Arts In Motion

Arts In Motion (A.I.M.), an dance and literacy program offered by ModArts Dance Collective for ages 3-6, provides the crucial tools necessary for the early development of young children. 
The arts are a wonderful discipline that allows children to grow more academically and socially. Research has proven that children exposed to the arts develop better social skills as well as greater self-esteem. Also excelling in the areas of math and reading, often testing better than their young counterparts. Having that exposure to the arts gives children an outlet and a way to contribute positively to their community and the world around them. The ages of 4 through 7 serve as an excellent time within a child’s life to be introduced to the arts, allowing children the opportunity to creatively express themselves without boundaries, working together as a group, strengthening both their motor and coordination skills.
A.I.M.’s classes are comprised of three parts: the warm-up, locomotive with pattern making, and creative exploration through dance and reading. At the beginning of class, the students warm-up through the isolation of different parts of the body and investigate different levels through space, time, and energy. Next, the class moves in vertical and horizontal lines mirroring different shapes and creating patterns to integrate the alphabet, numbers, problem solving, and gross/motor skills. Lastly, students are read a book to explore movement that expose the children to a greater understanding of animals, shapes, colors, the alphabet, and numbers. Each child is rewarded, through positive reinforcement, with a fun sticker or stamp, as well as a worksheet to reinforce the alphabet, numbers, and basic sight words, at the completion of each class. Students, ultimately gaining the basic skills and concepts that will prepare them for elementary school and learning in general.

Arts In Motion’s (A.I.M.) customized curriculum gives children the freedom to have fun while experiencing dance and reading in an encouraging environment.
Arts In Motion would love the opportunity to share the love of dance and reading with your children in an on-site school program, dance studio, or private sessions. For further information, please​ click here.

*A.I.M. for a better way to learn and grow.*

Creative Exploration through Movement

Creative Exploration through Movement (CEtM) is an on-site dance program offered by ModArts Dance Collective that brings dance to your school. Creative Exploration through Movement will expose students in Grades 2-12 to the history, culture, and technical aspects of dance. Students will experience 2-1 hour classes or 2-1.5 classes in your choice of the following: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Conditioning for Dancers, Nutrition, and Dance History. Each quarter or semester will culminate with a student demonstration showcasing the concepts, ideas, and techniques learned during the program for parents. 

Arts education benefits students by truly cultivating the whole child. It fosters and builds differing kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. This process requires not merely an active mind but a trained one. An education in the arts benefits society because students of the arts gain powerful tools to understand human experiences, both past and present. They learn to respect, the often very different, ways others have of thinking, working, and expressing themselves. They learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. By studying the arts, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of a complex and competitive society. And, as study and competence in the arts reinforce one other, the joy of learning becomes real, tangible, and powerful.

Creative Exploration through Movement will be an irreplaceable addition to your school’s curriculum or after school schedule. Please allow Creative Exploration through Movement the pleasure to capture the imaginative energy of your students. ​ For more information regarding Creative Exploration through Movement, please click here.

Horton Modern

Artists 18+ will focus on the Lester Horton technique, along with alignment, body conditioning, and core work. The movement strengthens the hip flexors and outer thigh muscles; contrasting muscles of the hip rotators and inner thighs. Class consists of a center warm-up, core floor work, across the floor progressions, and a center cool down. The Horton syllabus concetrates on geometric shapes and angles created by the body to generate an awareness of neutral spine alignment and develop a better understanding of navel-spine connection.

If you're interested in taking Horton modern class, please contact us for details regarding dates, times, and rates.

Upcoming Classes/Residencies

June 4-8, 2018- MADC's Collective Thread Residency at the Carver Theater, ​1631 Fourth Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Details coming soon!

Previous Classes/Residencies

Horton Modern Classes taught by MADC's Leah Tubbs at the Contemporary South Dance Company's NYC Guest Artist Master Workshop- May 29- June 2, 2017; Marilyn Sanders Performing Arts Center, 1604 6th Avenue S, Jasper, AL, 35501.

​Ballet and Horton Modern Classes taught by MADC's Leah Tubbs at the Contemporary South Dance Company's NYC Guest Artist Master Workshop- June 6-10, 2016; Marilyn Sanders Performing Arts Center, 1604 6th Avenue S, Jasper, AL, 35501.

​Ballet Master Class taught by MADC's Leah Tubbs hosted by Dance Levels- Saturday, November 7, 2015 1-3 p.m.; Pinson Community Center, 6730 Dry Creek Lane, Pinson, AL 35126. 

Horton Master Class taught by MADC's Leah Tubbs hosted by Carpe Noctem (Seize the Night) Master Class Series- Friday, November 6, 2015 6-7:30 p.m. 

Ballet Master Class taught by MADC's Leah Tubbs hosted by Dance Levels- Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Pinson Community Center, 6730 Dry Creek Lane, Pinson, AL 35126. 

​Horton Modern- February 2014-April 2014; Madilyn Clark Studios, Studio B, 10852 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Classes were offered on Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.

Pasadena Dance Festival- Saturday, February 22, 2014; MADC's Leah Tubbs taught a Horton class from 9-9:50 a.m.; Flintridge Preparatory School, 4543 Crown Ave., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011.

University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) ArtPlay Three Week Dance Workshop- June 3-21, 2013; UAB's Hulsey Hall. Click here to read an article about Homegrown and the three week dance workshop. Fox 6's Good Day Alabama interviewed Leah Tubbs on her Alabama roots, UAB's ArtPlay Dance Workshop, and Homegrown.

A.I.M.- September 2012-May 2013; Harlem Holistic Center, 115 W 128th Street. Ballet and Creative Movement classes were offered on Wednesdays 5-5:30 & 5:30-6.