Island Moving Company’s unique summer gala, the Nuit Blanche, highlights the most important thing of all — dancing! The Nuit Blanche: Bal de Danse will include performances by the Island Moving Company dancers as well as guest artists among the follies, pools and new features of Ronald Lee Fleming’s famous Bellevue House gardens. Sketch artist Nicole Crugnale, musician Michael Walsh and actors from the Seaside Shakespeare troupe will alternate performances by the dancers throughout the first hour of the gala. Doug Woolverton and his Groove Merchants will entice patrons into the tent for a short auction by Liz and Emlen Drayton and more dancing on Newport’s largest dance floor till midnight. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and full bar with beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co, wine from Bellevue Wine and Liquors and Fit Vine, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, through the evening. Tickets start at $200 and are available here.
Island Moving Company will receive Newport Public Education Foundation’s highest honor, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Partner in Education at the NPEF’s annual event on June 2nd. The award recognizes “the significant contributions the Island Moving Company has made to the students of the Newport Public Schools.”
It was especially touching to find out that we were nominated by our stalwart partner in bringing kids to dance and dance to kids, Mark McKenna, and by our student Malak who began with us at the Pell School, came to our Pell School Class at the studio and now is studying seriously at NAB, dancing on pointe and studying in our summer intensives.
Join us at the celebration! Tickets, which support the Public Education Foundation’s work, are available here.
An intrepid trio of moms hosted a sleepover at the Island Moving Company’s studios, presiding over a group of excited young dancers ranging in age from 8 to 16. Miki Ohlsen led a spirited round of beachball volleyball in the large studio and there was a showing of last year’s Nutcracker on the big screen. IMC dancers Katie and Glen led classes to start off the evening on a dancerly note. Mary Van Pelt and Pamela Younes spearheaded the event to benefit the Fund for Young Dancers, for which it raised over $1400. Kelley Cord joined the festivities for the entire night and Karen Cadwalader, whose pictures are below, was declared an honorary participant.