Community In Motion

At ComMotion – Community In Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of movement and dance. Dance fosters a sense of well-being, community, mastery, and joy. ComMotion provides free and low-cost classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities to get an opportunity to experience the physical and emotional benefits of dance and movement. Through our programs, hundreds of people from all walks of life have been able to move, smile, and connect with people around them.

Dance and movement for everyone, everywhere

Because our mission is to make dance and movement accessible to everyone, we bring our classes directly to the communities that we serve. Our programs are completely portable and adaptable to nearly any space, and can be taught in both English and Spanish. We have partnered with local organizations to offer our classes on-location, making it easy for our students to participate. In 2018, we have taught more than 1,300 people at over at over 20 locations including schools, churches, adult day care centers, cancer centers, and youth and veterans organizations across the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area as well as in rural and underserved areas in western and eastern North Carolina.

Why dance?

Dance and movement have been proven in numerous studies to have a variety of health and wellness benefits:

From our participants

Hundreds of people of all ages and abilities have participated in our programs.  Here are a few things they've had to say:

“I really like the dancing class. Thanks for all you do for veterans.”

“The volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure I did my best”

“It was energetic and really a lot of fun.”

"It's the best part of the week!"

“Don’t stop the dancing class!”

ComMotion Students win at 2018 VA Creative Arts Festival

ComMotion students participated in the 2018 Durham VA Creative Arts Festival competition.  They won the following:

1st Place - Structured Classical Ballroom

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place - Structured Latin Ballroom

3rd Place - Country/Western/Folk/Ethnic

ComMotion in the news!

ComMotion was featured in a two-part story on Univision 40 entitled

"Medicina para el Alma" (Medicine for the Soul)

Part One              Part Two

ComMotion's programs in Polk County in western North Carolina were featured on the cover of the Tryon Daily Bulletin, the world's smallest daily newspaper.

Upcoming Events

Free dance classes for cancer survivors

February 25 - March 18, 2019


SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

123 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill

Sponsored by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Classes across the community in western NC

March 13 - 16, 2019

ComMotion will teach dance and movement programs across the community in Polk County, NC, including the public schools (pre-K through 12), County Senior Center, St Luke's Hospital infusion center, White Oak Manor, Highwoods Apartments, and more.  Join us for classes, demonstrations, and a crowd performance during Super Saturday!  Our public classes include:

March 14 at 130pm at Highwoods Senior Apartments, Columbus

March 14 at 3pm at St Luke's Hospital Infusion Center, Columbus

March 15 at 3pm at White Oak Village, Tryon

Free Latin dance classes for cancer survivors

April 4 - May 23, 2019


White Plains United Methodist Church

313 SE Maynard, Cary

Sponsored by Waverly Hematology Oncology

To register, email Elizabeth Barnard at

Around the World Gala

April 7, 2019


Raleigh Masonic Temple

1520 Caswell Street, Raleigh


Join ComMotion at the elegant Raleigh Masonic Temple for an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction, vendors, activities, and performances.  All proceeds benefit ComMotion's dance programs across the community.


$25 per person

Support our programs

ComMotion is able to provide programs at little or no cost thanks to the generous support of the community.