Everett Dance Theatre (Providence, RI)


A black-clad female modern dancer leaps into the air as a male dancer, also in black, holds her around the waist. A younger male dancer with braided hair, stands behind her, holding one of her hands

Sokeo Ros, Rachael Jungels, and Aaron Jungels of the Everett Dance Theatre perform the evening-length work Home Movies, using dance, theater, and video.  Photo by Katja Kulenkampff

Founded in 1986, Rhode Island's Everett Dance Theatre is a multicultural, intergenerational professional company. The troupe's mission is to create, perform, and teach art under the direction of NEA Choreography Fellow Dorothy Jungels. Mentorship programs include the Carriage House School, which provides long-term, professional training to inner-city youth and young adults, and the Re-Verse performance series, which offers emerging artists the opportunity to work with established professionals. The company has given educational performances at venues such as New York's American Museum of Natural History on topics ranging from physics to emotional intelligence.

In FY 2004, Everett Dance Theatre received an NEA Creativity grant of $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of Home Movies, an original theme-based, evening-length concert work. Using elements of dance, theater, and video, Home Movies explored the ways in which families provide a sense of belonging and safety, how family units are identified, and the nature of home.

Everett Dance Theatre premiered Home Movies at Trinity Repertory Company. Nearly 2,000 audience members saw performances of the production during the four-week Providence run, including nearly 400 middle and high school students. Everett Dance Theatre has also toured Home Movies to several out-of-state venues, including Contemporary Dance Theatre (Cincinnati, Ohio), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, Maine), and Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).  During a New York residency, the troupe created a "home movie" with members of the Bronx's Hunts Point community as well as performing at a school for juvenile offenders.