The Ipswich Moving Company led by founder and choreographer, Janet Taisey Craft makes its home in a renovated barn in Ipswich across from the Ipswich River. For over 30 years, the Ipswich Moving Company (a professional modern dance company) and the Ipswich Moving Company School (an educational center for dance) directed by Jenny Carlson since 2003, have contributed to the artistic life of the North Shore and Greater Boston community.
In 1980, the Company and the Studio were incorporated as The Ipswich Dance Foundation, Inc. as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization. During the summer of 2003, the Studio underwent a major renovation of its facilities to better meet the needs of the School, Company and the community. The Studio now boasts a fully equipped performance/studio space and a smaller second Studio with sprung maple dance floors, walled mirrors and wonderful natural light.
The Ipswich Moving Company offers modern dance performances in theatres, schools, outdoor spaces and galleries throughout New England. The Company performed at the internationally famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two summers in 2000 and 2001. Their Aerial Dance Theatre production, FREE FALLwas aired on British Cable TV, produced on the worldart.com webcast and presented in the Boston Center for the Art’s 2003 Spotlight on Dance Series. The Company participated in the Massachusetts Educational Collaborative for ten years, offering artist-in-residencies in public and private schools throughout the north shore area. The Company presents ten to fifteen performances in Ipswich, Boston and Newburyport annually.
Since 1986, the Company has created original aerial dance productions that have been performed everywhere from theatres to art galleries to school gymnasiums and have expanded the scope, enhanced the technology, and fascinated audiences with the beauty of aerial dance. The Company has developed a unique form of aerial dance using tied climbing rope and fabric slings. Aerial Dance Workshops are offered by the Company throughout the year to dancers and members of the community.
Company’s recent full evening concerts include: ALIGHT- A Journey from Darkness to Light in collaboration with the Ipswich High School Music program, 2006; TALES OF A TUB based on the poetry of Sylvia Plath, 2007; DREAMING HEAD exploring surrealism in dance, 2008; and POOKA IN THE WOODS /A Celtic folktale in music, dance and storytelling, 2009 and 2010. Dance as a collaborative art has been an important focus for the Company. Throughout its history, the Ipswich Moving Company and choreographer, Janet Taisey Craft have created dance theater works in collaboration with musicians, composers, sculptors, visual artists, poets and creative writers. Recent projects include: IMAGES with The Orchestra On The Hill and composer, G. Paul Naeger, 2011; and THE GIRL IN WHITE, a dance video project with composer, Robert Bradshaw, which is currently in rehearsal and is expected to be completed for public TV airing by fall, 2012.
The Ipswich Dance Foundation, Inc. is a 501-(c)-3 Massachusetts Corporation. It was founded in 1980 as a non-profit arts organization as the umbrella organization for the Ipswich Moving Company (modern dance company) and the Ipswich Moving Company Studio (educational center for dance and yoga). Janet Taisey Craft is founding president and artistic director. Through the Foundation's activities thousands of adults' and children's lives have been enriched through dance and theatre instruction, related wellness workshops, and opportunities to participate in and view professional dance performances.
To continue to create new performance projects, expand our educational programs, and extend our community-based outreach projects, the Ipswich Moving Company needs community support. Donations from individuals, businesses, and corporations help defray the costs of bringing quality performances and sound educational programs to the public. Ipswich Moving Company gratefully acknowledges current and past contributions and grants from New England Biolabs Foundation, The Artists Foundation, Emerson College, EBSCO Publishing, Institution for Savings, TD Bank, Ipswich Rotary, Sovereign Bank, and Ipswich Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the many individuals who have made annual contributions and been supportive audience members.
Can be made to Ipswich Dance Foundation, Inc. and will be appropriately acknowledged for tax purposes. For more information about becoming an Ipswich Moving Company Donor or to become an Ipswich Moving Company Volunteer please contact us.
(Choreographer & Artistic director) is the founder of The Ipswich Moving Company. Her choreography has been presented in the US, the Netherlands, the former Soviet Union, and twice at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Her choreography has received recognition from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Janet was the Head of Dance at Emerson College for twenty-four years. She created her first aerial dance in 1986 and has continued to define and refine her unique form of aerial dance. In 2008, Janet joined the dance faculty at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO. where she created new aerial works for five summers. Recent full evening work includes: Ground, premiered in Ipswich in 2012 and performed in Boston in 2013; Here & Now, an intergenerational ensemble of dancers who created and performed original works in Ipswich in 2014; and Look, Look Again, a video, dance, and visual art project, presented in Ipswich and Gloucester in 2015.
(School Director, Instructor, & Dancer) is the Director of Ipswich Moving Company School of Dance and Assistant Director of the Ipswich Moving Company. She teaches classes for students who range in age from infant-toddlers in Creative Movement classes to elementary school students, teens, and adults. She has developed an audition-based performance group called the Youth Dance Ensemble.
Jenny also offers introductory dance classes at several local educational institutions, including the Ipswich Public Schools as well as private preschool and early elementary programs.
She has danced with Flipside Dance Theatre, Fresh Squeezed Dance, Fallen Flight Project, Julie Pike Edmond, Julie Ince Thompson, and Adrienne Mincz. These companies and choreographers have taken her from California to Europe to perform. Jenny has taught Aerial Dance at Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO with Janet Craft. The Boston Globe described Jenny as "a beautifully lyrical and articulate dancer, who moves with a lush fluidity."
Jenny Carlson trained at the Imperial Academy of Dance in Connecticut and continued her studies at Emerson College, receiving a BFA in Dance. Jenny has been flying through the air for 18 years on rope, fabric, and steel frames, performing and choreographing aerial dances with Ipswich Moving Company.
(Dancer) has been dancing with Ipswich Moving Company since 2009 and has been performing and teaching in the Boston area since 2006. She has had the opportunity to dance for Ellis Wood Dance, Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works, Snappy Dance Theater, ANIKAI Dance, Bennett Dance Company, and KAIROS Dance Theater. Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2006 with a B.A. in Dance/Performance Studies and Secondary Education. She is currently the Assistant Director of Broadway Bound Dance Center in Natick, MA.
(Dancer & Instructor) is from Andover MA, began her training at the Andover School of Ballet, and continued her training in the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio’s Boston Youth Moves program. Tabitha received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she had the pleasure of performing works by Bob Fosse, Louis Johnson, Merrian Soto, and Brian Sanders, among others. She was also a member of the first college group to perform Martha Graham’s “Panorama” within a Graham Company program. She was a part of the university’s Choreography Emphasis Program and received the Dance Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Dance. Tabitha has attended dance workshops and festivals including Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Windhover Spreads Its Wings, and The Limon Summer Workshop. Tabitha has been a member of the Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, MA performing works by Doris Humphrey. She has also performed with Dušan Týnek Dance Theater, and spent 3 years as a soloist with Urbanity Dance. Tabitha currently dances with Deadfall Dance, Ipswich Moving Company, and Sokolow Now. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher.
(Dancer & Instructor) received her BFA in dance from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has been teaching and choreographing in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire for more than 15 years. Over the years, Amanda has worked with choreographers Heidi Hendersen, Ingrid Schatz, Chrissy Reynolds, and Ipswich Moving Company. Amanda is thrilled to be back teaching and performing with Ipswich Moving Company.
(Youth Dance Ensemble Choreographer) uses her experience as a professional dancer, choreographer and body worker to teach students how to move in concert with their natural abilities—simultaneously encouraging young dancers to push their creative boundaries while maintaining happy, healthy bodies. Julie began her academic pursuits in Dance Education and Performance at Columbia College in Chicago and completed her BFA at Bradford College. Upon graduation, Julie immersed herself in the Greater Boston dance community and has had the pleasure of performing with a long list of accomplished choreographers and companies over the past 15 years. Among them are Brian Crabtree, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, Exit Dance Theatre, Karen Murphy, Nicola Hawkins and Weber Dance. Julie currently performs with EgoArt, Inc. and her own group, the TurnPike Project - an experimental contemporary dance company. Julie has been an athlete throughout her life, which allows her to integrate different aspects of physical training into her teaching and movement style. She has taught Modern Dance, Choreography, and Stretch classes at Brookline Public, Green Street Studios, Governor Dummer Academy and The Dance Place. Julie also runs an independent Shiatsu, Craniosacral, and Reiki practice.
(Youth Dance Ensemble Choreographer) graduated with a BFA in Dance from Emerson College in May of 1999, where she studied with Tommy Neblett of Prometheus Dance, Janet Taisey Craft of the Ipswich Moving Company, and Peter Dimuro of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. In May of 1999 she founded FlipSide Dance Theatre. FlipSide has performed at Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and The Oakland Arts Center in California. Chrissy has taught extensively throughout Massachusetts, including at Boston University and the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington. During her summer intensive program at the University of Hawaii, Chrissy taught creative movement, tap, and jazz to children. In 2004 Chrissy started the Movement Project Performance Company, a teen dance intensive that offers students the opportunity to perform concert-length choreography. She’s had the pleasure of attending various summer intensives including Pro-Danza Italia where her choreography was selected for performance. Chrissy is the owner and director of Annemarie’s Dance Center in Ashland MA.
(Pianist) began playing piano at 7 years old. She played organ at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Falmouth, MA through her high school years. At the University of Lowell, she majored in Music Education with piano as her major instrument, studying with Inge Lindblad, and graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1978. She has continued to play piano and organ at churches and schools through the years, accompanying school choruses and church choirs of all ages, as well as many musicals. She has also played piano for Waldorf Eurhythmy classes and has been accompanying ballet classes at the Ipswich Moving Company for 5 years.
Elaine is married to Michael Hamill and mother of 2 adult daughters, Louise and Laura. Laura danced modern at the IMC during her high school years. She is also a dog trainer and competitor, training her own dogs and her student's dogs to championship levels in many dog sports. She is an AKC Obedience trial judge.
(Performer and Designer) Jim is one of the original Aerial Dance creators. He has performed with the Ipswich Moving Company in aerial dances, site installations and school programs since the 1980's. He has gained critical acclaim as a set designer in New York City and throughout the US.
(Lighting Designer) The Luminaires Group is the design/production arm of Galley Theatre Lighting, a lighting rental company operated by Charles and Sandra Galley for more than 30 years. Sandra designs for drama and dance. Her last project was ALIGHT for Ipswich Moving Company and her next production will be "The Laramie Project" at Brooks School. Other recent credits include: "Stringmaker", a community dance piece by Turning The Wheel Productions; "Dido and Aeneus" for the Cambridge Community Chorale; "Hamlet" at the Derry (NH) Opera House, and numerous academic and community theatre productions.
(Costume Designer) Ivette has been designing and sewing costumes for local theatre companies (Neverland Theatre, Moonlight Productions, Pine Grove Elementary, Ipswich Middle School, and Ipswich High School) for 20 plus years. Her latest work was created for Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble Holiday Concert at Castle Hill. She went to the School of Fashion Design in Boston.