Girls on the Move featured in Insight MagazineJune 5th, 2015
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
Girls on the Move Interview with DivaDownload
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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!