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From April 24-May 9, 2016, Island Moving Co toured to Kazakhstan to dance with our friends, Samruk Dance Company and their Artistic Director Gulnara Adamova. The tour coincided with the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of US/Kazakhstan relations. The US Consulate sponsored cultural exchanges in two additional cities after we spent the first week in Almaty with Samruk.

Please follow the links below for photos, pictures, and videos of this fantastic experience:

The U.S. Island Moving Company and Kazakhstan’s Samruk Dance Company visited the Almaty Metro and you’ll never believe what happened….



The American company Island Moving Company in Shymkent; review


Our exchange with Samruk Dance was Island Moving Co’s first international foray in the Great Friends Touring Project.  We’re looking for more opportunities to travel abroad and to bring amazing new talent to our audiences at the Great Friends Dance Festival.


Depart Sunday, April 24, arrive Tuesday, April 26

4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.                     Rehearsal at Samruk’s beautiful studios

Wednesday, April 27                 Rehearsal with Samruk on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theater in Almaty

18.30 p.m.                                          Evening Concert

Thursday, April 28                     Master-classes at the Choreography College

Friday, April 29                           Rehearsal with Samruk

Saturday, April 30                      Flashmob in Almaty

Sunday, May 1                                Rest day – excursion outside Almaty 

Monday, May 2                              Rehearsal for a performance in Astana

Tuesday, May 3                             Travel to Astana; afternoon rehearsals in Astana

Wednesday, May 4                      Evening concert on the stage of the Congress Hall Astana      

Thursday, May 5                          Travel to Shymkent

Friday, May 6                                Rehearsal and performance in Shymkent

Saturday, May 7                           Outreach program in Sairam village near Shymkent

Sunday, May 8                              Return to Almaty; fly home on May 9th

25th anniv US-K