The Well Water Tour launches in Mount Rainier, MD

Wellons launches her Well Water Tour in Mount Rainier, MD with a theatrical take on her latest album “Pretty”

Singer, songwriter, performer Tamara Wellons launches The Well Water Tour at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount, Rainier, MD with performances Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm. The theatrical interpretation of her most recent album, “Pretty”, is directed by Risikat Okedeyi. The performances follow a week-long residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children, available to purchase online at or at the door at Joe’s location 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

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The cover of Wellons newest album doubles as a coloring page for all ages

Wellons met with Joe’s Movement Emporium staff this week to discuss her upcoming show which has been in development in weekly rehearsals in the direct-mail turned performing arts center facility (click to check out rehearsal video). The performance concept continues to evolve with the most recent inclusion of two deaf dancers who take turns interpreting and performing the work, six musicians and minimalist set-pieces. The performance will feature a mix of live and recorded instrumentals with theatrical moments. The 75 minute performance will be broken into two parts with a brief intermission during which guests can purchase refreshments and shop vendors chosen by Wellons.

In a July article on The Body Is Not An Apology, a “Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment” website founded by Sonya Renee Taylor, Wellons gives audiences a glimpse into the personal hurdles that inspired “Pretty.” She writes, “the music project came as an exploration of my beliefs. […] I wanted to examine and reclaim the word.” She encourages readers to “explore, examine and experiment” with what the word “pretty” means to them as a part of their journey to “restore a personal freedom.” The article can be read in full on

The trailer for the “Pretty” music project can be viewed on Wellons Youtube channel showing clips of her returning to her hometown, a deep source of her desire to unpack the word “pretty.” This album is her third. Her debut full-length, “Life Is” (2008), was released by OCHA Records.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 301-699- 1819. Please contact with any questions or for photo requests.

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

Three Great Dance Instructors “Floor-raise” for Joe’s


Digital rendering of Joe’s new hardwood floor. Original photograph by Marketa Ebert.

Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute’s Lawrence Bradford, line dance instructor Sharon Lynn Holmes and Salsa instructor Jessica Quiroz join together under Joe’s roof to teach social dance in the name of “floor-raising.” The evening will feature three studios worth of dance lessons followed by a short program in Joe’s blackbox theater, the future location of a brand new hardwood dance floor. Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds go towards Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Campaign which includes a $60,000 fundraising goal to purchase a new floor for Joe’s Meyer Performance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.


Lawrence Bradford & BJ Jones


“Joe’s is our home,” says Bradford of Smooth & EZ Hand Dance’s relationship with the Mount Rainier based performing arts center. Smooth & EZ Hand Dance has been coming to Joe’s weekly for classes, rehearsals and workshops for the past five years. As the group grows in popularity and looks to expand it’s classes & social dance events within Joe’s walls, there is one major obstacle, the theater floor.

“Dancing on concrete is not good for legs and knees, especially in movers over the age of 35,” Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder & Executive Director Brooke Kidd says. “When we planned this building 12 years ago, we had the goal of converting the entire theater floor into a wooden dance floor.” Nearly a decade later this vision is attainable. “If we had a wooden floor,” Bradford tells Joe’s, gesturing towards the theater’s red doors, “we could do so many things. Workshops, dances, galas … we would be able to have all our events here.” Smooth & EZ Hand Dance currently looks to outside organizations to host their major social weekend social dance events due to Joe’s theater’s problematic floor.


Joe’s Salsa Instructor Jessica Quiroz dances with husband Casi York. Photo by Marketa Ebert.

Bradford isn’t alone in benefitting from a new dance floor. Joe’s current concrete floor, while a creative inspiration to some artist groups who have made use of the stripped down, industrial feel of the space, is less safe than the wooden alternative for youth groups and artistic groups that use Joe’s modular stage covered in marley, a tripping hazard. “We want to protect our artists and guests” Kidd states. “We’re looking forward to hosting big community social dances for hand dance, salsa, swing dance and more on a safer floor”, plus, “we’ve had many requests for percussive dance groups like flamenco and tap” who would be better accommodated with wooden dance floor.

Since Joe’s opened in it’s current location, the facility has developed a reputation as an affordable and accessible home for many artistic groups looking to grow their creative enterprises within the Emporium. Groups include Taratibu Youth Association, UpSpring Aerial Studio, Silk Road Dance Company, Soul in Motion African Drum & Dance, Raediant Movement, Sacred Hips in Motion, DEVIATED THEATRE, NCrease Fitness, Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Kendra Marie Moves.

Dance for the Floor is a integral part of Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Improvements Campaign, The HOME Improvement Campaign. This $300,000 capital campaign looks to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to improve the overall safety and experience for everyone who calls Joe’s “home” including adding a hardwood floor to Joe’s theater. About $60,000 of the $300,000 is dedicated to the installation of the hardwood dance floor. Other capital campaign improvements include updating the theaters lighting, sound and digital media capabilities, refinishing the wooden floors in the studios, upgrading the bathrooms and cementing the adjacent parking lot.

Dance for the Floor tickets are $25 per person and include light fare as well as access to dance lessons and open dance time. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Additional questions can be directed towards to Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819 or

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Event Announcement: Dance for the Floor

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Join Joe’s Movement Emporium & Smooth & EZ Hand Dance for Dance for the Floor: A Joe’s Movement Emporium Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm. The evening will feature three studios worth of Hand Dance, salsa and line dancing with a “floor-raising” program in the theater featuring Joe’s dancers of all ages. Dance for the Floor is part of Joe’s 2016 – 17 Capital Campaign. The goal of Dance for the Floor is to raise $60,000 to install a new hardwood dance floor in the theater. Tickets are $25 per person to dance and include dance lessons, open dancing and light fare; during event additional donations will be sought to help reach the goal. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Why a new floor?

12494689_10153500673993443_7440757102890829285_nJoe’s has an opportunity capitalize on its popularity and on the limited number of community facilities that can accommodate large dance parties and other performance-based events by renovating its black-box theater to enhance patron experience and safety.

Since its opening in 2007, Joe’s has strived to meet the demand of artists, patrons, nonprofits and community groups seeking a more affordable space alternative to hotels and government-owned public facilities. Although Joe’s has hosted hundreds of performances and events in its black-box theater, the capacity to host big dances, formal events and performances is limited due to the concrete floor. By adding a hardwood floor and upgrading lighting, sound and digital media in the black-box theater, Joe’s can be more responsive to the growing demand for affordable and flexible space to host a variety of events and performances. This will also allow Joe’s to generate more revenue to maintain operational stability.

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NEW CLASS: Dance with Kendra Marie Moves!

Let’s Get Moving!

Come enjoy street jazz and hip hop classes that’ll have you feeling right! $10/class! You can pay cash, credit and even online! We also offer private lessons!


Visit for further information! You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Can’t wait to dance with you!

Ready, Set, Bake!

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a proud member of the Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA). So it’s with pleasure and pride we help them announce the MRBA Bake-Off this Mount Rainier Day, October 1st!


Weekend Bakers of the Gateway Arts District! Enter your best baked dessert in the

Mount Rainier Business Association’s Mount Rainier Day Bake-Off

Entries will be judged by a combination of Mount Rainier residents and members of local Mount Rainier businesses

Deadline to Register: September 23

Competition Date: October 1

Bake-off will take place on Rhode Island Avenue during Mount Rainier Day.

Judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at 2:30 pm.

Prizes include: Cash and Gift Certificates to Mount Rainier businesses.

If you are a Mount Rainier resident and are interested in being a judge for the contest please contact:

Download Flyer PDF Here

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ZEN BUDO KARATE Starts September 13th at Joe’s

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At Joe’s Movement Emporium

REGISTER NOW BUTTONzen-logoThis unique class allows you to attend Karate, right alongside your child! The class is divided into two halves, one for kids and one for adults, and is specially designed for parents with a busy schedule. You don’t need to drop them off, go somewhere else and come back, you can just take the class with them.  Testing Fee is not included in the class it is $10 which pays for physical belt and certificate. Uniforms are not included in the registration fee which is $30 for kids and $40 for Adults. You must obtain a uniform after the third class. Uniforms will be sold and distributed at class.

zen-demoClasses start September 13th.

Uniforms are $30 for kids and $40 for adults. Students must buy a uniform after the third class. Uniforms available for students who cannot afford them by scholarship application.
Exam fees are $10

Any Questions:


Joe’s Artists & Programs Spend Day at The Mall at Prince George’s

September 17th Joe’s Movement Emporium programs take over center court at the Mall

Joe’s Movement Emporium’s teaching artists and upcoming performers take the court for a day of demonstrations, mini-lessons & performances, and arts & crafts on Saturday, September 17th from 11 am – 3 pm. The event will take place at the Mall at Prince Georges center court, located at 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782. The event is free for all. Please see below for schedule.

“We’re excited to give mall shoppers an opportunity to have the Joe’s experience for free”, says Brooke Kidd, Executive Director. At the heart of Joe’s mission is a belief that everyone should have access to outstanding arts experiences. Joe’s has selected a mix of some of our best arts instructors and upcoming performing artists in order to give the community a unique opportunity to experience a sample of Joe’s Fall Season and Semester of classes at no cost.

Schedule of events:

  • 11 am: Body Pump Demo & Mini Lesson with Ncrease Fitness, LLC
  • 11:30 am: Sacred Hips in Motion Bellydance Workout
  • 12 noon: Tamara Wellons Music Well-Water Tour Promo
  • 12:30 pm: JAM the Revue Musical Revue Promo
  • 1 pm: Dancehall Fusion Demo & Mini Lesson with Raediant Movement
  • 1:30 pm: Zumba Demo & Mini Lesson with Ncrease Fitness, LLC
  • 2 pm: Tai Chi Demo & Mini Lesson
  • 2:30 pm: Hand Dance Demo & Mini Lesson with Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute

For a full list of Joe’s Fall Semester of Classes please visit: For the full line up of Joe’s Fall Season please visit:

For more information visit or call 301-699- 1819


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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 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

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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 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

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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