Nine evening performances over two weeks of great times, great friends and great dance with guest companies from around the country!

In May 2015, IMC will perform with our 2014 Great Friends Dance Festival exchange company, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, at their home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

IMC Etude-Shane-Farrell

The Great Friends Dance Festival was founded by IMC to showcase new work, guest companies, and artists from around the country. The project uses a trade of resources between small and mid-size ballet companies around the country to increase audiences and visibility for this overlooked constituency.

For Island Moving Co., the model moves us closer to several goals: to have a regular spring performance season without the expense of self-producing in new cities; to broaden our visibility around the country and expand our audiences; to provide more touring opportunities for small and midsize ballet companies; and, finally, to connect with other artists around the country presenting new dance, expanding the ballet repertoire and connecting audiences to dance.   The Great Friends Residency project was initially  funded by the Rhode Island Foundation.

GFDF 2014 Sailing

Resident Companies in 2014
Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre
Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co.
Part of the Oath
Marta Renzi: The Book of Breath
Matthew Westerby Company
Lydia Johnson Dance

Resident Companies in 2013
Ali Kenner Brodsky
Amaranth Contemporary Dance
Anne Zuerner Dance
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
Lydia Johnson Dance

GFDF 2014 Finale by Monique Burgess
Resident Companies in 2012
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
John Mark Owen Presents…
Daniel McCusker Dance Project
Providence Ballet Theatre

Resident Companies in 2011
Pasadena Dance Theatre
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance
John Mark Owen Presents…
Saifan Shmerer | SASSON
Adrienne Westwood/ VIA Dance Collaborative
RoxanneLola MovementMachine