Two-Step into the Maxixe into the Samba, is one example, or dancing the trickier One Step variations to Blues music. Some of them are “Chicken or the egg?” questions, as it is not certain which came first. Two Tangos: There are so many different rhythmic patterns used in Ragtime Tango; this year we’ll focus on just two, with the option of dancing them in a sequence, or improvising back and forth between the two. Foxtrot: The Foxtrot has many faces: fast or slow, bouncy or smooth, elegant or exuberant, but always uses combinations of slow and quick steps. We will borrow (or steal) from the Tango patterns used in the previous class, eliminating all the Tango and leaving the Foxtrot.

19th Century Fundamentals:           Marc Casslar

Couple Dances of The Victorian Era
Learn, or brush up on, the couple dances of the Victorian Era: the waltz, polka, and schottische (and, if time permits, the Mazurka and some country dances and quadrilles). A few fancy steps will be added, if time and skill levels allow.

19th Century Variations Class:           Barbara Menard Pugliese

19th Century Turning Couple Dances
This class will focus on fancy variations for turning couple dances. Waltz variations will include Sauteuse, Polka Redowa, Polka Mazurka, and Varsovienne. Polka variations will include Bohemian, Zulma l'Oriental, and Schottische. Special attention will be paid to clean footwork and smooth transitions between steps.

Quadrille Class:           Barbara Menard Pugliese

The Columbian Quadrilles
This year’s quadrille is the Columbian Quadrilles, an elegant choreography danced to charmingly patriotic tunes. The quadrille will be taught and practiced so that everyone will be comfortable dancing it without calls at the Mid-19th Century Ball.

Charleston Review:           Idy Codington

Idy will teach a quick Charleston Review Class to prepare us for the ragtime ball.

Specialty Classes

Specialy Class: The Triangle Quadrille           Margarita Marambio

The TRIANGLE QUADRILLE, A quadrille for three couples created by Paul Francis in 1877 due to the difficulty often encountered in getting four couples to form a quadrille. The quadrille consists of five figures as in the French Quadrille and can even be danced to the same music.

Specialy Class: Habanera           Margarita Marambio

HABANERA Returns! Prepare to dance it again at the Ragtime Ball, with a quick review of the dance, for those who learned it last year (or really fast learners!).

Specialy Class: Mazourka Waltz           Joan Walton

Although MAZURKA WALTZ is a more advanced 19th Century waltz style, we’ll first work on the technique and execution of these rousing steps, and then build on them.

Specialy Class: Jazz Age Fox Trot           Joan Walton

JAZZ AGE FOXTROT: a short sequence of favorite Foxtrot variations to be taught in 2 days; done in a bluesy style to Dean Mora’s elegant music.

Specialy Class: Can-Can 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!

Specialy Class: Cincinatti Reel           Jeanette Watts

This circle mixer was originally done in the Cincinnati area in the 1870s. It can be done to any 32-bar reel. It makes for a good audience participation dance, although I have been in multiple circumstances where the dance was too difficult for the participants. This is a great dance for intermediate-level dancers, but it is a bit challenging for re-enactors or other beginner groups without much experience with set dances.

Specialy Class: Scocna           Jeanette Watts

This energetic and involved dance was taught at Prague-Provence Dance Week in 2002. Choreography by Jitka Bonus and Jan Pumpr, the music is from Smetana's "The Bartered Bride," and this piece of music is also referred to as the Dance of the Comedians. Skocna is a Czech folk dance in 2/4 time. Both Smetana and Dvorak utilized this folk dance in their compositions.

CVD Conference Staff
We can't do the week without the tireless work behind the scenes of our members

Conference Coordinators:
Hannah Roberts Artuso (co-director of CVD)
Katy Bishop & Nicole Carlson
Dance Director
Barbara Menard Pugliese (co-director of CVD)
Members of CVD and Dedicated Volunteers
Michael Bergman, Ben Bishop, Brian Carlson, Terry Crumb,
Antonia Pugliese, Idy Codington,
Gail Steketee, Victoria Wagner & Bill Hughes

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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 by the sea.

Polo Match, Buffet Dinner and Welcome Dance
Saturday, July 30 (5 pm), Newport International Polo Field, Portsmouth.

polo ponies We’re pleased to announce that after last year’s overwhelmingly favorable response to our pre-conference polo match outing, we’re including this event as the official kick off to the week! The evening will begin at 5 pm and include private box seating in the Subscribers Enclosure to watch the Newport vs. New York match. A catered buffet dinner is included and will be served in the enclosure during the match. Tickets are required to enter the Newport Polo Club and may be picked up any time during Registration on Saturday, which will begin at 1 pm to allow plenty of time to settle in before heading to the match.
After the match ends at 7 pm, we will have the exclusive use of the Subscribers Enclosure for a Welcome Dance featuring recorded music and a selection favorite couple dances, set dances and mixers. This will also be a chance to meet the instructors who will be teaching during the dance week and find out more about the classes they will be offering. The evening will conclude at 10 pm.
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. This is also a wonderful chance to show off vintage equestrian gear or riding habits! Do be aware that this event is outdoors and in a mostly unpaved area, so ladies may wish to avoid trains and hoops. 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.

Mansion Tour, Sunday, July 31, Rosecliff Mansion, Newport

We meet on campus and enjoy a tour of Rosecliff, Newport’s Gilded Age mansion with the largest ballroom in Newport; we’ll be able to view a special costume exhibit on Gilded Age Wedding Gowns. Period dress is encouraged but not required. Price to be announced soon!

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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:

Tuesday: Seaside Excursion and Tea Dance
Easton’s Beach Rotunda Ballroom

polo ponies 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. Once again we will be visiting this charming venue during the day for an afternoon of tea, dancing, carousel rides, and strolling by the sea.
There is an optional Beach Outing or Stroll where you can arrive early and enjoy a liesurely stroll on the beach or dip in the ocean.
As with all our afternoon events, there is no specific time period for this event, so expect the dance program to draw from the 1860s through Ragtime. Feel free to choose any era for your costume (including the modern era if you prefer).
Dancing will begin at 3 pm, but if you’d like to arrive early it’s the perfect opportunity to stroll the shore in your favorite seaside or bathing costume (limited changing space is available if you would like to change out of your bathing costume before tea). We are pleased to welcome back Silhouette Artist Deborah O ’Connor to this event.

Wednesday: Formal Tea and Croquet
The Lawn at Roger Williams University

polo ponies Relax with a cup of tea and some favorite sweet or savory treats while enjoying the beauty of Roger Williams University’s seaside campus, just a short walk from our dorm. This is the time to catch up on conversation with friends both old and new, take a stroll, play croquet, or simply take a break from the busy schedule of classes and balls. Croquet and other lawn games will be available early in the afternoon for those who want to enjoy a quick game before tea is served. Formal afternoon tea will be served. Seating will be avilable.
As with other afternoon events, no particular time period is suggested and costume of any era is welcome, although traditionally, the formal tea is the event for which dance week participants might save their most formal outfit, favorite tea dress, or a special hat or parasol to keep cool in the afternoon sun.
We are pleased to welcome back Silhouette Artist Deborah O ’Connor to this event.


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Evening Events

Sunday: 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. Please let us know in advance if you need table space.

Monday: The 1890s Soireé
Roger Williams Park Casino, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

casino ballroom Come dance the latest 90's steps in the dazzling ballroom of Roger Williams Park Casino. Built in 1896 as a public ballroom, it has been beautifully restored and features intricate plaster friezes, maple floors, and a stunning view of Roosevelt Lake. The New River Dance Orchestra will be entertaining us with their splendid music. Visit the Roger Williams Park Casino website.

Tuesday: Silent Film
Location and Film to be Announced (on campus)

Join us at the Bristol Orpheum Cinema as we present an entertaining silent film accompanied by an abundance of popcorn and cold drinks. No reservations required. Dress can be casual: modern or vintage.

Wednesday: The Mid-19th Century Ball
Ochre Court, Newport

casino ballroom The Mid-19th Century Ball will again be held at 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. The New River Dance Orchestra will be taking us back to the mid-19th Cantury with their splendid music. 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 lively and romantic music by The New River Dance Orchestra. and couple dances lasting well into the night. Visit the Glen Manor House website.

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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: 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. Any and all efforts to achieve a vintage style are admired and appreciated, and we simply request that you dress in keeping with the occasion, refraining from wearing shorts, jeans, t-shirts and similar examples of ultra-casual modern clothing at day events and choosing evening wear that is appropriate for a modern formal event (dark suits for gentlemen and long dresses for ladies).
Having said that, and after some debate within The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, we have compiled a fairly detailed Costume Library illustrating ideal outfits for events that we will be hosting during the week to aid those attendees who are interested in producing the most accurate vintage looks. Please remember that no one should feel obliged to spend more time or money on their wardrobe than they want to, and regard all the information that we are including in that light. Above all, Newport Vintage Dance Week is about dancing, making friends, and having fun, whatever one might be wearing!
The site Vintage Victorian has extensive informatuion on period clothing styles, in addition to links to other vintage resources.
For further information on the week’s costuming please contact us at:
phone: (617)  819-4283

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If you would like to tour additional mansions, or stroll along Newport’s Cliff Walk, you might consider staying over Friday night by taking advantage of the late stay option. Ten mansions are owned by the Newport Preservation Society and discounts can be obtained by purchasing multiple tickets at the first mansion you visit.
Sadly, the Astors’ Beechwood is no longer a public Museum.
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 or Linden Place’s Website.

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Newport Dancer’s Gazette Archives

Newport 2008 Photo Archive
Newport 2007 Photo Archive
Newport 2006 Photo Archive
Newport 2004 Photo Archive:

Newport 2003 Photo Highlights
Newport 2002 Photo Highlights
Newport 2001 Photo Highlights
Newport 2000 Photo Highlights

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P.O. Box 9, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
phone: (617)  819-4283

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