Rehearsals are underway for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the dancers are in the studio today, warming up with a company class. Sales are gangbusters (get your tickets now!). Sponsor Randal S. Poirier of Independence Financial Partners is underwriting one evening of the run, entertaining clients and friends with refreshments before the show at Rosecliff. Our annual Nutcracker matinee for Newport’s third graders has found generous support from David and Susan Odland. They have been devoted to bringing children to the show, every year buying tickets, being Nutcracker Angels and escorting excited young people to performances.
Other support forour work with Newport County’s students has come just today from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation in Washington, DC. A supporter of Open for Dancing ten years ago, the Foundation has renewed its interest in the Company with a $10,000 grant for general operating support of our education programs, including our Pell School ballet class, our creative movement programs in the schools, development of a new math-based curriculum and our Junior Company, which will be underway in January. Many thanks to all who value this important aspect of the Company’s work — one that is close to the heart of every dancer.