Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Moving Minds Dance
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Organizational Statement
Moving Minds Dance believes all things can be learned through dance, so we teach dance within the context of other topics, from social justice to math to storytelling. Every activity we do in our classes connects dance skills to another area of study and encourages students to think creatively about what they’re learning. Our primary focus is to help young people become confident in every aspect of their intelligence, and dance provides all the tools students need to access their strength and kindness, to find freedom of expression, and to deeply connect to their communities. Sample our classes for yourself in our online treasure chest! Here, you'll find a vast array of dance activity videos exploring ideas like the science of flow, how to craft a story, reading a clock, and taking civic action.

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
McCormack Greenwalt
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Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th

Artistic Disciplines

Dance, 6
Moving Minds Dance primarily offers creative movement classes and activities with curriculum integration. These can be offered in person or online in synchronous or asynchronous learning modules.


Previous School Partnerships
To date, Ciara & Moving Minds have offered programs at Seattle Learning Center, Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts,  The Cove School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle Hebrew Academy, and St. Joseph School. In addition, we provide weekly community classes at multiple Seattle community centers.
Other Trainings or Certifications
BFA in Dance, Stephens College, 2011 Washington State TAT Lab, 2015-16 Cohort Creative Advantage Summer Institute, Annually 2016-2019 Creative Dance Center, Summer Dance Institute for Teachers, 2018 Creative Advantage Spring Partner Workshop, 2018
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Energy, Force, and Movement for Grades K-2 In this residency, students will use dance to connect to their physical science lessons. Because our bodies are impacted by the same laws that govern all matter, students will be able to feel the relationships between concepts like speed and momentum, and directly experience the impact of changing variables on their movements.
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Moving Minds programming is built around developing joyful, comfortable, and confident young humans first and foremost. We firmly believe in inclusive community, and use positive, responsive methods to ensure every student feels safe, seen, and welcome in class. In our classes, the focus is on the power of movement to communicate ideas- no matter who is doing the movement or what those movements look like. Developing programming with a school and/ or classroom is always a collaborative process. We begin with a planning meeting to determine what the teachers need and want from the residency, and discuss what that would look like. During the program, the classroom teacher supports the teaching artist in delivering the program and integrating classroom curriculum into each lesson, and at the end of the program, both the teachers and the students reflect together on the experience.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Moving Minds truly believes that ALL THINGS can be learned through dance. From math and engineering to literacy and language, from history and cultural studies to physics and biology, it's all possible. You tell us what you want your students to learn, and Moving Minds can help them embody it through dance.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Although Ciara enjoys engaging with students of all ages, she has particular joy and expertise in working with younger students, Grades Pre-K through third grade.
Testimonials from Schools
Ciara is a knowledgeable, brilliant, organized, caring dance teacher with excellent, developmentally appropriate curriculum and management skills! -Parent I love that we learn different moves, poses, and I get great exercise. - Student


Residency and Workshops costs are based on hourly rates for teaching and planning time. Teaching rate: $55/ hour. Planning rate: $30/ hour. All rates can be negotiated based on school budget and residency needs.


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Learning about gravity on the purple planet.
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Testing balance.
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Exploring resistance.
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Which letter do you see?
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Part of Creative Advantage's Online Arts Project. By looking at characters in storybooks, we use dance and movement to better understand characters by trying on their features, personality, and emotions.
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In order to make big changes in the world around us, we have to practice doing hard things.
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We discover how the scale of a planet affects its force of gravity and the weight of matter.