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Pardon our swagger, but we must take a moment to celebrate a bright new constellation of Pilobolus stars. And we're not talking about our dancers. But that's not to say they cannot dance. On the contrary, the youngest among us are exceptionally good at MOVIN'!

Movin', currently in its fourteenth year, is a youth program administered by Pilobolus' educational arm, the Pilobolus Institute, in conjunction with CAPA/Shubert-New Haven. This year, Movin' recently completed two-week residencies at the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School and the Truman School, both middle schools located in New Haven, CT, as well as a series of master classes and workshops at area high schools.

Pilobolus dancers and teaching artists Krystal Butler (Magnifico & Shadowland), Paul "Magic" Di Stefano (Shadowland) and Movin' veteran, Emily Kent, led approximately 450 bright and motivated youth in creative movement to help build self-esteem and develop valuable life skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. Participants were surprised by what they were able to accomplish in such a short time?overcoming initial shyness, establishing trust and pushing their limits.

Co-Op High School theater faculty, Charley McAfee, was also impressed by students' growth, as well as Pilobolus' dedication to nurturing that growth.

"They took a real interest in what we as teachers were doing with our students and appeared genuinely invested in what our students had to say and how they developed through the process," he said. "I feel like my students returned to me not just better artists, but better prepared to move forward in the work I have for them in class."

Kudos to the newest Movin' grads. Welcome to the stratosphere, gang.

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