Move It! Dance Project is a professional dance education program serving middle school and high school students in Lorain County. Founded in 2011, as a partnership of sisters Alicia Smith-Kirk and Angela Maggott (MUH-got) who wanted to give back to the community by providing dance education and performance opportunities.


So what's our story?



Recovering from life changing events in twin hospital beds, its only fitting we should reminisce about our childhood travels and championship win as young dancers (9-10) in our Mom's Detroit Dance Studio, Northwest School of Dance. Our group had competed a routine called "The Wiz" in New York City at the Dance Masters of America Grand National Championships and won first place out of everyone from across the country becoming National Champions! We were under the direction of our Mom, Gwendolyn B. Smith. This memory and the fact that Ms. Angela wanted to test performance based education in conjunction with her Doctorate Degree research; Ms. Alicia was just coming from performing Off Broadway and ready to get up, get out and "do something" created the synergistic spark within which Move It! Dance Project was Born!






Move It! utilizes a Performance based educational model. The Move It! philosophy is that the performance-based approach to education enables students to use their knowledge and apply skills in realistic situations.


Participation in the Lorain International Festival and Fire Fish Festival allowed us to celebrate the diverse cultures and many different backgrounds Move Dance Project student's and dance collaborations are comprised including African American, Caucasian,  Jamaican and Puerto Rican, and Indian supporting an inclusive environment. 


The students of Move It! learn different dance disciplines. Ballet, derived from techniques associated with the Cecchetti Method of Ballet originating from Italy, Jazz derived from the African vernacular of dance, and Tap a true American art form originating right here in the USA.


In addition, students learn Hip Hop, Lyrical and Liturgical Praise dancing.  Our Motto is…Walk in, Dance Out. Move It! Dance Project, it’s more than just dance.


For more information, email us at moveitdp@gmail.com or call us at 440-444-4608.


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