Dear Moving in the Spirit Family,
With great excitement, we announce that Moving in the Spirit is relocating this summer to J.D. Sims Recreation Center, located at 544 Angier Ave NE in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward. This wonderful site is just two miles from our current location, and we begin our residency there at the end of August 2016.
Moving in the Spirit is partnering with the City of Atlanta to activate the facility, which has a history of providing dance, as one of the city’s Centers of Hope.
Over the past decade, interest in Moving in the Spirit’s programs has grown, and we’ve added classes to accomodate increasing numbers of eager students. During that time, Moving in the Spirit’s staff, teachers and parents recognized that GlenCastle, our beloved home for the past twenty years, no longer meets the needs of our growing programs. Our partner, GlenCastle property owner Focused Community Strategies (FCS), came to the same decision in regard to its own mission, and has listed the property for sale.
We are immensely grateful to FCS and its board of directors for allowing us to call GlenCastle “home” these past two decades. In this space, with the help of FCS and all of you, Moving in the Spirit has:
- served over 5,000 young people
- offered over 8,000 classes, 60 performances and many youth development workshops
- won numerous awards for arts and youth development, including our nation’s top honor — the Youth Program Award, awarded by The President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities at the White House
Most importantly, we’ve created a vital community and transformed the lives of Atlanta’s children and teens through the art of dance.
We say “transform” because Moving in the Spirit pushes young people to re-imagine themselves, to rise above the challenges around them as they look forward to where they want to be. Thousands of children over our 30-year-history have discovered their inner strength, confidence and purpose, succeeding beyond the stage to make an impact in their own communities.
We carry this spirit of transformation with us as we begin our residency at the J.D. Sims Recreation Center and expand our reach to a new community. We especially want to thank the Mayor’s Office and the City of Atlanta for providing this exciting opportunity. We look forward to working in partnership with our new neighbors and you, our Moving in the Spirit supporters, as we create lasting, positive change for more young people across our city.
Executive & Artistic Director
Moving in the Spirit