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Opening Weekend at Rosecliff offers “a wonderful celebration”

Psalms - 3-2017 TPP webThe 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.


Wheaton College performance Saturday, February 25

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

IMC’s Jr. Co. presents “Carnival of the Animals” during Winter Festival Feb. 18

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
Festival bracelet

Click here for tickets!

Rodney Rivera in the House

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 and bring a bottle of wine to share!

Mayor Winthrop Declares Island Moving Company Day

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


IMC Day CakeIMC day studio

Contributions are still being sought to help completely fund IMC’s new look.    Click here to make a donation.

Thanks to Aliki Cooper and Tripp Clemens for the photos!

Clint Clemens’ Dazzling Images Added

charles-st-door-12-22Today, 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!





Dancing on the Square

clemens-with-miki-windowsRenowned photographer Clint Clemens will install the next round of his fabulous images of the dancers on the windows and doors of the IMC’s studio building at 3 Charles Street in the next week.  Clint, with the help of our generous friend Matt Landman, installed the three front window images last week.  The images, which were produced at a shoot at the studio last April, were printed by Bill MacGowan.  Our studio upgrade, including the big front panels and photos in our lobby and entrance have been sponsored by a group of excited supporters including Donald & Jana Jagoe, Bobby Doherty, Riky Nuenighoff & Cynthia Sinclair, Bill & Nancy Peresta, Nicola Conraths-Lange & Jens Lange, John & Prudence Bailey, the Van Pelt Family, the Palmer Girls (Luned & Roz), Carol Ward, Frank Barbosa and the Younes Family.  Images are still available to sponsor; we hope to produce new panels for the studio and for the studio lobby.

New Board Members Join IMC

The Island Moving Co Board of Directors has experienced a significant expansion this season, thanks to the work of Mary Clare O’Grady’s energetic Governance Committee.  At the last meeting, Kristie Feroce, whose background is in finance, and Bill Martin, longtime supporter and Partner for Dance, were welcomed onto the Board.  Recently, Kayleigh Melroy, a physical therapist who volunteers to treat our dancers, was voted on.  They join seven other new members, who represent expertise in arts administration, real estate, finance and event planning as well as networks in the art world, the sailing community and academia.  Since January, Island Moving Co has expanded the board to 20, very happy to welcome Teri Degnan, Mary Kay Koreivo, Kate Bidlack, Martha Parker, Hugh Baertlein, Julie Warburg, Brett McKenzie and Tenley van der Wal.   At the November meeting, the Board was also pleased to re-elect our officers: John La Rocca, Chairman, Kelley Coen, Vice Chair, George Furbish, Treasurer and Ellen Barnes, Secretary.

Kayleigh Melroy and Bill Martin at last summer’s Nuit Blanche


Nutcrackers for everybody!

This year, in celebration of our 15th year of Nutcracker, we are adding a special students’ schooltime matinee for the second and third graders of the Middletown Public Schools on Wednesday, November 23rd.  We will again be welcoming the Pell School third graders to Rosecliff the day before through the generosity of David and Leslie Reed and the Bazarsky Family Foundation. After we leave Rosecliff, we take the Nutcracker magic to our friends at Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton on Sunday, December 4th.

Newport Nutcracker Open Rehearsal Scheduled for Veteran’s Day 2016

christine-arabian-sullivan015Before Island Moving Company’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, IMC will allow the general public to see how the performance comes together, with a Free Open Rehearsal on Friday, November 11 at 12:30pm.  Our professional dancers and members of our younger “kids cast” will be rehearsing various sections of the Nutcracker for all to take a sneak peek at.   Rehearsal will be finished by 3:00pm.