Notes In Motion by Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater brings dance theater programs to underserved New York City students
This school year, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater’s acclaimed dance education program, Notes in Motion, will partner with more than 50 New York City schools to deliver inclusive dance education programs to thousands of underprivileged students from kindergarten to grade 12 in the 5 arrondissements. Each program is tailored to the specific needs and population of each school, guided by Notes in Motion’s unique approach to artistic education: the movement exchange method that combines technical dance instruction with the building creative skills and collaborative learning. The programs encourage self-discovery, risk-taking and bonding – vital life skills whose development reached a dead end during the pandemic, but which can be fully cultivated through dance instruction. Now in its 22nd year, Notes in Motion partners 300% more schools than last year. https://notesinmotion.org/school-partnerships/.
“Since establishing Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, I have been guided by the vision that you cannot dance in the present unless you think about the audience of the future.” – Amanda Selwyn, Artistic / Executive Director
Spanning Kindergarten to Grade 12 in dance styles from West Africa to Latin to ballet and hip-hop, Notes in Motion programs energize entire school communities across New York City. With vibrant and original school residences, after-school programs, summer workshops and community programs, Notes in Motion is changing the lives of students in New York City. Overall, the demographic breakdown of the students we serve is as follows: 6% Asians; 39% black, 44% Latino, 10% white; 8% learners in English; 21% students with disabilities. For more information, visit https://notesinmotion.org/school-partnerships/.
Be an agent of change
Notes in Motion / Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater is rooted in our mission to provide access, nurture community, and promote individual expression and freedom. Our dance education programs in New York City schools provide students with tools to express themselves, engage with their peers, and gain a more complete school experience. By sharing and providing access to this inclusive learning model, we engage in the essential work of breaking down barriers of systematic racism and oppression. We actively recruit diverse artist teachers, dancers, staff and board of directors to reflect, empower and celebrate the diverse populations we serve. We are unwavering in our commitment to fairness and change and determined to be vulnerable in an open dialogue with our schools, our public, our patrons, our volunteers and our supporters. It is a privilege to share the joy of dance, to offer students and the public avenues to discover inspiration, meaning and joy. We continue our third decade of creating, sharing and educating dance with a commitment to foster equality, access and opportunity for all. – Amanda Selwyn, Artistic / Executive Director
“The program taught me that there are other ways of expressing yourself and showing how it feels.”
– Student, PS 89, Queens
“The students were very proud of their dance and got to see how the practice improves performance. Throughout the dance residency, students became more comfortable taking risks and trying new things. – Teacher, PS 63, Manhattan
“Thirteen years of elementary school dance programs with my kids and this one is the best ever. – Parent, The Neighborhood School, Manhattan
Notes in Motion offers dance education programs to New York public schools in styles such as modern, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Latin, African, and more. These programs are united by our unique approach to arts education, the Movement Exchange Method, which combines technical education with creative skill building and collaborative learning. The programs promote self-discovery, risk taking and bonding. We aim to provide access to the art form of dance to inspire the next generation of dance lovers.
Since 2000, Notes in Motion has offered dance programs to more than 125 schools and nearly 100,000 students in New York City. We have programs in all 5 boroughs and reach diverse student populations from Kindergarten to Grade 12. We are a supplier to the New York Department of Education and all of our programs reflect the learning standards outlined in their Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. We create lasting artistic partnerships with schools and inspire the great community of this school with the beauty, magic and vitality of dance. We do not offer any cookie-cutter programs. Each program is tailored to the specific needs and population of each partner school. We work collaboratively with classroom teachers at every stage of program planning, implementation, performance / community sharing, assessment and evaluation. Our teaching artists guide students through a unique creative process, making connections with other academic subjects and fostering active learning – students are creators, improvisers and collaborators. We have an educational set of 45 experienced teaching artists with advanced degrees and extensive experience in performance and choreography in multiple styles and techniques of dance. Press highlights include a profile in Dance Teacher Magazine of Artistic Director Amanda Selwyn’s workshop at the 2011 NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable Face to Face and a profile in Current: A Magazine for Artists from NYFA.