History

The Academy of Movement and Music began unofficially in Stephanie Clemens’ living room in 1971.  By 1973, classes were held in a one-room storefront on South Boulevard in Oak Park.  In 1977, the faculty had expanded with the growing student body (200) and the Academy incorporated and moved into three large studios and offices on Marion Street.  By 1982, further growth necessitated the purchase of the Bishop Quarter Building at 605 Lake Street.  Many wonderful parent volunteers helped to renovate the old school building during a busy month, and classes began there in January 1983.  Later that year MOMENTA, the Academy’s resident performing arts company, was incorporated and began to create its own theatre space in what had been the old gymnasium.  Today the Academy houses an active preschool, Academy A.R.T.S., a large dance program, a music department,  MOMENTA, The Doris Humphrey Society and The Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre.  There are currently more than 500 students taking courses here.