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Last Performances Today

Sugar Plum 2015A sold-out and stunning 14th season of our Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff concludes today.  Audiences have been wowed by the performances, the setting and the unique experience that this production provides. Yesterday we had another Nutcracker first — a marriage proposal at the show!  All our best wishes to the happy couple — excellent engagement plan Anthony!

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!

Open Rehearsal 11-11

Join us at the studio on Veterans Day for a rehearsal of the Nutcracker Snow Scene.  The Island Moving Co. dancers are joined by members of the children’s cast for a first run through of the scene in its entirety — many dancers, many traffic patterns, a certain amount of mayhem, all expertly managed by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. The Open Rehearsal is free; patrons are welcome to come anytime between 12:30 and 1:30.  The studios are on the second floor of 3 Charles Street in Newport.  See you in the snow!

Job Opportunity at IMC

Our friend Lucia Lopez is leaving us for a great new job – we wish her all the best!  We are looking for her replacement as Development Associate for Island Moving Co.

Island Moving Co seeks a Development Associate for a part time position.  The Development Associate is responsible for administrative aspects of development, donor database management as well as the development and implementation of the Fund Development plan for the Island Moving Co. to achieve a specific fundraising goal. Island Moving Co. is a non-profit, professional contemporary ballet company based in Newport, RI.   The position is half time to start; hours will increase in 2016. The Development Associate plays an important role by providing administrative support to the organization and participating in fundraising and administrative activities, including database creation and management; direct mail appeals; assistance with special events; and performing website updates. Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director to execute fundraising, cultivation and stewardship programs for donors at all levels, including but not limited to direct mail, print newsletters, e-newsletters, development of website contents, special events and personal contacts.

·         Participate in the creation of the fund development plan with strategies, goals and benchmarks
·         Proactively implement new or improved programs to serve donors; coordinate and improve donor stewardship
·         Develop and maintain donor database with Patron Manager software
·         Process pledges, donations and acknowledgement
·         Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed
·         Participate in the maintaining and updating of website and social media outlets as appropriate
Preparation and Knowledge:
·         Bachelor’s degree in a related field
·         A minimum of three years’ experience in an administrative position in a non-profit development office
·         Experience with database fundraising software and database management
Knowledge of Patron Manager is an advantage
·         Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
·         Experience with WordPress websites a plus
·         Excellent verbal and written communications skills
·         Ability to organize and prioritize work
·         Strong self-motivation and the ability to work as a team member
·         Ability to work with volunteers
·         Commitment to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of accuracy in donor records.
Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to

Island Moving Co performs for NEA Chairman Jane Chu

Aza & Lauren Jane Chu - TPPIsland Moving Co. was proud to help the Newport arts community put its best foot forward for the visit of National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu last week.  In a collaboration with our partners at the Opera House, the dancers treated the Chairman to a surprise performance in the second floor rooms of the 1867 Opera House, which will be renovated and open for performances (by IMC as well as others) by the end of 2017.  The dancers performed excerpts of Colin Connor’s Everything is Closer and met with Ms. Chu afterward.Jane Chu group - TPP


Dear Friends,

We wanted you to know that IMC Associate Artistic Director, Spencer Gavin Hering, has decided to leave the company.  Spencer gave us his resignation a month ago and this is his last week with IMC.  We wish him all the best in whatever ventures he embarks on.

Spencer has brought us so much in his two and a half years in Newport – his amazing choreography, his ready enthusiasm for all our projects, his thoughtful training of the dancers.  We all remember his works for the Company: Heart Vignettes, Ant Umbra, his ism duets, Breathing Space, the witty suited up and the thrill of Brom Bones Tale, weaving its haunted way through the gardens at Bellevue House.  His creative collaboration with Miki has enhanced every performance, from Nutcracker to the site specific Whispers of Southampton to our fabulous Nuit Blanche.  We will miss his imagination, almost as much as we will miss his willing help with all things technical and digital.  His tenure here also introduced us to his wife Andrea Dawn Shelley, whose beautiful works have also been performed, to acclaim, in our productions.

We will use the next few months to assess our needs in the studio and the office and will hire permanently at the end of that thought process.  Meanwhile, we are bringing in a guest artist to replace Spencer in his romantic role as Nutcracker Cavalier and a rehearsal master from Boston who will fill in teaching Company class and running some rehearsals.

Please join with Miki and me in wishing him and Andrea all happiness and success in their future endeavors.


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With IMC patrons Jae French, Jana Jagoe and John Brooks

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Spencer with Tara Gragg in Miki’s La Tierra Giro

Post Interlude

Our Open for Dancing Interlude was a great success this past weekend.  Big crowds both at Pell School and down on Bowen’s Wharf for two very different dances. Christine Sandorfi made a joyful dance with 4th and 5th graders for the splendid new playground at Pell. With three performances, we had nearly 1000 in attendance. At Queen Anne Square, Portsmouth Abbey students and community members joined the dancers to move to the music of the church carillon and down across America’s Cup to Bowen’s Wharf.  Hundreds of people showed up on a beautiful day to see the dancing, created by Miki.  Many thanks to Leslie Reed, Susan and David Odland and Bowen’s Wharf for making the Interlude happen.

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Open for Dancing Interlude September 25 & 26

The dancers will be performing during the traditional Open for Dancing weekend with a warm-up for the upcoming 2016 Open for Dancing season.  Miki Ohlsen is creating a piece that will move through Queen Anne Square, accompanied by the Trinity Church carillon and then into the hubbub of Bowen’s Wharf, with local musicians providing music for vignette performances in diverse locations on the water there. The piece will also include students from Portsmouth Abbey School and members of the community. Participation is still open — please call if you can join us in the performance.  Rehearsals are Thursday and Friday afternoon; the performances are 3pm and 4:30pm on Saturday, September 26th. Sponsored by Bowen’s Wharf.

IMC dancer Christine Sandorfi will make a site specific dance for the fabulous playground at the new Pell School, working with sixteen 4th and 5th graders. They’ll perform for the school at 1:30 and 2pm and for the public at 5pm on Friday, September 25th. The dance is made possible by David and Leslie Reed.  All free!  See you out and about at Open for Dancing.

Performance for Newport’s Opera House

The Island Moving Co. dancers were joined by the Newport Strings Project in a performance at Holly Bannister’s house, Seaweed. The performance was the highlight of an event introducing people to the Seaweed 8-2015Opera House campaign and the exciting artistry that will be on the program at the theatre when it opens.