ComMotion Newsletter Archive
Polk County students, families engage in creative project to learn about other countries
February 21, 2022
From PolkStudents.com and Tryon Daily Bulletin
A group of Polk County Schools students and their families recently had an opportunity to once again take part in activities relating to the “Rhythms of My Community” project.
Families of students in grades first through third were asked to participate in a family engagement activity similar to the one they previously completed, that involving families creating robots from recyclables.
This second activity encouraged families to choose and research another country for Robot Max to visit. Students were asked to include an outline of the country, describe popular music and dance and detail animals that live in their chosen country.
Imagining and drawing a new character, who could lead Robot Max on a tour of the country, allowed for student creativity in this research activity. Each family then created an informational poster to share with other students.
Greensboro Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program
February 10, 2022
ComMotion had so much fun dancing at the Greensboro Sportsplex with our new friends from the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program. We danced to a variety of classics and new hits. Sitting down and standing up, everyone had a great time. We're look forward to another program in March!
The mission of the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Section of Greensboro Parks and Recreation is to provide recreation services for individuals of all abilities. To learn more, visit https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/adaptive-inclusive-recreation
Bringing history to life through movement with The Smithsonian
February 2, 2022
ComMotion partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to create a multisensory virtual experience for their See Me at the Smithsonian program for people with dementia and their care partners. They combined the power of movement and music, together with their immersive green-screen technology, to bring to life objects from the collection of the National Museum of American History. The focus of the program was the sit-in by the “Greensboro Four” at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, which launched the non-violent sit-in movement in support of civil rights. Staff from the National Museum of American History facilitated discussion about the lunch counter and images associated with it. Next, ComMotion’s Artistic Director Andre Avila led the group through a series of movement activities relating to the objects and the civil rights movement. He was positioned in front of images of the counter and other museum collection objects through the use of the green screen and incorporated music from the civil rights movement.
As described in in the Harvard University publication “Dancing and the Brain”, the combination of movement and music provides numerous positive health benefits, including memory improvement and strengthened neuronal connections. ComMotion collaborates with a wide range of partners to bring multi-sensory programs to participants of all ages and abilities.
Dancing with our friends at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail
January 28, 2022
We are so happy to be dancing in-person again with our wonderful friends at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail, in Raleigh NC. The participants are full of energy and joy! The staff is wonderful and they always join in the fun as well.
June Spry-Leverton, Activity Director at Sarahcare said "We love the program! It is amazing!"
To see some fun videos, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SarahCareAdultDayCareCenterAtLakeBooneTrail
More about SarahCare:
SarahCare Lake Boone Trail Adult Day Care Center specializes in caring for senior adults with Alzheimer's and related dementia as well as those with physical and cognitive impairments. Participants enjoy a warm atmosphere, socialization and multiple daily activities.
SarahCare keeps families together at home by providing health-related care for seniors during the day in an upscale country-club-like center. At the heart of SarahCare is a uniquely designed program that provides safe and active environments for seniors who require assistance during the day and provide peace of mind for their family members who need to continue working or need respite. We provide nursing services to participants who have a variety of impairments and health problems such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, stroke, incontinency problems and isolation and loneliness. SarahCare offers flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the participants and caregivers.
Oakview Elementary School moves to The Rhythms of the Latin World
December 1, 2021
Students at Oakview Elementary School in Raleigh had a virtual trip through Latin America through ComMotion's Rhythms of the Latin World video program. They learned about the cultures of several different countries, and got moving to the iconic music and dance styles.
The school's Cultural Arts Representative shared: “We are enjoying our Cultural Arts Program in Music and PE this week with ComMotion…Latin American music and dance."
Oakview Elementary brought ComMotion to their students through the Artists in Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. They provide noncompetitive grants to schools to help provide Artists in Schools programs for their staff and students.
Workshops at Centennial Campus Middle School
November 30, 2021
Waverly Hematology Oncology to sponsor Healthy Movements for Cancer Survivors for the 3rd year in a row!
November 23, 2021
Waverly Hematology Oncology (Waverly) offers centralized easy access cancer care for Cary, North Carolina patients and is conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways, Route 1 and Highway 64 (Tryon Road). In private practice since 2004, Waverly represents two medical oncologists, three physician assistants and a team of over 40 employees, 17 of which have over 10 years of employment. A community-based practice, Waverly offers medical oncology, chemotherapy, infusion therapy, laboratory services, an on-site pharmacy and has the oldest cancer genetics clinic in Wake County. At its site at 300 Ashville Avenue, services such as diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, radiation oncology and surgery, are also offered by other practices located within the same building.
For over 30 years Dr. Graham has been an active clinical investigator through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a cancer clinical trials network in the U.S., leading in patient accrual and data. Waverly is also the only Triangle site of the Southeast Clinical Oncology Research (SCOR), representing over 20 communities in six states.
Waverly expanded the practice in 2015 and opened the first formal Cancer Survivorship Clinic in the county that now includes over 2,000 breast cancer survivors and those at high risk for breast cancer.
Air Force Wounded Warrior Program CARE Week San Antonio
November 16-19, 2021
ComMotion had a great time teaching a combination of in-person and virtual programs for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program.
Rhythms of My Community featured on WLOS ABC 13
October 25, 2021
Rhythms of My Community kicks off at Polk County Schools
October 25, 2021
ComMotion presents at National ParaSport Conference
October 14, 2021
ComMotion is part of Move United On Demand
September 20, 2021
ComMotion receives grant from NC Arts Council
September 17, 2021
Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of “arts for all citizens,” the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities.
The North Carolina Arts Council strives to deliver resources for arts development to all 100 counties of the state through programs that are fair, transparent and accountable.
The Arts Council is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A 24-member citizen board, appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary of the Department on policies, programs, and research that supports arts development across North Carolina.
ComMotion receives grant from Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
September 10, 2021
ComMotion receives multi-year grant from Triangle Community Foundation
September 1, 2021
The Triangle Community Foundation has awarded ComMotion a multi-year grant of $22,500 from their Cultural Arts Grant program.
From their website:
Triangle Community Foundation is building a stronger Triangle for all. By working with dedicated donors and strong nonprofits, we are able to guide gifts in a strategic way to fill in gaps, reduce inequities, and solve the region’s most pressing challenges.
We work tirelessly in the Triangle region of North Carolina to help build a more vibrant community for everyone. By taking a broad view, we are uniquely positioned to identify gaps, support the most important needs, and shape a brighter future for generations to come.
Dancing again at Ruth Sheets Adult Day Center
August 16, 2021
It was so wonderful to see our good friends at Ruth Sheets Adult Day Center in person again!
Artists in Schools Expo
August 12, 2021
ComMotion showcased "The Rhythms of the Latin World" for school Cultural Arts Representatives the virtual Artists in Schools Expo of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
ComMotion receives grant from United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
July 23, 2021
ComMotion is honored to be a recipient of a Mission Support Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (United Arts) partners with businesses, individuals, foundations, and government to reach over 1.2 million people across Wake County annually through its grants, programs, and events. United Arts, a nonprofit organization, has worked for more than 30 years to build a better community through the support of and advocacy for the arts.
Return to the Rutherford County Senior Center
July 14, 2021
It was great to dance with our friends at the Rutherford County Senior Center again after more than a year!
Kennedy Center Teaching Artists Present
July 7, 2021
ComMotion is part of the Kennedy Center Teaching Artists Present program, with their instructional video on the basics of the Bachata dance. Check it out at:
Workshop with future healthcare professionals of Greensboro AHEC
June 28, 2021
The future healthcare professionals of the Greensboro Area Health Education Center learned about the health benefits of dance through a ComMotion workshop during their Virtual Health Science Summer Camp.
Polk County Schools Summer Learning Program
Dance party for kids whose family has been touched by ALS
June 1, 2021
Today we got to have a super-fun virtual glow stick dance party with the young campers at Joe's Camp, organized by The Joe Martin ALS Foundation.
ComMotion featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 20, 2021
"Arts and Sports - Dance Like a Pro Athlete"
May 12, 2021
Dance workshop with Lung Cancer Initiative of NC
May 5, 2021
May 3, 2021
ComMotion featured in CBS17 story
April 27, 2021
WRAL TV Story on 2021 Virtual Race for the Cure
April 24, 2021
ComMotion honored to be a part of Pink Week 2021, with our Dance Where You Are virtual dance class!
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Closing Forum Dream Team Presentation
April 15, 2021
At the recent Closing Forum for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), only 4 of the 260 Fellows from Latin America and Canada were asked to give "Dream Team" presentations about their experiences. ComMotion and their amazing Fellow, Alberto Barrantes of Carretica Cuentera in San Jose, Costa Rica presented "Dancing and Storytelling as powerful tools for community engagement"
Joyner Elementary - Virtual and In-Person!
April 13 & 16, 2021
Through the Artists in Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, ComMotion taught both virtual and in-person classes for the students of Joyner Elementary School.
NC Central University Master Class
April 12, 2021
Thank you to Dr. Johnson and the wonderful Dance students at NC Central University for inviting ComMotion to teach them about Argentine Tango and Samba today!
Rhythms of the Latin World at Holly Ridge Middle School
February 26, 2021
February 24, 2021
Join us for Everybody Moves starting this Friday!
Waverly Hematology Oncology sponsors classes for cancer survivors
February 13, 2021
Rhythms of the Latin World at Underwood Elementary School
February 3, 2021
Virtual workshop with Carretica Cuentera in Costa Rica
January 26, 2021
Carla Perkins joins ComMotion
January 26, 2021
We are thrilled to welcome Carla Perkins to the ComMotion team as a new instructor! Carla is an amazing dancer and dance teacher, and the owner of Danceformation, Inc. Cary and Polished Salon/Spa
Bringing art to life with Nasher Museum Reflections
January 22, 2021
ComMotion got to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners experience visual art through movement by creating an immersive Zoom experience for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University's Reflections Program.
University students get "hands-on" experience with ComMotion....virtually
January 20, 2021
Students from Clemson University and Campbell University are getting practical experience in to support their studies in Recreational Therapy and Physical Therapy through virtual practicums and service learning with ComMotion.
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellow - Alberto Barrantes of Costa Rica
January 18, 2021
Alberto Barrentes, founder of Carretica Cuentera in San Jose Costa Rica, will be working with ComMotion as a Fellow in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. To learn more about Alberto and Carretica, visit our About Us page.
Virtual Dance Class with Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care
December 20, 2020
Dance classes with Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
November 18, 2020
Raquel Reynolds joins ComMotion
October 28, 2020
We're very excited to have Raquel Reynolds join ComMotion as an Instructor! She is both an amazing teacher and a world champion competitive dancer!
Rhythms of the Latin World at Wildwood Forest Elementary School
October 9, 2020
ComMotion had so much fun teaching our Virtual Rhythms of the Latin World workshop for the amazing 4th graders at Wildwood Forest Elementary! The students did a great job learning 3 different dances from Latin America! We send a huge thank you to the teachers and cultural arts representatives of the Artists in Schools program of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for all of their efforts to continue to bring the arts to their students in these challenging times!
Making Strides on the Dance Floor - Teams Edition
The American Cancer Society of the Triangle and Triad are partnering with ComMotion - Community in Motion to launch a fun and new way for teams to come together to make strides toward a world without breast cancer. Whether your team is a group of co-workers, friends, or family members this virtual dance party is a fun and easy way to "get together", relax, and have fun during these difficult times of quarantine and isolation while also raising funds to support a great cause.
Click here to register: https://www.commotionnc.org/making-strides-on-the-dance-floor-teams-edition/
ComMotion Selected for Raleigh/Wake County Adaptive Leadership Circle
Congratulations to the leaders from twelve local arts organizations chosen to participate in the Raleigh/Wake County Adaptive Leadership Circle, a six-month peer cohort that uses a collaborative approach to improve organizational resiliency in the face of COVID-19’s constant disruptive change. Program partners include United Arts, Raleigh Arts, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, and EMCArts with additional support from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
The participants are from
Arts Together, Artspace, ComMotion, North Carolina Chamber Music Institute - NCCMI, North Carolina Master Chorale, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Theatre, PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Raleigh Little Theatre, The Justice Theater Project, VAE Raleigh, Women's Theatre Festival
Activate Good - United We Help
ComMotion is proud to be a community partner with Activate Good. Their United We Help Month of Service continues their tradition of honoring those lost on September 11, 2001 in a new format: A restorative month of service bringing Triangle residents together to participate in safe in-person or remote volunteer opportunities, virtual learning sessions about local community issues, and a virtual 9/11 evening commemoration. To see volunteer opportunities with ComMotion and other local non-profits, please visit https://activategood.org/nonprofit/644
Dance Where You Are
September 11, 2020
ComMotion had a great time hosting "Dance Where You Are with Komen NCTC", part of the 2020 Triangle Virtual Race for the Cure.
ComMotion featured in WRAL video about 2020 Virtual Race for the Cure
September 2, 2020
ComMotion was featured in a video in WRAL's "Out and About" segment, highlighting the Dance Where You Are Class that will be a part of the 2020 Triangle Virtual Race for the Cure. Click here to watch the video on the WRAL website.
Air Force Wounded Warrior 2020 Virtual Care Week
August 21, 2020
ComMotion was honored to be a part of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program 2020 Virtual Care Week, teaching an online dance class for Warriors and Caregivers, and presenting an overview of ComMotion's programs for veterans in the Care Fair. Click here to read an article on the AFW2 website.
Artists in Schools 2020 Expo: Stay at Home Edition
August 12, 2020
ComMotion presented an overview of the "Rhythms of the Latin World" program at the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County 2020 Artists in Schools Expo.
Dancing Against Cancer in the Triad
July 28, 2020
ComMotion partnered with Relay For Life of Guilford County, NC and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Triad, NC to launch "Dancing Against Cancer in the Triad". Proceeds from these fun and easy online dance parties will support both the American Cancer Society and ComMotion's dance programs for cancer survivors.
Online Dance Class with Wounded Warrior Project Houston
July 18, 2020
ComMotion led a really fun dance class for the warriors and caregivers of the Wounded Warrior Project in Houston, TX.
Rhythms of the Latin World Online with the Emily K Center
July 10, 2020
ComMotion had a great time presenting the "Rhythms of the Latin World Online" program to the Pioneer Scholars program of Emily Krzyzewski Center, a non-profit college access organization in Durham, NC.
Making Strides on the Dance Floor - Triangle
Support the fight against breast cancer through the fun and fitness of dancing! The dance party begins on June 17. To register, visit: http://commotionnc.org/making-strides-on-the-dance-floor-triangle/
Online Dance Classes with the Wounded Warrior Project of NC & SC
ComMotion is having a great time teaching Latin dance classes via Zoom for the veterans and family members of the Wounded Warrior Project! Individuals, couple, friends, and whole families are moving, laughing, and smiling together.
Arts Access Sponsors Subscriptions to Rhythms of the Latin World
Arts Access sponsored 10 subscriptions to ComMotion's "Rhythms of the Latin World" program! See their full newsletter here:https://mailchi.mp/fd182f0d…/arts-access-news-events-3255517
Healthy Movements Online for Cancer Survivors
ComMotion is excited to announce the launch of the online version of our Healthy Movements program for cancer survivors. These fun and upbeat video lessons are 10-20 minutes in length and teach a variety of Latin dances. It's a great way for survivors and their family members to stay active and have fun.
Thanks to the support of many generous donors to our GoFundMe campaign, any prior participants in ComMotion's classes for cancer survivors are eligible to enroll at NO COST!
The fee for new students is $15 per month.
To watch a sneak preview and to enroll, visit:
Wake County Small Business Fundraiser
Our amazing friends at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, Raleigh - North are supporting small businesses in Wake County by selling custom t-shirts and donating $10 for each t-shirt sold! Please support ComMotion by visiting the Wake County Small Business Fundraiser website and purchasing an awesome ComMotion t-shirt!
ComMotion presentation for Clemson University
Today ComMotion was honored to give a guest lecture, via Zoom, with students in Clemson University Recreational Therapy. The presentation included an overview of ComMotion's programs, an adaptive dance activity, and an extended Q&A session where the students asked lots of great questions. The students were very enthusiastic and we're looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future!
Blaze Sports Class for Veterans cancelled
Unfortunately, due to COVID concerns, the Latin Dance Class for Veterans in Norcross, Georgia that was scheduled for March 20, 2020 has been canceled. We will work on rescheduling.
Dance Enhanced Stress Management (in Spanish)
February - April, 2020
ComMotion partnered with social workers and health educators to provide a multi-faceted program of stress management techniques, including dance, with all instruction provided in Spanish.
Sponsored by Wake County Human Services Women's Health Clinic
2019 Annual Report
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ComMotion featured in the Tryon Daily Bulletin
December 20, 2018
ComMotion on TV!
May 18, 2018
ComMotion was featured in a two-part story on Univision 40 entitled
ComMotion Students win at 2018 VA Creative Arts Festival
ComMotion students participated in the 2018 Durham VA Creative Arts Festival competition. They won the following:
1st Place - Structured Classical Ballroom
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place - Structured Latin Ballroom
3rd Place - Country/Western/Folk/Ethnic