At Anima Arts we believe that healthy and meaningful movement is central to our well-being. We love creative movement and dance because they offer opportunities to experience health through kinesthetic learning and embodiment. Our classes are environments of discovery activating physicality, artistry, intuition, experimentation, inquiry, and curiosity.
We strive to create spaces where children can find freedom and belonging in their body and spirit, allowing them to engage with the world around them with creativity, confidence, and compassion. We support families’ healthy relationships and contribute to a larger culture of health in our local community. We believe in the power of arts in public health to build equity, social connection, empathy, wellness, and joy for those that experience it.
We include a broad range of cultural representation in music, imagery, positive expression of diverse populations and environments, and a range of physical activities as inspiration for movement examples. Creative movement creates a safe and all-embracing space to honor each participant’s identity. We believe that arts inherently hold the power of inclusivity, and we strive to be a supportive environment to every person that engages in Anima Arts activities.
We work from the spirit and power of equity. We believe the arts hold a powerful voice in transforming the resources, opportunities and policies that cause health inequities. We seek to trust, listen to, work alongside and be guided by the calls for liberation expressed by families and children experiencing the multiple and intersecting forms of social and economic injustice, exclusion, and oppression. With ongoing efforts to raise our consciousness and act with respect, we use our resources to contribute to the collective actions of social justice for positive change. Funds raised through our partnerships, donations, and community classes provide free and sliding scale programming and contribute to social service organizations with shared values. We strive to recognize and honor each child’s strength in our community so we may work toward equity and deepen our collective humanity.
Anima means “soul” and the verb animar means “to encourage, enliven, and cheer on”. We work from this space celebrating and encouraging our truest expressions and celebrating the unique gift each child and family is to this world.
Our Guiding Principles
Art as a Social Determinant of Health
Community Engaged Research & Practices
Anima Arts Land Acknowledgment: Our programming resides on the Traditional Territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations.
What People Say
“We had so much fun… I loved it all. Well paced, just enough variety and time with each activity!”– Families Moving Together Parent
“I like being here. I like being in this class.”– Creative Dance Participant, age 4
“This was a great reminder that we could move like this as a family in our living room.”– Families Moving Together Parent
“She was so happy to hear we were coming back to class with Mimi again.”– Families Moving Together Parent
We create joyful and meaningful movement experiences for our participants with the goals of increasing
- Intrinsic motivation to engage in activities that enhance children’s well-being
- Interoception, or the awareness and attunement to physical sensations within the body, including nervous system activity related to emotions and mental health
- Movement literacy and skills as a positive contributor to multiple modalities of intelligence and education
- Children’s feeling of interconnectedness with others, and the natural world in which they exist
- Public health education, resources, and services
- Frequency, and number, of family and community members modeling health promoting activities for children
- Confidence and capacity of children and families to be change makers in their communities
Let’s build something together.
I praise the dance, for it frees people
from the heaviness of matter
and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance, which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.
Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain,
will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person, one who is
firmly anchored in the center of his life, who is
not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in his own ego.
Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates
with the balance of all his powers.