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Building health and engagement through the arts

March 2024

ComMotion's recent residency in Dare County, NC was featured in The Coastland Times.

ComMotion receives Partners of the Americas Sub-Award Grant

March 2024

In March 2024, Partners of the Americas awarded five subawards to Partners Chapters and organizational members across the Western Hemisphere to support innovative solutions to community-based challenges. Subawards range from USD$3,000 to USD$16,500 and support projects that promote community-centered waste management; enable youth to be STEM researchers; engage youth in leadership development; foster emotional and academic growth of young students; and empower underrepresented voices in Latin America through dance.


ComMotion's Biblioteca Madre project aims to empower underrepresented voices in Latin America, including Indigenous peoples, females, and people with disabilities, by connecting them with a team of artists and educators to create an online multimedia library showcasing their culture and traditions. Over a virtual collaboration spanning several weeks, artists will be trained to produce educational content with a focus on inclusivity, resulting in modules with lesson plans published in an online library. The initiative, targeting at least five youth-serving organizations and over 200 youth in North Carolina and Latin America, seeks to address the lack of representation and perpetuation of stereotypes in Hispanic/Latinx education, fostering cultural appreciation and empathy for historically marginalized communities.

The Education and Culture Program is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dance for Every Body at NC Museum of Art

January 2024

ComMotion partnered with the North Carolina Museum of Art to bring inclusive movement activities to their Dance for Every Body event for young adults.

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Bringing Rhythms of the Latin World to western North Carolina

January 2024

ComMotion brought their Rhythms of the Latin World workshops to the PreK classes at the four elementary schools in Polk County, North Carolina.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association Town Hall

November 2023

ComMotion hosted a virtual Town Hall with members of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, where they presented an overview of their recent arts in health collaborations in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia.

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Bringing visual art to life with Nasher Reflections program

November 2023

Celebrating Family in American Sign Language with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Reflections Program for people living with Alzheimer's & related dementias and their care partners. These special tours offer people who live with memory loss and their families the opportunity to enjoy art in the moment and to engage with the current exhibitions using multiple senses.

ComMotion visits South America

September 2023

We spent over 3 weeks in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia where we collaborated with a wide range of artists and educators.  From the Arte en Salud team at the Hospital Italiano in Buenos Aires to the Hogar de Cristo in Santiago to rural schools in the Altiplano region of Bolivia, we were able to connect and share with all ages and abilities.  Our work in Bolivia was a Travel Grant project with the La Paz and Altiplano Chapter of Partners of the Americas.

To read more about this trip, click here.


The Education and Culture Professional Travel Grant is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Air Force Wounded Warrior Program CARE Week San Antonio

August 2023

We're in San Antonio this week for the Air Force Wounded Warrior South Central CARE Event. Participants danced from their seats and had a fabulous time.


Adaptive Martial Arts Workshop

July 2023

We partnered with Master Chang's Martial Arts for a fun and inclusive afternoon of movement for all!

ComMotion featured on Spectrum News 1

May 17, 2023

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ComMotion receives NC Peace Prize

May 7, 2023

In a ceremony that began with speeches and ended with people dancing, the North Carolina Peace Corps Association (NCPCA) presented its annual North Carolina Peace Prize on May 7 to Community in Motion (ComMotion).

“They touch people’s lives and help Americans learn about other countries -- in this case through dance,” NCPCA Vice President Jennifer Chow, RPCV/Mongolia, said at the event at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. “They exemplify the ideals that thousands of North Carolinians have pursued as Peace Corps Volunteers.”

The North Carolina Peace Prize was established over 20 years ago to honor small North Carolina community-based, nonprofit groups that honor the values of the Peace Corps: helping people to help themselves and promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding. The prize consists of a financial contribution and recognition at a ceremony held in the spring in Raleigh, NC.

Read full story: NC Peace Corps Association


February 2023

Sandi Painter has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2009. She has over 25 years of experience working in high volume human service environments, including 13 years as a therapist in women’s health clinics. Her therapy approach is primarily based in Bowen Family Systems Theory, and also uses cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices. As a young adult, she learned to dance by participating in a community based African Caribbean dance company for almost 10 years, and found it therapeutic and fun! She enjoys participating in and sharing the gift of music and dance when given the opportunity. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and in nature.

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visit to bertie county

January 23-25, 2023

ComMotion had a wonderful time in Bertie County, where over 300 elementary school students grooved to the Rhythms of the Latin World. They had a blast learning some new dance steps while practicing their Spanish numbers. We also visited the Three Rivers Health & Rehabilitation Center, The Brian Center, and The River’s Edge, and 60 of their senior residents got moving from their chairs.

Thank you to the Bertie County Arts Council for organizing this trip, which was funded by the Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) and the North Carolina Arts Council.


ComMotion Facilitator Training

December 2022

ComMotion students learned about the intersection of arts and health, and how to make their activities inclusive to a range of abilities and cultures. We had 26 graduates and are eager to see what they do with their training.

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November 29, 2022

Thank you to our wonderful donors for giving so generously in support of aging adults during this year's Giving Tuesday event.


November 2022

ComMotion was featured in the November 2022 issue of Walter Magazine in their article "Give Local 2022: 25 Triangle Organizations to Support this Season"

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"What's Best for Breasts?" Symposium

October 8, 2022

ComMotion was a panelist at the Duke Cancer Institute's What's Best for Breasts symposium.  They shared information about the many health benefits of ComMotion's programs for survivors.

Ashley Thomas joins ComMotion Board of Directors

September 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Ashley Thomas has joined the ComMotion Board of Directors.  She is the Founder and CEO of Bridge II Sports (  Bridge II Sports creates opportunities for youth, adults, and Veterans with physical disabilities to ‘Find The Player Within’ through the power of adapted sports.

Ashley is a public speaker/trainer/writer on many issues in the world of disability, working within her community and the state for access to recreation.  Her creative side developed adapted sport competitions such as Valor Games Southeast for our Veterans, August Madness, Paddle Lake Crabtree, andGiGe (Girls Inspired, Girls Empowered).  Bridge II Sports runs 10 year-round sports and hosts regional competitions.  The design is to include diverse types of physical disabilities in one event, nurturing understanding of different disabilities.


Dance in the Park

July 23, 2022

ComMotion and Saluda Moon Glass Studio & Gallery hosted a fun community dance in the heart of historic Saluda, NC.

Getting moving with AFW2 Adaptive Sports

July 13, 2022

ComMotion and the warriors of Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports started the training day off right with some fun movement activities! ComMotion is thrilled to be conducting a variety of movement workshops at C.A.R.E. Week in San Antonio.


Over $2,000 raised!

July 12, 2022

Thank you to Victoria Thio, Carla Perkins, Tammy Aldredge, and 2 Anonymous donors for giving so generously in support of aging adults during this year's Give65 Event, hosted by Home Instead Charities. Thank you for believing in our mission and for giving hope to aging adults.

Latin dance workshop with TheGifted Arts GiftedSummer

July 7, 2022

ComMotion taught a Latin dance workshop during Dance Week of GiftedSummer Camp. TheGifted Arts is youth elevation and performing arts organization that uplifts and artistically trains young people, within a culture that values identity, purpose, leadership and embodies confidence and excellence. They strongly believe in the power of intention — that with racial and social justice and liberated black and brown communities, youth will magnify their personal power. To learn more, visit


Social worker joins commotion staff

June 20, 2022

Rachel Palermo, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has joined the ComMotion staff to help maximize the many cognitive, psychological, and physical health benefits of our programs.

Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at McNeese State University in 2017 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Memphis in 2019. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Rachel completed her clinical training at The Pediatric Center and Oceans Behavioral Hospital. This experience enriched her clinical skills in individual and group therapy while working with diverse populations. Rachel enjoys using somatic movement in her therapeutic practice. She believes engaging the mind/ body connection is essential for healing. Outside of her time working, Rachel enjoys connecting to family and friends, bike riding, and long walks with her dog, Oliver.


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Rhythms of the Latin World at Holly Ridge Elementary School

June 8, 2022

Students at Holly Ridge Elementary School learned about several countries in Latin America through ComMotion's "Rhythms of the Latin World" workshops, through the Artists in Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County,

SOFE 2022 at Durham County Library

June 4, 2022

ComMotion partnered with Arts Access to provide movement activities at the Durham County Library as a part of the Series of Fortunate Events.  The program was inspired by the book "We Move Together".


Arts Access presents the Series of Fortunate Events (SOFE) annually, to highlight the diversity and creativity that exists within disability communities. Arts Access uses SOFE as a platform to promote the work of artists and performers with disabilities.


Adaptive Dance Series

June 3-5, 2022

The Adaptive Dance Series is a virtual weekend of free dance workshops designed specifically for children and adults with emotional, cognitive, and physical disabilities. Participants will connect with a community of movers from across the country through a variety of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, and latin styles. Regardless of previous dance experience, participants will gain a unique virtual experience through adaptive movement workshops.

These workshops are presented by Attack Theatre, ComMotion, Joey’s P.A.W., and Yes, You Can Dance. This free weekend series includes a kick-off information session (featuring a mindful movement activity with Open Up Pittsburgh) on Friday at 5:00pm, an entire day of workshops on Saturday, and three afternoon workshops on Sunday finishing with special guest speakers, Tanya and Boone, at 4:00pm.

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Air Force Wounded Warrior Program C.A.R.E. Event in Colorado Springs

May 16-20, 2022

ComMotion taught workshops for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) at their C.A.R.E. Event in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Warrior Care Division at AFPC is charged with providing non-medical care management and personalized support to Air Force Wounded Warriors. This support is provided through six annually-offered regional Warrior C.A.R.E Events integrating all support programs into one platform to strengthen mental, physical, spiritual and social well-being of enrolled Wounded Warriors and Caregivers. “C.A.R.E” represents four AFW2 support programs: Caregiver Support, Adaptive Sports and Ambassador Workshop, Recovering Airman Mentorship Program, Resiliency Programming and Empowerment in Transition.

ComMotion Spirit Squad at 2022 Komen Triangle Race for the Cure

April 30, 2022

The ComMotion Spirit Squad had so much fun cheering on the survivors and supporters at the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure!!


NC Center for Afterschool Programs Synergy Conference

April 22, 2022

ComMotion was honored to give a presentation about their collaborative project "The Rhythms of My Community/Los Ritmos de Mi Comunidad" at the NC Center for Afterschool Programs Synergy Conference.


The Synergy Conference convenes hundreds of out-of-school time providers, including faith-based organizations, community colleges, universities, child advocacy groups, community entities, and other stakeholders to share insight on research-based practices, effective programs, and public policies that impact students and their overall success in school and life. Elected officials and policymakers are invited to attend in order to hear how grassroots efforts are making a difference in the local community, families, and through student achievement.

ComMotion presents webinar for Kennedy Center

April 13, 2022

ComMotion was honored present a webinar for the Kennedy Center Access/VSA International Network Webinar Series.  The webinar was titled "Exploring the Rhythms of the Latin World: how combining technology, dance, and authentic voices will engage your students through adaptive and inclusive movement programs."

The webinar explained how to combine the power of technology, unique partnerships, and multidisciplinary arts to bring authentic voices of Latin America into the classroom.

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Taking The Rhythms of My Community across North Carolina

April 6-14, 2022

In less than one week we got to bring our educational program "The Rhythms of My Community" to over 1,000 PreK through 8th grade students in Tyrrell County, Bertie County, and Polk County, North Carolina!

We traveled over 400 miles, from Columbia and Windsor in eastern NC to Mill Spring, Tryon, Saluda, and Sunny View in western NC.  At every school, we worked with amazing students and teachers, exploring the cultures of five different countries through movement and music.  It was so wonderful to hear from the students, such as the young lady at Windsor Elementary who proudly told us that her family is from the Caribbean to the young man at Saluda Elementary who said "That's a dance I'll never forget!"

These programs were made possible through the support and sponsorship of:
NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program
Bertie County Arts Council
Bertie County Schools
Polk County Schools
Tyrrell County Schools

To learn more about "The Rhythms of My Community", visit

Partners of the Americas What Works Conference

March 31, 2022

ComMotion presented their multicultural, multimedia, multi-sensory educational program "The Rhythms of My Community/Los Ritmos de Mi Comunidad" at the 2022 Partners of the Americas What Works Conference.

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ComMotion's Artistic Director at Alumni TIES program

March 21-25, 2022

Andre Avila was invited to participate in the The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsored Alumni Thematic International Seminar (TIES) on "American Identity: Exploring Our Collective Memory, Heritages, and Histories."

The Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning and the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the State Department. To learn more about the Alumni TIES program, please visit

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Engaging Virtual Learners

March 15, 2022

ComMotion delivered a virtual workshop for teaching artists, covering tips and tricks for fun and engaging virtual programming.

This program was sponsored by Arts Access.

Polk County students, families engage in creative project to learn about other countries

February 21, 2022

From and Tryon Daily Bulletin

A group of Polk County Schools students and their families recently had an opportunity to once again take part in activities relating to the “Rhythms of My Community” project.

Families of students in grades first through third were asked to participate in a family engagement activity similar to the one they previously completed, that involving families creating robots from recyclables.

This second activity encouraged families to choose and research another country for Robot Max to visit. Students were asked to include an outline of the country, describe popular music and dance and detail animals that live in their chosen country.

Imagining and drawing a new character, who could lead Robot Max on a tour of the country, allowed for student creativity in this research activity. Each family then created an informational poster to share with other students.


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Greensboro Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program

February 10, 2022

ComMotion had so much fun dancing at the Greensboro Sportsplex with our new friends from the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program.  We danced to a variety of classics and new hits.  Sitting down and standing up, everyone had a great time.  We're look forward to another program in March!


The mission of the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Section of Greensboro Parks and Recreation is to provide recreation services for individuals of all abilities.  To learn more, visit


Bringing history to life through movement with The Smithsonian

February 2, 2022


ComMotion partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to create a multisensory virtual experience for their See Me at the Smithsonian program for people with dementia and their care partners.  They combined the power of movement and music, together with their immersive green-screen technology, to bring to life objects from the collection of the National Museum of American History.  The focus of the program was the sit-in by the “Greensboro Four” at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, which launched the non-violent sit-in movement in support of civil rights.  Staff from the National Museum of American History facilitated discussion about the lunch counter and images associated with it.  Next, ComMotion’s Artistic Director Andre Avila led the group through a series of movement activities relating to the objects and the civil rights movement.  He was positioned in front of images of the counter and other museum collection objects through the use of the green screen and incorporated music from the civil rights movement.


As described in in the Harvard University publication “Dancing and the Brain”, the combination of movement and music provides numerous positive health benefits, including memory improvement and strengthened neuronal connections.  ComMotion collaborates with a wide range of partners to bring multi-sensory programs to participants of all ages and abilities.

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Dancing with our friends at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail

January 28, 2022


We are so happy to be dancing in-person again with our wonderful friends at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail, in Raleigh NC.  The participants are full of energy and joy!  The staff is wonderful and they always join in the fun as well.

June Spry-Leverton, Activity Director at Sarahcare said "We love the program!  It is amazing!"

To see some fun videos, visit their Facebook page

More about SarahCare:

SarahCare Lake Boone Trail Adult Day Care Center specializes in caring for senior adults with Alzheimer's and related dementia as well as those with physical and cognitive impairments. Participants enjoy a warm atmosphere, socialization and multiple daily activities.

SarahCare keeps families together at home by providing health-related care for seniors during the day in an upscale country-club-like center. At the heart of SarahCare is a uniquely designed program that provides safe and active environments for seniors who require assistance during the day and provide peace of mind for their family members who need to continue working or need respite. We provide nursing services to participants who have a variety of impairments and health problems such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, stroke, incontinency problems and isolation and loneliness. SarahCare offers flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the participants and caregivers.

Oakview Elementary School moves to The Rhythms of the Latin World

December 1, 2021


Students at Oakview Elementary School in Raleigh had a virtual trip through Latin America through ComMotion's Rhythms of the Latin World video program.  They learned about the cultures of several different countries, and got moving to the iconic music and dance styles.


The school's Cultural Arts Representative shared: “We are enjoying our Cultural Arts Program in Music and PE this week with ComMotion…Latin American music and dance."


Oakview Elementary brought ComMotion to their students through the Artists in Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.  They provide noncompetitive grants to schools to help provide Artists in Schools programs for their staff and students.

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Workshops at Centennial Campus Middle School

November 30, 2021


Waverly Hematology Oncology to sponsor Healthy Movements for Cancer Survivors for the 3rd year in a row!

November 23, 2021

For the third year in a row, the wonderful team at Waverly Hematology Oncology is sponsoring ComMotion's Healthy Movements for Cancer Survivors program!
About Waverly Hematology Oncology


Waverly Hematology Oncology (Waverly) offers centralized easy access cancer care for Cary, North Carolina patients and is conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways, Route 1 and Highway 64 (Tryon Road).  In private practice since 2004, Waverly represents two medical oncologists, three physician assistants and a team of over 40 employees, 17 of which have over 10 years of employment. A community-based practice, Waverly offers medical oncology, chemotherapy, infusion therapy, laboratory services, an on-site pharmacy and has the oldest cancer genetics clinic in Wake County.  At its site at 300 Ashville Avenue, services such as diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, radiation oncology and surgery, are also offered by other practices located within the same building.

For over 30 years Dr. Graham has been an active clinical investigator through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a cancer clinical trials network in the U.S., leading in patient accrual and data. Waverly is also the only Triangle site of the Southeast Clinical Oncology Research (SCOR), representing over 20 communities in six states.

Waverly expanded the practice in 2015 and opened the first formal Cancer Survivorship Clinic in the county that now includes over 2,000 breast cancer survivors and those at high risk for breast cancer.

Air Force Wounded Warrior Program CARE Week San Antonio

November 16-19, 2021

ComMotion had a great time teaching a combination of in-person and virtual programs for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program.

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Rhythms of My Community featured on WLOS ABC 13

October 25, 2021

"The Rhythms of My Community" was featured on the Never Stop Learning segment on WLOS ABC 13!
This multimedia educational project is the result of an alliance between ComMotion, from North Carolina, and Carretica Cuentera, from Costa Rica, through the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) program: an exchange managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State.

Rhythms of My Community kicks off at Polk County Schools

October 25, 2021

The multi-media bilingual educational program "The Rhythms of My Community" kicked of in the US at the Polk County Schools.
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ComMotion presents at National ParaSport Conference

October 14, 2021

ComMotion is excited to be presenting "Arts and Sports: Dance Like a Pro Athlete" at the 2021 National ParaSport Conference.

ComMotion is part of Move United On Demand

September 20, 2021

Introducing Move United OnDemand presented by The Hartford
Move United OnDemand is a digital fitness platform that offers specialized adaptive sports fitness classes, making training available anytime, from anywhere for individuals with disabilities at all fitness and ability levels.
The platform, free of charge thanks to The Hartford, includes classes in Cardio, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, and Stretching and Recovery, ranging from 10 to 45 minutes in length.
Join the movement and give it a try - the first 500 to sign up will receive a Move United Fitness Kit:
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ComMotion receives grant from NC Arts Council

September 17, 2021

The North Carolina Arts Council has awarded ComMotion an Organization Support Grant for 2021-22.
From their website:

Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of “arts for all citizens,” the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities.

The North Carolina Arts Council strives to deliver resources for arts development to all 100 counties of the state through programs that are fair, transparent and accountable.

The Arts Council is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A 24-member citizen board, appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary of the Department on policies, programs, and research that supports arts development across North Carolina.

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ComMotion receives grant from Mary Duke Biddle Foundation

September 10, 2021

ComMotion is honored to be the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation's Arts Grant program.
From their website:
The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation supports arts organizations, artists, and K-12 education in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The foundation focuses on projects in which our modest grants can make a significant difference.

ComMotion receives multi-year grant from Triangle Community Foundation

September 1, 2021

The Triangle Community Foundation has awarded ComMotion a multi-year grant of $22,500 from their Cultural Arts Grant program.

From their website:

Triangle Community Foundation is building a stronger Triangle for all. By working with dedicated donors and strong nonprofits, we are able to guide gifts in a strategic way to fill in gaps, reduce inequities, and solve the region’s most pressing challenges.

We work tirelessly in the Triangle region of North Carolina to help build a more vibrant community for everyone. By taking a broad view, we are uniquely positioned to identify gaps, support the most important needs, and shape a brighter future for generations to come.

Dancing again at Ruth Sheets Adult Day Center

August 16, 2021

It was so wonderful to see our good friends at Ruth Sheets Adult Day Center in person again!


ComMotion is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

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Artists in Schools Expo

August 12, 2021

ComMotion showcased "The Rhythms of the Latin World" for school Cultural Arts Representatives the virtual Artists in Schools Expo of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.


ComMotion receives grant from United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

July 23, 2021

ComMotion is honored to be a recipient of a Mission Support Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.


The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (United Arts) partners with businesses, individuals, foundations, and government to reach over 1.2 million people across Wake County annually through its grants, programs, and events. United Arts, a nonprofit organization, has worked for more than 30 years to build a better community through the support of and advocacy for the arts.

Return to the Rutherford County Senior Center

July 14, 2021

It was great to dance with our friends at the Rutherford County Senior Center again after more than a year!

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Kennedy Center Teaching Artists Present

July 7, 2021

ComMotion is part of the Kennedy Center Teaching Artists Present program, with their instructional video on the basics of the Bachata dance.  Check it out at:

Another virtual workshop with Carretica Cuentera in Costa Rica

July 7, 2021

Workshop with future healthcare professionals of Greensboro AHEC

June 28, 2021


The future healthcare professionals of the Greensboro Area Health Education Center learned about the health benefits of dance through a ComMotion workshop during their Virtual Health Science Summer Camp.

Preschool dance classes with Spanish for Fun

June-July 2021

ComMotion had a blast teaching dance Spanish....for the preschoolers of Spanish for Fun.

Pre-Walk Dance Party with ALS Association

June 25, 2021

We had so much fun in a virtual dance party with our friends at the ALS Association.

Polk County Schools Summer Learning Program

June-July 2021

This summer, ComMotion taught students in the Polk County Schools Summer Learning Program about the cultures of Latin America through a combination of in-person and video dance classes. At the end of the 5-week program, the students gave a performance for their teachers and friends. To see the full performance, visit our YouTube channel at

Dance party for kids whose family has been touched by ALS

June 1, 2021

Today we got to have a super-fun virtual glow stick dance party with the young campers at Joe's Camp, organized by The Joe Martin ALS Foundation.

Another virtual workshop with our friends in Costa Rica

June 1, 2021

ComMotion featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

May 20, 2021

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article about the Adaptive Dance Series for All, hosted by Attack Theatre, ComMotion, and Yes, You Can Dance.  Here here to read the full article.
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"Arts and Sports - Dance Like a Pro Athlete"

May 12, 2021

ComMotion presented a workshop on incorporating dance into your workout at the 2021 Move United Education Conference.
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Dance workshop with Lung Cancer Initiative of NC

May 5, 2021

ComMotion enjoyed hosting a virtual Cinco de Mayo dance party with the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC.
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Celebrating teachers!

May 3, 2021

ComMotion was honored to help kick off Teacher Appreciation Week at Washington Elementary School, thanks to the amazing members of Washington GT Elementary PTA! The wonderful teachers got to learn a few of the Latin dances we taught their students in our Rhythms of the Latin World program, and they got to show off their classic disco moves!

ComMotion featured in CBS17 story

April 27, 2021

ComMotion was featured in a story about the impact of COVID-19 on the arts by Randi Ayala on CBS17 WNCN. The story includes several video clips of our classes for kids, cancer survivors, and veterans. Thank you to North Carolina Arts Council for your support!
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WRAL TV Story on 2021 Virtual Race for the Cure

April 24, 2021

ComMotion honored to be a part of Pink Week 2021, with our Dance Where You Are virtual dance class!

ComMotion featured in Move United magazine

Spring 2021

Click here to view the magazine online:

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Closing Forum Dream Team Presentation

April 15, 2021


At the recent Closing Forum for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), only 4 of the 260 Fellows from Latin America and Canada were asked to give "Dream Team" presentations about their experiences.  ComMotion and their amazing Fellow, Alberto Barrantes of Carretica Cuentera in San Jose, Costa Rica presented "Dancing and Storytelling as powerful tools for community engagement"

Dancing with the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program

April 15, 2021

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Joyner Elementary - Virtual and In-Person!

April 13 & 16, 2021

Through the Artists in Schools program of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, ComMotion taught both virtual and in-person classes for the students of Joyner Elementary School.


NC Central University Master Class

April 12, 2021

Thank you to Dr. Johnson and the wonderful Dance students at NC Central University for inviting ComMotion to teach them about Argentine Tango and Samba today!

Greenville Area Parkinsons Society

April 1, 2021

ComMotion held a virtual workshop for the members of the Greenville Area Parkinsons Society.
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Rhythms of the Latin World at Holly Ridge Middle School

February 26, 2021

Everybody Moves

February 24, 2021

Join us for Everybody Moves starting this Friday!


Waverly Hematology Oncology sponsors classes for cancer survivors

February 13, 2021

ComMotion sends a huge Thank You to Waverly Hematology Oncology for their generosity as the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming Healthy Movements for Cancer Survivors class series! To learn more about them and all that they do to support cancer patients, please visit their website:

Dance classes with Air Force Wounded Warrior Program

February 10, 2021

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Rhythms of the Latin World at Underwood Elementary School

February 3, 2021

Virtual workshop with Carretica Cuentera in Costa Rica

January 26, 2021

ComMotion had a great time dancing with the students of  Carretica Cuentera in Costa Rica today! We are privileged to be partnering with Alberto and Carretica Cuentera through the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).

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Carla Perkins joins ComMotion

January 26, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Carla Perkins to the ComMotion team as a new instructor! Carla is an amazing dancer and dance teacher, and the owner of  Danceformation, Inc. Cary and Polished Salon/Spa

Bringing art to life with Nasher Museum Reflections

January 22, 2021

ComMotion got to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, their families, and their care partners experience visual art through movement by creating an immersive Zoom experience for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University's Reflections Program.

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University students get "hands-on" experience with ComMotion....virtually

January 20, 2021

Students from Clemson University and Campbell University are getting practical experience in to support their studies in Recreational Therapy and Physical Therapy through virtual practicums and service learning with ComMotion.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellow - Alberto Barrantes of Costa Rica

January 18, 2021

Alberto Barrentes, founder of Carretica Cuentera in San Jose Costa Rica, will be working with ComMotion as a Fellow in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.  To learn more about Alberto and Carretica, visit our About Us page.

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Virtual Dance Class with Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care

December 20, 2020

ComMotion was so happy to get to dance with everyone at Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center again! Thank you to the amazing staff for your enthusiastic support! This program is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

Dance classes with Air Force Wounded Warrior Program

November 18, 2020

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Raquel Reynolds joins ComMotion

October 28, 2020

We're very excited to have Raquel Reynolds join ComMotion as an Instructor! She is both an amazing teacher and a world champion competitive dancer!

Caregivers Summit 2020

October 22, 2020

ComMotion is very excited to be a speaker at the 2020 Caregivers Summit.

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National Organization for Arts in Health Virtual Conference

October 19-21, 2020

ComMotion is honored to be presenting at the 2020 NOAH Virtual Conference!

Rhythms of the Latin World at Wildwood Forest Elementary School

October 9, 2020

ComMotion had so much fun teaching our Virtual Rhythms of the Latin World workshop for the amazing 4th graders at Wildwood Forest Elementary! The students did a great job learning 3 different dances from Latin America! We send a huge thank you to the teachers and cultural arts representatives of the Artists in Schools program of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for all of their efforts to continue to bring the arts to their students in these challenging times!

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Making Strides on the Dance Floor - Teams Edition

October 2020

The American Cancer Society of the Triangle and Triad are partnering with ComMotion - Community in Motion to launch a fun and new way for teams to come together to make strides toward a world without breast cancer.  Whether your team is a group of co-workers, friends, or family members this virtual dance party is a fun and easy way to "get together", relax, and have fun during these difficult times of quarantine and isolation while also raising funds to support a great cause.

Click here to register:

ComMotion Selected for Raleigh/Wake County Adaptive Leadership Circle

September 23, 2020
From United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County:

Congratulations to the leaders from twelve local arts organizations chosen to participate in the Raleigh/Wake County Adaptive Leadership Circle, a six-month peer cohort that uses a collaborative approach to improve organizational resiliency in the face of COVID-19’s constant disruptive change. Program partners include United Arts, Raleigh Arts, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, and EMCArts with additional support from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

The participants are from

Arts Together, Artspace, ComMotion, North Carolina Chamber Music Institute - NCCMI, North Carolina Master Chorale, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Theatre, PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Raleigh Little Theatre, The Justice Theater Project, VAE Raleigh, Women's Theatre Festival

Activate Good - United We Help

September 2020

ComMotion is proud to be a community partner with Activate Good.  Their United We Help Month of Service continues their tradition of honoring those lost on September 11, 2001 in a new format: A restorative month of service bringing Triangle residents together to participate in safe in-person or remote volunteer opportunities, virtual learning sessions about local community issues, and a virtual 9/11 evening commemoration. To see volunteer opportunities with ComMotion and other local non-profits, please visit

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Dance Where You Are

September 11, 2020

ComMotion had a great time hosting "Dance Where You Are with Komen NCTC", part of the 2020 Triangle Virtual Race for the Cure.

ComMotion featured in WRAL video about 2020 Virtual Race for the Cure

September 2, 2020

ComMotion was featured in a video in WRAL's "Out and About" segment, highlighting the Dance Where You Are Class that will be a part of the 2020 Triangle Virtual Race for the Cure.  Click here to watch the video on the WRAL website.

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Air Force Wounded Warrior 2020 Virtual Care Week

August 21, 2020

ComMotion was honored to be a part of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program 2020 Virtual Care Week, teaching an online dance class for Warriors and Caregivers, and presenting an overview of ComMotion's programs for veterans in the Care Fair.  Click here to read an article on the AFW2 website.

Artists in Schools 2020 Expo: Stay at Home Edition

August 12, 2020

ComMotion presented an overview of the "Rhythms of the Latin World" program at the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County 2020 Artists in Schools Expo.

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Dancing Against Cancer in the Triad

July 28, 2020

ComMotion partnered with Relay For Life of Guilford County, NC and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Triad, NC  to launch "Dancing Against Cancer in the Triad".  Proceeds from these fun and easy online dance parties will support both the American Cancer Society and ComMotion's dance programs for cancer survivors.

Online Dance Class with Wounded Warrior Project Houston

July 18, 2020

ComMotion led a really fun dance class for the warriors and caregivers of the Wounded Warrior Project in Houston, TX.

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Rhythms of the Latin World Online with the Emily K Center

July 10, 2020

ComMotion had a great time presenting the "Rhythms of the Latin World Online" program to the Pioneer Scholars program of Emily Krzyzewski Center, a non-profit college access organization in Durham, NC.

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Support the fight against breast cancer through the fun and fitness of dancing!  The dance party begins on June 17.  To register, visit:

Duke Cancer Institute Survivorship Day 2020

June 11, 2020

As a part of Duke Cancer Institute Survivorship Day, ComMotion taught an online Latin dance class for survivors.  Everyone had so much fun!

Online Dance Classes with the Wounded Warrior Project of NC & SC


ComMotion is having a great time teaching Latin dance classes via Zoom for the veterans and family members of the Wounded Warrior Project! Individuals, couple, friends, and whole families are moving, laughing, and smiling together.

Arts Access Sponsors Subscriptions to Rhythms of the Latin World


 Arts Access sponsored 10 subscriptions to ComMotion's "Rhythms of the Latin World" program!  See their full newsletter here:…/arts-access-news-events-3255517

Healthy Movements Online for Cancer Survivors


 ComMotion is excited to announce the launch of the online version of our Healthy Movements program for cancer survivors.  These fun and upbeat video lessons are 10-20 minutes in length and teach a variety of Latin dances.  It's a great way for survivors and their family members to stay active and have fun.

Thanks to the support of many generous donors to our GoFundMe campaign, any prior participants in ComMotion's classes for cancer survivors are eligible to enroll at NO COST! 
The fee for new students is $15 per month.

To watch a sneak preview and to enroll, visit:

Wake County Small Business Fundraiser


Our amazing friends at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, Raleigh - North are supporting small businesses in Wake County by selling custom t-shirts and donating $10 for each t-shirt sold! Please support ComMotion by visiting the Wake County Small Business Fundraiser website and purchasing an awesome ComMotion t-shirt!

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More, a fellow member of Shop Local Raleigh, is a major sponsor of ComMotion's program, especially our Brentwood Boys & Girls Club Dance Team.

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ComMotion presentation for Clemson University


Today ComMotion was honored to give a guest lecture, via Zoom, with students in Clemson University Recreational Therapy. The presentation included an overview of ComMotion's programs, an adaptive dance activity, and an extended Q&A session where the students asked lots of great questions. The students were very enthusiastic and we're looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future!

Blaze Sports Class for Veterans cancelled

Unfortunately, due to COVID concerns, the Latin Dance Class for Veterans in Norcross, Georgia that was scheduled for March 20, 2020 has been canceled.  We will work on rescheduling.

Dance Enhanced Stress Management (in Spanish)

February - April, 2020


ComMotion partnered with social workers and health educators to provide a multi-faceted program of stress management techniques, including dance, with all instruction provided in Spanish.

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ComMotion featured on

December 8, 2019

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ComMotion featured in the Tryon Daily Bulletin

December 20, 2018

ComMotion on TV!

May 18, 2018

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

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

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