About the Company
Founded in 2017 the Movement Arts Collective was started as an incubator for local dance talent to develop into the dancers of the future through interaction with professionals, the creation of quality artistic productions, and collaboration with other arts organizations. With a three pronged goal of performance, outreach, and education we are committed to enriching lives through movement and art.
Meet the Collective
Enhancing SLO's Cultural Landscape
Throughout their careers, Ryan & Maartje Lawrence have had opportunities to work with internationally known choreographers and teachers, as well as tour and perform throughout Europe, Asia and America. Their mission now is to bring these experiences back to students and audiences with work that utilizes the stories and physicality of ballet, yet seeks new venues, avenues and collaborative partners, to make it powerful and pertinent to today’s public.
We believe that the gift of movement is meant to be shared. Each year the dancers of the Movement Arts Collective bring modified participatory performances to underserved populations. Reaching out into the community speaks to the heart of arts and is not only a memorable experience for the audiences but also a treasured moment of the year for our organization
Capitalizing on their professional backgrounds, each season Ryan and Maartje invite special guests to work with the collective in workshops, master classes, and choreography. These interactions not only benefit dancers but enhance audience's understanding of the art form from a national and international perspective.