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.
Island Moving Co. is pleased to announce the addition of two new dancers to the IMC community – welcome Tara Gragg and Azamat Asangul uulu!
Originally from Flint, MI, Tara Gragg received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and comes to us from Chicago where she appeared with Civic Ballet Chicago, Aerial Dance Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and most recently, Chicago Repertory Ballet.
Tara is also host of her own blog, Dear Dancer, where she recently posted about the Great Friends Dance Festival.
Azamat Asangul uulu hails from Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, where he trained for seven years before receiving advanced ballet training in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Azamat has performed with Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and has toured with Moscow City Ballet in Europe and Asia, as well as with Russian National Ballet in the U.S.
Tara and Azamat both performed with Island Moving Co. this summer in our 2014 Great Friends Dance Festival and we are thrilled to have them with us for our 2014-2015 season!
We have said goodbye to all our guests — Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, Marta Renzi and The Project, Lydia Johnson Dance, Part of the Oath, Ali Kenner Brodsky and Co., Matthew Westerby Co., John-Mark Owen and Mark Harootian. Valuable reviews in the Providence Phoenix and on NPR Before we let them go, we had a little group photo shoot before the show.