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  • For 10 years, Arts ‘n Motion has encouraged kids to enjoy the arts in a fun and creative environment that improves their self-confidence and speaking skills.
    For 10 years, Arts ‘n Motion has encouraged kids to enjoy the arts in a fun and creative environment that improves their self-confidence and speaking skills.
  • For 10 years, Arts ‘n Motion has encouraged kids to enjoy the arts in a fun and creative environment that improves their self-confidence and speaking skills.
    For 10 years, Arts ‘n Motion has encouraged kids to enjoy the arts in a fun and creative environment that improves their self-confidence and speaking skills.

For A Decade, Kids Have Tapped Into Their Potential At Arts ‘N Motion

Zach Sparks
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May 8, 2014

When Melissa Hathway opened Arts ‘n Motion 10 years ago, West County did not have a place where music, dance and art were taught collectively. With the support of families and staff, Hathway’s business filled that void, and she is now celebrating 10 years of helping kids enjoy the arts in a fun and creative environment.

Hathway’s passion for dance was cultivated at an early age. She danced as a 3-year-old and performed professionally as a teen. A mother of two, she launched the Odenton studio so she could encourage youth to explore their creativity in a noncompetitive setting. Hathway emphasized that boys and girls taking classes at Arts ‘n Motion don’t need to have aspirations of being a professional dancer or artist to reap skills that will benefit them, regardless of which career path they choose.

“Programs in the arts open up the experiences that kids can have in their life, helping them with self-confidence, speaking and being comfortable with who they are,” Hathway insisted. “It’s nice to see the growth children go through when they are working on something and have a goal in mind.”

As students’ confidence has developed, so has the local business. The studio relocated in 2007 to a bigger Odenton storefront, which Hathway’s sister, Emily Miller, helped design with her husband. Over the years, Miller also has taught art classes on occasion. While art offerings have transitioned from weekly courses to popular summer camps, the interest in dance and musical theater has exploded.

“It’s hard, because I want to teach every class,” Hathway admitted. “When we opened, I had 80 kids, and now we have 300.”

Several of the dancers partake in community performances scheduled in partnership with the West County Chamber of Commerce, and on June 6 at 7:00pm, they will help commemorate Arts ‘n Motion’s anniversary with a gala performance at the Kerr Center for the Arts in Severn. The performance will include routines performed by the Arts ‘n Motion Performance Company, which includes four dancers who have been with Hathway for 10 years.

“The gala is similar to a normal recital, but it will be more of a celebration with photos and slideshows of how the studio has grown over the past decade, and [the festivities] will continue into the weekend,” Hathway revealed. “We want to thank the kids and families that have been with us over the years, whether it’s been 10 years or 1-3 years.”

The Odenton studio owner is unsure whether she wants to expand her programming, because she likes knowing every family that is part of Arts ‘n Motion, but she does know the next 10 years will be as interesting as the first. “I am grateful to the community, the families and staff that have come through our doors and helped make the studio what it is,” she said. “We have a great family-friendly place and we have really grown from a lot of referrals. I’m excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.”

For more information about Arts ‘n Motion or to order tickets for the gala on June 6, call 410-674-7001. The studio also has information about classes listed on its website at www.artsnmotion.com.


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