Join us to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Joe’s Movement Emporium, a grassroots organization that grew from one dance studio into a performing arts center that anchors an entire arts district. The evening features live music, social dance, delicious food and a two-decade retrospective of moving people, minds and community through the arts!
Joe’s Movement Emporium was created by a group of young dancers looking for rehearsal and performance space to share with fellow artists. In 1995 they leased three storefronts just outside the District of Columbia in Mount Rainier, MD as a dance studio and arts center. It quickly became a motivating force in community arts programming. The studio name, Joe’s Movement Emporium, emerged from the artists who came together to create an environment in which everyone would be welcome to move, regardless of experience, body size, ability or age.
Over the next decade, Joe’s became an anchor of both arts education and urban renewal in Prince George’s County, MD, in an area along the Route 1 corridor known as the Gateway Arts District. As demand for services increased, Joe’s grew with it, transforming an empty warehouse in Mount Rainier into a 20,000 square foot performing arts space in 2007.
Today Joe’s is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County incorporating dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. It is a hub for community-driven activities, serving 70,000 individuals annually with its three dance studios, black box theater, offices and classroom space. Joe’s provides low-cost rehearsal space to artists, and affordable performances and classes for both adults and children throughout the year. Its arts education programs promote healthy lifestyles, academic achievement, life skills and the richness of diverse cultures. The greatest gains are to high-risk youth in Prince George’s County who participate in Joe’s after school programs, summer camp and workforce development.
And through it all has been Joe’s Founder and Executive Director Brooke Kidd. Her vision and efforts through selfless dedication of time, energy, and resources has made a significant and multi-dimensional impact on both our local community and the Greater Washington, DC area. From her graduation from American University and founding of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke has continued to passionately engage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to move their way to better health, happiness and economic prosperity. This attitude emerges vibrantly and energetically with a zest for the arts and passion for people that have enabled her to educate and inspire countless underserved youth, aspiring dancers, hopeful artists and avid art lovers.