Special message from Minds In Motion Director, Cat Studdard:
Minds In Motion is the cornerstone of Richmond Ballet’s education department and has been introducing fourth graders to the joy of dance since 1995. Professional teaching artists and musicians bring their love and experience of dance to each of the Minds In Motion students in a yearlong or more intensive two-week residency program.
Minds In Motion teaches fourth-grade students discipline, dedication and self-awareness by leading them through a series of choreographic movements which must be memorized and expanded upon in each class session (learn more). The incremental process of working towards memorizing choreography, making a confident entrance or being able to convey emotion behind dance is crafted throughout classes with patience and recognition. Not to be mistaken for a ballet class, our pedestrian-based movement curriculum teaches students the benefits of applying themselves to a task involving both mental and physical challenges. A pianist accompanies all of the classes, adding another enriching dimension to the experience. The power of the program lies in the process of building upon weekly achievements. The final performance enables the children to present their new skills to enthusiastic audiences.
Minds In Motion collaborates with partner organizations like the Science Museum of Virginia, The Federal Reserve Bank or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create a unique learning experience that engages the whole child. The experience culminates with a professionally-produced performance celebrating the year’s theme. Minds In Motion students take the stage with confidence that they have built through their studies and practice. Reaching students in Richmond, Hopewell, Charlottesville, Woodbridge, Chesterfield County and Henrico County, Minds In Motion brings together children from all walks of life to share a transformative, meaningful arts experience and is the only program of its kind in the Commonwealth.
Minds In Motion Director
Welcome to Minds In Motion! Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion (MIM) program has kicked off its first week of the year in Richmond with a bang. 1,415 students were taught, in 59 classes throughout the course of the week, their very first Minds In Motion class. Depending on who you asked, preconceptions of the program involved concerns about taking a ballet class (MIM is a pedestrian based movement which uses similar anatomical concepts, but is most certainly not ballet), to excitement from knowing a friend or a family…
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Minds In Motion Team XXL has been designated as the featured performance group to represent the Minds In Motion program. As Minds In Motion has grown, requests for performances throughout the community have increased substantially, and the members of Team XXL have become superb ambassadors for the program.
Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL is a group of youthful, diverse, high- energy dancers that combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. This program has enabled a number of students to transition to classes at the School of Richmond Ballet…
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