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 swing 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 www.joesmovement.org 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 KendraMarieMoves.com 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: mountrainierba@gmail.com

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: info@zenbudokarate.com


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: http://www.joesmovement.org/adult_classes. For the full line up of Joe’s Fall Season please visit: http://www.joesmovement.org/show_tickets.

For more information visit www.joesmovement.org 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 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