About the Artist
At ComMotion – Community In Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of dance and movement, regardless of their age, ability, or circumstances. Dance improves strength, flexibility, balance, posture & coordination while also reducing pain, depression, anxiety, and stress, and making individuals more likely to engage in other healthy behaviors. Since our founding in 2018, we have taught more than 13,000 people of all ages and abilities, including military veterans, cancer survivors, seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. We have had students from preschool age to over 90 years old, and with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities. Our programs are unique and adaptable to a variety of locations, but also groups of all sizes and abilities. Our Artistic Director, Andre Avila, is a professional dancer and dance instructor originally from Bogota, Colombia. In addition to designing the ComMotion curriculum and leading the teaching staff, he is also an instructor for Wake Tech, the American Dance Festival's Parkinson's Movement Initiative, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University. He is certified to teach the American Dance Wheels Foundation Wheel One Bronze wheelchair ballroom syllabus and has the National Exercise Trainers Association Senior Fitness Specialty Certification.