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Motus Dance Theatre is now officially the Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective (IMAC). We extend boundless gratitude to all who contributed to the rich history of Motus Dance Theatre, since its founding in 2003. This name change does not signify an ending but rather a natural transformation to an organization who will dedicate its time, energy and resources to supporting and connecting the Indianapolis community through shared movement experiences – because every human can dance. We invite you to come as you are and MOVE.

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We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a project grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis to support a series of workshops with guest artist Jess Pretty. The workshops will take place this fall, so stay tuned for details.


Out and About

Our administrative staff has some busy times ahead! Look and see all that we are doing…

Ongoing & Upcoming

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Somatic Movement & Dance Education conference, June 21 -23, 2019. Lani Weissbach, Director of Embodied Learning, has been invited to present at the this conference put on by ISMETA in Partnership with the National Dance Educators Organization at Gibney Studios in New York.



GPD Employees’ Foundation Grant, Summer 2019 – Congrats to Lauren Curry, Director of Development and Community Engagement for IMAC, for being awarded a grant from the GPD Employees’ Foundation for the second year in a row to continue her partnership with the Martin Luther King Center in Indianapolis this summer.



Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Summer Camp, Summer 2019 – We are excited to be partnering with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis for the first time this summer. Lauren Curry (Director of Development and Community Engagement for IMAC) will be teaching four dance classes for their summer camp attendees this July. The Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Summer Day Camp is an affordable four-week program that focuses on the words in their mission statement – strong, smart, bold, and inspire. Their summer camp is designed to inspire girls, ages 6-14, by challenging them mentally, enhancing their physical ability, promoting creativity, and encouraging them to take risks. Summer camp includes hands-on activities and a friendly all-girl environment.



Flourish – A Modern Dance Showcase, June 2019 – Bethany Wells Bak, Director of Movement Education for IMAC, will be presenting a new work for the 6th installment of Flourish at The White Rabbit Cabaret. Bethany will be creating a new work featuring herself and fellow IMAC administrators, Lauren Curry and Michelle Buchanan.



The Indiana Dance Festival, April 12th – 14th – Director of Embodied Learning for IMAC, Lani Weissbach, will be offering a Butoh Workshop on Sunday, April 14th at The Indiana Dance Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Director of Community Engagement and Development for IMAC, Lauren Curry, will be participating in a panel discussion, also on Sunday, from 3-4pm about opportunities for artists in Indiana.



Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, March 2019 – A big congratulations to Lauren Curry (Director of Development and Community Engagement for IMAC) and filmmakers Charlie and Trisha Borowicz for being an Official Screendance Selection for this year’s RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lauren’s film was one of only 11 dance films selected for the festival.



This is America presented by Phoenix Rising Dance Company, February 14th -17th – Lauren, Curry, Director of Development and Community Engagement for IMAC, performed in This is America and presented a reimagining of her work for 2018’s Art & Soul Celebration.



Rise: A Saturday State of Mind, January-February 2019 – Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective was ecstatic to be a part of Rise: A Saturday State of Mind at Newfields – 6 weekly drop-in wellness adventures featuring an early-morning dance and movement class, yoga and guided meditation in the galleries, and a series of rotating therapies to help you get your groove back. Lani Weissbach offered her EmbodieDance movement practice on Saturday, January 12th, 19th, & 26th and Lauren Curry led Dance Church™ on Saturday, February 9th, 16th, & 23rd.

Photo courtesy of Newfields




Create!, January 2019 – We helped visitors to the Indiana State Museum shake off the winter blues by celebrating all things creative and our dynamic Belly Dance Instructor Elizabeth Carr Wray performed with her Belly Dance Troupe, Ursula.



Start with Art, August 2018 – We were thrilled to perform at 2018’s Start with Art luncheon on August 31st, hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Start with Art celebrates the vibrant Indy art community and its supporters; local artists, educators, and others making an impact through the ARTI Awards. We were at hit!


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The Night Out Program, Summer 2018 – This summer, Lauren Curry, Director of Development and Community Engagement for IMAC, continued to cement our partnership with the Martin Luther King Center. Lauren Curry led The Night Out Program, generously funded by the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation. This program sought to supplement the humanities learning in School 43, attended by most of the MLK students. Up to 10 students accompanied by a parent or guardian attended 3 cultural events in Indianapolis, creating opportunities for both child and adult to engage around the arts and think critically about what they saw by engaging in rich discussions.



Spotlight Indy, April 2018 IMAC and NoExit Performance presented an excerpt from Dinner: A Romance in 4 Courses, directed by Lauren Curry and originally produced by NoExit Performance in February of 2018. Spotlight Indy is an annual benefit performance that raises money for HIV prevention throughout Indiana.

Photo Credit: Freddie Kelvin



Public House Cinema, March 2018  Public House Cinema, at IndyFringe, screened Pina and two short, locally produced dance films: one conceived and directed by local dance artist and frequent IMAC guest teacher, Rebecca Pappas, and one conceived and directed by IMAC Director of Development, Lauren Curry, both in collaboration with filmmakers Charles Borowicz and Trisha Borowicz of AnC Movies


Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, March 2018 Lauren & Bethany, conceived and directed by Bethany Bak (Director of Movement Education for IMAC), was an official live performance selection for this year’s RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lauren & Bethany was originally presented at Cultivate, an emerging choreographer showcase hosted by Motus Dance in 2016.



Art and Soul, February 2018 – We are so very proud of Director of Development Lauren Curry, who was named a Featured Artist for this year’s Art and Soul  celebration, presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The festival ran from January 27th to February 28, and featured a series of free performances at the Artsgarden. Lauren’s performance took place on February 8 at 12:15. If you missed it, you can still see Jillian Deam‘s engaging interview with Lauren for Fox59 News.

Photo Credit: Faith Cohen



Dinner: A Romance in Four Courses, February 2018 – This alternative Valentine’s Day event, produced by NoExit Performance, took inspiration from the diverse menu at Mesh and the interpersonal connections forged while dining. Guests were treated to a four course meal carefully crafted by chef Travis Hitch and inspired by a four-act performance directed by Lauren Curry (Director of Development for IMAC). This event was generously sponsored by Mesh on Mass Ave and Cunningham Restaurant Group.

Photo Credit: Charles Borowicz


Introduction to Butoh Workshops, January 2018 – Lani Weissbach, Director of Artist Residencies and Embodied Learning for IMAC, was invited by Fort Wayne Dance Collective to teach a series of Butoh workshops for the Fort Wayne dance community. Participants were introduced to Butoh, a hybrid form of dance theater that arose in Post WWII Japan and is now practiced worldwide. Butoh links physical and spiritual practices from around the globe and accounts for movers of all ages and abilities.


Seasonal Affective Disco, January 2018 – IMAC administrators Lauren Curry and Bethany Bak were pleased to be invited to teach early morning movement sessions at Newfields. These sessions were designed to help beat the winter blues by moving in community.

Photo Courtesy of Newfields


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Almost Home, October 2017 – IMAC Executive Director, Michelle Buchanan and administrators: Bethany Bak, Lauren Curry, and Lani Weissbach were pleased to create a performance installation in collaboration with Indy Convergence for a soon to be renovated home by Hearts & Hands of Indiana on the near-west side of Indianapolis. This event was generously supported by Great Places 2020, LISC Indianapolis, The Transformational Impact Fellowship through the Arts Council of Indianapolis and IUPUI Office of Community Development.

Photo Credit: Aaron Bak