CompanyUpdates_FY20

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.
-Amanda Selwyn, Artistic/Executive Director

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 and explores the growth possible from looking back at history. 

“Distinctive, off-kilter elegance.” – The New Yorker 

Our 2019 Season, Crossroads, premiered at New York Live Arts. The piece explored forging into uncharted waters and that tumultuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by works of Magritte and Escher, Crossroads shapes a surrealistic landscape that lingers in moments at the crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how those moments steer the course of our lives.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Performances and Workshops

20th Anniversary Performance Season | Hindsight
March 5-7, 2020 |  Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC
*Supported by a 2020 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Baruch Performing Arts Center.
 

Winter Open Rehearsal
January 15, 2020 | The Ailey Studios, NYC

New Women New Yorkers | Leadership, Creativity, and Movement
Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Center for Social Innovation – 601 W 26 street, Suite 325

American Dance Guild Festival
October 4, 2019 | Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC

Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre Updates

During this time of unprecedented change, we are committed to offering our school partners video dance activities for different ages and dance styles to keep students moving, creating, and discovering joy at home with their caregivers.  Find out more.

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