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Dance, Social Studies, World Languages

ComMotion - Community in Motion

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.

In this workshop students will experience several hundred years of history and culture through Latin dance and music, learning how the customs and beliefs of waves of immigrants from across the globe have blended and evolved.  Beginning with the indigenous people and moving through successive waves of immigrants, the instructors will describe the basics of the culture, such as economy, language, and value system then demonstrate examples of the music and dance.  The instructors will explain how the succession of cultures influenced the evolution of the society, as seen in the music and dance.  Students will learn some of the most popular dances from Latin America, including their origins and evolution as well as basic steps and simple turns in several dances, such as Merengue, Salsa, Samba, and Bachata, which can be performed either on their own or in partnership. The workshop could include a performance by the dance professionals as well as a performance by the students themselves. The duration and goals of the workshop are customized to meet the needs of the school and can be taught in both English and Spanish.Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program:

Grade LevelsPreK-12
Maximums100, 45
Special Populations

ComMotion’s workshops are specifically designed to be inclusive.  Students with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical differences are all able to participate.

Technical Requirements

Students will need a few feet around them in order to move.  Instructor can provide portable sound system with microphone.

Total Fee$250 per 45 minute workshop



ComMotion - Community in Motion