Short Subjects

Posted June 29, 2006

Vineyard Dance: Photo by Ralph Stewart
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Care to dance?

Vineyard Dance will offer a six-week summer dance course from July 5 to August 11 at the Oak Bluffs School on Tradewinds Road, off Wing Road. Teenagers and adults may join at any time.

Classes in classical ballet, modern dance/modern jazz, and a Floor-Barre for ballet and modern dancers will offer a wide range of challenges to students who wish to maintain their progress in dance, as well as to those who seek to advance in dance technique.

For more information, call Bill or Kathy Costanza at 508-693-2257.

Built on Stilts: Photo by Ralph Stewart
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Choreographers wanted

This summer marks the 10th birthday of Built on Stilts (BOS), the Island's own dance festival. The program runs from August 19 to 25, a full week of free performances by both local and visiting artists. July 1 marks the deadline for choreographer registration. To register, visit and download a registration form.

BOS is also looking for free or discounted housing for the visiting artists. Please contact with any help.

For more information, call Abby Bender at 508-717-2887.

Virtual New York

For research for his book "Blockology," author Robert Jay Kaufman walked 300 miles in 52 days, wearing out three pairs of walking sneakers. The result is an in-depth history guide of the people and places on every block of Manhattan below 14th Street. This Wednesday, July 5, Mr. Kaufman will give a virtual walking tour through the blocks and the book during the first Summer Institute 2006 Scholar series at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center.

Dubbed "My Appalachian Trail with restaurants," Mr. Kaufman promises an intriguing tour of lower Manhattan, whether or not you've ever been there.

Summer Institute 2006 Scholar Series, July 5, 7:30 pm, Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Centre Street, Vineyard Haven. Suggested donation, $15. For more information, call 508-693-0745.

Honoring Mrs. Priestley

The late Justine Smadbeck Priestley was a correspondent for Harlem's Amsterdam News during the civil rights era of the 1960's, establishing friendships with leaders such as the King family and Malcolm X. From these experiences, she wrote a memoir titled "By Gertrude Wilson: Dispatches of the 1960's, from a White Writer in a Black World." In a program to celebrate her life, there will be readings from her memoir at Sun Porch Books in Oak Bluffs next Thursday, July 6. Her son, Edgartown Selectman Arthur Smadbeck will be present, and wine and cheese will be served.

Book Reading, July 6, 4 pm, Sun Porch Books, Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs.

Dine, Dance, Party

This week, The Yard presents an event featuring both Island children and a world-renowned performance from Carolyn Dorfman's Dance Company and the Urban Bush Women. The show will open with a "Movement Prelude" performed by local children.

Also included in the evening are a pre-performance Patron's dinner at Outerland, and a post-performance cast party on The Yard grounds.

"Diversity in Dance," Thursday, July 6, 7:30 pm, Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs. Premium seating $50, general seating $25. Patron's dinner, premium seating and cast party $250. Patron's dinner and premium seating $200. Premium seating and cast party $100. Tickets available at Edgartown Books, C'est la Vie in Oak Bluffs, Alley's in West Tisbury, and Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 508-645-9662.