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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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Studio One Offers a World Premiere and a 20th Century Masterpiece

September 6th, 2016

The Moor’s Pavane and Returning Choreographer Melissa Barak round out program for Studio One September 20-25, 2016  |  BUY TICKETS  Richmond Ballet is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 season will begin with Studio One, featuring a world premiere work from Los Angeles-based choreographer Melissa Barak and the José Limón classic, The Moor’s Pavane, September 20-25, 2016, at Richmond Ballet’s Studio Theatre. Studio One marks the first installment of the popular Studio Series, which will feature three world premieres in addition to two works new to the Richmond Ballet stage…
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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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