BEING AN AGENT OF CHANGE
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre/Notes in Motion 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.
Our 20th Anniversary Performance Season was presented by the CUNY Dance Initiative at Baruch Performing Arts Center. With a focus on reflection and memory, Hindsight referenced signature structures from two decades of richly layered repertory. Our 2019 Season, Crossroads, premiered at New York Live Artss. Inspired Magritte and Escher, Crossroads animated a surrealistic landscape that highlighted moments at crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how these moments steer the course of our lives.
2020-2021 Events, Performances, and Workshops
Dance for your Dinner | May 22, 2021 | CS Coach House, High Falls, NY
Dumbo Dance Festival | June 10-13, 2021
Threads Season Previews | Friday, June 11, 2021 6 p.m. 11th Street and 2nd avenue | Open Culture NYC
New Women New Yorkers | Leadership, Creativity, and Movement | Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Center for Social Innovation
American Dance Guild Festival | October 4, 2019 | Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC
In 2019-2020, we served 15 NYC schools, over 6,500 students, and offered programs 190 days of the year. When schools closed, we switched program to REMOTE LEARNING via zoom, video instruction, and flip grid and was able to maintain continuity with students, faculty, and families.
“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