Newport’s Contemporary Ballet, Island Moving Company (IMC) will hold auditions for children’s roles in this year’s production of Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff on Saturday, September 14th at IMC’s studios at 3 Charles Street in Newport, RI. 

Auditions will be from 1:30 – 3:30pm for children ages 7-11 and from 4:00 – 6:00pm for children 12+. Candidates are asked to arrive one half hour before the audition time. This year, the company particularly seeks dancers in the older group with pointe training for expanded roles in the production. 

Auditions will be in the form of a ballet class. All children should have ballet training and be dressed appropriately for ballet class. There will be an audition fee of $30 if registered by September 9th or $40 After September 9th. Pre-registration is encouraged, using the form at 

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is a full-length ballet set in the beautiful surroundings of Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, which the Providence Journal has hailed a “breakthrough in dance theatre.” The children’s cast works closely with IMC’s professional 

performers. 2019 performance dates are November 27, November 29 – December 1, and December 3 – 6. 

Additionally, IMC’s ballet school, Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB) will hold an open house at the Charles Street studio on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30-7:00pm. The open house will be a relaxed informational session about fall class offerings. More information and registration forms can be found at 

For additional information about IMC’s Newport Nutcracker auditions or NAB’s open house, please call 401 847-4470. 

Island Moving Company is a non-profit, classically trained contemporary ballet company, 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. 

The Newport Academy of Ballet trains professional dancers and students who dance for the exercise and pure love of movement. The expert faculty interacts in a kind and loving way with the students while imparting the courage, strength and discipline it takes to become a dancer. The faculty believes that dance can benefit any student no matter what they choose to do with their experience. 

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