JULY 14-21, 2019 at 7:00pm

St. Michael’s Country Day School

180 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport

Newport Dance Festival (formerly known as Great Friends Dance Festival) is back this July
with eight nights of dance, featuring five visiting dance companies from around the globe!

6:00pm – Doors open with pre-show Live Music!

6:45pm – Talk Forward with the evening’s choreographers

7:00pm – Show begins

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are suggested to enjoy world class dance in a relaxed, community setting.


2019 Resident Company: Thomas/Ortiz Dance – New Canaan, CT
Breathing Art Company – Bari, Italy
Ballet Dallas – Dallas, TX
Matthew Westerby Company – New York, NY
Trainor Dance – New York, NY
CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet – New York, NY

Arrive early as each performance will be preceded by live music, a 15-minute informational Q&A “Talk-Forward,” & will begin with an Etude, a short piece that is choreographed by one of the festival choreographers during the day and performed with a group of self-selected festival dancers that same night.

Dancers attending IMC’s pre-professional summer intensive will also perform each night of the festival.

Pieces presented by IMC at the festival will include works by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest, company dancer Glen Lewis and choreographers Rodney Rivera and Colin Connor.

A big thank you to Bank Newport for sponsoring Opening Night, Sunday, July 14 and to St. Michael’s Country Day School for hosting us!

Island Moving Co.’s Great Friends Touring Project is designed to bring IMC to new audiences and to bring new audiences to dance. Each year, for the Newport Dance Festival (formerly the Great Friends Dance Festival) in July, we invite a resident company to Newport for two weeks of studio time and performance; in return for a reciprocal performance in their home venue. This year we welcome Ted Thomas with his Thomas/Ortiz Dance Company from New Canaan, CT.

For more information about the Great Friends Touring Project, click here.