Luminous and Dramatic, Island Moving Company Gala Shines In Newport

Gala Girls Maggie Bennett & Morgan Holubesko

With the International Yacht Restoration School's mammoth facility turned into Count Dracula's bedroom, and demon succubi sliding on crimson ropes from the ceiling to "involve" the sleeping Count, Island Moving Company hosted one of the most intriguing fundraising events of the season in Newport. Entitled "The World is Your Oyster", the evening celebrated its dancers as its pearls. Atmospheric and fun, the highlight was the performance of the extraordinary bedroom scene from "Dracula". It was welcome to the castle!


Exuberant dancing to the Tin Pan Band from New York began during dinner, joined by a lively 9:00 p.m. post-dinner crowd. Auctioneer Sal Corio conducted the "Fund the Future" auction, which attracted multiple bids, from a $5,000 pledge (given by photographer Thomas Palmer) down to tens of pledges at $500. Company artistic director and choreographer Miki Ohlsen danced disco with Randall Poirier and the company's red-clad dancers. The Missouri Contemporary Ballet and New York’s John Mark Owens Presents, in town for the IMC’s Great Friends Dance Festival, joined in.


Marilyn Woloohojian, Loraine DeCesaris  & Mary Lou Riker

Co-chairman Ellen Barnes was lovely in a pink dress and hosted a large table, and Co-Chair Monique Burgess and her business partner Bethany di Napoli introduced their new perfume line, 8 Count Fragrances. Compelling, kinetic bronze sculptures by artist Anne Mimi Sammis (very Degas-like) served as the centerpiece of each table.


Former Board Chairmen formed a “Table of Chairs” which included Spencer Berger, Anne Maxwell Livingston and Rachel Balaban. Board members in attendance were Chairman Donald A. Jagoe, Vice Chair Kate Spinella, Joan Martin, John W. Brooks, Jr., Ellen Barnes, Brenda Calkins, Monique Burgess, Mary Clare O’Grady, Laura Cahill, Barbara Caldwell, Bethany DiNapoli, Mary Beth Murphy and Marilyn Woloohojian.


                                                              --Linda L. Phillips

The Island Moving Company, a non-profit, classically trained contemporary ballet troupe, is celebrating 30 years as Newport's resident, bringing dance into the Rhose Island schools, and performances to many venues. IMC has performed in New York City, Palm Beach, and throughout the region, and is, founded on the belief that collaboration and a supportive environment enhance the creative process, producing great works of art representing profound expressions of the human spirit and experience.




Stephanie and Mervin Lynch with Joan Martin

 Patrick Kerins, Terry Morgenthaler, Charlie and Patty Hayes

 Didi Suydam & Gemma Craig

Katie Craig & Phoebe Driscoll

Ed Sanchas & Kate Teixeira

Kevin Ryan & Jennifer Labay

The Caldwell family, chaired by Barbara & Warren (r.)

Entering IYRS after cocktails

Joan Martin, Loraine DeCesaris, Marilyn Woloohojian &

Mary Lou Riker

A succubus descends to Dracula's bed

Mervin Lynch,  Mary Shepard & John Sawicki

Jana & Don Jagoe, IMC Board Chair

Peter Chabot with Susan & David Killebrew

Marilyn Woloohojian & Loraine DeCesaris

Elizabeth Brooks & friend

Colleen McGrath & Natasha Harrison

Co-chair Monique Burgess with Peter & Anne Damon

Jana Jagoe &  Karen Mareck Grundy, Artistic Director

of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet

 Jim Hagen & Alyce Wright

Dominique Alfandre & Frank Spinella

Jim Gaffney  & Bruce Livingston

Monk & Mona Barbera

Dancers from the Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company


Kinetic sculpture by  Mimi Sammis


Judith Tolnick Champa with Jemison Faust


IMC's 30th Anniversary Gala at IYRS


Count Dracula's bed


Marilyn Woloohojian, Patrick Kerins & Terry Morgenthaler


Dancer Christine Sandorfi on aerial silks



IMC Dancers Brooke DiFrancesco, Christine Sandorfi &

Meredith Baer


IMC Dancer Danielle Genest



The dancers take a bow


Auctioneer Sal Corio soliciting bids



Miki Ohlsen & Cheryl Mrozowski


Trudy Coxe & John Brooks


Virginia Nault & Celia Byrne sell Mystery Boxes


Liz Drayton, Tom Brace, Bill Shaw & Emlen Drayton


Please? Yes!


Dancing erupted on the floor


Miki Ohlsen lets go!


Tom & Michelle Shevlin arrived for dancing


The tables named for IMC performances


A perennial favorite


Friend with Liz Drayton


The dramatic scene created by designers Sharon Cameron Lawn &

Karen Vaughan

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