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A Note From the Owner
“Dance is an art form that definitely goes beyond the classroom doors. Becoming a dancer at any age has many benefits. Dance is a physical activity that gives students grace, confidence, coordination and most importantly happiness. A big part of the dance training process includes learning through movement and performance. These experiences can build self-esteem, self-assurance and contribute to a sense of self confidence. Dance can prepare students for presentations, improve social skills by working with a team and help develop retention skills. Dance mirrors life, everyone should experience it!” - Ms. Monique
Art In Motion has grown in its diversity and become a community resource for the Truckee Meadows, Reno and Sparks area. Since its 2003 inception, we have brought affordable dance classes to Reno and Sparks and our excelled programs give dancers more performance opportunities. Dance classes, competition groups, dance performances and themed birthday parties are all avenues that participants can experience dance.
We pride ourselves with our award winning performance groups. They have won many awards in competition and performed for free in over 40 performances to enhance Reno’s arts community. Our community outreach has also touched hundreds by giving 20 free dance classes in the Reno Sparks area! Giving back is what we enjoy doing with 100 dance scholarships received to date and eight given annually to continually enhance dance education.
Our mission statement speaks clearly about our goals, to give participants the wisdom to understand, appreciate, and facilitate the art of motion. Art In Motion’s goal is to bring the love of dance to the community. Qualified teachers will teach your child the fundamentals of movement while having fun. To read about our outstanding instructors, click here.
We feel that dance should be accessible and our programs can travel to your location to implement a dance program. For more information on providing dance to your area, contact info@ArtInMotion-Reno.com.
Art In Motion has three performing groups, our teen, youth and tiny tots age range from 4-18. These performing dancers are current students who want to be elite dancers and perform more! Since 2008, they have already represented Art In Motion in special community events like Spark’s Hometowne Christmas Parade, SSHS Santa Breakfast, Artown events, Washoe County music festivals and Reno’s Hot August Nights. To become a Performance Group dancer, you must audition in September. If you would like us to dance for you, contact us at info@ArtInMotion-Reno.com.
Founder Monique Bowman brings her extensive dance training and background to produce a high quality of dance within Art In Motion’s company. Her passion for dance has made the companies locations and resources grow.
Ms. Monique has taught dance for over thirty years. Her education includes two University degrees, a BFA from George Mason University, MFA on scholarship from George Washington University both in Fine Arts/Dance and just recently she received a Dance Educators of America degree. She has been a choreographer and teacher of jazz, tap and ballet at various Universities and high schools across the east coast and Alaska, such as, West Virginia University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Montgomery College, East Anchorage High, Northern Virginia Community College, and West High School.
Ms. Monique has performed professionally with Alaska Dance Theatre, XSIGHT, Jeannie Hill, from Manhattan Tap and Mark Taylor and Dance Alloy, Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange, Mino Nicholas Dance Gallery, the Claudia Murphey Dance Company, and The Dance Construction Company. Ms. Monique has also worked in many venues with notable artists such as the Anchorage Symphony, the Anchorage Children's Pop Concert directed by Graham Cochran, Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, the University of Alaska, the Anchorage School District, Dance Spectrum of Alaska and smaller organizations within the community, such as the YMCA and Anchorage Senior Center.
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