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.”

“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 Latin Dance workshop for military veterans

January 13 & 27 and February 3, 2019

4:30 - 6:00pm

NCSU Witherspoon Student Center Room 126

2810 Cates Avenue, Raleigh

Free fitness classes for cancer survivors

Tuesdays (Zumba with Francine Sanchez)

Thursdays (Dance with ComMotion)

January 15 - March 7, 2019


White Plains United Methodist Church

313 SE Maynard, Cary

Sponsored by Waverly Hematology Oncology

To register, email Elizabeth Barnard at

Classes across the community in western NC

January 17 & 18, 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, and St Luke's Hospital infusion center.

Free dance classes for cancer survivors

January 21 & 28, February 4& 11, 2019


SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

123 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill

Wounded Warrior Project Latin Dance Class

January 25, 2019


The ACE Center, 7027 Knightdale Blvd, Knightdale

ComMotion is honored to be offering a Latin dance class for service members of the Wounded Warrior Project and their friends & family.

Fundraiser Brunch

January 26, 2019


DanceFormation, 1105 Walnut St, Cary, NC

Join us for a brunch and presentation of performance preparation tips including costume selection & acquisition, hair & makeup tricks, and lots of other confidence boosting information. Ideal for anyone wanting to boost their competition or showcase look or anyone who just wants to be more glamorous in their daily life! Cost is just $25 and includes a light brunch. All proceeds will go to ComMotion.

Support our programs

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