In July, Moving in the Spirit kicked-off its 25th Anniversary Season with an international tour to Panama, connecting its young artists to youth in new cultures through performances and service projects. Moving in the Spirit’s dancers will continue to inspire international viewers through a new photography exhibit by renowned Atlanta photographer JD Scott, titled “Believe in Me: Dancing from the Inside Out,” at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The exhibit features 15 large-sized panels depicting the dignity, dreams and artistic life of teen dancers from Atlanta-based Moving in the Spirit. Now celebrating its 25th year of service, Moving in the Spirit educates, inspires and unites young people ages 3-18 through the art of dance, helping them become compassionate leaders. The exhibit will be displayed in the airport’s Atrium Gallery, located in the heart of the airport’s main terminal, through Sept. 28.

“For me, Moving in the Spirit epitomizes the connection between the arts and the greater good,” said. Scott. “I have photographed their dance performances for over 10 years, but my artistry is most alive when I create photographs that tell the ‘real’ story behind the dancers, how they use art to overcome tremendous obstacles and go on to succeed in their own lives, becoming mentors for those that follow.”

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.