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ASPiRE Students Partner with Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion

The journey of the Monarch butterfly was the focus of a performance Feb. 19 given by participants in the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion program at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Entering its twenty-first year, Minds in Motion teaches fourth grade students discipline, dedication and self-awareness by leading them through a series of choreographed movements that are then expanded upon to create a dance performance. Professional teaching artists and musicians from Richmond Ballet teach the 45-minute dance classes each week.

VCU ASPiRE students served as volunteers for the event, which included fourth grade students from 18 elementary schools. Their volunteer duties ranged from helping vendors set-up tables to distributing handout materials to the guests. All of the ASPiRE volunteers had an opportunity to watch the show. 

“The student dancers looked like professionals," said Kameron Kyles, a second-year ASPiRE student. "It was amazing to see their enthusiasm and ability to stay focused."

Deja Spratley, a first-year ASPiRE student, inquired about ASPiRE students dancing with next year’s cohort of Minds in Motion students.

All of the participating students studied the Monarch butterfly and the ecosystem. 

“What makes Minds in Motions unique is that the students have an opportunity to showcase their skills as performers alongside the knowledge they learned in their class," said Ben Malone, a Minds in Motion staff member. "If you watch closely, you will see the knowledge showing in the movement of their bodies."