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Minds In Motion

Special message from Minds In Motion Director, Cat Studdard:

Cat Studdard, MIM DirectorMinds 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.

Cat Studdard

Minds In Motion Director


The 2013-14  Minds In Motion Year End Production is generously sponsored by


Additional support for Minds In Motion is provided by

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund    The Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium: City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County  •  Charlottesville Area Community Foundation  •  The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia  •  Genworth Financial and Genworth Foundation  •  MeadWestvaco Foundation  •  Memorial Foundation for Children  •  Moses D. Nunnally Charitable Trust  •  Shelton H. Short, Jr. Trust  •  Mr. and Mrs. James E. Ukrop  •  Virginia Commission for the Arts  •  Wells Fargo Foundation

BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band  •  Bernstein Family Foundation  •  Inez Duff Bishop Trust  •  The CarMax Foundation  •  Margarete and Siegfried Eckhaus Charitable Trust  •  The Harrison Foundation  •  Abby W. Moore  •  Morgan Stanley Foundation  •  Sara Belle and Neil November  •  Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation  •  Riverfront Investment Group, LLC  •  The C.F. Sauer Company  •  SunTrust Foundation  •  Truliant Federal Credit Union


2014 Minds In Motion Art Contest | VIEW ALL 20 WINNING DESIGNS!

Nearly 1,500 Minds In Motion students created their own original art that represented the program’s 2014 theme, JAMESTOWN & ARCHAEOLOGY in honor of the year-end performance, “Jamestown: Unearthing A New World”.

The esteemed judges (Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Program Educator; Casey Polczynski, VMFA Administrative Assistant for Education; Stephanie Saccone, Partner and Web Designer for Webbones LLC) worked hard to determine the 20 school winners, eventually selecting Samantha Cake’s design as the image to appear on this year’s souvenir t-shirt.

All of the art work submissions were on display in the windows of the old Miller & Rhoads Department store, which together with this year’s performances, served as a celebration of public art in the River City’s downtown district, a gathering of artistic energy and spirit offered to the public free-of-charge.

Samantha’s winning design is featured on this year’s souvenir t-shirt, designed by Blue Ridge Graphics (

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MIM, Franklin Federal Present “Jamestown: Unearthing A New World”

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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Richmond Ballet Minds In Motion Team XXL

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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