2018-08-16 / Mainsheet

Dance Was in the Air

Photos by David Lee Black


Island Moving Company dancers Lauren Difede, Katie Moorhead, and Gregory Tyndall Island Moving Company dancers Lauren Difede, Katie Moorhead, and Gregory Tyndall The annual Nuit Blanche summer gala for Island Moving Company raised more than $175,000 for the nonprofit organization’s professional dance company, pre-professional afterschool dance training program, and in-school educational programs. Held July 6 at Ronald Lee Fleming’s New York Times featured Bellevue House, approximately 380 guests enjoyed this year’s “Dance is in the Air” Marrakesh theme.

Event co-chairs Tenley van der Wal, Mary Van Pelt, and Julie Warburg coordinated by IMC Marketing Director Shauna Maguire celebrated IMC’s 36th season under the direction of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. Performances included cartoonist Jacqueline Kelley Coughlin, “Wet Paint” event artist Janelle Feigley, the RI Bucket Drummers James Richards and Derek Blackmar, magician Lilah Sesling, and two sets by seven-time Kennedy Center featured band the Original Moonlighters.


Shaunna Harry, Casey Jones, Bruce Mason, Gino Gianneschi, Joe Hearn, and Alana Hearn Shaunna Harry, Casey Jones, Bruce Mason, Gino Gianneschi, Joe Hearn, and Alana Hearn IMC and the City of Newport recently announced a proposal for the dance company to purchase the vacant Triplett School property on North Broadway, and redevelop the site into a nonprofit center for dance. IMC’s professional dance company has expanded to 11 dancers, the Newport Academy of Ballet serves 175 students each week, and IMC’s in-school educational curriculum reaches first-, second-, and third-graders across Aquidneck Island annually.

Their next performance is the return of “Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook and Pan” aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship from Sept. 6–9.



Bill and Elizabeth Leatherman Bill and Elizabeth Leatherman

Tripler Pell and Tawfik Hammoud Tripler Pell and Tawfik Hammoud

Joe McEnness and Pamela Giannini Joe McEnness and Pamela Giannini

Diane and VG Gooding Diane and VG Gooding

Don Sanders and Dominique Alfandre Don Sanders and Dominique Alfandre

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