May 4th Open Rehearsal with Maurice Causey

Please join us on Friday, May 4th for an Open Rehearsal in preparation for our May 12th VET’s performance, Creative Continuum.

 

Enjoy an informal evening of dance at our studio.  MEET CHOREOGRAPHER MAURICE CAUSEY AND SEE A PREVIEW OF HIS NEW WORK! 

Feel free to bring your favorite beverage to share with our guests and dancers.

Open Rehearsal
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
7:00pm
at the IMC Studios, 3 Charles St., 2nd Floor

This event is free but due to overwhelming turnout at previous open rehearsals, we ask you to reserve your space in advance by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about Maurice.

Math made fun for Newport elementary students.

NEWPORT, R.I. — A class of second-grade students at Pell Elementary School organized themselves to form a human clock on Wednesday afternoon.

The children linked arms, skipped and jumped as some acted as the clock’s hands while others stood by the clock’s numbers, demarcated by bright red markers laid on the ground by Brooke DiFrancesco.

DiFrancesco, director of education with the Island Moving Co., is a dancer involved in the Math Into Movement curriculum. The dance company’s in-school educational program uses dance to teach math; it started in 2015.

DiFrancesco just recently took on the title of director of education after the retirement of Christine Sandorfi, but she’s been a company dancer for years and involved in the Math Into Movement program since its inception.

Click here to read more from the Newport Daily New’s article.   

And the Paris Raffle Winner Is…

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.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and more importantly, to those who helped promote the raffle.  It is through your support that Island Moving Company and the Newport Academy of Ballet can continue to bring art and dance to this community, enriching lives and positively impacting an individual’s sense of self.

MERCI!

 

NAB’s Summer Intensive Auditions April 28, 2018

IMC’s Newport Academy of Ballet’s Summer Intensive Auditions for dancers age 13-18 is scheduled for April 28, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Rosemary’s School of Dance Education, 101 Shannon Court, Bristol, RI.   Registration starts at 1:30pm and the class fee is $15.

Bidding a fond “aloha” to dancer Christine Sandorfi

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.

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!

Tickets on Sale Now for Opening Weekend!

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.

Click here to buy your tickets now!

Welcome new Executive Director, Edward McPherson!

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.

IMC Auditions in Newport and New York – 2018

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
www.stepsnyc.com

Fee: $20. Please provide resume and headshot.

Click here to register online.

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
danielle@islandmovingco.org or 401-847-4470

van Beuren Charitable Fdn and NewportFed Support Math Into Movement

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.