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MIM Summer Dance Camp Begins

June 19th, 2017

Emily Poff Dandridge, Camp Director, along with Paul Dandridge and Bentley Cobb are ready to go for this summer’s first of two Minds In Motion Summer Dance Camps. It’s the first day of camp and already our campers are dancing to the music and rhythms provided by Bentley. Before starting one camper said, “I’m excited to be back and can’t wait to keep dancing.” For the next two weeks, rising 5th and 6th graders will be exploring dance, creative movement, music and related arts and crafts. Campers will learn about…
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Minds In Motion Israel 2017

March 24th, 2017

Nervous chattering and smiles of anticipation filled the gym as the students from Al Salam, an Arab Israeli school, and Beit Yitzhak, a Jewish Israeli school, gathered for their final performance of our 2017 Minds In Motion Israel Residency. As the classes presented their culminating performance together, the audience partook deeply. Everyone was clearly moved by the experience of witnessing these two groups of students smiling, dancing, collaborating. It is no wonder when the audience was asked to dance and join us that the gym erupted into a huge dance party. The…
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A Part of the Story

January 13th, 2017

Minds In Motion Teaching Artists and Musicians had a wonderful winter break and are moving into 2017 having laid a foundation of dance into the lives of hundreds of 4th graders during the fall. Teaching Artists delve into creating dances that their students will perform at the end of April in Richmond and the start of June in Charlottesville. Each dance circles around a common theme or story. Every year, Minds In Motion works to bring a deeper understanding of content to the 4th graders by inserting them into a story.…
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Team XXL shares their gift of dance

December 21st, 2016

On a frigid afternoon in December, the dancers from Team XXL descended on The Valentine, a Richmond museum dedicated to preserving local history. Each year The Valentine (along with nine other historic sites) hosts the Court End Christmas, a holiday celebration including carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, and of course, dance. The Team XXL dancers showcased their 30 minute performance based on the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia. This month, the XXL performers have also shown off their moves with performances at MCV/VCU and at the Commonwealth Club.…
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Back to the river, jump in…

November 18th, 2016

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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