We at Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB) believe that every person can benefit from exposure to dance. We know that we must first teach a love of movement before we can teach the art form. Our youngest students begin with free flowing Creative Movement classes followed by Pre-Ballet. More formal training begins at the age of six. The Academy offers classes for all ages and skill levels in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Salsa. There are many opportunities to gain performance experience for those who are interested, including a non-mandatory end of year performance.
MIKI OHLSEN founded Newport Academy of Ballet in 1979. As a young girl she studied Ballet at the State Ballet of Rhode Island and after attending URI moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and graduated from the Nel Roos Fine Arts Academy with a degree in teaching and performance. After performing with DANSGROEP KRISTINA de CHATEL for several seasons, Miki returned to RI and founded the Newport Academy of Ballet, home of the Island Moving Company. She is also the Artistic Director and founding member of the Island Moving Co.
Miki and her staff of teachers have been providing dance education of the highest quality to children and adults for forty year. With the Academy's strong emphasis on classical ballet and the study of the art form, the school has provided countless hours of joy to those dancing for the sheer love of it and has trained many dancers who have gone on to professional careers. Miki has also led the creative team that designed the Creative Movement residency programs in the Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth schools. Her recent choreography has received critical acclaim and has been entered into choreographic competitions in Boston and New York.
Newport Academy of Ballet's
Island Moving Company
Island Moving Company (IMC) is Newport's critically acclaimed professional contemporary ballet company. Miki Ohlsen is the Artistic Director of both IMC and NAB.
Many of the 12 professional dancers at IMC are teachers in the academy. They are all highly experienced teachers and also masters at linking the art form to performance.
There are many advantages to having a professional company associated with the school.
Your child might often catch the company rehearsing before their own class begins.
Students from NAB also have the opportunity to audition for children’s roles in the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and selection for other performances in the Family Series: Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.
IMC provides ample opportunity for the students to see professional dance right here in Newport. This exposure to the professional dance world makes the experience at NAB unique.
The company performs many times in Newport throughout the year and also tours across the US.
We hope you can join us at one or more of these performances.
A native of Falmouth Cape Cod, Libby began her ballet training with Ballet New England of Cape Cod, MA. She continued her studies at Boston Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and earned a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Libby has danced with City Ballet of San Diego, The San Diego Zoo, Spindle City Ballet, Providence Ballet Theater, Heritage Ballet, Dance Italia, and with many choreographers and companies throughout New England, California, and NYC. She is certified in Pilates, personal training, CPR, and is an Associate Member of the School of Natural Health and Sciences, she also competes in Ballroom and Latin dance. She was the dance teacher/director at The Prout School in Wakefield, RI for eight years.
She has taught at Newport Academy of Ballet for past decade and also teaches at RISE Vineyard Performing Arts on Martha's Vineyard.