Island Moving Company has received generous funding to continue its tradition of engagement with the Newport County schools with its Math Into Movement residency. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen and Education Program Director Christine Sandorfi are now scheduling the residencies, designed for second graders and their teachers, with elementary schools on Aquidneck Island. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation and NewportFed Charitable Foundation have each granted a second year of funding to this arts integration initiative. Their support will enable teachers to learn tools to engage kinetic learners in acquiring vital math skills. The dancers of the Island Moving Company will visit each school to offer in-school workshops on addition and telling time during the winter months, beginning in January. Teachers will continue using the lesson plans to continue illustrating math principles through lively physical exercises. This year, the residency will also include a new unit for first graders on addition. The Company has also received continuing support from Ocean State Charities Trust for our education programs.
Island Moving Company’s dancers wrapped up another sold out and successful Nutcracker on December 1st. The dancers and the cast of 80 children were all sad to see the magical production end, but you can’t stay at Rosecliff forever. The memories will remain — and equally so for our audience. Tina and David Bowling of Gloucester, MA wrote to us with this praise for our unique Nutcracker:
We had the pleasure of attending the Nutcracker at Rosecliff last night, having a most enjoyable evening. The dancers are all wonderful and superbly talented, each one poised and professional in their presentation of this timeless classic. The use of this grand venue for a backdrop to this glorious ballet is genius. Kudos to the creative and talented minds that brought it all together. A fantastic way to begin our Christmas season.”
Many of our dancers are performing in other Nutcracker performances around the country and we will be back at Rosecliff at the end of 2018, from November 23 to November 30. Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale — pre-sale starts August 1st and the remainder of tickets are available October 1st. See you at Rosecliff in March for the opening of our 36th season!
Island Moving Company brings its Nutcracker mini to Sandywoods Center for the Arts for the seventh season on December 3rd. The show, which includes a reading of the Nutcracker story interspersed with performances by the children’s cast and professional dancers of the IMC, begins at 11am. For more information, go to the Sandywoods website.