Island Moving Co dancers and members of the children’s cast traveled to Tiverton on Sunday, December 7th to perform a shortened version of the Nutcracker story for small people and their parents. The show began with some audience participation and then everyone settled in to hear IMC Chair John LaRocca read the story of the Nutcracker, with performance interspersed in the narrative. A capacity crowd turned out for this fourth mini at Sandywoods Farm, an artists community with a lovely performance hall that hosts all kinds of music and activity. Afterwards, the cast came out to greet the audience and take some photos.
Island Moving Co.’s lovely Sugarplum Fairy, Christine Sandorfi, is featured in the Newport Mercury, telling tales of her nine eventful years with the Company. Christine has been rehearsing the children’s cast for Nutcracker, honing her own performance as the Sugarplum Fairy, and working with Miki on our upcoming education programs in the schools, starting up in January. Read some of her stories about the challenges of dancing for a site specific contemporary ballet company here Christine interview 11-20-14
Rehearsals are underway for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the dancers are in the studio today, warming up with a company class. Sales are gangbusters (get your tickets now!). Sponsor Randal S. Poirier of Independence Financial Partners is underwriting one evening of the run, entertaining clients and friends with refreshments before the show at Rosecliff. Our annual Nutcracker matinee for Newport’s third graders has found generous support from David and Susan Odland. They have been devoted to bringing children to the show, every year buying tickets, being Nutcracker Angels and escorting excited young people to performances.
Other support forour work with Newport County’s students has come just today from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation in Washington, DC. A supporter of Open for Dancing ten years ago, the Foundation has renewed its interest in the Company with a $10,000 grant for general operating support of our education programs, including our Pell School ballet class, our creative movement programs in the schools, development of a new math-based curriculum and our Junior Company, which will be underway in January. Many thanks to all who value this important aspect of the Company’s work — one that is close to the heart of every dancer.