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Our Space to Soar A New Home for Moving in the Spirit

IT TAKES HANDS TO BUILD A BUILDING. IT TAKES HEARTS TO MAKE A HOME. A SPACE TO SOAR IS OUR DESTINATION. IT IS OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

- JANAN MIRZA, AGE 17

In 2013, Moving in the Spirit’s students, staff and stakeholders envisioned a new facility near public transit where young people could soar through creative youth development and dance programs of the highest quality.

Inspired by the vision, MARTA and Columbia Ventures selected Moving in the Spirit as the community-arts anchor for their new transit-oriented development at Edgewood/Candler Park station.

This innovative endeavor will draw young people together from across our city, exemplifying how the arts can unite communities, spur economic development, and empower youth.

Led by renowned architects Perkins+Will, with support from KSi and WSP, the architectural design of Moving in the Spirit's new home involved 64 stakeholders -- from students, alumni, and parents to board members, staff, artistic directors and community partners.

The state-of-the-art facility will double Moving in the Spirit’s enrollment from 250 to 500 students. Positioned directly next to the MARTA rail line, the facility will meet our community’s need for transit-accessibility.

A 138-seat theater will serve as a resource to Atlanta’s professional dance community and broaden Moving in the Spirit’s reach to an additional 15,000 families each year through performances and workshops.

After reaching an initial $8.4 million fundraising benchmark, Moving in the Spirit broke ground on October 11, 2018.

On March 13, 2020, Moving in the Spirit received our certificate of occupancy for our new home, days before our city shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We offered virtual and hybrid programming during that time, streamed live from our beautiful new studios. We look forward to welcoming our students for in-person classes in the Fall of 2021.

You can still make your mark on our new home!

We continue to raise funds for AV equipment, lighting, and streaming technology -- all of the top-of-the-line equipment needed to build a theater and classrooms worthy of our young people and community.

Here's how YOU can be part of this magical moment:

Sponsor a Seat!

A donation of $500 will gift a Theatre Chair in our new facility! On each chair, there will be an artist-designed bird affixed to the chair and engraved with a unique and inspiring word selected by the students of Moving in the Spirit.

Once the theatre opens, you will receive a commemorative replica of your beautiful bird as our gift of thanks to you. In addition to receiving your twin bird, your name will be installed within the theatre to reflect your amazing support!

Pave the Way!

With a contribution of $1,000 you can personalize a beautiful paver with a message for all students and visitors to enjoy. The pavers will be placed on the grounds of Moving in the Spirit’s new site!

Surprise Us!

This is an opportunity to give at a level that feels good to you! Whether it be $5 or $50K, you can contribute to Atlanta's first youth-centered, transit-oriented development. Moving in the Spirit's new home is an incubator, a launch pad and a portal to the intersection of dance and connectivity!

Our immense gratitude goes out to the many individuals and institutions who contributed to bring our dream to life. We look forward to welcoming you to our grand opening in 2021!