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 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.

More about Joe’s

1934746_10153500673863443_6525252113073109511_nJoe’s is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, Maryland incorporating dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Its unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth has made it a well-respected nonprofit arts organization.

Today, Joe’s is open 7 days a week, 350 days per year serving more than 70,000 individuals annually with classes for all levels of movers, programs, events, performances, rentals and other services.  More than 20 resident artist groups call Joe’s home.  In addition, Joe’s has become a haven for local youth and provides access to all individuals to a variety of cultural and educational experiences, for creative industries to grow, for county nonprofit organizations, and for successful regional artists to rehearse, teach and present.

More about Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute

150321_2324The Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute was established in November 1992, by Lawrence Bradford, who still leads the group today. Smooth & EZ’s mission is to enhance local and national awareness of Hand Dance through instruction, promotion, and preservation.

Smooth & EZ Hand Dance hosts beginner classes at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD every Monday and Wednesday evening. All are welcome to drop-in and try a class for $20 for first time participants and $10 for returning drop-ins. More information about Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute classes, workshops and events can be found by visiting them online at www.smoothnezdance.com.

More about Hand Dance

Lawrence Bradford

Hand Dance is rooted in Lindy Hop, an American dance movement that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s. Hand Dance is a six beat dance that adheres to the basic structure of all swing dances with extended count variations.

Practiced primarily in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs as well as Baltimore, MD, Hand Dance’s popularity continues to grow rapidly throughout the region. National recognition of Hand Dance has been achieved by efforts of groups like Smooth & EZ Hand Dance venturing into and gaining recognition in the the national swing dancing community.

Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Founder & Instructor Lawrence Bradford expands on the history of Hand Dance online at www.smoothnezdance.com/history.

For more information please contact Neena Narayanan at neena@joesmovement.org or 301-699-18191.
Joe’s Movement Emporium (World Arts Focus, Inc.) 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.



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