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.
As part of Green Street Studios’ first ever ballet showcase, the Cambridge, MA presenter has invited Island Moving Company to perform there April 21 at 8pm, April 22 at 8pm and April 23 at 6pm. The Company will be in good company, performing Rodney Rivera’s new “Memoria Y Vidria” on a program shared with Kevin Jenkins, David Sun, Tai Jimenez, Tony Williams and Boston Ballet II. The Showcase is part of a new venture by Green Street, which aims to introduce existing audiences to new and exciting dance forms, share and engage audiences with a variety of artists, and open doors to new patrons and new forms by facilitating a dialogue between performers and audiences. A special ticket offer is available at the Green Street Box Office, which can be found at this address. We’ll hope you’ll join us on this exciting adventure in dance.