Home News TribuneBy MARY ANN BOURBEAU • STAFF WRITER •
February 8, 2010
FRANKLIN — Ginger Haithcox has been dancing
since the age of 2. It's been a big part of her life,
and now she wants to share it with others who may
not be able to afford traditional dance schools.
Haithcox started Modern Motion, a nonprofit dance
school for beginner and advanced dance students.
Classes, which began on Jan. 25, are to be offered at
the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Amwell Road
on Monday evenings. She created the school as a
nonprofit so she could keep the tuition lower.
"Dance has always been a part of my life and I'm
delighted for the opportunity to share it with
others," said Haithcox, a member of the National
Dance Education Organization and Dance New
Jersey. "My hope is for the school to grow and
expand to its own facility, and to bring dance to
those who haven't ever taken a class before. Many
people, both children and adults, say they never
took dance classes because they couldn't afford it."
One of Haithcox's goals is to offer a wholesome
experience to children that will counteract the
mature images they see on television and in
"They are bombarded with strong sexual innuendo,"
said Haithcox, who works fill-time as a Girl Scout
leadership development specialist, and in the
summer as a director at Oak Spring Camp in
Somerset. "Kids don't get to just be kids. Dance is
good, clean fun."
At the recitals, the students will be dressed in age-
appropriate costumes and parents will be given free
"Parents invest so much of their time and energy
driving their children to dance classes," she said.
"Having to pay to see the final production can be
For the past 10 years, Haithcox has been dancing
and choreographing at area studios, colleges,
schools, youth programs, churches and camps.
She teaches ballet, tap and jazz and will be starting a
liturgical dance class in the spring.
"It's a combination of ballet and modern dance set to
traditional hymns or gospel music," she said.
Haithcox, 28, said all the profits will be put toward
furthering the mission of the school, eventually
offering scholarships for dance classes or for
college dance majors.
For more information, visit www.modernmotion.org.
The Somerset Patriots hosted dance teams from the area as its pre-game entertainment Thursday, as five different schools brought teams to showcase their talent.
The Lois Allen School of Dance, in Bridgewater; Modern Motion Dance School, in Somerset; Kelsea’s Performing Arts Center (K-PAC), in Warren; Destined to Dance, in Middlesex; and Middlesex Academy of Dance, in Milltown, all put on outstanding performances before the actual game began.
Non-Profit Dance School Opens in Somerset
December 22, 2009 – Modern Motion®, a new, non-profit dance school is set to open in the Somerset section of Franklin Township on January 18, 2010. Classes will be offered at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Amwell Road on Monday evenings for both beginners and advanced dance students of all ages.
“When choosing where to open Modern Motion, the location was key,” said Ginger Haithcox, Director,Modern Motion. “Somerset residents like myself had to travel to neighboring cities to attend a dance class or performance,” she added. “I’m really happy to offer a dance school right here in town!”
Dance schools are nothing new to central New Jersey, but having a non-profit dance company offering classes in town is something that was missing, according to Haithcox. “I chose to make Modern Motion a non-profit because dance should be accessible to all,” shares Haithcox who said all profits will be put towards furthering the mission of the school by eventually offering scholarships for dance classes or dance majors in colleges. This will also allow the company to grow, ultimately allowing the school to have their own space for dancers to practice for free and expand their performing company to tour and provide outreach to under-served areas.” The school’s hope is that eventually no individual will be turned away because of financial reasons. Outreach programs, scholarships, and low cost workshops are all part of the vision of Modern Motion.
Opening Modern Motion is a dream come true to Haithcox, who began her dance training at the age of 2 ½ at Miss Kim’s School of Dance in North Plainfield. “Dance has always been a part of my life and I’m delighted for the opportunity to share dance with others,” shares Haithcox who has spent the past 10 years dancing and choreographing at local dance studios, colleges, schools, youth programs, churches, and camps. “My hope is for the school to grow and expand to it's own facility, and to bring dance to those who haven't ever taken a class before.” Haithcox is a current member of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and Dance New Jersey and is a 2010 National Dance Week Delegate.
Classes beginning in Spring 2010 and include a Pre-ballet/ Tap Combo class for youngsters ages 5 and 6, Beginner Ballet and Jazz for ages 7 and up, and Liturgical dance classes for teens and adults. Additional classes such as Creative Movement for pre-schoolers and Intermediate levels of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern are set to begin in September.
Modern Motion will hold an Open House on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 5-8pm at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1640 Amwell Road, Somerset, NJ 08873.
About Modern Motion:
Founded in July 2005, Modern Motion’s mission statement is to enrich the lives of dancers and non-dancers with dance as an artistic, cultural, and spiritual art form through excellence in dance performance and education. For more information, contact Modern Motion at 732-658-0301 or visit www.modernmotion.org.
Modern Motion Dance School