History

Arts in Motion came into being because Amanda and Scott had a vision. A vision of a dance studio where students were respected. Where families would feel comfortable. Where the learning process was the primary focus, not the end performance. Where teachers and students were encouraged to be creative. Where people learned to DANCE not just to do steps. With this vision in mind, they opened Arts in Motion in January 2001 with 35 students, 2 dance studios and a handful of teachers who were dedicated to the same ideals. By 2008, the studio had expanded to include 15 dance teachers and almost 300 students. In the Spring of 2013 Arts in Motion teamed up with Wild Swan Theater to share a space on the west side of Ann Arbor. Now they offer classes for all ages and levels in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballroom. Arts in Motion is an active member the community regularly offering free performances at events, senior living communities and schools. They are members of the Arts Alliance, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, the Michigan Dance Council and the National Dance Education Organization.

Teaching Philosophy

At Arts in Motion we treat all students with respect. We believe that dance should be accessible to all ages and ability levels. Our teachers give 100% to their students and expect 100% back from their students. Teachers give immediate and specific feedback, not just generalized comments. Our small class size allows for personalized instruction for all students. We encourage teamwork and cooperation. In our group dance classes our goal is to teach a love of the art of dance with an understanding of the theory and history behind it. We prepare students to explore their creativity and to perform with confidence. Now, Arts in Motion is extending this philosophy to the corporate environment with a team bonding workshop called, Move Through It! If you are looking for an activity to inspire your team to reach its fullest potential, Move Through It! is the workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Our Studio

  • 2 Spacious Dance Studios
  • Multiple Bathrooms
  • Comfortable Waiting Area
  • Friendly Helpful Office Staff
  • Free and Ample Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Water fountain
  • Easy system for ordering class wear

In the Community

Dancers who wish to perform more frequently have the opportunity to join the Student Dance Company (SDC). SDC rehearses once a week for 2 hours and is comprised of dancers age 11 – 18. This group regularly performs at several locations throughout the Ann Arbor Area: Chelsea Retirement Community, Glacier Hills (click HERE for a highlights video), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, Eberwhite Elementary School. Click HERE to see a video of their last performance at ICSG, and HERE to see a solo improvisation by Director, Amanda Stanger-Read.

Arts in Motion also offers FREE field trips to local pre-schools throughout the year. We do site visits or have the kids come to us. Preschools that we have visited: Gretchen’s House, Perry Child Development Center, Cantelon Child Care, Morning Star Child Care, Ann Arbor Co-op Nursery, Annie’s Children Center, First United Methodist Co-op Nursery, and the Discovery Center.

The Ballettschule Feibicke of Berlin, Germany, visits Ann Arbor every other year as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. Members of the dance company stay in private homes while visiting Ann Arbor. During their stay in Ann Arbor Ballettschule Feibicke participates in Master classes at Arts in Motion Dance Studio and presents a dance concert to the public on their final day. The concert is FREE to the public. The company consists of 23-30 dancers between the ages of 15-25 and is directed by Monika Feibicke and her daughter Christiane Feibicke.