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To Deepen the Ballet’s impact in the community,

Richmond Ballet began to search for a new educational initiative in 1993.  The Ballet wanted to create a program that would provide interaction with groups of students and professional dancers on a long-term basis. The organization was motivated by the belief that it is important for the company to provide services beyond the normal range of performances. Richmond Ballet’s objective was similar to a program founded by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise. According to Mr. d’Amboise;

“The goal was to allow the children of inner city schools to experience what it’s like to be an artist – to seek excellence in an art form. It’s not to make them dancers, painters or musicians. Using the finest professionals, we introduce them to an activity that demands excellence in themselves. There’s no winner or loser as in sports. It’s a motivational program for children that works – the constant striving for excellence – getting better and better.”

One of the defining goals of Richmond Ballet’s program is to make the program an integral part of the school curriculum, rather than offering it solely as arts education. It requres the collaborative efforts of the teachers and administrators to help establish the depth and quality of the experience for the students. Partnerships with organizations such as the Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Science Museum of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and even the Federal Reserve Bank are a crucial link in integrating the program with the curriculum and supporting the teachers.

Now in its twenty-first  year, Minds In Motion has successfully expanded from two to twenty-five schools, serving students in Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hopewell, Charlottesville,  and Woodbridge. Acclaimed by teachers, parents and students, Minds In Motion has grown to be the major focus of Richmond Ballet’s education and outreach mission.


Richmond Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following funding partners for their generous support of the 2015-16 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


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