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MIM ENDS THE YEAR WITH “THE EMPEROR’S FLOWERS”

April 23rd, 2015

In Partnership with The Cultural Office of The Chinese Embassy and TowneBank, Esteemed Arts Program Celebrates Two Decades with a Touching Chinese Folktale Minds In Motion (MIM), Richmond Ballet’s arts education and outreach program, is excited to mark its 20th anniversary with the presentation of The Emperor’s Flowers, April 30-May 2 at Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre. With the generous sponsorship of TowneBank, this year will be the third consecutive year that the Minds In Motion program will hold its year-end performances at the historic theatre. The performances will bring together…
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Strange and Beautiful Sounds…Part 1!

March 12th, 2015

Strange and Beautiful Sounds. Musical thoughts from our Minds In Motion accompanist Rachel! Part 1: One of my favorite things as a MIM musician has got to be the eclectic mix-tape that is our show’s playlist. Anything goes—from Beatles to bluegrass, big band numbers to Broadway, and even that one year where it was all Bartok and the Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah. It’s so much fun to introduce our dancers (and occasionally ourselves) to music that they (or we) wouldn’t normally ever interact with. Sometimes it’s classical, sometimes it’s…
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Checking in With MIM in Israel!

January 21st, 2015

Checking in from the MIM Residency in Israel With Education Director Cat Studdard, MIM Teaching Artist, Katherine Smothers and MIM Music Supervisor, Blanton Bradley! Day 1 – Beit Itzhak-Sh’Ar, Central District     We were all smiles at the start of our first day as you can see below and we were even happier at the end of the day. Our students are great!  We met with the new principal at Beit Itzhak in the morning and she asked if we could have three days of performances beginning next Wednesday. We…
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Auditions and Macadamia Nuts

November 26th, 2014

As our Minds In Motion 4th graders prepare for their Team XL auditions, Ira White, RBII Company member, recounts his journey through his Team XL audition! Ira began dancing through Minds In Motion! He was a 4th grader at Mary Munford where Katherine Smothers sparked his interest in dancing! Team XL is the successful after-school scholarship class for Minds In Motion students, attended weekly by select dancers from each of the nineteen schools.  This program is offered free-of-charge and has enabled a number of students to make a transition to…
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MIM, Franklin Federal Present “Jamestown: Unearthing A New World”

April 7th, 2014

MINDS IN MOTION, FRANKLIN FEDERAL PRESENT JAMESTOWN: UNEARTHING A NEW WORLD  Outreach Organizations Team Up to Bring Public Art to Downtown Richmond   Richmond, VA – Minds In Motion, Richmond Ballet’s arts education and outreach program, is pleased to welcome Franklin Federal Savings Bank as the title sponsor for the program’s year-end performances, Jamestown: Unearthing a New World, May 1-4, 2014, at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Franklin Federal earned the distinction of title sponsor with a generous gift through the bank’s foundation, The Franklin Federal Foundation,now the single, largest gift…
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