Movement Migration

Movement Migration

Movement Migration is a collective of seasoned dance artists collaborating to create and perform dynamic and poignant dance works that portray the depths of the human experience; the dances are shared with audiences locally and globally in performance and educational venues. “Migration” signals the transformation and convergence of technical training and individual approaches into a collective creativity that traverses cultural and generational boundaries and transfers movement knowledge from person to person and community to community.

Movement Migration is committed to making dance education, training, and performance accessible and inclusive at a level of artistic excellence that perpetuates and extends the legacies of American modern dance. Perhaps just as importantly, our genuinely diverse, intergenerational company is eager to bring our rich artistic experiences and life perspectives to the many cultural conversations that are important to the future of Charlotte.

Kim Jones is the Artistic Director of Movement Migration, a modern dance company based in Charlotte, NC. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and served as a principal dancer in the US National Tour of The King and I. Kim is well known for her work with historic modern dances. Most recently, the late Paul Taylor, a leading American modern dance choreographer,  offered Tracer (1962) as the subject of a scholarly reconstruction to Kim. She recreated the work using her research and dance expertise on Taylor 2 Dance Company members, thanks to funding from the NEA Art Works grant, UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant and Wells Fargo. In 2013, Kim reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935), which is in the repertory of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Both reconstructed works were featured in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Kim has also restaged Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931), Panorama (1935) and Steps in the Street (1936), with funding from the NEA American Masterpieces grant. In 2018/2019 served as Resident Director at Kingston University.



  14311 Reese Blvd, Ste A2 Box #307, Huntersville, NC 28078


Using Dance to Respond to Current Events

Program description

This thought-provoking residency invites students to examine the connection between historical events and the arts. Movement Migration dance artists, steeped in the legacy of the celebrated modern dance pioneer the late Martha Graham, lead this residency. Students learn about two works: Steps in the Street (1936) and Lamentation (1930). Steps in the Street, a section of Chronicle (1936) was Graham’s response to rising fascism in Europe; it was created after she denied an invitation to have her company perform at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Students also evaluate Lamentation, a dance that is the embodiment of grief itself. Students respond to the works by using a variety of thinking skills. Students learn about the dances, view short excerpts from video footage, and examine images from the nineteen-thirties. Students create short works using what they’ve learned and respond to current events by creating short studies of movement under the direction of Movement Migration artists.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kim Jones

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural
Program type: Residency, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: Dance, Literacy, Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact for availability.

Available times:

During school hours.

Length of program: 60 minutes sessions over 1-4 days
Space / technical requirements:

Open space, studio, gym, or dance classroom with floors that are safe for dancing. Sound equipment (speakers with auxiliary cord, Bluetooth capabilities, etc.) 


Classroom, studio, dance classroom, gym,  or an open space that is safe for movement.

Fees / Ticketing:

Within Mecklenburg County

Duration  One School/Class Two Classes/Schools
One Day $300 $575
Two Days  $580 $1,100
Three Days  $890 $1,600
Four Days  $1,100 $2,150


Surrounding Area 

Duration  One School/Class Two Classes/Schools
One Day $400 $675
Two Days  $680 $1,200
Three Days  $990 $1,700
Four Days  $1,200 $2,250



Duration  One School/Class Two Classes/Schools
One Day $630 $905
Two Days  $980 $1,630
Three Days  $1,330 $2,230
Four Days  $1,780 $3,080


NC Standard Course of Study:


Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

R6 Assess how point of view, perspective, or purpose shapes the content or style of a text 

NC Essential Standards:

C.1 Understand cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections with dance. Exemplify connections between dance and concepts in other curricular areas.

B.C.1.1: Use dance to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant

events, ideas, and movements from a global context.

R.1 Use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

25% of the fee if canceled within 45 days of engagement: 50%, of the fee if canceled within 30 days of engagement. Movement Migration will try to work with schools to reschedule in cases of inclement weather or emergencies.