Minds In Motion


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To Deepen the Ballet’s impact in the community,

Richmond Ballet began to search for a new educational initiative in 1994.  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 requires 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.

Richmond Ballet extends its gratitude to the following donors for their generous support of the 2019-2020 Minds In Motion programs:

Minds In Motion Yearlong program Made Possible By:

With Additional Support From:

Bank of America
Margarete and Siegfried Eckhaus Charitable Trust
Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust
Memorial Foundation for Children
Universal Leaf Foundation
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Wells Fargo & Company

Minds In Motion Residencies Made Possible By:

With Additional Support From:

The Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission
City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The Portsmouth Service League
Tidewater Children’s Foundation
Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Minds In Motion Israel Made Possible By:

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

With Additional Support By:

Rabbi Gary S. Creditor
May and Charlie Fox
Raina Grosswald
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
The Morton Family Fund of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Bruce Perretz
Annie and Art Sandler
Abbie W. Moore

Additional support provided by The Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium: City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County and the Virginia Commission for the Arts

Many Thanks to our Individual Supporters!

Anonymous • Mary and Michael Barton • Mrs. Lewis T. Booker • Jessica Bowman • Nancy and Byron Chafin • Diana and Robert Donnelly • Gloria Hintz • Susan S. Jones • Twyla Kitts • Theresa Klein • Chad Kochel • Hannah Neighbors • Ms. Judith O’Brien • Tony and Ginger Pelling • Rebecca and John Piersol • Carol and Morrie Piersol • Catherine Plotkin • Heidi Rodeffer • Drs. David and Kelsey Salley • Annie and Art Sandler • Cathleen Studdard • Ruth Twiggs • Beth and David Warren

Your support allows us to provide a great opportunity for the students. Please consider making an online donation to support Minds In Motion.

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