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Delight Lester
Founder/Executive Director

Delight Lester has been an adaptive movement specialist and instructor for more than 30 years. She is also a licensed social worker – training and experience that makes her uniquely aware of the needs of the whole person. She understands the importance of self-expression and confidence, especially for the disabled, and how the creative arts can meet these goals.

Since age 16, Delight has taught movement, drama and music to all ages and abilities through schools, community theater and studio offerings internationally. At 19, she began teaching at the Far Conservatory of the Therapeutic and Performing Arts in Birmingham, Michigan. She has performed in, choreographed, written and/or directed numerous productions. As a cultural representative for the State of Michigan, she has begun and improved creative arts programs in Belize and the Dominican Republic, where her work inspired a national declaration in support of therapeutic arts. 

Delight’s work as a certified Head Start disability compliance consultant and for the Grand Rapids-based Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp has furthered her inspiration and qualification to provide artistic recreation for the physically, mentally and emotionally challenged. 

In summer 2005, she began her own studio, Arts in Motion Studio West Michigan, where she continues to offer an expanding class selection for physically, emotionally and mentally challenged children and adults.  

Delight knows first hand the benefits and enjoyment of the creative arts. She is an accomplished artist in many disciplines: dance, vocal music, painting, writing, acting and directing, and instrumental music. She enjoys experiencing and sharing the sounds and movements of many cultures, and these inspirations are evident in her work and teaching.

Contact delight@artsinmotionstudio.org

 
 

Molly Boughner-Weatherbie
Instructor

Molly was born and raised in Grand Rapids. She began dancing at the age of three and has studied many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz and tap. Molly studied dance at the Grand Rapids Ballet, academy of performing arts and Balletmore. She has been teaching with Arts in Motion for five years and also works at Kicks Dancewear.
   
   
  
Kate Henriott-Jauw
Art Instructor
 
Kate has been a professional artist for over 20 years, specializing in fine arts and murals. Her work can be found in many homes, businesses and municipal buildings. She is a mother to seven amazing children and two dogs. She spends time helping in local school classrooms and after-school activities helping to develop anti-bullying programs and culture via the arts. She is excited to be working with the students of Arts in Motion and sharing her passion for the arts with others. View her work HERE.
   
   
  
Daine Hammerle
Music Instructor 
 
Daine is a musician, producer, and teaching professional with over 15 years of hands on gig and studio experience. He specializes in Hip Hop History and production. He began working as a Teaching Artist at both Artists Creating Together and Cook Arts Center. His program taught Hip Hop, for the Arts and Mentoring Program through A.C.T. and other off site schools. He has volunteered his drumming skills to the group Action Drummers for over a year and offers private drum lessons as well.
   
   
  
Joshua Dunigan
Music Instructor 

Over the past fifteen years, Joshua Dunigan has used his love of world music to teach and perform Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion with adult classes and public school students. As the percussionist for Latin-Rock band Cabildo and Afrobeat band AfroZuma, Josh places traditional Cuban, Brazilian, and Andean rhythms in a contemporary setting for live shows in Grand Rapids.

Josh has also been an instructor at The Cook Arts Center in Grand Rapids for the past 10 years. He uses a curriculum with emphasis placed on understanding the fundamentals of rhythm, practicing proper playing technique, and having fun with world music in an ensemble.

As an instructor for Artists Creating Together (ACT), Josh works with cognitively disabled students using world percussion instruments to learn communication, expression, group play and the science of sound.

Through ACT, Josh directs The Action Drummers an inclusive group of cognitively disabled musicians. The goal of this group is to perform at community events to promote the work of ACT and disabled people in the community.

 
   
  
Sarah Zichi
Dance Therapist 

Sarah followed in her big sister’s footsteps and started dancing at the age of 4. She danced in various studios in the Lansing area, studying all forms of dance and movement. Sarah continued to dance and began teaching during her time at Alma College, and went on to get her master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Dance/Movement Therapy. Sarah is excited to be teaching for Arts in Motion, and help advocate for the disabled population here in West Michigan.

   
   
  
Jodie Dilno
Art Instructor 

Art has been a part of Jodie’s life for a long time. After high school and during college, she did several murals for an elementary school in Hastings, Michigan. She went on to obtain an art degree from Kellogg Community College before moving to Key West, Florida. She discovered the joy of sculpting when she entered MysteryBuild contests for several years, picking up a second place Award of Excellence in 2011. In January 2015, Jodie was involved in a serious auto accident, leaving her with a Traumatic Brain Injury, an injured right arm, and a long convalescent time in bed. While lying in bed, she attempted painting with her left hand, and so began her year of “left-handed art”. She returned to her hometown that May for therapy and recovery, during which she further explored acrylic paint, her medium of choice. She has accepted commission pieces from both individuals and several businesses around Hastings

   
  
Ashley Ruth-Bowers
Advancement Manager 

Ashley graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016 with Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration. She has a passion for the nonprofit sector, public policy, and systematic change. Her journey with Arts in Motion started as an intern in 2015 and she's been hooked to the mission, students and staff ever since! She is working towards making Arts in Motion more sustainable, organizing our donor data, and connecting community members with our organization. She also leads the #LegacyOfDelight campaign, is the master of thank-you notes and social media, and advocates for attending Molly’s yoga class on Thursday afternoons. When she's not working she can be found snuggled up with her animals (two cats and a dog), camping with her partner, or decorating her Filofax. 

   
  Anne Hill
Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Instructional Aide

Anne has worked with individuals with special needs since 2011. She’s worked for Indian Trails Camp as a community-living support aid for two years, gaining extensive experience working one-on-one with many individuals; supported special needs students at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School and Wesley School; and is a family advocate. She joined Arts in Motion as an intern while attending Aquinas College and loved it so much, she stayed!

 
   
   
 
 
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Arts in Motion Studio
147 Diamond SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 446-7452