Amanda Stanger-Read and Scott A. Read opened Arts in Motion in January 2001 with 35 students, 2 dance studios and a class curriculum developed by Amanda Stanger-Read including Toddler Toodaloo, Dance Stories and Beginning Dance (now Discover Dance!). In 2002 they started the Student Dance Company – for all interested students, no audition – which meets for 2 hours almost every Sunday and performs throughout the Ann Arbor area. The studio 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 where they offer classes for all ages and levels in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Irish, Pilates, and Ballroom. Arts in Motion is a member of the Arts Alliance, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, the Michigan Dance Council and the National Dance Education Organization.
Many of our teachers have degrees in dance and/or education and all of them love teaching and are inspired every day by their student’s creativity.