Moving in the Spirit Celebrates New Home at MARTA’s Edgewood/Candler Park Station
Join Moving in the Spirit on October 23 & 24, 2021 as we celebrate our new arts and youth development center at MARTA’s Edgewood/Candler Park station.
Our long-awaited new home will serve as a beacon of hope and a destination for dance, uniting young people across our city to create together, lift their voices, and soar as leaders.
We can’t wait to welcome you!
Saturday, October 23, 2021: Community Celebration, 11 AM – 4 PM
Hosted by WSB-TV’s Condace Pressley
11 AM: Community Dance & Live Drumming
Moving in the Spirit will lead attendees through a communal dance, accompanied by live drummers, to bless Moving in the Spirit’s new home. Steps are simple (no dance experience required!) and anyone of any age and ability can join in at any time. Dance together with loved ones, neighbors and friends as we offer hope and unity!
12 PM: Ribbon Uniting Ceremony
Instead of cutting ribbons, we unite them! Partners and community members will weave a spectacular dance for the future of our young people, culminating in performances by Moving in the Spirit students and alumni.
1 PM – 4 PM: Performances, Food Carts, Tours* & More!
Enjoy a live DJ, tasty treats, and family activities sponsored by our community partners throughout the day. Additional performances will be held on our outdoor stage at 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.
Events will be held outdoors in our community greenspace to encourage social distancing. As a precaution against COVID-19, guests must wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
*Tours: Due to the ongoing pandemic, timed tours of our new facility will be conducted in small groups and limited in number. Guests must sign up for a tour prior to the event by 10/22. If your preferred tour timeslot is full, sign up for our waitlist. We will contact you if a slot becomes available, or reach out with additional tour options later this fall.
Know Before You Go
Getting to Moving in the Spirit:
Moving in the Spirit is located at 1458 La France St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, with limited street parking.
We are easily accessible by train — right next to MARTA’s Edgewood/Candler Park station — and we strongly encourage the use of public transportation or ridesharing services.
If you must drive, limited street parking is available near our facility along LaFrance Street. Additional free parking is available on the DeKalb Avenue side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station at 1475 DeKalb Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Simply park in the lot, ascend the stairs, and cross the bridge over DeKalb Avenue to arrive at Moving in the Spirit.
What to Bring:
- Masks: As a precaution against COVID-19, we request that attendees wear masks when not eating or drinking.
- Water: Fall in Atlanta can still be hot! A limited supply of water bottles will be available; however, to reduce waste from plastic bottles we are asking guests to please bring your own water.
- Blankets or folding chair for sitting (optional): We’ll have performances and activities from 11 AM – 4 PM. Feel free to bring a blanket and spread out as you enjoy a performance or snack from a food truck!
Sunday, October 24, 2021: Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs
Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs provides an elite artistic experience to young dancers at Moving in the Spirit, Atlanta dance lovers, and Atlanta’s pre-professional and professional dance community. Workshops will be taught by Nasha Thomas, Ailey Master Teacher and National Director, AileyCamp, and former company member with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Moving in the Spirit Student Workshops*
- 10 AM – 11 AM: Student workshop, ages 10-16, advanced beginner [Registration for Moving in the Spirit students ages 10-16]
- 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Student, Alumni, & Teaching Artist workshop, ages 16+, intermediate. Proof of vaccination required. [Registration for Moving in the Spirit students ages 16+, alumni, and teaching artists]
*To participate in these workshops, you must be a registered student with Moving in the Spirit or a post K-12 Moving in the Spirit alumnus or Moving in the Spirit teaching artist.
Dance Canvas Artist-to-Artist Workshops
- 2 PM – 3 PM: Community – All levels
- 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM: Professional – Int./Adv.*
(*Dancers must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the Professional workshop.)
Registration for Artist-to-Artist workshops will open on October 1st at www.dancecanvas.com. Vaccinations requested for participants; masks required.
A special thank you to MARTA, Columbia Ventures, Structor Group and Perkins&Will, our project partners on this innovative endeavor that exemplifies how the arts can unite communities, spur economic development, and empower youth.