Move & Motion
Author: Courtney Hillis | Photographer: Mark Staff Photography
For a unique take on fitness, move on over to Move and Motion Studios. It has been four years since husband and wife duo, Suzette and Rob Springer, first opened Move and Motion’s doors on Hilton Head Island, and their core values of integrity, honesty, inclusion, respect, striving for excellence and creation of opportunities still hold strong. Suzette has succeeded in creating an amazing place for people of all ages to learn and practice dance, fitness, acrobatics and more. Voted Best Dance School by the Island Packet, Move and Motion is definitely the people’s choice for its welcoming environment, love and appreciation for performance arts, and years of experience from its talented founder and teacher, Suzette.
The Springers have been together since the late 1980s when they met at an acting studio in New York. The couple has lived on Hilton Head Island for 23 years. Suzette grew up dancing at her uncle’s dance studio in Connecticut and has been performing her entire life. With backgrounds in gymnastics, dance and fitness, Suzette, often dubbed “the human pretzel,” became an aerial acrobat in the Big Apple Circus, which was a precursor to Cirque Du Soleil. When the couple moved to Hilton Head Island, Suzette was immediately sought after as a fitness coach for adults and a gymnastics and acro (acrobatics) teacher for children. After some time, she was able to use her reputation and client base to build her own concept of what a performance arts school should be. “I incorporated many of the very talents that I had long-loved and some that I had come to miss,” Suzette said.
The Move and Motion studio has three practice rooms: a smaller dance room in the front, a larger dance room in the back and a tumbling room, complete with a rock wall, mats and aerial silk ribbons, to the right. Students range in age from 4 to 94. There is even a parent and me mini cirque class for toddlers, ages 18-36 months.
“All are welcome at Move and Motion Studios,” Suzette said. Move and Motion is a dance school and cirque arts school. Students can focus on one specific area or “evolve and develop more skills for their repertoire.”
“We have a foundation of dance that incorporates an expanded amount of acrobatics,” Rob added. “We incorporate circus or cirque arts that include things like the lira and stationary trapeze (more artistic and more about body movement than the swinging trapeze) and aerial silk ribbons.”
“Our approach fulfills our students. It builds confidence. They are able to not just show others but show themselves that they are able to achieve well beyond what they have imagined,” Suzette said. Although she mostly works with children, people of all ages are welcome. In fact, there are moms who come in and take classes and perform with their children.
The studio performs two large-scale shows every year. In November, they showcased a Frozen performance at the Main Street Theater, and in May 2015 they will perform a show based on the new Disney film Strange Magic, which has yet to be released. They also set up outdoor equipment and perform at local events such as business openings, the community Christmas tree lighting, and more. In addition to the special performances, Move and Motion participates in regional competitions and offers camps and birthday parties. The studio goes all-out when it comes to birthdays including tumbling, arts and crafts, rock wall, unicycle, stilts and other fun activities.
Suzette has an extensive background in working with injuries and physical limitations as well as children who have special needs. She also has a great deal of experience working with autistic children. According to Suzette, many of the special needs children flourish in the Move and Motion environment and are able to build confidence, showing skills they have previously had difficulty expressing.
Move and Motion takes its teachings and offerings even further by bringing in performers and teachers from places like Los Angeles. For example, a performer from the Cirque Du Soleil show, Kazoo, visited Hilton Head solely to teach at Move and Motion Studios. Suzette and Rob want to expose the community to bigger city offerings and have thus brought in dance instructors from Los Angeles to teach clinics that focus on a specific type of dance like hip-hop.
Move and Motion Studios has all of your performance arts desires covered, from Pilates, to all forms of dance and contortion to LED light-up hula hooping. “This (Move and Motion) has become a canvas of Suzette’s past experiences in life, which really went to her own childhood,” Rob said. It is a culmination of her travels from her life, even from her days in her uncle’s dance studio.”
Suzette’s advice for staying healthy is to “keep your body moving, stay literally in-motion…eat smart. Love. Keep negativity minimized. Engage and respect others. Teach these things if you can. Touch lives. These things impact not just one’s own health but those who surround us.”
What touching words from a gifted and talented teacher!
Move & Motion is located at 21 Cardinal Rd., Hilton Head. To learn more, visit moveandmotion.com or call (843) 681-6683.