Congratulations to this year’s Paris Raffle Winner,
Nicole A. Halbreiner!
Second Prize for 2 tickets to IMC’s Summer Gala were won by
Newport’s Michael Paddon.
Please join us on Saturday, March 24th from 1:30pm -3pm at Stoneacre Brasserie on Washington Square
to say goodbye and to wish Christine Sandorfi a fond “aloha!”
She has been a dancer with the company for the past 11 years and has made a huge impact on many of us
and our families through her dancing and teaching.
Her pointe shoes will be very hard to fill!
This is an informal event – the bar and cafe will be open for hard and soft drink purchases.
Christine is well known in the Newport County community for contributions on and off the stage. In recent years she has directed the company’s in-school educational programming Math into Movement and Literature into Movement. When asked about Christine’s leadership of the programs a Newport Public School 3rd grade teacher replied, “It gives the students a chance to see what hard work and practice can do. It can be applied as an example for any subject – You did this, now you can…” Under Christine’s leadership Island Moving Company’s education programs have reach over 25,000 Newport County children.
Christine’s has served on the faculty of the Newport Academy of Ballet, and made considerable contributions to future generations of professional dancers from Aquidneck Island. Her ability to nurture talent has inspired local dancers to advance into professional careers by attending collegiate dance programs at The University of Hartford, Fordham University, and Wheaton to name a few. Dr. Kayleigh Melroy, Clinic Director & Physical Therapist at Performance Physical Therapy and Island Moving Company board member said of her contributions, “Christine is one of the most caring and compassionate people I know. She understands the importance of and cares about the physical and mental health of each dancer. I was invited to the studio to speak on dance injury and prevention and talk with her students on multiple occasions. Christine is a role model to dance teachers.”
Reflecting on Christine’s career, Island Moving Company Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen remarked, “Christine’s artistry and the experience she brings to her work will be impossible to replace. I look for dancers who have more than talent. They need to have something to say to become true artists. Christine has always carried an incredible level of authenticity in her artistic voice. It shows in her work, and it shows in her mentorship of young dancers.”
Christine and her husband will move to Honolulu, Hawaii this spring.
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
Island Moving Company opens its 36th season with an Opening Weekend at Rosecliff, Newport’s most romantic mansion, on March 2, 3 & 4, 2018. The Company restages its popular ballet for the very young, Mother Goose, at four matinees; and presents two evenings of new ballets in A Collection of Attitudes 2018.
Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will present the premiere of new works by 3 choreographers: faculty member of Boston Ballet School Kevin Jenkins; Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio, based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and IMC’s recently appointed Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest. Choreographer Thom Dancy’s piece created for 2017’s Open for Dancing will be reworked for the stage. We will also perform duets from Miki Ohlsen’s Of Beauty and Light, Breathing Space by Spencer Gavin Hering and Shane Farrell’s Pavo Cristatus.
For the younger set, Island Moving Co. presents Mother Goose at Rosecliff, a lively retelling of the familiar nursery rhymes using movement and live music. Audience members will be led by the effervescent Mother Goose herself through the spectacular rooms of Rosecliff for an interactive and entertaining performance event for children as young as three. IMC dancers will perform Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and more. The Company is joined by the ever entertaining Lisa Reimer and her minstrel accompanist Alicia Ruggiero, directing the action and reciting the familiar rhymes as Mother Goose.
After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) has named Edward McPherson, a professional ballet dancer and Education and Program Coordinator for Midland County Public Libraries in Midland, Texas to succeed outgoing executive director Dominique Alfandre. IMC is a classically trained contemporary ballet company and Alfandre has successfully led the non-profit organization for 35 years. McPherson represents IMC’s second executive director and will begin his new role this month.
John LaRocca, IMC’s Chair of the Board of Directors says, “Edward is a very dynamic young man that has the experience to run the business side of Island Moving Company as executive director. Being a former dancer, Edward will understand the artistic side of the Company and work extremely well with our Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.”
McPherson says, “I’m honored to join Island Moving Company as their executive director. I’m greatly inspired by IMC’s mission and extraordinary programming. Only in Newport is it possible to be enchanted by such classical performances as the Nutcracker, Mother Goose, and Dracula in Gilded Age style from within a mansion. Moreover, cities across this great nation can no more than dream of mounting a ballet aboard the floating stage provided by a tall ship with the history and majesty of the Oliver Hazard Perry.”
Reflecting on his past experience McPherson adds, “I was fortunate to have advocates that opened doors for me as I worked hard to become a professional ballet dancer. Those acts of generosity, kindness, and trust were not lost on me. Working in development and community building is an opportunity for me to give back and invest in future generations and I look forward to sharing this experience with the greater Newport community.”
IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen says, “I am so excited to start working with IMC’s new executive director, Edward McPherson. His enthusiasm for what IMC is and will become is absolutely amazing. His tremendous energy and collaborative spirit will make Edward and me a great team. Here’s to the future!”
McPherson grew up in Davis, California, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and worked as a professional ballet dancer for five years. He was a member of Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sacramento Ballet in Sacramento, California. McPherson also taught dance education at The Waterford School, in Sandy, Utah, and at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He served as the Business Manager for the Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, Texas. He studied Science Ballet at Indiana University and is expected to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in May.
Island Moving Company’s NEWPORT AUDITION
Audition: Ballet class, Choreography and Island Moving Company Rep
Thursday, January 4 ~ 12-3p.m
Island Moving Company Studios
3 Charles St., 2nd Floor
Newport, RI 02840
Fee: Waived. Please provide resume and headshot.
Please contact Danielle Genest to reserve a space. Danielle@islandmovingco.org or 401-847-4470
Island Moving Company’s NEW YORK AUDITION
Audition: Ballet class, Choreography and Island Moving Company Rep
Saturday, January 13 ~ 4-6p.m
Audition at Steps on Broadway
2121 Broadway @ 74th St., NY, NY 10023
Fee: $20. Please provide resume and headshot.
Professional contracts available for male & female dancers.
Strong classical ballet, modern & contemporary technique and partnering experience required.
Contract period January 24 – July 2018 (18 weeks) and June 2018 – July 2019 (36 weeks)
Regular Contract Period September 2018 – July 2019 (30 weeks annually)
Season includes repertory performances and touring nationally and internationally.
Contact Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest for audition requirements & additional information
firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-847-4470
Island Moving Company has received generous funding to continue its tradition of engagement with the Newport County schools with its Math Into Movement residency. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen and Education Program Director Christine Sandorfi are now scheduling the residencies, designed for second graders and their teachers, with elementary schools on Aquidneck Island. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation and NewportFed Charitable Foundation have each granted a second year of funding to this arts integration initiative. Their support will enable teachers to learn tools to engage kinetic learners in acquiring vital math skills. The dancers of the Island Moving Company will visit each school to offer in-school workshops on addition and telling time during the winter months, beginning in January. Teachers will continue using the lesson plans to continue illustrating math principles through lively physical exercises. This year, the residency will also include a new unit for first graders on addition. The Company has also received continuing support from Ocean State Charities Trust for our education programs.
Island Moving Company’s dancers wrapped up another sold out and successful Nutcracker on December 1st. The dancers and the cast of 80 children were all sad to see the magical production end, but you can’t stay at Rosecliff forever. The memories will remain — and equally so for our audience. Tina and David Bowling of Gloucester, MA wrote to us with this praise for our unique Nutcracker:
We had the pleasure of attending the Nutcracker at Rosecliff last night, having a most enjoyable evening. The dancers are all wonderful and superbly talented, each one poised and professional in their presentation of this timeless classic. The use of this grand venue for a backdrop to this glorious ballet is genius. Kudos to the creative and talented minds that brought it all together. A fantastic way to begin our Christmas season.”
Many of our dancers are performing in other Nutcracker performances around the country and we will be back at Rosecliff at the end of 2018, from November 23 to November 30. Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale — pre-sale starts August 1st and the remainder of tickets are available October 1st. See you at Rosecliff in March for the opening of our 36th season!
Island Moving Company brings its Nutcracker mini to Sandywoods Center for the Arts for the seventh season on December 3rd. The show, which includes a reading of the Nutcracker story interspersed with performances by the children’s cast and professional dancers of the IMC, begins at 11am. For more information, go to the Sandywoods website.