Educational Outreach

imc educational outreach

These critically acclaimed programs offer a more intensive and intimate experience with the artists in your school




CURRICULUM BASED CREATIVE MOVEMENT RESIDENCY – This performance-based residency program consists of a series of eight or fifteen creative movement lessons per class plus rehearsal and performance of a final product. Island Moving Co. dancers create a dance performance piece with the students, drawn from curricular themes developed in discussions with the classroom teacher.

“Seeing the children work, and sometimes struggle, to create beauty and grace in a context of community and personal responsibility for the success of the group, was enormously satisfying. I recommend their educational programs enthusiastically and without reservation.” – Alex Rempis, 3rd grade teacher, Moses Brown School

“I liked this dance class because you had to memorize things, and were very physical and unique. Also because we had to use our brain.” – Richard J., 2nd grade, Kennedy School, Middletown

Please call for details. Some grants are available for this project.

INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS RESIDENCY – This collaboration between the visual arts, music, and dance culminates in a rich and moving performance experience for the entire student body. The workshop helps high schools address the new arts, music and dance proficiency standards for Rhode Island. The Island Moving Co., in a series of lessons with any group of students, creates dances for the students to the music composed by students and faculty or other local artists.

Please call for details. Some grants are available for this project.

YOUNG DANCER PROGRAM – Since 2012, with the help of the Frederick Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital, Island Moving Co. has offered a “scholarship class” for third and fourth graders who had participated in creative movement residencies at their school and wanted to continue their study of dance. Most of the children at our affiliate school, Newport Academy of Ballet, began studying ballet at 4 or 5 years old. The Young Dancer Program is designed to catch up our creative movement students so that they can join their peers in age-appropriate classes next year. This year, six students from the previous scholarship class have moved into Ballet II and III classes at the Academy. Island Moving Co. dancer Glen Lewis has been teaching the class with several interns from Salve Regina University and Island Moving Co’s Junior Company. Twenty students are learning the rudiments of ballet, having fun and getting a great physical workout once a week. Six of the students auditioned for this year’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and joined the children’s cast as Mice and Soldiers. We are so happy to have these students, so eager and earnest, at the Academy. As Tatiana said, “I dream of dancing.”