After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) has named Edward McPherson, a professional ballet dancer and Education and Program Coordinator for Midland County Public Libraries in Midland, Texas to succeed outgoing executive director Dominique Alfandre. IMC is a classically trained contemporary ballet company and Alfandre has successfully led the non-profit organization for 35 years. McPherson represents IMC’s second executive director and will begin his new role this month.
John LaRocca, IMC’s Chair of the Board of Directors says, “Edward is a very dynamic young man that has the experience to run the business side of Island Moving Company as executive director. Being a former dancer, Edward will understand the artistic side of the Company and work extremely well with our Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.”
McPherson says, “I’m honored to join Island Moving Company as their executive director. I’m greatly inspired by IMC’s mission and extraordinary programming. Only in Newport is it possible to be enchanted by such classical performances as the Nutcracker, Mother Goose, and Dracula in Gilded Age style from within a mansion. Moreover, cities across this great nation can no more than dream of mounting a ballet aboard the floating stage provided by a tall ship with the history and majesty of the Oliver Hazard Perry.”
Reflecting on his past experience McPherson adds, “I was fortunate to have advocates that opened doors for me as I worked hard to become a professional ballet dancer. Those acts of generosity, kindness, and trust were not lost on me. Working in development and community building is an opportunity for me to give back and invest in future generations and I look forward to sharing this experience with the greater Newport community.”
IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen says, “I am so excited to start working with IMC’s new executive director, Edward McPherson. His enthusiasm for what IMC is and will become is absolutely amazing. His tremendous energy and collaborative spirit will make Edward and me a great team. Here’s to the future!”
McPherson grew up in Davis, California, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and worked as a professional ballet dancer for five years. He was a member of Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sacramento Ballet in Sacramento, California. McPherson also taught dance education at The Waterford School, in Sandy, Utah, and at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He served as the Business Manager for the Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, Texas. He studied Science Ballet at Indiana University and is expected to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in May.