History & Mission

OUR HISTORY

The company was founded in 1982 by a collective of choreographers who sought a forum for their work and who believed collaboration and a supportive environment enhance the creative process. For 39 years, Island Moving Company (IMC) has served as a cultural attraction, creative catalyst and educational resource for residents of Newport County, and accessible to all Rhode Islanders.

IMC regularly collaborates with Newport’s non-profit community, crafting mutually beneficial partnerships and reimaging experiences that stretch audiences’ imaginations for what a theatre experience could be. These partnerships have been the basis of the Company’s signature of collaboration and have elevated Newport’s identity as an important cultural community.

OUR MISSION

 Island Moving Company is a contemporary ballet company that engages hearts and minds through dynamic and thought-provoking performance, transformative dance education and deep community connection.

Our Values

 In these complex and dynamic times, no person or organization can stand alone.

 IMC believes that:

•       Dance and movement are essential to our well-being. Everyone can experience and enjoy these universal forms of expression.

•       Through inclusion, discipline, and respect, dance creates deep emotional connections and fosters a culture of community.

•       Creativity is an interactive and collaborative process that is open to everyone and can take place anywhere.

•       We achieve more when we create space for multiple perspectives in our art.

•       Everyone deserves access to the highest quality dance education & performance experiences.

•       Cultural exchange with diverse artists strengthens our community’s quality of life and connection to each other. 

What We Do

 We create:

  • Intimate, accessible contemporary ballet.
  • Jobs by employing resident artists who contribute direct & indirect benefits to the economy.
  • Exciting platforms for new and emerging choreographers.

We educate:

  • Through dance, as vital for the wellbeing & growth of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Through inventive movement-based curricula which motivates students and helps them close skill gaps, build confidence and forge new pathways in school and life.
  • Through the commitment to provide accessible high quality dance training in our school to a diverse population of children and adults — whether they strive to be professional dancers or dance for the sheer joy that movement brings us all.

We perform:

  • World-class, innovative work.
  • Site-specific works in community locales as well as traditional venues.
  • Around the country and the world, inviting others to perform and create with us.

 We connect:

  • With our neighbors, greater Newport, and our colleagues in the world of dance.
  • Through cultural exchanges, stimulating our audiences with talented dance companies from around the world.
  • With a new generation of dancers, inspiring careers through our ballet academy and our junior company.