Richmond Ballet News

Hip Hip Hooray

September 20th, 2017

It’s September, and that means time for students to hit the books. It also means that for about 1300 4th-graders in the Richmond and Charlottesville area, it’s time to get out on the dance floor, because Minds in Motion is back in session.

For some, it’s a dream come true. For others, it’s a little scary. (Dance is kindof like science class that way). But that’s the beauty of Minds in Motion: it doesn’t matter if you have perfect coordination or three left feet. Or even no left feet. All you have to do is count to 8. And then try again, because students are so used to counting to 10 that stopping at 8 can be a real challenge. So can counting while marching. Or jumping. Or moving like a sneaky ninja. Or hopping on one foot. Or, hardest of all, standing completely still.

Grooving it out with the 4th-graders is a great way to kick off the month for our teaching artists as well. They’ve spent the past few weeks going quite literally ALL OVER–from mountains to dance studios, meeting rooms to root cellars, in rain and shine–gathering content for this year’s show, working on choreography, and honing historical thinking skills. But as useful as academic immersion is, all the prep-work is just a means to an end.

It really just comes down to sharing the joys of dance with a new class of 4th-graders, and helping them become story-tellers. See you in class!

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