Whiting Award Winning Playwright James Ijames comes to Mt. Rainier, MD

 

Ally Theater Company welcomes the Philadelphia based playwright to participate in a talk-back following their staging of the D.C. premier of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

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Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

 

This Sunday, April 30th at 3 pm Philadelphia based playwright James Ijames will see how Ally Theatre Company brings his play The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater. Ally and Joe’s are thrilled to host the 2017 Whiting Award Winner for the D.C. premier of the show. James will participate in a post-show talkback with the cast after the 3 pm Matinee.  Tickets still available at Joe’s Movement Emporium for $25. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online by clicking here.

A “fantastical-historical play” in a “sensationally cheeky production”.

-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theatre Arts

About The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

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Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

The recently-widowed “Mother of America” lies helpless in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and cared for by the very slaves that are free the moment she dies. The fever dream of terrifying theatricality that follows investigates everything from Martha Washington’s family to her historical legacy. Show is recommended for ages 16+ for implied sexual assault and violence and some strong language.

The show runs April 22nd through May 20th* on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. *There are no performances May 4, 5, 6, or 7th. Tickets are $25. Students, seniors or military with ID qualify for a $15 ticket.

About James Ijames

Whiting Foundation Award winner James Ijames

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​Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre and Interact Theatre Company. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright’s Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre, Interact Theatre and Victory Garden. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels in America and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

About Ally Theater Company 

logo-print-large_1.jpgAlly Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. We aim to join the vital conversations — sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists who paved the way before us — conversations that continue each and every day — by:

-Placing underrepresented populations at the front and center of our narratives and our organization;
-Forming alliances with individuals and organizations who share a similar mission;
-Producing new theatrical works making their world, national, or local premieres; and
-Tackling existing theatrical works that forward the conversation.

​In doing so, we hope to play a small part in creating the space and opportunity needed to form new traditions and conversations, while steadily inching toward the eradication of systemic violence, prejudice, and racism in our society.

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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 Mt. 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.

Fulbright Fellow Meghan Abadoo explores Gatekeepers May 5th in Mt. Rainier, MD

NextLOOK Artist, Meghan Abadoo, explores what it takes to be a social gatekeeper

On Friday May 5th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium, in partnership with The Clarice, presents Meghan Abadoo’s newest work, “Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change”, as a part of the NextLOOK series. Abadoo plans for an immersive dance-theater experience for audiences within Joe’s walls that explore what it means to be a gatekeeper within various social systems. This will be Abadoo’s first state-side work after her return from an eight month long research period at Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa in Ghana. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Pay-what-you-wish tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Recommend cost is $15 per person.

PURCHASENOW

As a part of her creative residency,  Abadoo is offering an open invite to intermediate and advanced dancers and movers for a 3-part series of dance classes running from May 2-4, from 10:00 – 11:15 am. Abadoo (with help from special guest choreographers from the DC region) will lead technique and improvisational movement practices rooted in Contemporary, West African, and Funk styles. This is a free drop-in series open to ages 18+. More info, click here.

About “Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change”

MK Abadoo’s NextLOOK creative residency for Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change, gathers DMV-based womyn dance artists of the African Diaspora to explore the roles of artists in communities as everyday gatekeepers. Throughout the residency Abadoo will be joined by local dance artists, choreographers, educators, and scholars including: Holly Bass, Bimbola Akinbola, Tricia Homer, Michele’ Prince, Nicole Sneed, Asia Wyatt, Jessica Denson, Ama Law, Sadiqua Crutcher, and more!

Community Moving Dialogue @ The Waterhole, May 2 at 5:30PM

FREE Intermediate/advanced dance classes, May 2-4, 10:00 – 11:15AM

Meghan (with help from special guest choreographers from the DMV) will lead technique and improvisational movement practices rooted in Contemporary, West African, and Funk styles. Come join us as we suspend and release into the floor, spiral the pelvis, and syncopate the spine to funky rhythms! 

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Work-in-progress showing of Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change, May 5 at

About Meghan Abadoo

DSC_4104Meghan K. Abadoo’s creative work exist at the crux of dance theater, racial justice organizing, and critical education studies. Combining Contemporary, West African and Funk dance styles, her choreographies build platforms for shared dialogue in support of transformative social movements. In 2017 she will premiere a new work commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and begin touring her award winning piece, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana, and with the National Dance Company of Ghana.

Prior to this period she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Urban Bush Women, David Dorfman Dance and the Dance Exchange. As an educator, Ms. Abadoo is sought out for her keen ability to facilitate group learning as unique communities of shared wisdom, and embodied knowledge. She’s worked with students as a guest artist at the University of Maryland, Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia.

Abadoo is a 2017 40 Under 40 awardee by Prince George’s County (Maryland) Social Innovation Fund for her leadership and achievement in the arts. Beginning this summer, she will join the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as an inaugural Visiting Arts Fellow in the Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core at VCU’s Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation.

About the NextLOOK Series

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice in College Park, MD are partnered for their third season of NextLOOK. Established in 2014, this application-based program gives regionally-based performing artists the time, space and dollars to develop new work with the opportunity to deepen the audience’s interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.

More information can be found by clicking here.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Afta Shock DC brings Sensoria to Joe’s this June

Come, ignite your senses with this two-night, adult only event dedicated to the arts and human connection.

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Sensoria promises to be an experience you will not forget, including a visual arts gallery and dance performances featuring various styles of urban, cultural, and classical dance. Experience a total visual awakening with blended visual and performance art featuring a live painting by Luther from LW Arts, which an audience member will win!!

Presented by Afta Shock DC, Sensoria will highlight the works of several local artists …with a few surprises sprinkled along the way. Enhance your experience with a glass of wine, or treat yourself to our VIP Package.

Sensoria, an artists’ night time playground; to share, to play, to indulge.

PURCHASENOW

Standard Packages:
  • Single ticket w/wine: 30.00
  • Couples tickets/ w/ wine: 50.00

VIP Package: 85.00

  • Couples Tickets
  • Double wine
  • Preferred show seating
  • Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Live Painting Raffle Tickets

AftaShock-30-1DaRyus O’Neil has been a member of the DMV dance scene since 2006. After first being a member of the Univ. of MD team, Dynamic, he auditioned and was selected as a core member of Culture Shock, and from 2007-2012, he trained and performed in that role. In 2008, he was asked to be co-director of one of the company’s youth troupes, Future Shock; a role he enjoyed for 3 years. In 2011, he because Artistic Director of his own crew, Splittin’ Image, and it was in this role that DaRyus began to really explore his artistic voice. He ‘stopped’ dancing in 2013 when he returned for Doctoral Studies in Cancer Research at Georgetown University. However, that time would become just a break when DaRyus accepted the position as Artistic Director of Afta Shock in August of 2016.

DaRyus throughly enjoys dance and the experiences that dance has afforded him. Aside from performing over the globe, he attributes his personally success to the love and support that his dance family provides. His style is best characterized as Hip hop-plus. His choreography, crafted for expression often incorporates elements of classical and cultural dance styles in addition to hip hop. He believes in the execution of real hip hop as well as the successful marriage of multiple authentic forms of art.

The Circus is coming to Joes!

Take Laughter With You

A Benefit for Clowns Without Borders

Join Clowns Without Borders for an evening of circus performance at Joe’s Movement Emporium

Clowns Without Borders performs for displaced people all over the world. Come experience the joy of circus, and learn how we use laughter to transform communities in crisis. Watch a world-class performance of acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and clowns! Hear artists share their stories about performing in refugee camps and conflict zones worldwide.

One Night Only: April 15th, 2017 at 8 pm

Watch performances by Montana DeBor, Elizabeth Finn, Brendon Gawel, Dana Karash, Kaitlin Kaufman Mandy Keithan, Kolleen Kintz, Christian Kloc, Mike Paszkiewicz, Alex Reyes, and more!

Tickets: $20 per person. This event will be child-friendly, but not child focused.

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Inferno Pilates Light Up Joe’s Studios!

Tyecia Powell, “Ty”, brings Pilates back to Joe’s Movement Emporium this April. Join her Mondays & Thursdays in our beautiful studios for core strengthening movements for all ages, abilities and levels of experience. First week of classes free!

Sign up online using Mindbody to reserve your slot in Ty’s week of FREE pilates!

LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE ONLINE! SECURE YOUR FREE SLOT NOW!

Monday, April 3rd from 6:30 – 7:30 | Thursday, April 6th from 6 – 7 pm\

As a Joe’s class, all 10-class pass holders will be able to use their pass to participate in Powell’s class. Drop in rate remains $13 for adults and $10 for seniors. 

What makes this pilates class different from your other pilates classes?

Ty explains, “Inferno Pilates is a high intensity, low impact, interval-training, workout based on Pilates principles of breathing, centering, concentration, control, flow, and precision.” According to Ty, the traditional method is performed in a room that is humid and hot, we are relieved to inform our Joe’s friends and family Ty will be providing the same workout without the heat.

This full body workout is designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve overall health. It is performed on a yoga mat, with low impact, aimed to protect your joints and muscles from the pounding of other exercises. The interval aspect of this workout helps keeps your heart rate up and allows you to engage in a great cardio/full-body workout.

Ty tells us, “we play music, I encourage people to dance, smile, encourage others near them, and most importantly, to have fun and run their own race.”

Meet Ty below:

TyPhoto.jpegMy name is Tyecia Powell; I go by “Ty” and I am originally from Baltimore. Go Ravens! By trade, I am an educator; I have experience teaching grades K-12, as well as expertise in training and supporting teachers and staff in the educational sector. I was introduced to fitness through my love of basketball. I played college basketball throughout my undergraduate years and continued to hone my passion for developing people through fitness by coaching in various levels. I’ve coached softball, track & field, and basketball from the high school to semi-pro level. This past year, I’ve been exploring, learning, and beginning to understand the importance of developing not only your physical health, but your mental health. I now see fitness and health from a holistic perspective. This past year, I had the privilege of becoming a Pilates Instructor under Gabriella Walters Inferno Pilates LLC. Whether I am teaching, coaching, facilitating, or training, I believe in building the mind, body, and soul in order to promote holistic wellness.

LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE ONLINE! SECURE YOUR FREE SLOT NOW!

Schedule:
Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 starting April 3rd
Thursdays 6 – 7 pm starting  April 6th
(First week of classes FREE!)
$13 to drop in or use your Joe’s 10 class pass ($110)

MORE WAYS TO MOVE AT JOE’S? CLICK HERE.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Dancers Source Local Community to Re-Imagine Overlooked Spaces

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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On Friday, April 14th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with Maryland National Capital Park & Planning, Maryland State Arts Council, and The Clarice present Orange Grove Dance as a part of the NextLOOK series. 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. The evening begins at Joe’s 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 and ends up at Brentwood Arts Exchange at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722 after a choose-your-own-adventure tour of Joe’s one mile radius. Pay-what-you-wish tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Recommend cost is $15 per person.

About The 1 Mile Radius Project – Experience Space Differently

Orange Grove Dance artistic directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves state, “we are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. [During our residency] We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.” Krogol and Reeves will be in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium conducting interviews and developing the work during the week prior to their April 14th showing. Krogol and Reeves have already begun sourcing the community for stories, photos and memories of spaces in and around the communities of Mt. Rainier and Brentwood, MD. Their journey can be followed on twitter at @followtheorange.

Those interested in contributing to the project can through tweeting at or emailing the Orange Grove Dance. More information can be found by clicking here.

About Orange Grove Dance 

Krogol and Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and together are the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. Though both originally hail from Florida, the formative years of the company (since 2007) were spent in New York City. Currently, they reside in the DC area and are pursuing MFA’s in Dance at The University of Maryland.

More information can be found online at www.orangegrovedance.com.

About the NextLOOK Series

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice in College Park, MD are partnered for their third season of NextLOOK. Established in 2014, this application-based program gives regionally-based performing artists the time, space and dollars to develop new work with the opportunity to deepen the audience’s interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.

More information can be found by clicking here.

 

We need your Stories! 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

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E X P E R I E N C I N G    S P A C E   D I F F E R E N T L Y

ABOUT THE PROJECT

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s MovementEmporium. We are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE APRIL 14. 

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SEND IN CONTENT

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love ornotice. What makes home? How do you move through it? Before and after photos of spaces and people are also great. What was it like then and how is it now?

orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and filmcollaborations, we have set out to create art and dialogue which will memory map the collective and personal experiences of the neighborhood space. WE NEED YOU!

BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY CURATION! If you have a connection within the Joe’s/Mt. Rainier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts Exchange to schedule an interview, or share an idea ofhow you would like to be involved.

OUR QUESTIONS

  • What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

  • How do you get there?

  • Why is that place special to you?

  • TELL US: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

This performance is part of the NextLOOK series. For more information click here.

EVENT ANNOUCEMENT: Square Dance Workshop Weekend

9022480.jpgWe will be holding our intensive, new dancer weekend class, June 2-4. At the conclusion of the three days, new dancers will have been exposed to the basic and mainstream dance programs of modern western square dance calls.

  • We Dance to All Kinds of Music
  • No Previous Dance Experience Needed
  • No Dance Partner Needed
  • Single Dancers Warmly Welcomed
  • Social Activities Throughout the Year

DC Lambda Squares is an LBGT nonprofit inclusive square dance club that does not discriminate, on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation, all are welcome. The club is a member of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs® (IAGSDC), a Lesbian and Gay Organization.

Contact Info:

Pre-registration and payment is required:

FLYER: June 2017 New Dancer Class

Joe’s Honors Dr. Charlene Dukes, Prince George’s Community College

Dr. Dukes to Receive Joe’s Impact Award at Annual Gala Event

dukesJoe’s Movement Emporium is thrilled to recognize Dr. Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College, with the Mighty Joe Impact Award at United We Move: A Joe’s Gala Event on Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m. The Impact Award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on Joe’s efforts to achieve program goals and community transformation.

Dr. Dukes and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) have supported the participants in Joe’s Theater Tech Program (TTP) with exceptional enrollment support and the opportunity to earn a certificate in theater tech for the international stagehand union. Seventy-five percent of TTP participants going to college will attend PGCC. This partnership further supports more young Prince Georgians entering into exciting, well-paying creative industry jobs.

“Dr. Dukes and the PGCC staff have provided the red carpet treatment to our students to fulfill their education and career goals. We value this partnership and what it means for our students to move toward economic independence,” Brooke Kidd, Executive Director, Joe’s Movement Emporium.

“At Prince George’s’ Community College, we are thrilled to partner with Joe’s Movement Emporium, an outstanding organization fully committed to expanding opportunity and engaging in significant ways with the local community,” Dr. Dukes added.

PGCC and Joe’s Theater Tech Program

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has always supported Joe’s Theater Tech Program (TTP) students with achieving their college goals. In 2016, this partnership was formalized, which gives TTP students enrollment support and access to scholarships and grants to pay for tuition.

The Theater Tech Program prepares under-resourced youth, ages 17-21 from Prince George’s County, with the necessary skills to secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty.

Click here for more information about TTP

Click here to support the partnership with a gala sponsorship

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Romance on the Silk Road” event at Joe’s

An intimate evening of ancient and contemporary dances of Love and Desire from cultures of the Silk Road

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Sunday, February 12th at 7 pm, join Joe’s Movement Emporium in celebrating and fundraising for Silk Road Dance Company, a Joe’s residency artist company, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dances of desire from Persian, Tajik, Azeri, Uzbek, Uyghur, Georgian, and Arabic cultures set the tone for a romantic evening. Fly away on a magic carpet without ever leaving Maryland! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Guests will enjoy a delicious dessert bar and a live auction of Silk Road treasures.

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Silk Road Dance Company has been a part of Joe’s since the 2007 opening of the “new Joe’s” on Bunker Hill Road. Silk Road Founder & Artistic Director Laurel Gray remembered touring the abandoned direct mail facility Joe’s now calls home with Joe’s Founder & Executive Director Brooke Kidd. For nearly 10 years now, Silk Road has called Joe’s home with their weekly rehearsals, biennial festivals and treasure trove of costumes and props. Walking into the Silk Road closet or a Silk Road rehearsal is to be transported to another world. Experience a Silk Road performance is nothing short of magical.

Grab your sweet heart and experience the magic of the Silk Road within the walls of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org/show_tickets.

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About Silk Road Dance Company

Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray – World Dance professor at George Washington University – the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia,  the Caucasus. and beyond.  Silk Road Dance Company has given  performances internationally  in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, United Kingdom and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has graced prestigious national venues including two White House  performances and  11  Kennedy Center appearances. They have given presentations for 10 different embassies.

With the goal of promoting “Cultural Understanding through Beauty and Delight,” their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of ancient cultures, especially the Islamic World. Silk Road Dance Company offers programs which reflect the depth and breadth of field research and study conducted by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her life-time of creative work, including recognition from Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Culture.

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About Laurel Victoria Gray, Founder and Artistic Director of Silk Road Dance Company

10298781_10152166613903178_7989166849361055514_nInternationally recognized dance scholar, choreographer, and performer, Laurel Victoria Gray has devoted her life to mastering dances from Silk Road cultures and beyond. She combines her degrees in  history with decades of field research and teaches dance at George Washington University and George Mason ..University. Her scholarly articles have appeared in many publications including the Oxford University Press International Encyclopedia of Dance, the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theater, the  Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Culture, Facts on File, Dance Magazine, and Azerbaijan International as well as foreign dance  journals.

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