We have now completed the last week of classes at Arts in Motion. It is a bitter sweet ending to the 20 year journey of creating a dance studio culture and dance family that have been so important to me and Scott through the years. When we opened the studio on Boardwalk with two studios and a handful of teachers and students, two of our children were 2 and 4 and the youngest was yet to arrive. Now one is in college and 2 will be entering graduate school in the Fall. We have seen many teachers come and go and hundreds (thousands?) of students grow up in our program. We have welcomed dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities through our doors and learned as much from you as we hope you have learned from your time with Arts in Motion.
I want to take a moment to thank a few people who have supported Arts in Motion throughout the years in numerous ways: Kevin Carlisle and David Genson who were there with helping hands during the original construction, the renovation and then the move to Jackson Road. Gary Turner who built the beautiful reception desk. Stephanie Kosarin who supported the dream from the very beginning and who inspired the creation of my Dance Stories classes. Linda Perry who taught Pilates those first couple of years and miraculously came back to help behind the desk in 2018. Chuck Edwards Photography, Best Ever Media, Edda Pacifico and Vera Davis for their unflagging energy and creativity behind the camera. Ruth Leney-Midkiff who launched our ballet program which was then placed in the capable hands of Slavka Jelinkova. James Nastally who was our first Director of First Impressions and set the standard for all who came after him: Megan Sayre, Amanda McAllister, Mariah LeRolland-Wagner, Sarah Coleman and Sabrina Pierce. Christina Sears and People Dancing who collaborated and offered support and performance opportunities for the Student Dance Company. To all the music teachers who believed in our vision and communicated it with grace to their students: (including but not limited to) Joe D’Aleo, Trevor Eller, John Latini, Gloria Dunn, Nermis Miesis, and Lauren Stout. Nehemiah and Jean Harmsen of Nehemiah 9 Design who brought all the new branding together and helped me kick my social media presence up a couple of notches. I also want to thank all of the staff and actors of Wild Swan who were supportive partners in business and art during the last 8 years.
And now it’s time to close our doors, and while it is a sad time, I know that our sadness means that what we’ve experienced together was important and meaningful. I hope that those of you who have experienced Arts in Motion—as teachers, parents, students—will take the philosophy of creativity, team work, and inclusiveness with you wherever your journey takes you next. I’d like to imagine that like dandelion seeds in the Spring all the people that have experienced the joy of dance during their time at Arts in Motion are now spreading out across the community to share that joy far and wide.
I’ve always said, “once a dancer, always a dancer” and it is also true that once you are part of the Arts in Motion family you are always a part of that family.
Keep in touch and keep dancing!
—Amanda and Scott