BLACK LIVES MATTER

Dear LMP Community,
We call upon you to listen, learn, and pay attention to the unrelenting harm being done to Black people in our country. It is time to recognize and say out loud that white dominant culture is dangerously pervasive everywhere, including in dance education. In order to disrupt and dismantle structural racism, we need to identify it within our own institutions and organizations, and then hold ourselves accountable to do the work every day.

 

At Local Motion Project, we are confronting the white supremacy in dance that has long privileged euro-centric dance forms such as ballet and modern, that has lacked representation of Black bodies in ballet, and that has culturally appropriated and trivialized dance forms outside of the white normative teachings.

 

We invite you into an ongoing conversation that pushes and challenges limited viewpoints, and makes space for the voices of Black people in dance. This is an ever-evolving conversation that will remain at the core of our organization.

 

In pursuit of shared humanity,
Sara Lavan, Founder, Co-Artistic Director, and Executive Director
Kylie Murray, Co-Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer

MISSION

Our mission is to bring people together in meaningful experiences through of dance and movement.

VISION

Our vision is that all people will engage with dance and other movement arts to expand and deepen the human experience.

WHAT WE DO

At Local Motion Project, we strive to elevate dance through education, participation, and observation. We believe in the power that collective movement experiences can have on well-being, and we center dance as a means for expression, connection, and human understanding. Founded in 2016 as a youth dance program, we have grown to provide programming for youth and adults alike.

 

Dance has the ability to share stories, bring communities together, and create spaces for multiple perspectives to be heard and seen. We are committed to sharing these opportunities with Alexandrians of all backgrounds and encouraging people of all ages to find movement they love.

Programs

We believe in giving people agency over their experience, creating an equitable learning environment, and utilizing dance education as a means for positive personal, communal, and social change.

We offer adult classes including dance, somatic movement, aerial hammock and a variety of workshops. Our approach lifts up the importance of movement as it relates to well-being, tapping into creativity, and as a means for building community.  

Our youth dance program uses a dynamic approach and a progressive dance curriculum that teaches students to create, perform, and understand movement as a form of artistic expression. 

PERFORMANCE

LMP COLLECTIVE

Film Premiere Coming Winter 2021
“Not An Exit”

The LMP Collective is comprised of a diverse group of women in various stages of life, both personally and professionally. The ensemble work is rooted in a passion for creating live art in which artists’ ideas are integral to the work. Giving women a voice in later stages of life and a place to be creative is one of our values as we expand the idea of who gets to dance.

LMP YOUTH ENSEMBLE

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE
Virtual Winter Showcase
Saturday, December 19

The LMP youth dance ensemble is comprised of dancers aged 9-14 who are students at the Local Motion Project Movement Arts Center. This ensemble embodies the progressive, comprehensive, and collaborative approach of the curriculum of the dance school, while challenging dancers to find new ways to express themselves and go deeper into their training.

PARTNERSHIPS

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE

 

OCEAN MOTION: DANCING ABOUT THE GOSSAMER WORM

 

Our partnership with the Smithsonian Institute fosters collaboration on live webinars for elementary ages students. Participants connect with SI scientists and LMP teaching artists as they create dance based on engaging science concepts.

THE KENNEDY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

EXPRESSIONS OF WEATHER PHENOMENA THROUGH DANCE MAKING
FEBRUARY 16 AND 18, 4:30-6:00 PM (EST)

 

The Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program has provided LMP the opportunity to facilitate professional development for educators around the country. Our sessions dive into the elements of dance and show how they can become tools for communication, connection, and reflection both in virtual and in-person classroom environments.

ALEXANDRIA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mondays, 10:15AM and 4:15PM
Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15PM
Streaming here on ACPS-TV or local Channel 71

 

Our ongoing relationship with ACPS began over five years ago with dance integration residencies embedded in the school day. During the pandemic, we have shared our lessons through on ACPS-TV, making creative dance freely accessible to all students in Alexandria.

PARTIES & RENTALS

Youth Parties

Creative Dance Party

Outdoors @ Jones Point: Gather friends and family for a dance celebration! Plenty of space, and options for families and friends to safely gather afterward if desired.

60-Minute Party $125

Online
: Let us bring your child’s friends together in an online dance party! Using a password protected zoom meeting, your child will delight in seeing friends dance together in a creative dance class. A bonus feature is that it will be easy for family and friends from afar to join in!
45-Minute Party $75


Kids Aerial Birthday Parties

Give your kids and their friends the gift of flight and enjoy cake in the lobby afterwards. For ages 9 and up.
$345 – 9 children maximum


Girl Scout Badge Classes

We welcome you to experience dance!  Earn your Dancer Badge by learning a dancer’s warm-up, trying out new dance moves, and creating your own dance with your friends!
$150 – 8 children max in studio, 15 children max online

Rehearsal Rentals

Our studio space is 1000 sq. ft. with padded wood flooring, a marley floor covering and equipped with 1 mirror wall, ballet barre, and sound system.

 

Rates per hour:
Group Rate: $50
Nonprofit Group Rate: $30
Individual Practice Rate: $25

 

 All rentals require a Local Motion Project Rental Agreement.

Private Aerial Classes

Aerial classes are a great way to spend time with friends or co-workers. Contact us for more information.

For more information on rehearsal rentals, parties, and special events contact Sarah Craig at scraig@localmotionproject.org.

SUPPORT THE PROJECT
Local Motion Project has been generously supported by:

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