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Back to the river, jump in…

November 18th, 2016

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Back to the river, jump in… It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! This week our Minds In Motion (MIM) students, both in Richmond and Charlottesville, begin work on the first of the dances that will premiere in our MIM Culminating Performances in April and June. This particular dance comes at the end of the show, not at the beginning–it’s called the Finale. Big splash, Big splash! We take all the basic steps, musical qualities, and important facts we’ve learned about the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia and we start…
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Lights! Camera! Parents?

November 4th, 2016

Students at Bellevue Elementary decorate open class invitations for their parents.

Students at Bellevue Elementary decorate open class invitations for their parents. It’s been an exciting time in the Minds In Motion classrooms. During the month of October, we invited parents into the class to be our inaugural audience. After the first moments of panic (ZOMG! My dad is watching, aaah!) our dancers took their first steps towards becoming performers. In most ways, it was just another day in MIM class–warm up, review steps, revisit beginning choreography. There’s a lot to do before taking the BIG stage in April, after all.…
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Putting It Together

September 16th, 2016

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What’s it like to be a Minds In Motion (MIM) student? Classroom teachers got a chance to find out. Professors Joan Rhodes and Misti Wajciechowski from VCU School of Education and Professor Julie Gray from UVa-Richmond are partnering with MIM to present a professional learning session for all MIM classroom teachers. Richmond Ballet Outreach Director Cat Studdard had us moving like water, beating a drum, and catching raindrops—all to music performed by the magnificent MIM musicians. Joan, Misti, and Julie made connections between the 4th grade language arts curriculum and…
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Team XXL Richmond Reconnect

August 3rd, 2016

Team XXL Richmond reconnecting during their workshop.

Team XXL and Minds In Motion are thrilled to be partnering with the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia this year. We have the unique pleasure to share the tribe’s rich cultural heritage through dance, while gaining a better understanding of our local Virginia history. We’re excited to embark on one of two week-long workshops with our 5th through 8th grade dancers. Summer programs allow us to re-connect with the students, and also give us the opportunity to explore new movement vocabulary, subject matter, and welcome the new 5th grade dancers to…
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Join Richmond Ballet at Dogwood Dell for a Free Performance

May 26th, 2016

Richmond Ballet Kicks off Dogwood Dell’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with Two Nights Featuring The Professional Company, The School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion The Dell Main Stage, Dogwood Dell Byrd Park, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 Friday, June 3 at 8:30pm & Saturday, June 4 at 8:30pm (The same program will be performed both evenings) Performances are free and open to the public Members of Richmond Ballet’s professional company are set to perform ‘Windows II’ from Stoner Winslett’s signature full-length work, Windows, alongside a Richmond favorite –…
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