We’re home all in one piece from our two week tour of three cities in Kazakhstan. Join us for visuals, voices and vodka at the Jamestown Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm. We’re show you our schopkas and entertain you with tales of folk dances, wonderful people and fermented camel’s milk. Free! RSVP required.
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Island Moving Co has received two significant grants recently to support our programs for kids. The Frederick Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital continues its seminal support for our after school Pell School ballet class with a grant of $7500. And the Newport County Fund at the RI Foundation has come back with a grant of $8000 to help make possible the expansion of our successful Math Into Movement program to all Newport County elementary schools. Thanks to both funders for their thoughtful support.
Our musicians were in the studio yesterday, rehearsing with the dancers for our Moment to Moment performance at Vets Auditorium Saturday, April 23rd. We had the string quartet, Adrienne Taylor, Laura Gulley, Chase Spruill and Ethan Wood, in the studio with us for a few hours. The whole building was filled with marvelous music. If you have not already purchased your tickets to this IMC Providence premiere, please join us!
The Island Moving Co. dancers are brushing up on their Russian in preparation for our tour to Kazakhstan from April 24 – May 9th. Take a look to see how they’re doing with that, and, while you’re there, make a donation to our IndieGoGo campaign. We’re raising money for our trip and to pay the dancers for an extra day of rehearsal. The performances include Plague, by John Mark Owen, which we will perform with our friends from Samruk Dance. Click here to get to the video.
The dancers are in rehearsal for our April 23rd show at Vets Auditorium in Providence. You can preview the new work we’ll present at our Open Rehearsal Friday, April 8th at 7pm at 3 Charles Street in Newport. Stay and continue the conversation over a glass of wine with the dancers and our guest choreographers Bill Evans and Mark Harootian. Here are some photos from the Daily News who visited rehearsal last week.
This just in from our friends at the Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Do you read Russian? We’re helping to celebrate 25 years of US/Kazakhstan relations with performances throughout Kazakhstan sponsored by the Embassy. We’ll be sharing programs with our friends Samruk Dance who were with us last summer at the Great Friends Dance Festival.
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We’re leaving the day after our performance at Vets Memorial Auditorium on April 23rd. We’re offering a ride on the adventure for interested patrons. Get in touch with us at email@example.com for more information. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Island Moving Co opened its season last weekend with sold out audiences for four performances of Mother Goose and two stunning repertory evenings of A Collection of Attitudes. Audiences will get a second chance to catch the charming Mother Goose at two additional shows on March 6th. At 11am the Company and members of our children’s cast will perform at Sandywoods, in the lovely performing arts building on Muse Way. Reservations at sandywoodsmusic.org. Then, at 2pm, we perform in the beautiful mansion of Blithewold in Bristol. Tickets are available here. Our appearance at Sandywoods is generously underwritten by John and Marisa LaRocca.
Pell School Family Services Coordinator Mark McKenna brought a gang from the Pell School Ballet Class to a performance of the BalletBoyz at the beautiful Vets Auditorium. Island Moving Co. dancers, Mr. Glen and Miss Shauna met the kids at the theatre and enjoyed a beautiful performance with them. The Pell School scholarship program includes many opportunities for mentorship for the students with the IMC dancers.
The third graders at Pell School in Newport just completed a week of workshops with the Island Moving Co. dancers. They explored the theme of “Sustainability” with themes like Simplicity, Acceptance, and Generosity. The classes wore color coordinated outfits for their performance at the school on Friday, January 22nd to a large and appreciative crowd of their fellow students, parents and friends. The residency was generously supported by the Benefactors of the Arts with help from the North Family Trust, the Little Family Foundation and the RI State Council on the Arts. The dancers return to Pell in March to have fun with Math Into Movement with all the second graders. Photo by Jen Carter.
The dancers, Miki and all the staff wish you a Happy New Year. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Opening Weekend shows at the end of February. We’ve added shows of both Mother Goose and our repertory program. Bring your little ones to Rosecliff for a fun afternoon with Mother Goose and then return with your best beloved for a gorgeous evening of dance in the stunning Rosecliff ballroom. We’re excited to be premiering a new work by Jerry Opdenaker, who will be coming up from Florida to work with the dancers. Look out for invitations to come see him in action at the studio. Here’s to a glorious 34th!