Minds In Motion

Message from Cat Studdard Education DirectorCat Studdard

Education and outreach are at the core of Richmond Ballet’s commitment to involve more communities with meaningful dance experiences. No need to search too far to find ways that Richmond Ballet is impacting students through the richness and power of dance. Lecture demonstrations that adapt our full length ballet are being performed by our professional dancers in over 70 schools. This year we bring the magical world of Don Quixote to students in grades K-5. Our Nutcracker Youth performances feature a behind the scenes look at our critically acclaimed performance as students experience the beauty and magic of this holiday treasure.

Minds In Motion, the cornerstone of Richmond Ballet’s education programs is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!! Minds In Motion teaches fourth-grade students discipline, dedication and self-awareness (learn more). 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. 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. As part of Richmond Ballet’s Road to China, our nearly 2,000 Minds In Motion students who meet weekly throughout the school year will be learning about Chinese culture and stories.  Their final performances will enable the children to present their new skills and understanding of China to enthusiastic audiences!

We are thrilled to be in partnership with The Cultural Offices of the Chinese Embassy as we work towards our culminating performances this year!

Check out our news below to learn more about what the students are experiencing throughout their Minds In Motion year!

Richmond Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following funding partners for their generous support of the 2014-15 Minds In Motion Program

Institutional Support From:

  The Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium: City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County  •  BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band  •  Inez Duff Bishop Trust  •   Capital One Services, Inc.  •  Charlottesville Area Community Foundation  •   The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia  •  The Dennis Foundation  •  Ernst & Young Employee Contribution Fund  •  Genworth Financial and Genworth Foundation  •  Richard and Caroline T Gwathmey Memorial Trust  •  Margarete and Siegfried Eckhaus Charitable Trust  •  Massey Foundation  •  MeadWestvaco Foundation  •   Morgan Stanley Foundation  •  RiverFront Investment Group, LLC  •  Shelton H. Short, Jr. Trust  •  The Shubert Foundation, Inc.  •  SunTrust Bank  •  Target Stores  •  Virginia Commission for the Arts  •  Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation  •  Wells Fargo Foundation

Individual Support From:

Ms. Twyla Kitts  •  Kathryn Meacham  •  The Mertz Family  •  Toni A. Ritzenberg in memory of Doris DeHart  •  Mr.  and Mrs. James E. Ukrop  •  George and Mary T. Wickham

Minds In Motion Israel Support:

Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation  •  Jewish Community Federation of Richmond  •  The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington  •  Mr. Abbey W. Moore  •  Richmond Jewish Foundation  •  Mark B. and Susan B. Sisisky Fund II of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia  •  Marcia and Harry Thalhimer  •  United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula


2015 Minds In Motion Art Contest | VIEW ALL 19 WINNING DESIGNS!

Nearly 1,300 Minds In Motion students created their own original art inspired by the program’s 2015 year-end performance,”The Emperor’s Flowers”.

The esteemed judges from the Visual Arts Center of Richmond (Dean Whitbeck, Director of Youth Education; Jordan Roeder, Outreach Coordinator; Blythe King, Youth Education Assistant) worked hard to determine the 19 school winners, eventually selecting Caroline Johnson’s design as the image to appear on this year’s souvenir t-shirt.

Latest News


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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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. Click below to learn the latest Team XXL news!

Click here to help send Team XXL to New York City to dance!

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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