Open for Dancing opens tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20th, just as Hurricane Jose roars past our coastline. Thanks to many friends in our community, we have moved our rehearsals to big rooms at St. John’s Church, the Edward King House and the Tasting Room at Greenvale Vineyards. Open for Dancing participants should have received an email giving them their schedule and where we would like to see them. We are expecting better weather for the remainder of our rehearsals and great weather for the weekend, so hope to see everyone at the performances on Saturday and Sunday. The whole schedule is available here. Don’t forget all of our master classes and the Saturday events like the Phantom Limb and the Sunset Ballroom on Long Wharf Mall — a great way to get a little dancing in of your own! We’ll see you around town!
Open for Dancing opens next week, including a number of free, open air opportunities to move. The Festival starts with a yoga class with Lisa Hansel on the beautiful field overlooking Second Beach at St. George’s School (9am 9/20). Come to the Island Moving Company studio at 3 Charles Street each morning of the Festival for a master class with one of the choreographers (10am 9/20, 21, 22) and start your day with a barre with Revka Hovermale at 9am, same place, on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, get the kinks out via hula hoop with Susan Whitney at the studio (7pm 9/21) and join the open air Sunset Ballroom for a flash foxtrot at Bowen’s Wharf at 5:30pm on Saturday, followed by a ballroom mixer on Long Wharf at 6pm. We hope you’ll support this joyous festival with a $10 donation for all classes at the studio. We look forward to moving with you next week! Participants are still being sought for the entire festival. Check out the schedule and details on our Open for Dancing 2017 page.
Open for Dancing opens on Wednesday, September 20th with an outdoor yoga class taught by Lisa Hansel on the stunning hillside overlooking Second Beach at St. George’s School. The class is free and starts at 9am. On Thursday and Friday mornings at 9 Revka Hovermale will be teaching a barre at the Island Moving Company studios at 3 Charles Street. Following the early classes, each of the Open for Dancing choreographers will teach a master class at the studios; Mary Scott will teach on Wednesday, followed by Thom Dancy on Thursday and Teresa Fellion on Friday. The class is free and starts at 10am. Participation is still open; click here to register for the dance experience of a lifetime.
Island Moving Company’s most joyous festival is coming up September20-24. Come explore the possibility of participating in the creation and performance of a unique site specific work with a renowned choreographer and collaborating artist. We’ll be lifting a glass and answering questions at Salvation Cafe on Wednesday, September 6th starting at 5pm. Open for Dancing offers classes, opportunities to interact with the artists, exciting evening events and of course the thrill of being part of a company of dancers creating new work in iconic Newport landscapes. Check out the details here. Performances on September 23 and 24 are all free. Join us for a fun-filled festival!
A sold out run of the Great Friends Dance Festival opened each night with an Etude, created that day by one of the visiting choreographers or dancers at the Festival. Dancers sign up to participate and the work is created in just two hours during the day and performed at the show that night. The Etudes, an idea brought to us by John-Mark Owen in 2012, have become one of the signature elements of this community of dancers and an audience favorite. Etudes this year were created by Simona De Tullio of Breathing Art Company (Bari, Italy), Caitlin Trainor (NY), Kat Nasti (Boston) and Fernando Rodriguez of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Saturday’s performance began with a work in progress showing of a new dance by IMC dancer Tara Gragg. Pictured is Kat Nasti’s “Party Pooper,” a fun addition to the canon.
The Great Friends Dance Festival continues this evening with performances by Island Moving Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Kat Nasti Dance, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Breathing Art Company and Attila Joey Csiki. Advance coverage of the Festival in the Providence Journal last Sunday and in our own Newport Daily News.
Tickets are available for the remaining shows here.
Choreographers Danielle Genest, Shane Farrell, Christine Sandorfi and Miki Ohlsen have been creating dances for the lovely and unique features of Ron Fleming’s Bellevue House garden, in preparation for Friday’s Nuit Blanche. The dancers will be joined in the garden by musician Michael Walsh, the Seaside Shakespeare Company and singers Thomas and Joseph Burdick. Patrons will seek out performances at a koi pond, on a loggia, near a classical teahouse and on the branches of a majestic beech tree during the first half of the evening. Doug Woolverton and the Groove Merchants will take over in the tent for dancing till midnight. Tickets are still available here.
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.
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.