Great Friends Dance Festival 2nd Week

Join us at the Great Friends Meeting House for our second week of performances featuring part of the oath from Providence, Nomad Contemporary Ballet from New York and Owen/Cox, our brilliant resident company from Kansas City.  We were thrilled to host Ballet des Ameriques and BodyStories, both from New York, for our opening week.  Come enjoy the A/C and a glass of wine at intermission!  Purchase tickets here.

From Kazakhstan With Love

Sairam - dnaWe’re home all in one piece from our two week tour of three cities in Kazakhstan.  Join us for visuals, voices and vodka at the Jamestown Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm.  We’re show you our schopkas and entertain you with tales of folk dances, wonderful people and fermented camel’s milk.  Free!  RSVP required.

To Kazakhstan With Love

The Island Moving Co. dancers are brushing up on their Russian in preparation for our tour to Kazakhstan from April 24 – May 9th. Take a look to see how they’re doing with that, and, while you’re there, make a donation to our IndieGoGo campaign.  We’re raising money for our trip and to pay the dancers for an extra day of rehearsal.  The performances include Plague, by John Mark Owen, which we will perform with our friends from Samruk Dance.  Click here to get to the video.

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Dancing for the 25th Anniversary of US/Kazakhstan Relations

Almaty posterThis just in from our friends at the Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Do you read Russian?  We’re helping to celebrate 25 years of US/Kazakhstan relations with performances throughout Kazakhstan sponsored by the Embassy.  We’ll be sharing programs with our friends Samruk Dance who were with us last summer at the Great Friends Dance Festival.
Check out our Indiegogo Generosity page.  Help us get to Kazakhstan!
We’re leaving the day after our performance at Vets Memorial Auditorium on April 23rd.  We’re offering a ride on the adventure for interested patrons.  Get in touch with us at for more information.  It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sold Out at Rosecliff; You can catch Mother Goose at Blithewold this weekend!

Brooke Tesselation TPP 2-2016Island Moving Co opened its season last weekend with sold out audiences for four performances of Mother Goose and two stunning repertory evenings of A Collection of Attitudes. Audiences will get a second chance to catch the charming Mother Goose at two additional shows on March 6th. At 11am the Company and members of our children’s cast will perform at Sandywoods, in the lovely performing arts building on Muse Way.  Reservations at  Then, at 2pm, we perform in the beautiful mansion of Blithewold in Bristol.  Tickets are available here.  Our appearance at Sandywoods is generously underwritten by John and Marisa LaRocca.

Happy New Year Happy 34th Season!

Image de Vida - DLBThe dancers, Miki and all the staff wish you a Happy New Year.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Opening Weekend shows at the end of February. We’ve added shows of both Mother Goose and our repertory program.  Bring your little ones to Rosecliff for a fun afternoon with Mother Goose and then return with your best beloved for a gorgeous evening of dance in the stunning Rosecliff ballroom.  We’re excited to be premiering a new work by Jerry Opdenaker, who will be coming up from Florida to work with the dancers.  Look out for invitations to come see him in action at the studio. Here’s to a glorious 34th!

Mother Goose – Perfect Present for Your Little Ones

Jack&Jill LCC Lu LoCome see the Island Moving Co’s dancers in Mother Goose at Rosecliff this coming February.  Get your tickets and make sure they’re under the tree for Christmas!

This is a ballet designed to include our littlest audience members, ages 3 through 12, although it will be a treat for all ages. Join Mother Goose as she recounts the wonderful, playful rhymes and see them danced by IMC’s own dancers.

A minstrel leads the audience from room to room, and the inimitable Lisa Reimer plays the lady herself, with hilarious brio.  See magical performances of  Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill. You might even get a chance to dance with the famous “Old Woman from France”.

There will be photo opportunities with the characters at the end of the performance.

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2016 Coming Up!

Island Moving Co. is just wrapping up our fabulous Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and we’re all looking forward to the adventures to come in 2016.  We open the season with a jampacked Opening Weekend at our favorite mansion — two shows of new works on the evenings of February 26 & 27 with three matinees of our popular Mother Goose at Rosecliff on February 27 & 28.  We are so excited for our spring, which includes our first ever performance at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Providence on April 23 and then our much-anticipated tour to Kazakhstan in May.  The Great Friends Dance Festival will feature Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance as our resident guest company with additional guest performers from New York, Boston and from throughout the region.  The fall will bring the seventh Open for Dancing Festival plus other surprises.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dancers prepare for Nutcracker at Rosecliff

The Island M2014 Nutcracker5 TPPoving Co. dancers have moved into Rosecliff, along with the rest of our Nutcracker production.  The house is being decorated for the Oelrich’s Christmas Eve celebration; lights and sound are being put in place and the entire cast will be blocking and rehearsing this week in preparation for Friday’s opening.  Despite a somewhat misleading Newport Daily News headline, all of our professional dancers are cast in the show (!) and ready to deliver sublime performances for the short one-week run.  If you have not gotten tickets yet, we’ll be sorry not to see you at Rosecliff.  Please sign up for our emails so that you can be in good time to purchase tickets in 2016.2014Nutcracker3 TPP

Nutcracker is Sold Out!

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Randal Poirier of Independence Financial Partners with the 2014 cast of Nutcracker.

Once again, our Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff has sold out well before the first performance.  We are excited that we will be performing for patrons traveling from 18 states this year. Miki has made some imaginative additions to the choreography and we have three beautiful Sugar Plum Fairies for you.  We will take this opportunity to thank our Nutcracker Season Sponsor, Randal Poirier of Independence Financial Partners.  Our two schooltime matinees are sponsored by Carol and David Bazarsky, and by Philip Pelletier, Richard Sardella and Alan & Marie Weiss.  Many many thanks!