We Believe Dance Transforms Lives

Our Motion Exchange programs strengthen communities and education through dance – and school partnerships are essential to that goal. Based on the needs of each student population, Motion Exchange provides a customized program at each site from the following models:

  • Dance instruction: after-school dance classes, including jazz, hip hop, modern, and flamenco, tailored to the needs and levels of the partner school and its students
  • Dance integration: In-school programs crafted in partnership with classroom teachers both to reinforce grade-level curriculum and to align with the National Core Arts Standards
  • Dance residency: Guest artists or choreographers paired with a school to fill an artistic need, including creating a new work for a school assembly or musical.
  • Dance concerts: interactive, educational dance concerts created specifically for school groups and performed by professional dance artists

Currently, in-school and after-school Joy of Motion dance programs are in 16 local public, charter, and independent schools and partner sites in six wards of the city, reaching more than 500 young people.