Choreographers Danielle Genest, Shane Farrell, Christine Sandorfi and Miki Ohlsen have been creating dances for the lovely and unique features of Ron Fleming’s Bellevue House garden, in preparation for Friday’s Nuit Blanche. The dancers will be joined in the garden by musician Michael Walsh, the Seaside Shakespeare Company and singers Thomas and Joseph Burdick. Patrons will seek out performances at a koi pond, on a loggia, near a classical teahouse and on the branches of a majestic beech tree during the first half of the evening. Doug Woolverton and the Groove Merchants will take over in the tent for dancing till midnight. Tickets are still available here.
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.