About Arts in Motion

The History

Arts in Motion uses art to break down cultural barriers, improve critical thinking and communication skills, empower individuals and strengthen communities. Our primary program, Dancing Classrooms, helps young people develop confidence, respect, and a love for the art of dance.

Incorporated in 2005 as a local nonprofit arts education organization, Arts in Motion originally focused on community outreach. During its first three years, the Arts in Motion collaborated with Girls Inc., Camp Fire USA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Kids Club program within the Omaha Public School system. Through these partnerships,  Arts in Motion taught art, music, and dance to fifth and eighth graders. In 2006, Arts in Motion introduced a program established in New York called Dancing Classrooms to four Omaha elementary schools, and the enthusiastic reception and initial success of the program pointed the way for Arts in Motion as the young organization determined its direction. Since then, Arts in Motion has focused its activities solely on the growth of Dancing Classrooms and its related Saturday programs which allow Dancing Classrooms graduates to continue their dance instruction.

In 2006, Arts in Motion underwent the process of training and licensing to make Omaha an official Dancing Classrooms location, becoming the first city outside of New York to offer the program.

In 2015, Arts in Motion welcomed Golden Ballroom, an exercise program for the elderly who reside in long-term care facilities, incorporating intentional movement using classic ballroom dances with specific era/genre music and rhythms. Golden Ballroom was created by Pamela Dutton, a dance professional with many years of experience in the arts.

As of 2019, Arts in Motion has expanded Dancing Classrooms to 60 classrooms in 33 Omaha area schools, reaching over 2,000 students annually. Dancing Classrooms enjoys a strong endorsement from the Omaha Public School system, including that of the Superintendent and the Coordinator of Physical Education and Athletics. This institutional support, and the rousing endorsement from students, teachers, principals and parents, has enabled Arts in Motion to expand the Dancing Classrooms program at a healthy and sustainable pace. The past few years have seen expansion into District 66, Millard, and several private schools.