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Team XXL shares their gift of dance

December 21st, 2016

On a frigid afternoon in December, the dancers from Team XXL descended on The Valentine, a Richmond museum dedicated to preserving local history. Each year The Valentine (along with nine other historic sites) hosts the Court End Christmas, a holiday celebration including carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, and of course, dance. The Team XXL dancers showcased their 30 minute performance based on the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia. This month, the XXL performers have also shown off their moves with performances at MCV/VCU and at the Commonwealth Club.…
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Back to the river, jump in…

November 18th, 2016

Back to the river, jump in… It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! This week our Minds In Motion (MIM) students, both in Richmond and Charlottesville, begin work on the first of the dances that will premiere in our MIM Culminating Performances in April and June. This particular dance comes at the end of the show, not at the beginning–it’s called the Finale. Big splash, Big splash! We take all the basic steps, musical qualities, and important facts we’ve learned about the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia and we start…
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Lights! Camera! Parents?

November 4th, 2016

Students at Bellevue Elementary decorate open class invitations for their parents. It’s been an exciting time in the Minds In Motion classrooms. During the month of October, we invited parents into the class to be our inaugural audience. After the first moments of panic (ZOMG! My dad is watching, aaah!) our dancers took their first steps towards becoming performers. In most ways, it was just another day in MIM class–warm up, review steps, revisit beginning choreography. There’s a lot to do before taking the BIG stage in April, after all.…
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Putting It Together

September 16th, 2016

What’s it like to be a Minds In Motion (MIM) student? Classroom teachers got a chance to find out. Professors Joan Rhodes and Misti Wajciechowski from VCU School of Education and Professor Julie Gray from UVa-Richmond are partnering with MIM to present a professional learning session for all MIM classroom teachers. Richmond Ballet Outreach Director Cat Studdard had us moving like water, beating a drum, and catching raindrops—all to music performed by the magnificent MIM musicians. Joan, Misti, and Julie made connections between the 4th grade language arts curriculum and…
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Team XXL Richmond Reconnect

August 3rd, 2016

Team XXL and Minds In Motion are thrilled to be partnering with the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia this year. We have the unique pleasure to share the tribe’s rich cultural heritage through dance, while gaining a better understanding of our local Virginia history. We’re excited to embark on one of two week-long workshops with our 5th through 8th grade dancers. Summer programs allow us to re-connect with the students, and also give us the opportunity to explore new movement vocabulary, subject matter, and welcome the new 5th grade dancers to…
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