BEING AN AGENT OF CHANGE
Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre is rooted in our mission of offering access, nurturing community, and promoting individual expression and freedom. Our dance education programs in the NYC schools offer students tools to express themselves, engage with their peers, and gain a more well rounded school experience. Through sharing and providing access to this inclusive learning model, we are engaged in the critical work of breaking down barriers of systematic racism and oppression. We actively recruit diverse teaching artists, dancers, staff, and board to reflect, empower, and celebrate the diverse populations we serve. We are steadfast in our commitment to equity and change and driven to show up with vulnerability in an open dialogue with our schools, audiences, patrons, volunteers, and supporters. It is a privilege to share the joy of dance, offering students and audiences in-roads to discover inspiration, meaning, and joy. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I have gratitude for our diverse community and the lessons learned. I am also humbled by the work that lays ahead. We enter our third decade of dance making, sharing, and educating with a dedication to foster equality, access, and opportunity to all.
In 2019-2020, Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s in-school dance education programs served 15 schools, over 6,500 students, and offering programs 190 days of the year. After schools closed due to COVID-19, we continued to offer Remote Program through zoom, video instruction, and flip grid. For 2020-2021, our focus is maintaining relationships with partners and offering socially distanced and remote programs to support students and communities. We are rooted in our mission and driven to navigate this challenging time for the NYC Public Schools and the performing arts community and pave the path for what is to come.
“The Notes in Motion dance program had a positive impact, and we would love to be a part of it again. Seeing all the children enjoy themselves through this form of expression was delightful.” — Parent, PS 290 | Queens
“The program promoted collaboration, understanding, and confidence. It also promoted diversity. Student writing became more creative as they learned new dance concepts. For instance, students were able to create more visual descriptions.” — Classroom Teacher, PS 78 | Bronx
Notes in Motion Events and Workshops:
NYC Gender Conference | Move Like You: Celebrating Your Authentic Self Through Movement | October 24-25, 2020
Why We Dance: A Virtual Gala | Thursday, February 25, 2021
Dance for your Dinner | May 2021 – High Falls, NY
Student African Dance Performance | 20th Anniversary Gala | March 5, 2020 | Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC
Mayshad Foundation Community Partner Event | March 11, 2020 | Mayshad Foundation Headquarters
New Women New Yorkers | Leadership, Creativity, and Movement | Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Center for Social Innovation
Credit Suisse Community Event | September 27, 2019 | PS 63 STAR Academy, NYC
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Updates
Dance for your Dinner | May 2021 | CS Coach House, High Falls, NY
Season Preview Performance | June 2021 | Socially Distanced out-of-doors, NYC
Green Afternoon | July 2021 | East Hampton, NY
We presented our 20th Annual Performance Season with the World Premiere of Hindsight at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Check out photos of the performance here.
March 5-7, 2020 | Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC
*Supported by a 2020 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Baruch Performing Arts Center.
Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Center for Social Innovation, NYC
American Dance Guild Festival
October 4, 2019 | Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC