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Event Announcement: Tamara Wellons Well-Water Tour Launches in Mount Rainier, MD

Wellons unpacks the word “pretty” in new album and opens her process up to community

Singer, songwriter, performer Tamara Wellons will be in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium November 7-12, 2016 launching her new tour: “The Well-Water Tour – A Talk, A Show, A Party”. Wellons and her guitarist Zach Cutler host a free Song Writing Workshop November 5 from 2 – 4 pm open to all. Performances of her new album “Pretty” will take place Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm in Joe’s theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. The residency is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.


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Tamara Wellons has performed at Joe’s several times over the past 15 years. In 2014 Wellons worked with Joe’s through the Art Lives Here initiative to develop community engagement strategies that include live performances outside of beauty shops in the Gateway Arts District. She will continue this work with the November Song Writing Workshop, introducing the community to innovative new ways to approach song-writing resulting in a community sing.

For her performances Wellons has proposed a mix of live and recorded music, projection, and dance featuring six musicians. Imaginative new theatrical staging will be developed with the assistance of Joe’s Executive Director, Brooke Kidd. The Well-Water Tour features songs from “Pretty”, Wellons’ new concept album. Throughout the performance audience will be involved through song and conversation to explore topics of racial history, specifically how history has been conveniently “prettied” up or glossed over; cultural concepts of beauty; and self-esteem and confidence in our perceptions of body image.

“The project directly support our goals of establishing a more robust presenting presence and cultivating new audiences, providing dynamic engagement and high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences for our community,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s about the program. “Joe’s normal artistic programming will be diversified and augmented through this project.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819.


Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.

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Joe’s Launches Fall Semester Class Schedule with New Pricing

Clients can expect the same quality yoga classes plus the return of a popular new Karate class

Yoga Hermione-19Joe’s Movement Emporium, a performing arts center for the community located in Mount Rainier, MD, known for it’s commitment to access for all to arts education and presentation of emerging and mid-career alternative artists, launches their new Fall Semester schedule Tuesday, September 6th. Joe’s Movement Emporium is located in the heart of Mount Rainier, MD at 3309 Bunker Hill Road with an adjacent free parking lot. All of Joe’s classes are open to all levels of experience and movement. Classes are $13 to drop-in or a 10-class pass can be purchased for $110.

In recognition of the talents and importance of Joe’s teaching artists, class prices are being raised one dollar. Drop-in rates bump up from $12 per class to $13 while Joe’s popular 10-class pass bumps from $100 to $110. New this semester, Joe’s is adding a Senior/Child Drop-in and 10-class pass rate. A senior, defined as age 65 and older, or a child, defined as age 18 and under, may drop-in to any Joe’s class for $10. Senior/Child 10-class passes may be purchased for $80. Joe’s accepts cash, check and Visa, Master & Discover credit cards. Participants can sign up for Joe’s classes through Mindbody Online, the Mindbody Online app, or at Joe’s front desk.

150822_7417Joe’s Fall Semester returns with a robust collection of yoga classes that range from Vinyasa Flow to Dharma Inspired Restorative Yoga. Returning for the Fall Semester Chris McCauley and Zen Budo Karate’s popular Goshin-Jutsu caters to families with a class that allows parent & child to participate with separate instructors within the same studio space. New this semester instructor Amy Liss introduces the MELT Method® to Mount Rainier, MD. Also returning is Normon Green’s Community Tai Chi class.

For more information about these classes, instructors, or registering for classes online or at Joe’s, please contact Neena Narayanan at Neena@joesmovement.org or 301-699-1819.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.

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Joe’s Theater Tech Program Opens 2016-2017 Enrollment

The Theater Tech Program (TTP) of Joe’s Movement Emporium is a job-training program in lighting, sound, digital media, photography, storytelling and more that provides skills for creative industries.  TTP has been in existence for eight years. The program serves young Prince Georgians ages 17-22 who are high school seniors, recent high school graduates, or working on their GEDs.  There is a program during the day for out-of-school youth and in the evenings for high school seniors.  TTP serves young people from low-income families who live in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Proof of household income is required.

Learn more about TTP: This is TTP

Students participate in a four-month training program and receive a stipend for completing the training phase.  A paid internship of 60 hours is offered at minimum wage and additional hourly paid work may be available with Joe’s theater tech crew or employer partners.  The final phase of the program includes college and job placement support.  The 2016 TTP program year will begin in October 2016.

apply now buttonFilling out this application form is the first step in the application process. Please fill it out and return to cathy@joesmovement.orgALONG WITH THE APPLICATION FORM, please also send proof of household income. This can be the family’s (or the applicant’s) most recent income tax return(s) or 3 recent pay stubs. If you wish to submit these by fax, the number is 301-699-1818. Send it to the attention of Cathy.

If proof of income is not readily available, call Cathy at 301-699-1819 to discuss.

IMG_2326Once the application form and income verification documents are submitted, they will be reviewed by TTP staff. Group interviews will then be scheduled. The interviews will take under two hours.

Candidates who show a sincere interest in the program and are ready to actively participate in job training will be called in for a second interview.  It is not necessary to wear a suit to the interview. However, you will be judged on neatness, cleanliness and overall demeanor.

Applicants will be asked to bring additional documents to the second interview (e.g., Social Security card, high school diploma, etc.). The second interview will also take under two hours.

At some point, TTP staff may administer reading and math literacy tests. However, passing such a test is not a requirement for admission to TTP.

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection within two weeks of the second interview.

Any questions please contact Cathy Smith at cathy@joesmovement.org.


NextLOOK returns with exciting new line-up

Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice enters into the third season of NextLOOK incubation.

NextLOOK is a week-long residency open to area performing artists and artist groups that is funded by The Clarice and in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally based performing artists.

NextLOOK artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

This season’s NextLOOK artists will transport you to the far reaches of outer space, lead you through the nooks and crannies of their own backyards and let you discover the places and moments in between. Explore worlds both imagined and real — and be a part of creating it all.

The 2016–2017 season of NextLOOK includes the following residencies and performances. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are cash only pay what you wish.

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It’s the Rest of the World that Looks So Small: A Theatrical Review of Jonathan Coulton

Public Performance: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: November 14–18, 2016

2015’s Helen Hayes Award Winning Outstanding Emerging Theater Company, Flying V, presents this theatrical exploration of the music of cult singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Coulton is known for his clever, engaging and humorous songs that capture slice of life moments in high concept situations—from zombie co-workers to lonely sea monsters. Using dance, movement/physical theatre and new arrangements with a live band, Flying V is staging a collection of Coulton’s songs and exploring what it means to be human in an oversized world of possibility.

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Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe

Public Performance: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: December 5–9, 2016

What if a man, struggling against being mechanical, could not accept his son as anything but a machine? Sent from a dying earth, General Ebon Kojo and Ra-7 have been ordered to “recolor” the distant and barren planet Beta-5. Upon their arrival to Beta-5, Ebon and Ra are confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both.

In this one-man show, pianist and composer Scott Patterson uses acoustic piano, synth keyboards and sound design to weave together a story of space exploration, environmentalism, father-son relationships and social greed. Inspired by the music of Sun Ra and his film Space is the Place, Christina De Middel’s photobook Afronauts and Frances Bodomo’s film of the same name, Patterson imagines his own futuristic world, where sound and music bend the laws of physics and become instruments of creation and destruction.

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Public Performance: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: February 6–10, 2017 

Using spatial dynamics, movement and physical theatre, text, live sound, theatrical clown and improvisational play, Threshold explores moments of transition, from the simplicity of entering and exiting a space, to the profound transition from innocence to experience.

Happenstance Theater engages the audience by bringing curiosity and delight to the idea of crossing over into unknown spaces: the moving, meeting, leaping, partnering, parting, aging and dying that require us to cross the threshold.


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The One-Mile Radius Project: Experiencing Space Differently

Public Performance: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: April 10–14, 2017 

Our human imprint and the memory of our movement lingers in spaces well after we have migrated through them. The One-Mile Radius Project explores these imprints and the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. In collaboration with Joe’s, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Brentwood Arts Exchange and their workshop participants, Orange Grove Dance will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe’s.

Founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves, Orange Grove Dance is built on the ideals of integrating dance, art, film and movement with all communities, large and small.  

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Public Performance: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: May 1–5, 2017

A gatekeeper – whether an individual or part of an institution – decides which of a certain commodity, be it raw materials or ideological goods, may enter into a social system. These decisions are made within a complex web of influences, preferences, motives and common values.

With dance-theatre as the container, Gatekeepers seeks to unearth this complex web of influences as it relates to racial identity within structural inequity. Drawing from personal testimony, group storytelling and dialogue, this performance will invite and challenge the everyday gatekeeper to imagine sustainable methods of self-reflection and transformational communal action.


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Event Annoucement: J.A.M. SE7EN – A Dance Spectacular Musical Revue

J.A.M. the Revue, returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium come Fall for another razzle dazzle production sure to have all ages dancing in their seats!

The metropolitan area’s exciting song and dance revue is back in Mount Rainier, MD with an ALL NEW production. Why return? Choreographer Jeremy A. McShan tells us he just couldn’t wait to get back in Joe’s; “The space was amazing, staff was amazing!”

This year McShan will present his newest iteration of his fabulous dance spectacular revue: J.A.M. SE7EN.  The show starts its journey by paying tribute to some of music’s greatest legends from yesteryear, high kicking its way to the sexy songs of Broadway, and ending with an electrifying finale honoring the artists that have created some of today’s greatest pop hits.

These dance-floor favorites are sure leave audiences singing the whole ride home! Featuring the J-Mac’s, the show’s beautiful and talented dancers, and some of DC’s best singers. This 90 minute production, suitable for all ages, is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Tickets sold out last year, nab yours now!

Show Information:
Friday, September 23 at 8pm and Saturday, September 24 at 8pm
Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Online $20 Adults; $15 Kids 12 and under
$25 (Door)
Find J.A.M. the Revue on Facebook  – www.facebook.com/JAMtheRevue


Try NEW Dancehall Class for FREE! Limited Time Only

What do Beyoncé, Rihanna and M.I.A. all have in common?

Their videos feature the Dancehall Dance! Learn some new moves, sweat off some calories and have a blast all in one great evening class! 

NEW at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dance Hall Fusion with Raediant Movement brings Caribbean Street dance to the studios. Coupling popular songs with dance moves as varied as African dance, hip-hop, house, Zouk, Salsa and Jamaican Folklore, this class is all about encouraging your confidence and creative expression and having a blast.

This class is usually $15 to drop-in, but for a limited time, you can try it for FREE!

Join us at 8:30 pm July 5th, 12th, and/or 19th for Dancehall Dance! No payment or pre-registration required!

Donations will be gratefully accepted to cover cost of space. 

No dance experience needed! Wear clothes & shoes comfortable to move in.

Check out Raediant Movement in action at Joe’s: Dancehall Sweat Raediant/Fiyah Collab Pt. 1


Event Announcement: Joe’s Chipotle Fundraiser

Joe’s is thrilled to partner with Chipotle on Baltimore Ave in Hyattsville, MD for our 3rd annual Cause an Effect Chipotle night!

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Joe’s Movement Emporium. Come in to the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 5501 Baltimore Avenue Suite 101 in Hyattsville on Tuesday, July 19th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Bring in this flyer: https://joesmovement.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/flyer.pdf

Show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.


Victorious, D.C. Women of the Gridiron Arrives in Mount Rainier, MD for a Final Fundraiser



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MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 22— FrontRider Media LLC in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium announces the launch of a final fundraising campaign for the feature-length documentary Victorious (formerly Women With Balls). A special screening of Robert´s previous film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, will be followed by a discussion with members of the D.C. Divas will be held on Monday, July 18 at 7pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD. Admission is by donation. A work in progress, 20-minute sample of Victorious will also be screened.

WATCH: Victorious Trailer (Documentary – 2016) from Robert Mac on Vimeo.

Victorious captures the camaraderie, sisterhood, and spirit of the D.C. Divas, a full contact, female football team, during their 2015 undefeated season in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). Each Diva has a unique life story regarding how she got there and the life lessons football has taught her along the way. Their stories will empower others to step outside the box in which society has placed them, inviting all women to be victorious in their quest for true equality and empowering them to play by their own rules. The D.C. Divas’ home field is the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Produced and directed by Robert Mac, the production was filmed in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Robert’s cameras were with the Divas for every game throughout their undefeated season culminating with their National Championship title in 2015. Principal photography is now complete, and the post-production process has begun.


An additional $35,000 is needed to complete post-production with the aim to premiere the film at the 2017 Sundance Film festival.

One supporter, Prince George’s County Councilwoman Mary Lehman comments, “I had no idea we had a women’s professional football team in my county. I want to make sure the world knows about this incredible group of female athletes who are striving for equality on and off the field.

And when an independent, local filmmaker requires financial support, we need to step up. I am proud to invest in creative industries that showcase local talent and tell compelling stories, and I encourage other county officials, community and business leaders, and citizens to do the same.”

“I hope I can finish the film independently and share America’s best kept secret: real women play football with pads and helmets on, just like men. I also hope to enlist those touched by the courage of the Divas to take up the fight for true equality on the field, off the field, in the workplace, and beyond.” Mac says. Contributions can be made through Joe’s Movement Emporium at www.joesmovement.org.

About the Women’s Football Alliance

The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) is the most competitive women’s football league in the United States. Over 40 of the nation’s strongest women’s football teams belong to the WFA — including the D.C. Divas — making it the biggest women’s football league in the world today.

About Robert Mac

Robert Mac is an award-winning filmmaker and the Executive Producer/Co-creator of the sensational hit Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which has had over 20 million viewers—and is considered one of the most successful health documentaries ever made.

Mount Rainier business owner Lisa Harris comments, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead was a powerful film that was a part of the motivation behind the creation of my business, The WaterHole. This film helped me believe a change was coming to the way people approached nutrition and that it was possible my community could be open to juicing. The WaterHole was always a dream for me and this film was a huge part of my inspiration!”

Robert also produced and directed The Small Poppies, a one-hour documentary that was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and features Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush. Several of Robert’s short films have played at major European film festivals, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. He is also an award-winning screenwriter who has recently completed his first book, The One Poke Principle or How Not To Fall in Love. Contact Robert Mac, Producer/Director, at Robert@frontridermedia.com or 301-335-3661.

About Joe’s Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.


If you would like more information about this topic, please call Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819, or email Neena@joesmovement.org.

Joe’s Movement Emporium Receives $28,000 Job Readiness Grant to Fund Theater Tech Program (TTP)

11182208_10152832726168443_8121322122252524459_nJoe’s Movement Emporium of Mount Rainier, MD has received a $28,000 Job Readiness Grant from Many Hands Foundation to fund the expansion of our Theater Tech Program (TTP) to serve additional students during the school year and pilot a summer institute that incorporates robotics training into the existing curriculum of technical theater and digital media.

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Formed in 2007, TTP provides critical support to under-resourced teens and young adults ages 17-21 in Prince George’s County by helping them secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty. The majority of participants are first-generation college students, have struggled in school, lack support for pursuing employment or have additional barriers such as homelessness and parenting, to become self-sustaining after high school. Since its creation, TTP has supported hundreds of county youth seeking economic stability through workforce training and job placement.

With the Many Hands grant, Joe’s will be able to serve an additional 10 students and host a TTP summer institute that will investigate the arts, technology, and engineering with the addition of robotics.

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“Our program can provide dynamic, experiential, arts-based learning and job readiness to build essential life skills,” said Brooke Kidd, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director. “This grant allows us to bring our successful curriculum to more students.”

Many Hands is a women’s grantmaking organization committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in need and to helping its members become well-informed donors.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunities in education, production and work-readiness. Founded in 1995, Joe’s serves more than 75,000 artists and arts patrons each year through its diverse multicultural and multigenerational programming. For more information about the Theater Tech Program and how you can support, please visit http://www.joesmovement.org or call Barbara Goliday at 301-699-1819.


World Arts Focus dba Joe’s Movement Emporium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, EIN: 52-180- 4860. A copy of our current financial statement is available by writing Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 or by calling 301-699- 1819. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.

Event Annoucement: Two Great Workshops | One Great Day


Joe’s is thrilled to host two incredible West African inspired dance workshops at our Mount Rainier facility on Sunday, June 26th.

Both workshops boast reasonable rates and are ideal for both children and adults. Don’t let the talent scare you aware! These incredible artists want to move with you. Click the dates below to register for workshops.

Dancing Our Africa presents
Master Class with Niche Falkner
Sunday, June 26th at 3:00 pm
West African Master Class with former member of the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble
Admission: $15 adults, $10 Children 12 & Under

Joe’s Movement Emporium presents
West African Dance Workshop with Moustapha Bangoura
Sunday, June 26th at 6:30 pm
Traditional drum & dance from the Republic of Guinea
Admission: $15 adults, $10 Children 10 & Under

Each workshops has a separate registration process. While by no means necessary, we recommend you consider signing up for both workshops.

After the Master Class with Niche Falkner, you can walk to The Waterhole for juice or coffee, Sweet & Natural for a vegan meal or Glut for a snack before launching into the West African Dance Workshop with Moustapha Bangoura.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt Rainier MD 20712. You can visit us online at www.joesmovement.org or call us at 301-699-1819. There is a small, free gravel parking lot to the right of Joe’s building that you may park in. Should that lo be full, please seek metered parking on Bunker Hill Road, 34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue.

Questions? Please click here to contact us.