Welcome to Richmond Ballet Outreach Programming
Built upon Artistic Director Stoner Winslett’s vision to give back to the community through the memorable experience of movement and dance, the acclaimed Minds In Motion program seeks to share the organization’s mission with elementary school students around Richmond and beyond. Through Minds In Motion, the Ballet creates a bridge starting in fourth grade for students to gain a greater understanding of themselves through dance, classroom curriculum, community partnerships, and professional performances.
Minds In Motion, comprised of both year-long programs, two-week residencies, and summer camps, reaches over 2,000 students locally in Richmond, Chesterfield, Independent Schools, statewide in Charlottesville and Portsmouth, and internationally in Israel each year. Professional teaching artists and musicians bring their love and experience of dance to each Minds In Motion student while embodying one the Ballet’s core beliefs that dance has a special and unique power to uplift our lives and to reinforce community bonds. Our young Minds In Motion dancers jump, twist, shake, and stomp as they come together from all walks of life to share a transformative, meaningful arts experience that is the only program of its kind in the Commonwealth. Through our audition-based Ambassador program, former Minds In Motion students receive scholarships to continue their dance training at School of Richmond Ballet and perform as representatives of the Minds In Motion program at community events.
It’s finally time!! After months of work, the Minds In Motion dancers are about to step onto the Carpenter Theater stage at Dominion Energy Center for their culminating performances.
The Next Step
The Richmond Minds In Motion season has wrapped up, but the Minds In Motion Ambassadors still have plenty of dancing left to do.
Next stop is the Studio Theater at the Richmond Ballet, where they will join students from the School of Richmond Ballet for end-of-year workshop performances.
Performances start on Friday, May 17, and run through Sunday, May 19. Tickets are available at the Richmond Ballet Box Office (407 E Canal Street; 804-344-0906, ext. 224).
Your support allows us to provide a great opportunity for the students. Please consider making an online donation to support Minds In Motion.