Island Moving Company’s unique summer gala, the Nuit Blanche, highlights the most important thing of all — dancing! The Nuit Blanche: Bal de Danse will include performances by the Island Moving Company dancers as well as guest artists among the follies, pools and new features of Ronald Lee Fleming’s famous Bellevue House gardens. Sketch artist Nicole Crugnale, musician Michael Walsh and actors from the Seaside Shakespeare troupe will alternate performances by the dancers throughout the first hour of the gala. Doug Woolverton and his Groove Merchants will entice patrons into the tent for a short auction by Liz and Emlen Drayton and more dancing on Newport’s largest dance floor till midnight. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and full bar with beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co, wine from Bellevue Wine and Liquors and Fit Vine, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, through the evening. Tickets start at $200 and are available here.
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Island Moving Company will receive Newport Public Education Foundation’s highest honor, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Partner in Education at the NPEF’s annual event on June 2nd. The award recognizes “the significant contributions the Island Moving Company has made to the students of the Newport Public Schools.”
It was especially touching to find out that we were nominated by our stalwart partner in bringing kids to dance and dance to kids, Mark McKenna, and by our student Malak who began with us at the Pell School, came to our Pell School Class at the studio and now is studying seriously at NAB, dancing on pointe and studying in our summer intensives.
Join us at the celebration! Tickets, which support the Public Education Foundation’s work, are available here.
An intrepid trio of moms hosted a sleepover at the Island Moving Company’s studios, presiding over a group of excited young dancers ranging in age from 8 to 16. Miki Ohlsen led a spirited round of beachball volleyball in the large studio and there was a showing of last year’s Nutcracker on the big screen. IMC dancers Katie and Glen led classes to start off the evening on a dancerly note. Mary Van Pelt and Pamela Younes spearheaded the event to benefit the Fund for Young Dancers, for which it raised over $1400. Kelley Cord joined the festivities for the entire night and Karen Cadwalader, whose pictures are below, was declared an honorary participant.
As part of Green Street Studios’ first ever ballet showcase, the Cambridge, MA presenter has invited Island Moving Company to perform there April 21 at 8pm, April 22 at 8pm and April 23 at 6pm. The Company will be in good company, performing Rodney Rivera’s new “Memoria Y Vidria” on a program shared with Kevin Jenkins, David Sun, Tai Jimenez, Tony Williams and Boston Ballet II. The Showcase is part of a new venture by Green Street, which aims to introduce existing audiences to new and exciting dance forms, share and engage audiences with a variety of artists, and open doors to new patrons and new forms by facilitating a dialogue between performers and audiences. A special ticket offer is available at the Green Street Box Office, which can be found at this address. We’ll hope you’ll join us on this exciting adventure in dance.
The Company’s recent Opening Weekend at Rosecliff received a glowing review today, posted on the dancer website Dance Informa. Opening Weekend included sold out performances of Mother Goose and two evening shows featuring new works by Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Miki Ohlsen. We were thrilled to have all of the choreographers on the program attend the performances. Audiences were thrilled to be able to meet and talk with Bill Evans, Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Mark Harootian. Miki Ohlsen restaged the moving “Psalms,” choreographed in 1983 by the late Michael Thomas, who was a founding member of IMC. Read Kathryn Boland’s review here. Excerpts from Rodney’s beautiful “Memoria Y Vidrio” will be performed on the Casino Theatre stage at our show there on May 13th.
Our residency at Wheaton College culminates this weekend with a performance in the College’s beautiful Weber Theatre on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm. The show includes Miki’s joyful “There’s a Party in My Mind,” a new solo by Danielle Genest and Miki’s restaging of Michael Thomas’ moving “Psalms,” created in the first years of the Company. The residency began last fall with Shane Farrell creating a work for the Wheaton College Dance Company and has continued with master classes taught by IMC dancers this week. Tickets to the show are free, but must be reserved by calling 508-286-3575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Moving Co.’s Junior Company presents…
Carnival of the Animals
Sunday, February 19th
2:30 + 3:30pm
A charming work for children, choreographed by Christine Sandorfi.
America’s first Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, has written funny and clever verses to accompany the composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Carnival of the Animals,” and Island Moving Co.’s Junior Company, under the direction of Christine Sandorfi, has crafted a singular ballet encompasing both the words and music, inviting the dancers and audience to “tromp like an elephant, hop like a kangaroo, glide like a swan, and be creatively inspired by this joyful work.” – Judith Bachleitner, head of the music department at the prestigious Rudolf Steiner School in New York City.
Suitable for all ages!
Tickets: $5 for 1 Adult plus 1 child
$2 for each additional child
$1 off with Winter
Puerto Rican choreographer Rodney Rivera has begun a new ballet for the full company which premieres at our Opening Weekend March 3 & 4th. After just one day, we are all looking forward to hearing him talk about the work in progress at our Open Rehearsal Friday, Feb 10 at 7pm at the studio at 3 Charles Street. Please RSVP at email@example.com and bring a bottle of wine to share!
A crowd of well wishers joined us in Washington Square to hear Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop declare January 22nd Island Moving Company Day, with Clint Clemens photos as a backdrop. About 50 people joined dancers, Junior Company members and Board members in the studio for cake and Champagne. Board Chair John La Rocca and Executive Director Dominique Alfandre thanked everyone for their support and announced the purchase of the Newport Academy of Ballet by IMC, just in time for our 35th year.
IMC DAY! January 22, 2017 by Slidely Slideshow
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Thanks to Aliki Cooper and Tripp Clemens for the photos!
Today, Clint Clemens and his collaborator Bill MacGowan, hung seven additional images of our dancers in our building at 3 Charles Street, off Washington Square. Our entrance is now graced by photos of Katie Moorhead and of Clint’s granddaughter Emmy, while the lobby is hung with stunning pictures of Brooke DiFrancesco, Tara Gragg, Lauren Difede, GlenLewis and Shane Farrell. Our friends at the Washington Square Cafe purchased an image featuring Brooke DiFrancesco which now hangs in the entrance. It’s very exciting and is only the beginning — Clint will be hanging large photos in the studio foyer and in the studios themselves over the holiday break. Come take a look!