City In Motion Dance Theater, Inc.
3925 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-2882
Mission Statement

City in Motion believes dance is for everybody.  We serve children, teens, and adults through our City in Motion School of Dance professional dance company and through collaborative productions.  Established in 1985, we one of the oldest dance organizations in the  metropolitan area.  Our mission is to foster the development of high-quality, contemporary dance programming and expand the dance audience in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Toni & Hayley Gates & Walker - Rees
Board Chair Company Affiliation Synergy Services & IAAO
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

City in Motion believes dance is for everybody.  We serve children, teens, and adults through our City in Motion School of Dance professional dance company and through collaborative productions.  Established in 1985, we one of the oldest dance organizations in the  metropolitan area.  Our mission is to foster the development of high-quality, contemporary dance programming and expand the dance audience in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

Background Statement

City in Motion is one of the oldest dance organizations in the city, second only to the Kansas City Ballet. Back in the mid-1980s, there were virtually no organized modern dance companies in the Kansas City region, and our five founding artistic directors dreamed of creating the first major modern dance resource here.  They succeeded--today many past and current dancers and dance companies can say there were first “presented” by City in Motion.


This organization continues to incubate modern dance, an essential component of Kansas City's thriving arts scene and job market.  Many students who took dance classes are now arts supporters who frequent our major venues such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Folly Theater, the Kansas City Ballet, and others.  They have learned to appreciate and support the arts.  The organization continues to reach 6,000 people each year.


THE CIM SCHOOL OF DANCE is a leader in both adult and children’s dance education.  45 classes per week are offered in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, East Coast Swing, Afro-Aerobic, Tap, Hip Hop, Clowning, World Dance Fusion, Burlesque, Belly Dancing, Body Conditioning, Math Dance, Yoga/Pilates Blend, Flamenco, Hula Hoop Flow and Belly Dance.


The children’s program is unique in the nation and one of Kansas City’s jewels.  It is one of few dance programs where children learn to develop their own choreography and have the opportunity to perform in the Children’s Dance Theater and Apprentice Company.  Here, young dancers pursue professional-track training and work with professional instructors and choreographers.  Classes begin with the fundamentals, understanding of bodies, and movement through space.  The program is directed by Artistic Director Andrea Skowronek.  Located in mid-town Kansas City, the program offers the CIM Scholarship Fund, providing funding based on financial need and student interest.


THE PROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPANY under the artistic co-direction of Andrea Skowronek, Dale Fellin, and Stephanie Whittler supports the evolution of original and unique dance.  Annual performances include a company concert and performances at other venues.


CIM PRODUCTIONS provide opportunities for other dancers and dance companies to have their work performed before live audiences.  Two programs, now in their second decade, are “Modern Night at the Folly” and “Dance in the Park.”  CIM produces and presents some of the best new modern dance works in the community and “raises the barre” for emerging dance talent in the Kansas City arts scene.
Impact Statement

2015 Accomplishments:


  1. Reached over 6,000 children and adults through School of Dance (offered 40+ classes per week); Professional dance company’s numerous performances (12th Annual Modern Night at the Folly, 16th Annual Dance in the Park.
  2. For the first time, the City in Motion Children’s Dance Theater CDT performed at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. CDT is one of the few programs in the nation where children have a chance to create their own choreography. Additionally, tuition scholarships were provided to 13 children based on financial need.
  3. Management improvements include continued expansion of the Board of Directors and the hiring of a School Director.


2016 Goals:
  1. Enroll an additional 50-100 dance students annually at School of Dance.

  2. Offer dance scholarships for 5 additional low-income youth to participate in the Children’s Apprentice Company.

  3. Reach 4,000 individuals through the School of Dance, Children’s Dance Theater/Apprentice Program, community outreach arts education program and the professional dance company events and reach 2,000 students in the Kansas City School District through the (compensate 3 dancers from the Professional Company for outreach time).   

Needs Statement

City in Motion celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.  This campaign is designed to take the organization to the next level of excellence and community impact.  The funding needs are as follows:


  • Chief Artistic Director:  Convert half time position from volunteer to paid. $15,000
  • Dancers:  Increase pay from $8 to $14 per hour for 8 dancers and increase rehearsal hours from 24 to 36 hours per month, 8 months per year. $10,240
  • School Director: Supplement existing full time annual salary from $11,000 to $21,000. $10,000
  • Guest artist for Modern Night at the Folly. $2,500
2. MARKETING $10,400
  • Radio--one week of spots for 5 school sessions. $2,750
  • Print ads: KC Studio Magazine:  Seasonal program at 4 issues per year, quarter page. $2,150
  • Billboard--Southwest Trafficway, for Modern Night at the Folly.  $5,500
3. RESERVE FUND $7,800


  • $500 per student, for 13 students (increase to 18 students)
  • Modern Night at the Folly, Dance in the Park, and Company Concert 
          $150 each X 12 = $900
          $250 each X 6 = $1,500
          $500 X 6 = $1,500
          $1000 x 3 = $3000
Note: Naming rights to a City in Motion studio available for a $7,500 donation for five years.
Service Categories
Performing Arts
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

City in Motion Dance Theater is the most enduring dance organization in the metropolitan area, after the Kansas City Ballet.  It has thrived by staying true to its roots:  all-inclusive, grass-roots, and urban-area-focused.  Professional direction is provided by three committed and creative co-artistic directors, the director of the school of dance, and the production staff. The volunteer board of directors continually pitches in, because CIM has no executive director.  Fifty-seven volunteers, for a total of 450 hours of in-kind donation, roll up their sleeves to make City in Motion a success. Every year, our focus is to sustain our programs while improving quality at all levels. 


A diverse range of 45-50 classes are offered each week including technique (modern, jazz, tap and ballet) and speciality classes ranging from African and World Dance Fusion to Hip Hop and Flamenco.

Program Budget $62,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success Short-term success is measured by the enrollment rate of specific classes, and from feedback from students, parents and teachers.
Long-Term Success City in Motion has successfully provided high quality dance instruction at a very affordable cost for 30 years. Benefits include expanded knowledge of dance technique; life skills such as patience and hard work; health; and community involvement. Also dance students often become arts supporters in our metro area.  
Program Success Monitored By We have evaluation forms for students and teachers. We mainly go by the number of enrollments and returning students as well as income generated by certain types of class. If a class gets low enrollment we discontinue it and try something new. If it gets high enrollment, we add another one
Examples of Program Success We are a 30 year old organization. Current enrollment is 177 with a goal to increase to 225 in 2015-2016 and 300 in 2016-2017.
Description City in Motion annually produces major collaborative dance concerts featuring many of the best dancers and dance companies in the region. Concerts include "A Modern Night at the Folly" and "Dance in the Park". Both of these concerts are in their second decade of operation.   
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Each year City in Motion productions:
  • Encourage new patrons to the arts through it free Dance in the Park concert that attracts nearly well over a thousand people
  • Give dance professionals the opportunity to perform 
  • Give Kansas City more arts opportunities at ticket prices less expensive than our major arts organizations   
Long-Term Success
Each decade, City in Motion productions provides opportunities for
  • Over 200 dance companies and choreographers to present new work in large venue settings. 
  • Over 15,000 people to experience the full range of contemporary dance.
  • Kansas City to provide jobs for dancers and enhance its arts offerings 
  • Hundreds of program funders and sponsors to make larger impacts with their donations by supporting many organization at one time.  
Program Success Monitored By In addition to audience size, another indication of program success from the audience perspective is the input from the Board of Directors. Professional critiques are also used. A survey instrument is under development. City in Motion tracks the demographics of its participants. 
Examples of Program Success Modern Night at the Folly received favorable media coverage. Informal surveys indicates high audience approval. Dance in the Park has growing attendance and over 1,000 attendees. The 2014 audience was the largest in its history. 
Description Eight dancers make up the professional dance company. Under the artistic direction of Andrea Skowronek, Dale Fellin and Stephanie Whittler, an environment is created that supports the evolution of original & unique dance pieces that appeal to an expanding audience base.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success To provide examples of quality dance for our students, other local dance companies and the public. To provide a first dance performance opportunity for the Children's Dance Company.
Long-Term Success To continue to provide quality modern dance that both preserves the company's historic repertoire while also continuing to break new ground. To provide a great cultural resource for our metropolitan area.
Program Success Monitored By In addition to audience size, another indication of what is working from the audience perspective is input from the Board of Directors. Professional critiques are also used.
Examples of Program Success Eight month rehearsal periods allow dancers to develop new work. The dancers are all professional artists with dance degrees. Providing company members compensation through dance performances and teaching at the school helps keep quality artists here in Kansas City. Since 1985, City in Motion has produced an annual Company Concert that now takes place at the City Stage Theater at Union Station. The company also performs at "A Modern Night at the Folly" and "Dance in the Park." The company performs for over 2,000 people per year.  Dance performances have received high praise in reviews in the KC Star and other publications. 
Description Young dancers pursue professional-track training and work with local and regional choreographers on pieces of artistic merit. Students are recruited through auditions and scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, interest and talent.
Program Budget $3,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success By both the number of youth that can participate and the quality of the opportunities provided.
Long-Term Success Our goals is to enhance the Kansas City youth community  through dance and contribute to cultural richness and inclusiveness, personal meaning, skills and esteem, and personal health.
Program Success Monitored By By parental feedback, and critiques by professional staff.
Examples of Program Success
In 2014 for the first time the Children's Dance Theater was asked to perform at the Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts. 
The parents of two children in The City in Motion Children's Dance Theater told us they would have moved to another city for a job opportunity but because of the dance programs they stayed in Kansas City. Another mother said: I love City in Motion because the focus is on the children and their education - not on buying expensive costumes and competition.  
CEO Comments

The Missouri Arts Council said it best: “How does City in Motion accomplish so much with so few resources?”

Our answer: Through labors of love and individual commitments to the programs. With these characteristics and others, we have survived and grown while many other programs have come and gone.

However, we have not significantly taken the next leap forward. Our board and staff believe this is critical as we now stand on the threshold of our next 30 years. City in Motion understands it is not a “first tier” organization such as the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera, or Kansas City Symphony. Our board and staff know that professional organizations need succession plans, paid staff, marketing strategies, program resources, and financial accountability. While volunteer work is crucial and demonstrates community support, it cannot be so heavily relied upon to sustain a high quality organization over time. City in Motion’s future strategy has been developed in collaboration among the board, artistic directors, dancers, teachers, school staff, students, audience members, and other community members. We would like to work with Kansas City’s donor community to identify objectives of mutual interest in order to broaden our funding landscape.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Feb 2015
Experience City in Motion Dance Theater, Inc. does not have an Executive Director. Management is directed by the Board of Directors and carried out by the 3 co-artistic directors and school director. The Board president position is shared by 2 individuals, totaling 30 combined years of management and non-profit work experience with organizations including the Habitat for Humanity, YouthFriends, Mattie Rhodes, Friendship House, Save Inc. AIDS Housing, De La Salle Education Center, and Jackson County CASA. Other board member expertise includes grant writing, volunteer management education professionals, marketing and design and banking management. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Project Director and Artistic Co-Director
Experience/Biography Andrea received her B.F.A. in Dance from Stephen's College In Columbia, Missouri. After graduation, Andrea performed in Paris, France with "Free Dance Song" (Katherine Dunham technique) under the Direction of Christine de Rougemont. A native of Seattle, Washington, Andrea settled in Kansas City in 1984 and apprenticed with the Susan Warden Dancers. She has danced with the City in Motion Dance Theater professional company since it was founded in 1985. Andrea became an Artistic Co-Director of City In Motion and Director of the Children's Dance Theater in 1995 and has since choreographed many new works for these companies. She has produced choreography for the Country Club Christian Church, American Heartland Theater, and the "Broadway at Baker" summer program at Baker University for Musical Theater for Young People. Her choreography has been performed with the Kansas City Symphony Family Series at the Lyric Theater in conjunction with Musical Theater for Young People. Andrea has been on the dance faculties of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory and Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas. She held the position of School Director at the City In Motion School of Dance for four years. Andrea has performed with the Missouri Repertory Theater, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Soni Ventorium Wind Quintet, and aha! dance theatre.
Title Artistic Co-Director
Title Artistic Co-Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 21
Volunteers 8
Retention Rate 70%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Collaboration is major component of City in Motion activities.  Every year, we provide opportunities for over twenty other dance companies and choreographers to present their work to Kansas City audiences at Modern Night at the Folly and Dance in the Park.  So support for these City in Motion productions supports other non-profit organizations as well.

City in Motion began a partnership with the Owen/Cox Dance Group! Owen/Cox shares rehearsal and office space at the City in Motion School of Dance, at 3925 Main Street. This partnership allows the two companies to share resources. Owen/Cox was in need of rehearsal/office space and City in Motion was in need of additional income to pay for rent and utilities.

We also have special collaborative relationships with five Westport neighborhood associations who co-sponsor Dance in the Park.  City In Motion provides arts education classes at 55 area schools in cooperation with Kansas City Young Audiences.  City in Motion also offers some free classes in cooperation with UMKC’s Communiversity program.  Other collaborations have taken place with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Johnson County Community College, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in its Future Stages Festival, the Kansas City Fringe Festival, and others. 

Special Opportunities GrantMissouri Arts Council2001
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments City in Motion does not have an Executive Director.  It is seeking to fill this gap by hiring a paid Chief Artistic Director and expanding the position of school director to cover duties of organizational management.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Toni & Hayley Gates & Walker - Rees
Company Affiliation Synergy Services & IAAO
Term Feb 2015 to Feb 2017
Email /
Board Members
Erika Braker Unbound
Abby Davis Freelance Dancer
Karen Duffner Della Lamb School
Toni Gates Synergy Services
Silvia Honda BNIM Architects
Carolyn Hoppe Freelance Writer
Hilary Pakel BNIM Architects
Sarah Sanchez Commerce Bank
Hayley Walker Rees IAAO
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Gary Rittenhouse Community Volunteer
Marcy Smalley Community Volunteer
CEO Comments City in Motion has signed a letter of intent to relocate to a unique facility where multiple non-profit organizations will share common space and services to reduce costs. The project is the re-purposed Westport Middle school being developed by the KC Sustainability Partnership.  This relocation also provides opportunities to increase City in Motion's impact and community participation by collaborating with other non profit organizations including those that provide other healthy living related classes to children and adults. The facility also provides performance space in a beautifully restored auditorium. Partnering in this mixed use development also opens the door to new students and expanding modern dance audiences. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $134,772
Projected Expenses $133,781
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$130,150$140,816$144,408
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.990.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$24,270$21,144$22,250
Current Assets$24,270$21,144$22,250
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$24,270$21,144$22,250
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Arts Council $11,146Missouri Arts Council $11,063Missouri Arts Council $15,014
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of Kansas City, Missouri - Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $6,250City of Kansas City, Missouri - NTDF $7,500Greater Kansas City Community Foundation $5,750
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommerce Bank, Trustee $5,000Greater Kansas City Community Foundation $5,875Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $5,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose City in Motion is evaluating a future capital campaign for a school facility possibly shared with other dance organizations.
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Fundraising is an ongoing challenge for most small arts organizations. The City in Motion's committed Board, Advisory Board and dance instructors remain dedicated to raising awareness of our dance school, programming and performance opportunities in order to increase operating support.  City in Motion currently receives support from corporations, foundations, local and state government as well as individuals.  
Organization Name City In Motion Dance Theater, Inc.
Address 3925 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 561-2882
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Toni & Hayley Gates & Walker - Rees
Board Chair Company Affiliation Synergy Services & IAAO
Year of Incorporation 1985