Dear Friends,

We wanted you to know that IMC Associate Artistic Director, Spencer Gavin Hering, has decided to leave the company.  Spencer gave us his resignation a month ago and this is his last week with IMC.  We wish him all the best in whatever ventures he embarks on.

Spencer has brought us so much in his two and a half years in Newport – his amazing choreography, his ready enthusiasm for all our projects, his thoughtful training of the dancers.  We all remember his works for the Company: Heart Vignettes, Ant Umbra, his ism duets, Breathing Space, the witty suited up and the thrill of Brom Bones Tale, weaving its haunted way through the gardens at Bellevue House.  His creative collaboration with Miki has enhanced every performance, from Nutcracker to the site specific Whispers of Southampton to our fabulous Nuit Blanche.  We will miss his imagination, almost as much as we will miss his willing help with all things technical and digital.  His tenure here also introduced us to his wife Andrea Dawn Shelley, whose beautiful works have also been performed, to acclaim, in our productions.

We will use the next few months to assess our needs in the studio and the office and will hire permanently at the end of that thought process.  Meanwhile, we are bringing in a guest artist to replace Spencer in his romantic role as Nutcracker Cavalier and a rehearsal master from Boston who will fill in teaching Company class and running some rehearsals.

Please join with Miki and me in wishing him and Andrea all happiness and success in their future endeavors.


Jae French, Jana Jagoe, John Brooks and Spencer Hering Partners for Dance web

With IMC patrons Jae French, Jana Jagoe and John Brooks

Tierra 2015 Casino

Spencer with Tara Gragg in Miki’s La Tierra Giro