Take Laughter With You returns to Joe’s!

Take Laughter With You – The Second Annual Benefit for Clowns Without Borders at Joe’s Movement Emporium will be held at 6pm, Saturday, March 17th. Warning: Show may provoke, laughter, wonder, and hope against all odds!

The second annual benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum.

The event is hosted by CWB Board Member and performing artist, Kolleen Kintz, and includes performances by the area’s top performers. Expect variety including acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, and juggling by Christian Kloc, Drew Richardson, Anthony Oliva, Elise Sipos, Jane Bryan, Julia Quigley, Kiersten VanHouten, Krystan Silva, Lessie Longstreet, Kim DeAngelis, Sophia DeAngelis, and Matthew Pauli. The evening also includes performances by Clowns Without Borders performing artists Bobby Kintz, Brendon Gawel, Alex Orthwein and Kaitlin Kaufman.

Doors open at 5:30pm, with a 6:00pm curtain. All tickets are $20, and may be purchased online at: http://bit.ly/2BcQuUt or at the door. For additional information, visit www.clownswithoutborders.org

 

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West African Drum & Dance in Mt. Rainier, MD: Soul in Motion Players Deliver Another Audience Pleaser in “Prequel”

In anticipation of their 35th anniversary in 2019, Soul in Motion Players highlight their encore performances from the last four years this Black History Month at Joe’s

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Soul in Motion Players return to Joe’s Movement Emporium with “Prequel” on Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm. This popular annual anniversary show is an audience favorite that reaches across generations with heart-pounding rhythms, stunning choreography from the cultural diaspora, and beautiful traditional costuming. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, and $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Prequel

The Soul in Motion Players celebrate their 34th season with their annual Black History Month performance. This year, ‘Prequel’ will highlight their encore performances from the last four years. The audience will be treated to drum rhythms inspired by the cultural diaspora including Brazil, Cuba, and the Western Region of Africa. This year’s choreographers are Pam Lassiter, Charla Lewis, and Adjetey Klufio (from Ghana).

About Soul in Motion Players

Soul in Motion Players is a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1984 by percussionist Michael Friend, that specializes in African dance, drumming, theatre and spoken word. The ensemble is based in Rockville, MD and rehearses weekly at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Soul in Motion is directed by Michael Friend and Pam Lassiter Rhone.  The group performs in and around the Washington DC area at various festivals including the Washington Folk Festival, The Takoma Park Folk Festival, Dance Africa, Juneteenth Celebration in St. Mary’s County, and Rockville’s MLK Celebration.  The ensemble traveled to Dakar Senegal in March-April 2011 to study with the Senegalese Ballet and to visit key cites including Goree Island. Additionally, in 2011 Soul in Motion received the prestigious Montgomery County Executive Community Award for Excellence in the Arts.

WHAT:  Soul in Motion Players in “Prequel”

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST: Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, $10 for children aged 10 & under

Do you wanna dance? NEW Aerial Classes

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NEW! Aerial Dance Mini-Session – Starts February 28th

unnamed-2Come join us for a fun new session of aerial dance! This session will explore text and music as inspiration for movement. Learn a short aerial sequence, then explore tools and learn new skills that help you make the sequence your own. We work low and start off with beginner-friendly skills, so all levels are welcome. Class meets Wednesdays 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21 from 8:30-9:30pm. Advance registration required at upspringstudio.com/classes. $120. Ages 16+

April 22nd: Save the Date!

Join us on April 22nd from 1-3pm for a special workshop with Julianna Hane. This workshop is open to ALL LEVELS and will focus on using the eye-opening technique of Laban movement analysis to explore and expand your own movement style:

How does the professional performer access a range of movement qualities? The Laban system is an excellent way to expand your performance skills. This workshop will focus on Laban’s Efforts of flow, space, time, and weight to learn what your preferences are, and expand upon them. Develop characters or themes for new movement pieces, and make performance work more dynamic.

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Julianna Hane traded life on a cotton farm to become a dancer and aerialist. She holds an MFA in Modern Dance, is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and is a graduate of NECCA’s Pro-Track and The Pilates Center’s Intermediate Program in Boulder, CO. Julianna has taught Laban and aerial in K-12, higher education, and the private studio setting. She is the Director of Training for Born to Fly Teacher Programs and Support, and the author of The Aerial Teacher’s Handbook.

Winter 2018 Classes

Registration open now! Go to upspringstudio.com/classes for more information and a link to our registration page. Taking an ongoing group class? Save $5 per class with a 5-class card. Click here to purchase. Note: Students must register by midnight the day before class.

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Beginner Basics – next date TBD

Love the circus? Curious about aerial dance? Come give it a try! Learn key aerial conditioning techniques, how to sit and stand on a trapeze, how to climb aerial fabrics, basic tricks, and more under the guidance of our kind and supportive instructors. No prior experience or fitness level required, just a willingness to try something new. We work on low-to-the-ground apparatus with mats underneath. Adults of all ages welcome. If you can sit in a chair and make a fist, you can take this class! Cost: $25. Ages 16+
Interested in this class? Email upspringstudio@gmail.com to inquire.

Trapeze – Sundays 2-3p – Beginners Welcome

Build strength and flexibility while having fun learning new skills (and perfecting old ones). We work on low-to-the-ground dance trapezes with mats underneath. This class is open to students of all levels, and there are no prerequisites. Ages 16+

Aerial Fabrics – Select Sundays 1-2pm

Work on fundamental fabrics skills and conditioning techniques in a supportive environment. This class is open-level, so students of all levels are welcome; however, students should have some prior aerial experience. Students should take another aerial class or private lessons concurrently to help build strength and comfort in the air. This class meets roughly once per month, September through May. Ages 16+

Intermediate Dance Trapeze – Select Sundays 1-2pm

Are you an experienced trapeze student who wants to learn more? Come try dance trapeze with us! We focus on flow, teaching dance trapeze skills and transitions with choreographic possibilities in mind. We work above the bar, teaching you how to use the ropes for support to create new shapes and unusual transitions so that your audience will never be sure what is coming next. Students who register for this class should be able to invert cleanly in the ropes without jumping. This class meets roughly once per month, September through May. Ages 16+

Aerial Dance – Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm – Beginners Welcome

Discover your own way of dancing in the air and on the ground. Learn a short sequence on dance trapeze or aerial hammock, then explore tools that help you make the sequence your own. This class is for both beginners and experienced students alike, since students work at their own pace. This class is cumulative, so students must sign up for the whole session. Going to miss a class? Don’t worry. Students who miss a class will be given an open hang pass as a make-up. Drop-ins are not permitted, and students must register for the entire session. Ages 16+

Private Lessons – Sundays 1pm and 2pm, Thursdays 6-7pm – Beginners Welcome – Ongoing

Private lessons are offered in one-hour blocks as solos (1 student), duets (2 students share), or trios (3 students share). Private workshops can also be arranged for groups of 4-6 students. Private lessons are taught by Alana Cole-Faber (dance trapeze, aerial choreography), EChO (trapeze, fabric, conditioning for aerial, flexibility, choreography), and Kirsty Little (aerial choreography). Not all instructors are available for all dates and times. Please email upspringstudio@gmail.com to inquire about your preferred topic and/or instructor. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up for private lessons. Age 16+

Open Hangs – Sundays 12-1pm, Thursdays 6-7pm – ongoing

Open hangs are extra practice times for current UpSpring students who have attended lessons at UpSpring at least 3 times per month for the past 6 months. One trapeze, fabric, or hammock will be provided; however, students may have to share equipment if two students wish to use the same equipment. (There is no guarantee that a specific type of fabric or trapeze will be available. Private and group lessons have first pick of equipment.) Students may use their own equipment provided that equipment has been inspected by UpSpring. Open hangs may be rescheduled but are not refundable. If the day/time you want is not available, contact upspringstudio@gmail.com for help. Ages 18+

UpSpring Aerial Lab – Thursdays 7-8:30pm

This is our student performance group. Admission is by director invitation in the fall only. Students who wish to join must be comfortable working in the air independently for several minutes at a time, must be comfortable choreographing their own pieces, and must have performed publicly with UpSpring Studio at least once in the past year. If you meet the requirements and wish to join in the coming fall, email upspringstudio@gmail.com to inquire about space. Ages 18+

BEGINNERS WELCOME! We welcome adults of all levels in most of our classes. Need help figuring out which class is best for you? Email upspringstudio@gmail.com.

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Holiday Closures

shutterstock_120146449-e1517512504714-1000x640We believe in balance, both on the trapeze and off. Taking time off to do other things is important! Please note that UpSpring Studio will be closed on the following dates so that our students and instructors can train in exotic locales, see their families, celebrate holidays, go camping, learn to play musical instruments, or whatever else brings joy to their lives:

  • December 24-January 10 – Winter Break
  • January 14-15 – MLK weekend
  • February 18-19 – President’s Day weekend
  • March 25-April 7 – Spring Break
  • May 27-28 – Memorial Day weekend

Celebrate Love, Central Asian Style!

Celebrate Uyghur & Central Asian Culture!

Saturday, February 17, 2018
JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
(Just 1o minutes from downtown DC)
5:30 pm  Bazaar Opens
6:00 pm  Silk Road Buffet (limited availability)
7:00 pm   Concert Begins
In a special concert scheduled for Saturday, February 17th, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival features unique Central Asian traditions. Shop in a bazaar, enjoy Uyghur food, music and dance, then attend a Bukharan wedding celebration.
 
TICKET OPTIONS:
$40 includes concert and Silk Road Buffet
(limited availability for buffet; order early)
$25 concert only advance ticket
$30 concert only at the door
 
SPECIAL CONCERT ONLY DISCOUNT!
$20 – Offer good only through February 12th
Use discount code: EARLYWEDDINGPRESENT

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Wedding in Bukhara presents timeless dances and rituals from the hidden world of the ich kari – the women’s quarters- that welcome a new bride into the family. Silk Road Dance Company – and guest artists Irfan Otkur and Lana –  recreate a 19th century, celebration with Uzbek, Tajik, Afghan, Persian, Uighur and Indian performances that reflect the ethnic diversity of Bukhara, an ancient oasis city on the Silk Road.
The evening also includes offerings from Bukharan Jewish traditions: dances of the Sozanda female entertainers as well as from the distinctive Mavrigirepertoire of Farsi-speaking Jewish refugees from Merv, Turkmenistan. Fabulous Central Asian costumes and tapestries, many of them antique, add to the ambiance of the concert.

Silk Road Buffet – The Menu is Here!

Saturday, February 17th at 7 PM, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival comes to Joe’s Movement Emporium featuring unique Central Asian traditions.

Those who reserve concert tickets early will have the option of registering for the pre-concert Silk Road Buffet prepared by Gairatjan Rozi, Director of Silk Road Uyghur Food Company.

There are a LIMITED number of buffet tickets left at $40 per individual.

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Check out the menu:

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“Serik Ash” – Urumchi style organic noodle salad

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Turkish Lentil Soup

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“Dolma” Turan style stuffed grape leaves

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“Samsa” Khotan style baked pastries filled with lamb, onions, and parsley

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“Polo” Kashgar style rice pilaf with lamb

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“Lagman” The famous Uyghur cuisine made with hand-made noodles, fresh vegetables, and meat. It is believed that the lagman noodles were introduced to West by the Venetian explorer Marco Polo after returning from his Silk Road travels.  They became known in the West as spaghetti.

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Sweets & Salsa Combines Desserts & Dance for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date Night

Whether single or coupled, Sweets & Salsa is a great alternative to the typical Valentine’s Day Date Night featuring delectable desserts, dance lessons and spicy music!

This Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th, spice up your date night from 7 – 10 pm with Sweets & Salsa – a delectable dance event! Hosted by Joe’s Salsa instructor Chivonnie Gius, attendees will learn the basics of Salsa, a hot Latin dance, and groove to the sweet sounds DJ Phynix. Tickets are $25 for couples, $15 for individuals and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About Sweets & Salsa

Ticket price includes dance lesson, light refreshments including drinks & desserts, and a night of open dancing to spicy Latin tunes chosen by DJ Phynix. This one-time event occurs in place of Joe’s usual Wednesday evening Salsa class. This is a great opportunity for dancers of all levels to spice up their date night in a safe, friendly and fun environment! No dance experience or partner required. Recommended to wear your feistiest salsa outfit and comfortable shoes.

About Chivonnie Guis

Chivonnie is a Movement Artist, Choreographer & Instructor who fell in love with movement before she could walk. Connecting with the joy of dance when she 1st tiptoed into Ballet class at the age of 3. Training, competing and performing a variety of genres: ballet, capoeira, jazz, Mexican Folk, modern, tap/clogging; the world of dance really opened up when a high-school Spanish teacher introduced her to Salsa and Afro-Caribbean movement. The Latin Rhythms became a vehicle for self-discovery and healing. A lifelong passion to understand therapeutic side-effects of music, movement and creative expression was born.

WHAT:              Sweets & Salsa

WHEN:             Wednesday, February 14th at 7 pm

WHERE:            Studio 2, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST:               Tickets are $25 for couples, $15 for individuals

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NEW EVENT: 1st Annual Drum Circle Presented by Domain Cymbals

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH | 12 NOON – 8 PM

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The Domain Cymbals Drum Circle is an event open to drummers of all ages.   This platform opens up the world of professional musicianship to those who aspire to go deeper into their musical journey. With Master Classes, hands on demonstrations, jam sessions, 1-on-1 sessions, financial literacy and health & wellness segments. We look to inspire musicians to do and be more in regard to the arts, personal health and financial education.  Read the Booklet

 

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Domain Cymbals was established in 2013 owned and operated by Domaine Industries, LLC with the mission to create great quality cymbals for the working drummer. We set our focus on ensuring that our brand is supreme in craftsmanship, durability, playability, and affordability. We offer a full line of professional grade cymbals for drummers of all facets. Our family oriented customer service style is the foundation of our company which enables us to build success one customer at a time.

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H-Traditional Level – $250

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Saturn Level – $500

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Free Admission for 1 Guest to the Event

X-Class Level – $1000

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Free Admission for 2 Guest to the Event

R-Class Level – $1500

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MELT away Winter Aches and Pains

It’s that time of year when the cold seeps into your bones and your muscle and joints scream out for a warm fireside and a cup of tea.

Treat your body to the relaxation and pain management session it needs this weekend at Joe’s Movement Emporium with Amy Liss’ MELT Method workshop for neck and lower back pain.

The MELT Method® is a simple self-treatment technique that eliminates chronic pain, improves flexibility, posture, and decreases the accumulated stress caused by the repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. This technique will make your body feel better and keep you active and pain-free for a lifetime.

The workshops are $30/person to drop in and each workshop has a cap of only 15 people so it is recommended to register in advance. All equipment will be provided (soft roller and small balls) and will be available for purchase from the instructor. Kits and DVDs are available for sale at the workshops.

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MELT Workshop for Neck and Low Back Pain

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Want to learn some key techniques to reduce neck pain and low backache?

This Mini Map Workshop will show you two 10-minute maps that target these common body aches & dysfunction. Regular MELTing can help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living.

Experience immediate results as instructor Amy Liss guides you through Hands-off Bodywork using a Mini Map, MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls, and specialized rollers. Learn how to self-treat on your own at home in just minutes a day to create lasting changes.

No previous experience is necessary. MELT kits and rollers are available for sale at the workshop. Participants receive a MELT Map printout for at home treatment.

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Can’t make the workshop this weekend? There’s one more opportunity to MELT your pain away Sunday, December 17, 2017. Click here for details. 

Alexandra Kelly Colburn cordially invites you to the premiere of…

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Presented as part of the NextLOOK Series*
November 17, 2017
7:30pm
Mt. Rainier, MD
 
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termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women have to play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.
 
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Tickets to this event are Pay-What-You-Wish but they go fast! 
There will be a pre-show engagement installation and a feedback session after the performance.

Audience Confronts Grief in New Theatrical Work

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the second performance of the 2017-18 NextLOOK season featuring a one-woman show exploring grief, female roles and choices in a Donald Trump America.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn enters residency at Joe’s Movements Emporium from November 13th – 17th for a 5-day residency culminating in a performance of her work-in-process “termiNATION.” Colburn will be creating a platform on her website to allow the public to anonymously interact with her character’s grieving process in a post-9/11 world. Audience can visit www.kellycolburn.com to explore more. The final in-process performance will take place in Joe’s blackbox theater on Friday, November 17th at 7 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person, and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About “termiNATION”

termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women must play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years’ worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.

About the NextLOOK Series

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These 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. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      termiNATION

WHEN:                      Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 pm 

WHERE:                    The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST:                        Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation $15 per person online and/or at door.

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