Please join us on Saturday, March 24th from 1:30pm -3pm at Stoneacre Brasserie on Washington Square
to say goodbye and to wish Christine Sandorfi a fond “aloha!”
She has been a dancer with the company for the past 11 years and has made a huge impact on many of us
and our families through her dancing and teaching.
Her pointe shoes will be very hard to fill!
This is an informal event – the bar and cafe will be open for hard and soft drink purchases.
Christine is well known in the Newport County community for contributions on and off the stage. In recent years she has directed the company’s in-school educational programming Math into Movement and Literature into Movement. When asked about Christine’s leadership of the programs a Newport Public School 3rd grade teacher replied, “It gives the students a chance to see what hard work and practice can do. It can be applied as an example for any subject – You did this, now you can…” Under Christine’s leadership Island Moving Company’s education programs have reach over 25,000 Newport County children.
Christine’s has served on the faculty of the Newport Academy of Ballet, and made considerable contributions to future generations of professional dancers from Aquidneck Island. Her ability to nurture talent has inspired local dancers to advance into professional careers by attending collegiate dance programs at The University of Hartford, Fordham University, and Wheaton to name a few. Dr. Kayleigh Melroy, Clinic Director & Physical Therapist at Performance Physical Therapy and Island Moving Company board member said of her contributions, “Christine is one of the most caring and compassionate people I know. She understands the importance of and cares about the physical and mental health of each dancer. I was invited to the studio to speak on dance injury and prevention and talk with her students on multiple occasions. Christine is a role model to dance teachers.”
Reflecting on Christine’s career, Island Moving Company Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen remarked, “Christine’s artistry and the experience she brings to her work will be impossible to replace. I look for dancers who have more than talent. They need to have something to say to become true artists. Christine has always carried an incredible level of authenticity in her artistic voice. It shows in her work, and it shows in her mentorship of young dancers.”
Christine and her husband will move to Honolulu, Hawaii this spring.