Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre

Organization Description:

Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre offers in-school programs that teach dance technique, choreography, improvisation, yoga, and arts appreciation to students in the NYC Public Schools. United by our singular approach to arts education, The Movement Exchange Method, students take on leadership roles in their own learning, have creative input in the design of the curriculum, participate in critical discussions of the work of their peers, and develop collaborative skills. Programs foster self-discovery, risk-taking, and making connections between different topics, themes, and areas of learning. We aim to provide access to the art form of dance to inspire the next generation of dance appreciators. Since 2000, Notes in Motion has brought arts programs to over 30,000 students.

Arts Education Programming:

Notes in Motion Programs target age-appropriate learning objectives, and follow a five-part structure: 1. Warm-up – Students learn technical skills through progressive exercises. 2. Exploration/Improvisation – Students physically explore class theme through guided activities. 3. Choreography – Students develop original movement phrases, create group dances, or learn set chore- ography. 4. Performance Prep – Students prepare for culminating performance event. 5. Reflection – Students process their learning through observation, analysis, & constructive criticism. We work collaboratively with classroom teachers at every stage. Our Teaching Artists guide students through a unique creative process, creating connections with other academic subjects and foster active learning.

Supports For Students With Disabilities

We work with faculty and administration at our school partners to serve the entire population of each school. We modify lesson plans and provide additional instruction or assistance for students with special needs and disabilities so that they may succeed and thrive in our dance education programming. Resources provided include, but are not limited to the following: Handouts, videos, study guides, special meetings with Notes in Motion Teaching Artists, songs, games, and opportunities for individual leadership or special roles within a group class that celebrate the strengths and talents of the disabled student.

Supports For English Language Learners

We do bilingual programs and parent feedback forms for our Spanish speaking families and provide translators and community events

  • Contact:

    Amanda Selwyn

    Executive/Artistic Director

    (212) 995-9446

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  • Grade Levels:

    Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

  • This Organization Serves:





    Staten Island

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  • Program Location:

    School's Location

  • Program Season:

    During School Year

    During Summer

  • Program Hours:

    During School Hours

    Before and After School

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  • Costs:

    $100 and up

  • Other Requirements:

    Space to move, sound system.

  • Reservation Lead Time:

    1 Week to 1 Month

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