Island Moving Co. dancers have been working with Pell School’s second and third graders this month. The third graders created dances around the themes of Perseverance, Compassion, Gratitude and Respect, while the second graders helped us pilot our new math-based curriculum. The second grade teachers are getting movement workshops too, and they have been great! With help from the Benefactors of the Arts Secret Garden Tour, the RI State Council on the Arts and the Frances R. Dewing Foundation.
Many many thanks to our wonderful donors who have helped us end 2014 on a high note. From the foundational support of our Partners for Dance, to our generous Board to the dozens of donors who send a gift year after year, Island Moving Co. is honored to thrive through the support of our community. See you all in our 33rd season! Happy New Year!
Island Moving Co dancers and members of the children’s cast traveled to Tiverton on Sunday, December 7th to perform a shortened version of the Nutcracker story for small people and their parents. The show began with some audience participation and then everyone settled in to hear IMC Chair John LaRocca read the story of the Nutcracker, with performance interspersed in the narrative. A capacity crowd turned out for this fourth mini at Sandywoods Farm, an artists community with a lovely performance hall that hosts all kinds of music and activity. Afterwards, the cast came out to greet the audience and take some photos.
Island Moving Co.’s lovely Sugarplum Fairy, Christine Sandorfi, is featured in the Newport Mercury, telling tales of her nine eventful years with the Company. Christine has been rehearsing the children’s cast for Nutcracker, honing her own performance as the Sugarplum Fairy, and working with Miki on our upcoming education programs in the schools, starting up in January. Read some of her stories about the challenges of dancing for a site specific contemporary ballet company here Christine interview 11-20-14
Rehearsals are underway for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the dancers are in the studio today, warming up with a company class. Sales are gangbusters (get your tickets now!). Sponsor Randal S. Poirier of Independence Financial Partners is underwriting one evening of the run, entertaining clients and friends with refreshments before the show at Rosecliff. Our annual Nutcracker matinee for Newport’s third graders has found generous support from David and Susan Odland. They have been devoted to bringing children to the show, every year buying tickets, being Nutcracker Angels and escorting excited young people to performances.
Other support forour work with Newport County’s students has come just today from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation in Washington, DC. A supporter of Open for Dancing ten years ago, the Foundation has renewed its interest in the Company with a $10,000 grant for general operating support of our education programs, including our Pell School ballet class, our creative movement programs in the schools, development of a new math-based curriculum and our Junior Company, which will be underway in January. Many thanks to all who value this important aspect of the Company’s work — one that is close to the heart of every dancer.
Island Moving Co. is pleased to announce the addition of two new dancers to the IMC community – welcome Tara Gragg and Azamat Asangul uulu!
Originally from Flint, MI, Tara Gragg received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and comes to us from Chicago where she appeared with Civic Ballet Chicago, Aerial Dance Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and most recently, Chicago Repertory Ballet.
Tara is also host of her own blog, Dear Dancer, where she recently posted about the Great Friends Dance Festival.
Azamat Asangul uulu hails from Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, where he trained for seven years before receiving advanced ballet training in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Azamat has performed with Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and has toured with Moscow City Ballet in Europe and Asia, as well as with Russian National Ballet in the U.S.
Tara and Azamat both performed with Island Moving Co. this summer in our 2014 Great Friends Dance Festival and we are thrilled to have them with us for our 2014-2015 season!
We have said goodbye to all our guests — Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, Marta Renzi and The Project, Lydia Johnson Dance, Part of the Oath, Ali Kenner Brodsky and Co., Matthew Westerby Co., John-Mark Owen and Mark Harootian. Valuable reviews in the Providence Phoenix and on NPR Before we let them go, we had a little group photo shoot before the show.
See Island Moving Co.’s 2015 repertoire at our annual spring show in the beautiful Casino Theatre, Saturday May 16th, 2015. Join us for an incredible evening of dance for dance lovers. Come for a drink with Board members and other aficionados before the show and walk to the theatre with us at 7:30. After the performance, which features premieres by John-Mark Owen and Company member Shane Farrell, join the dancers for a convivial dinner at the Canfield House.
Our repertory also includes Spencer Gavin Hering’s electric “ism” duets, Glen Lewis’ breezy Image de Vida and Miki Ohlsen’s soaring La Tierra Giro, which premiered at Rosecliff in March.
Performance only is $25; drinks at 6pm and the performance is $55 and the full evening with dinner included is $80. Get more details and buy your tickets here.