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Art of Motion Dance Theatre

The Art of Motion Dance Theatre is committed to a unique artistic vision honoring legacies, celebrating collaboration and expanding creative boundaries.  Lynn Needle, former soloist with Nikolais Dance Theatre and Olivia Galgano, former principal with Ballet Russe have created original work on the company that has developed into a vast array of repertory honoring the complexities of dance as an art form. Their work is continually evolving, has a clear aesthetic base in the classical ballet and modern dance legacies with repertory featuring contemporary street dance. The synthesis of movement is unpredictable, theatrical and accessible; highly sophisticated yet street savvy.

Needle and Galgano continue the vision and commitment to mixing genres, multimedia and theatricality by collaborating with costume designer, Annie Hickman, lighting designer, Ruth Grauert, various musicians and composers who have created original scores for their work, and choreographic collaboration with former Pilobolus principal, Kent Lindemer. 

AOMDT offers three distinctive programs, with a roster of 1 to 10 dancers. The company is available for national and international performances, tours, festivals, galas, museums, and global events, and thrives on extensive and individualized collaboration with colleges, universities and various organizations. The AOMDT is based at Art of Motion, a professional studio school and incubator theatre space. AOM curates and hosts evenings of live music and dance throughout the year, and offers extensive outreach programs for K-12 in the metropolitan community.

"Keen attack with a nice hint of added spice" -Vanity Fair, James Wolcott

"A flash of what is happening now...a great theatrical sense...The choreographer is in touch with the times in which we live" -Dance Magazine

"I was especially struck by Art of Motion Dance The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the Booking Dance Festival...your work is most evocative for me, and novel too, so I can't wait to see more" -Amarita Douglas, DancenetTV

Touring Programs

The program, characterized as the epitome of organic beauty pays homage to Eastern and Western aesthetics. The suite embodies the mysticism of the heavens and the glory of planet Earth.

An evening highlighting the art of street dance "from B-Boy to Ballet" including original sound scores and collaborative projects with an emphasis on world music. Live music an option.


A program exploring legendary composers and stories, Greek and Eastern mythology, and the intricacies of nature. Ideal for college and university settings. Featuring costumes by Annie Hickman.

Working on:

International Collaborative Projects with composers, ensembles and orchestras including Faculty at Bergen Community College, Kean University, new work for Garden State Opera and New Jersey Choral Society.

Developing a new one-act based on the "Secret Life of Plants"

Creating new work based on Greek Myth, and a multimedia work fusing film, dance, and original score

ARS NOVA, collaborative evening of live music (piano, percussion, harp, guitar, vocals) and dance (modern and street dance)-Ciconne Theatre, Bergen Community College/Annual Event


The company tours, teaches and performs in theatres,festivals, gardens and public spaces as well as Arts-In-Education events where the company outreach extension program has impacted thousands of school children.

Founded by Lynn Needle, AOM offers classes for all ages and levels in ballet, modern, Broadway musical theater, jazz, tap,street dance, yoga, PIlates, and vocal instruction.  Home to the AOMDT where company repertory is created, incubated and premiered.  

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