The dancers are back!

The Island Moving Company began Nutcracker rehearsals today and ended their time in the studio with our traditional staff & dancer lunch up in the IMC office.  We welcomed new dancers Darwin Black, Dwayne Cook and Timur Kan to the Company.  The expanded company has allowed Miki Ohlsen to rethink many Nutcracker scenes, adding characters and modifying roles to freshen the production.  There are still tickets for some of the shows — don’t hesitate to get yours now!

Open for Dancing – each day starts with class

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.

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Open for Dancing Coming Up Soon!

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!

IMC Education Programs Honored by Newport Public Education Foundation

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.



IMC DAY! January 22


Island Moving Company begins our 35 year with some exciting happenings.charles-st-door-12-22

Please join us on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to celebrate the acquisition of the Newport Academy of Ballet, as well as our building’s new beautification with the unveiling of new studio photographs by Clint Clemens in our studios, our hallways, and our frontage on Washington Square.



Sunday, January 22
1:00 – 2:00 
Open Rehearsal with the Children’s Cast of Mother Goose

2:00 – 3:00
Newport Academy of Ballet Open House and Registration for the new term beginning January 30th

IMC Day Proclamation on Washington Square and Champagne Toast to the new window panels and photos displayed throughout the studio

Reception in Main Studio


Island Moving Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Newport Academy of Ballet, scheduled for the end of this month.   Affiliated with IMC for the past 35 years, the Newport Academy of Ballet employs IMC’s professional dancers as its instructors, shares its building and studios, and is the heart and soul of Island Moving Company’s educational mission.

This new collaboration won’t affect any of the day to day operations of the school nor of the company, but the combining of the two will help strengthen the sustainability of both for many years to come.  We are very excited to begin our 35th year with this thrilling collaboration.


New Board Members Join IMC

The Island Moving Co Board of Directors has experienced a significant expansion this season, thanks to the work of Mary Clare O’Grady’s energetic Governance Committee.  At the last meeting, Kristie Feroce, whose background is in finance, and Bill Martin, longtime supporter and Partner for Dance, were welcomed onto the Board.  Recently, Kayleigh Melroy, a physical therapist who volunteers to treat our dancers, was voted on.  They join seven other new members, who represent expertise in arts administration, real estate, finance and event planning as well as networks in the art world, the sailing community and academia.  Since January, Island Moving Co has expanded the board to 20, very happy to welcome Teri Degnan, Mary Kay Koreivo, Kate Bidlack, Martha Parker, Hugh Baertlein, Julie Warburg, Brett McKenzie and Tenley van der Wal.   At the November meeting, the Board was also pleased to re-elect our officers: John La Rocca, Chairman, Kelley Coen, Vice Chair, George Furbish, Treasurer and Ellen Barnes, Secretary.

Kayleigh Melroy and Bill Martin at last summer’s Nuit Blanche


Newport Nutcracker Open Rehearsal Scheduled for Veteran’s Day 2016

christine-arabian-sullivan015Before Island Moving Company’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, IMC will allow the general public to see how the performance comes together, with a Free Open Rehearsal on Friday, November 11 at 12:30pm.  Our professional dancers and members of our younger “kids cast” will be rehearsing various sections of the Nutcracker for all to take a sneak peek at.   Rehearsal will be finished by 3:00pm.



Your chance to win the Nutcracker’s Oscar De La Renta Necklace used in the production

floral-navette-choker-necklace-1190It’s the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff’s Crystal Anniversary!

Raffle tickets are now on sale for your chance to win the very same Oscar De La Renta necklace that is given to Frau Oelrich during the party scene.

Raffle tickets are only $10.  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER

The value is $1,150 and it is graciously donated by Gem-Craft, Inc., Cranston, RI.

Great Friends In the House

Ekklesia 7-2015It’s opening night of the sixth Great Friends Dance Festival and we’re thrilled to bring you old friends and new.  Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet has come in from Connecticut.  We’ve seen the dress rehearsal and know you will be excited to get to know them.  Our friends iMEE bring two new pieces by the talented Andrea Dawn Shelley and we’re premiering a new work by Joe Celej, who comes in this weekend to perform.  Get your tickets now; we have great prices on a flex-pass; bring your friends or use the pass to come back multiple nights!

Mother Goose goes to Little Compton

Glen & Lauren LCC LuLoThe dancers visited the Little Compton Community Center Sunday, March 15th and presented Mother Goose in the Center’s lovely little second floor theatre.  About 60 audience members, ranging in age from -1 to +65 enjoyed tales of Bo Peep and the Woman from France.  At the end of the performance, Lisa Reimer’s Mother Goose invited all on stage for some group dance time. The performance was sponsored by our patron Randal Poirier, whose Independence Financial Partners is based just across the Common from the Center.BoPeep & sheep LCC LuLo