Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion program, in partnership with Maggie L. Walker NHS, for "Banking on a Dream: The Maggie Lena Walker Story." Local 4th grade students from over 18 schools will tell the story of Walker's life and accomplishments through dance.
In 1993, Richmond Ballet began to search for a new educational initiative to deepen the Ballet's impact on the community. The Ballet wanted to create an educational initiative that would provide interaction with groups of students and professional dancers on a long-term basis. From this search, Minds In Motion was created.
Minds In Motion is a year-long program that teaches fourth-grade students discipline, dedication and self-awareness by leading them through a series of choreographic movements which must be memorized and expanded upon in each class session. This is not a ballet class, but a way to teach students the benefits of applying themselves to a task involving both mental and physical challenges.
At the end of the year, the students perform a show based on the skills they learned throughout the year. This year, the performance will tell the story of Maggie Lena Walker, a remarkable leader in the crusade for civil rights.