Girls on the Move featured in Insight Magazine

June 5th, 2015

Girls on the Move featured on Newsworks

June 5th, 2015

Research base for the Moving Creations process used in the Girls on the Move program

September 19th, 2013

The Girls on the Move program was created by Moving Creations’ founder,  Emily Nussdorfer, and strengthened through collaboration with talented, multicultural Philadelphia female dance, theater, art and filmic artists over many years. The program is based on masters level research into the causes and repair of self destructive behaviors among teens living in socio-economically marginalized communities. Emily’s 2001 thesis, “Moving Creation, A dance and drama therapy based program for preadolescent identity repair provides the research foundation on on which current programming is based. To learn more about the research underpinning Girls on the Move, feel free to click on the links below! Enjoy!

Click here for the cover page: mci-thesis-cover-page
Click here to read the abstract & Intro section: abstract-acknowledgements1

Click here to read the thesis body: mci-thesis-body2
Click here to read the final appendix:appendix-a-fin1

Listen Here for Founder, Emily Nussdorfer’s June 4th, 2013 live interview on the Diva Download radio show!!

June 5th, 2013

Girls on the Move Interview with DivaDownload

Listen here for an exciting interview about how the arts are used to catalyze girls’ leadership & healthy self development on the lovely girl empowering internet radio show Diva Download! The co-hosts Traci & Tosha & I had such a great conversation about how the Girls on the Move program is transforming the lives of teen girls, and why girls need the arts!

Girls on the Move June 1st, 2013 Performance a Success!

June 5th, 2013

Girls on the Move Germantown High 2013

We are so proud of the Girls on the Move Germantown High 2013! They rocked their show today at The Poley Theater on Germantown Friends School Campus with courage, poignancy and pizazz! Way to grow girls! The future is yours for the taking!

Girls on the Move Performance and Celebration on June 1st

May 13th, 2013

Please join the Girls on the Move as they celebrate their graduation with an exuberant performance of their original creations! Experience the strength, beauty, and power of fresh and original hip hop, step dance, poetry, theater, fashion and art. Your presence supports the work that these young women have done over the past five months.

The performance will be Saturday, June 1st at 3pm in the Poley Theater at the Germantown Friends School, 47 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia. All are welcome, and the more the merrier! Please RSVP with Emily Nussdorfer at (610)322-6864 or [email protected].

A delicious feast and celebration will follow the performance! We look forward to seeing you there!

Success for Moving Creations at the WHYY Fund Drive

May 12th, 2013

On May 1st, a group of dedicated Moving Creations volunteers spent the afternoon and evening at the WHYY studios in Center City Philadelphia taking part in the station’s annual fund drive. In exchange for their efforts, Moving Creations Inc. received valuable advertising that reached throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey! It was a wonderful event, where supporters of both Moving Creations and public radio got together to answer phone calls, take pledges, and share in some laughter and delicious food! We even got a visit from WHYY’s very own Terry Gross, whose show Fresh Air is in its 25th season!

At the center of this evening was the opportunity to spread the Moving Creations Inc. message of empowering female youth through artistic expression. We were so grateful not only to WHYY who gave us the opportunity, but also to all of the volunteers that came forward to serve along Moving Creations Inc. and support its cause. Without volunteers, the success of this evening would not have been possible!

Girls on the Move artist retreat at CAMA on Jan 6, 2013

January 7th, 2013

On January 6, 2013, Girls on the Move artists: Melanie Cotton,  LaTonya Grant, Yolanda Wisher, Jacqui Tichener, Gabrielle      Casella, and Giovanna Robinson met for an power-up  orientation session at Community Acupuncture of Mount Airy.  The artists met to bond, prepare their curricula and plan the  orientation weekend for the next class of Girls on the Move at  Germantown High School which will begin on January 26th. It  was a great gathering of passionate, talented women dedicated to girls’ empowerment! Go Team!

Girls on the Move Project to commence at Germantown High School in late January 2013!

November 29th, 2012

With the help of our many wonderful volunteers and donors, we are pleased to announce that we have raised enough money to start Level I of the Girls  on the Move Project at Germantown High School in January 2013!

15 girls are in the selection process  to participate in the Girls on the Move Start Up program which will commence late January and run to the end of the school year. The first fifteen girls selected will undergo training and mentor-ship to create 2 performances over the course of six months that expresses their visions of individual and community change, and in the process improve their self esteem, social skills, academic motivation, and leadership ability.

These 15 girls will be mentored by 5 dynamic, professional Philadelphia artists, who will teach them dance, theater, poetry, fashion art and mask design, and in the process serve as supportive guides to each girls journey of self change and empowerment. The girls will draw from what they learn to create their own original performances about who they are, what they want to overcome and become, and what they want to contribute to make the world a better place. They will also receive the YES! for schools stress and emotions management curricula, and receive sexual health and empowerment workshops by Girls on the Move graduate, Keisha Duncan, who currently works as an sexual health and HIV prevention specialist at BEBASHI!

We have raised all the money needed for the girls to participate in level I, and we are now actively soliciting sponsors for girls to raise the remainder needed for level II, and to create sustainable funding for girls to participate in this program for a number of years - in order to make an impact on graduation rates and improvement school climate through promoting girls leadership, stress management and team-building. Please consider joining Girls on the Move yearly as program sustainors, so that together we can give girls who greatly deserve the support, but do not have it, a chance to fly!!! And in so doing, transform our world!!!

Moving Creations summer 2012 interns provide wonderful support for Girls on the Move!

November 29th, 2012

Tiffany & Vicky promoting Girls on the Move at the Brewery Town Food Truck Round Up

Vicky & Emily, at Moving Creations Inc., showcasing their Girls on the Move Project Manual!

Tiffany Joyce Smith, a freshman, from Haverford College, and Victoria Moyer a Junior from Bucknell University, worked full time for Moving Creations Inc. this summer, each contributing considerable talent and service.  In addition to promoting Girls on the Move at events, Tiffany researched donor development, set up our social media accounts, and painstakingly updated our database; while Victoria labored long hours to put together Girls on the Move’s first program manual!  Both Tiffany and Victoria’s respective efforts significantly increased   Girls on the Move’s marketing power, helping us raise awareness and support for Girls on the Move’s mission and 2012-2013 fundraising goals. They both are so very talented, and were each such a total pleasure to work with!  We had a delightful summer of creativity, hard work and great companionship!

Tiffany, Emily & Vicky enjoy a productive summer improving Girls on the Move PR!