Island Moving Company and The Newport Academy of Ballet begin a safe, gradual re-opening process, in accordance of the RI Department of Health & CDC guidelines. The company is recalling its dancers and artistic staff in July to begin a return to classes and rehearsals and to develop several original creative projects. The first public facing project premieres this Thursday, July 16th and is presented in partnership with Discover Newport.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances performed outdoors in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks.
Dates and locations include:

  • July 16- Battery Park, Washington St. – looking towards the bridge
  • July 23- Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Ave. – across from Panera
  • July 30- Touro Park, Bellevue Ave. – across from the Newport Art Museum
  • August 6- Kings Park, Wellington Ave. – close to Ida Lewis Yacht Club

All Performances run @ 10 mins and will be presented at two times: at 12:45 & 1:15 each Thursday.

Salsa & Salvation! is a new series FREE outdoor salsa dance classes offered through IMC’s Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB). IMC company member Jose Losada will lead physically distanced, Cuban Style Salsa Classes on Saturdays from 7-8:00pm starting Saturday, July 18 continuing on consecutive Saturdays through August 22 at 136 Broadway in Newport.  Salsa & Salvation! is made possible from gracious support from Dr. Nate Tilman of Newport Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, who are providing plenty of outdoor space in their parking lot for the class, and to Salvation Cafe who are partnering with IMC to promote the event and who will provide festive atmosphere and physically distanced tables for patrons to enjoy the class.

Newport Academy of Ballet is also offering a series of summer dance classes that may be enjoyed virtually through Zoom or through limited in-studio instruction, for both children and adults alike. For more information go to www.newportacademyofballet.com

IMC’s Climb the Walls & Dance! Series was launched in March and was created to give dance lovers a social, physical and intellectual outlet during quarantine. The program has evolved to offer a variety of supplemental programming, including: Free 30-minute online micro-classes, Great Dance in Great Places, IMC Inside the Work, and IMC’s Live Watch Parties.

One of the more exciting and innovative projects IMC is embarking on over the summer, is a collaboration around the making of a new dance film currently in development. Co-Choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen and Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, the work, which is entitled eMERGE, will be danced by Island Moving Company Dancers and directed by renown film maker, Marta Renzi with cinematography by Jon Gourlay.

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