Film Screening of Creative Continuum with IMC at the Edward King House
Join IMC and the Edward King House to watch the recording of Newport’s contemporary ballet company performance from May 12th at the EKH. Island Moving Company shares for the first time on film their one night only performance featuring all live music “Creative Continuum,” Vets Memorial Stage. Suggested donation is $5 with two showing times (3:00 Matinee and 6:30 Evening) CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
It’s undeniable that dance doesn’t have to he performed with any kind of score to be beautiful and meaningful. Yet live music can offer another sensory level that makes experiencing live dance all the more powerful. Newport, Rhode Island-based Island Moving Company (IMC), a group of various local musicians and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale showed this to be quite true in Creative Continuum – Dances with Live Music at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, RI.
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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.
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
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.
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.
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.