Founding Artistic Director

Miki Ohlsen studied with Herci & Myles Marsden in Rhode Island and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Amsterdam, Holland. After performing with DANSGROEP KRISTINA de CHATEL for several seasons, Miki returned to RI and founded the Newport Academy of Ballet, home of the Island Moving Company.

In her tenure as Artistic Director, she has promoted the work of young choreographers and encouraged and enabled collaboration between disciplines. Miki directed five projects for Meet the Composer and created works in collaboration with poets, musicians, actors and visual artists. During her career at IMC she has commissioned over 30 new works for the company, among them dances by Colin Connor, Scott Putman, Joe Celej, Mark Harootian, Stephanie Martinez, Andrea Dawn-Shelley and Spencer Gavin-Hering.

She has been instrumental in developing the team building and leadership workshops that are presented for renowned graduate programs throughout the Northeast. She also led the creative team that designed the residency programs that are now presented in schools from Mass. to Palm Beach Fla. Miki has choreographed over 30 works for the company, including the NY Times critically acclaimed A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and her signature Dracula for Belcourt Castle

Miki served as the Artistic Director of IMC for 40 years–from its inception in 1982, until her retirement in August 2022.