The CreativeWorks workforce-development program is coming to Harmony Hall this spring!

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CreativeWorks at Harmony Hall

The CreativeWorks workforce-development program is coming to Harmony Hall this spring!

IMG_5353This job training program for young adults age 18-24 was started at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier nine years ago to expand opportunities for creative industry jobs. Participants earn income as they learn skills in Theater Tech (lighting, sound, special event management), Digital Media (photography, photoshop, music production), and creative skills in storytelling, stage combat, and more.  Program support includes career readiness, college prep and job placement.

Eligible applicants must be residents of Prince George’s County who have not yet obtained full-time work or school.

Are you 18 – 24, a resident of Prince George’s County and ready to get a job and start your career?

CreativeWorks is the program for you!

Join us for an Open House to learn more:    

When: March 3, 2018 | 12 non – 3 pm
Where:  Harmony Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
How:  Drive or come by Metro (shuttle service provided from the Naylor Road Metro station if notified in advance).

Refreshments provided.

For more info on the Open House, call Sierra Curry at 301-699-1819 or text her at 301-787-7749.

You don’t have to be a high school or college graduate to participate.


Silk Road’s 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival “Wedding in Bukhara”

This year the festival recreates the intimacy of a wedding ceremony complete with options to experiences not just the sights and sounds but the tastes of the Silk Road.

sarigelinheartofasia2017daofenchensilkroaddancecompany_origScheduled for Saturday, February 17th at 7 PM, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival features unique Central Asian traditions. The festival will feature live performance, the Silk Road Bazaar by Zamani House of Heritage, a Silk Road Silent Auction of costume pieces from the coveted Silk Road closet, opportunities to dress up in traditional robes and headdresses, and the option of pre-concert Silk Road buffet prepared by master chef, Gairatjan Rozi, Director of Silk Road Uyghur Food Company. A limited number of buffet tickets are available for $40. Concert tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, who founded Silk Road Dance Company in 1995, developed the concert theme as an alternative to more contemporary trends in the presentation of Central Asian dance which often feature flashing lights and constantly moving back projections. She believes that while such presentations can be new and exciting, they leave little room for more ancient genres. Gray notes that “historic dances were often deeply philosophical and spiritual, but sometimes quite playful. They took place in a confined setting where nuanced gestures and facial expressions were central to performances.” Although dance constantly evolves, Gray believes it needs to stay connected to its origins: “A tree puts out new leaves every spring, but only if the roots are strong. This concert is our modest attempt to nourish the roots of Central Asian culture here in America.”

About Wedding in Bukhara

 “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 recreate a 19th century, women-only 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 Mavrigi repertoire 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.

WHAT: Silk Road Dance Company’s 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival “Wedding in Bukhara” 

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 7 pm 

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

 COST: Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at door. Limited number of buffet tickets available for $40.

This Holiday Season – Give the Gift of Movement!

Joe’s Movement Emporium Gift Cards are perfect for EVERYONE on your list!

With the new year comes new resolutions to move more, move better and move happier. You and your loved one can do all the above at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Now more than ever – the gift of movement is one that keeps on giving. The benefits of movement are endless for both adults and children. It’s proven that those who engage in creative expression with their bodies lives happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. When you give a gift of a Joe’s gift certificate, you give the gift of a better life.

A Joe’s gift certificate covers it all. Movement for all your friends and family.

What can I buy with an Joe’s Movement Emporium gift certificate?

The certificate works with all Joe’s movement opportunities. The gift certificate can be used towards any of the following programs we offer at Joe’s:

Artists can even use the gift card to pay for rehearsal space rental!

How does it work?

These gift certificates can be delivered by email – no matter where your mover is located, they’ll get the certificate in their inbox, ready to be used towards a Joe’s movement experience!

Where do I purchase an gift certificate?

Online! Click here and go to the ONLINE STORE


Youth Classes for Crawlers to Pre-Teens at Joe’s!

Youth Classes at Joe’s

Fall Semester: Monday, September 25th – Friday, December 22nd

Looking for Adult Classes? Click here!

Movement program for toddlers and young movers. Appropriate activity for crawlers to pre-school. Differing abilities welcomed.


Movement Playdate

Explore physical expression in an open dance studio with guided activities and exciting props to create a world of sensory exploration for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Our exemplary arts education staff provides a safe and fun environment for creative play for your toddler and you! Whether you’re in on the action or watching from the sidelines, the Movement Playdate will introduce children to the joys of a healthy and active lifestyle fueled by imagination.

Creative Movers

Active children will love to move in a class that integrates creative play, storytelling, dance basics, and music. The 60 minute class features activities to increase movement vocabulary, stamina and coordination along with listening, practicing patience, and responding to ideas with movement or rhythm.


Yoga for Babies & Toddlers

  • Instructor: Jessica LaGarde
  • When: Tuesdays September 26-November 14
  • Cost: $60/session

Toddler Yoga (crawling-24 months) @ 9:30am

Baby Yoga (6 weeks-nearly crawling) @ 10:30am

Please visit the website by clicking here

Writing on the Walls! Storytellers and Dreamcatchers: Capturing the story within

  • Instructor: Khali Northington
  • When: Saturdays September 23-November 11 from 10-11:30am
  • Ages: 9-12 year-olds
  • Cost: coming soon!

All children have a story bubbling at the edges of their souls. But what makes a good story? In this workshop, your child will experience the art of storytelling organically by excavating their thoughts and dreams and practicing a variety of creative writing techniques. In addition to daily writing activities, each child will be encouraged to complete a special piece—short story, poem or essay—for a published project. This session also includes a field trip.

Email for more information.

Looking for Adult Classes? Click here!

​Classes & Workshops subject to cancelation or substitute teachers.

Hurricane Harvey and the Arts

As Hurricane Harvey weakens, many people are still seeking food, shelter and medical help. We’ve been astounded by the beautiful stories of camaraderie and community forming to support those in need.  If you haven’t already given to one of the many organizations with on-the-ground support, NPR compiled a reliable list: Read more.

Joe’s believes arts organizations will be integral in restoring a sense of place in communities impacted in natural disasters. This is hard to do when your facility has suffered massive water damages or artist’s income is disrupted.  With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of articles and resources to encourage our community who keep us afloat to make a strategic donation for the creative community in Texas.  Your financial support ensures organizations like Joe’s and local artists continue to serve.  Please make a donation today.


Houston-Hurricane-Harvey-flood-photos-The-Wortham_163519-1An article that looks at damage in the beloved Houston Theater District: “In the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, many people find solace in art, but even our most beloved visual and performing arts institutions aren’t immune to the power that is still Harvey. Read more.

Comprensive resource list for Texan artists:

Recommended donation links:

f0ac9cb4cbfafb0bcd8e3783d39461c1This grassroots organization is providing support and series to those with disabilities. More information.

A beautiful Go Fund Me campaign that seeks to support the dance community affected by Hurricane Harvey. “As we all know, many in our dance family in Southeast Texas and the surrounding area have suffered from massive flooding after heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey….. Now, it is time to do our part.” More info

Provides emergency financial assistance and resources available to everyone who works in performing arts (actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights, tech crew, and many more).

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Off the Quill brings “Completely Hollywood” to Joe’s this September

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With just 30 days between idea and execution, Off the Quill brings you Completely Hollywood, a tribute to all things Cinema. The frenetic comedy from the team that brought you the award winning Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] has the actors tackling 186 films, plus a screen mashup of their own, in just 90 minutes.

Off the Quill

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.


Empowering Victims of Street Harassment through the Arts

Ally Theatre Company in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium presents Think Before You Holla, the second production of their inaugural season as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival

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MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 23, 17—Joe’s Movement Emporium’s resident artist company Ally Theater Company presents the second production of their inaugural season, Think Before You Holla, July 15-23 as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival. Created and directed by Ally Associate Director Taylor Reynolds, Think Before You Holla uses true stories via interviews and social media to examine the patriarchal roots of gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on women’s psyches. Tickets are $17 per individual and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.


About Think Before You Holla

“Although Think Before You Holla first came to life in June 2014, it’s really taken a fuller shape over the last nine months,” says Reynolds. “I’ve devised the piece with eight incredible women; it’s been difficult and taxing to dive into the wide variety of street harassment stories we’ve collected from friends, family, and a few strangers and intertwine them with the upsetting statistics of what street harassment can lead to, but the understanding that what we’re doing will have a strong foothold in the fight against street harassment helps us to push forward.”

“By examining the ‘why’ around a harasser’s behavior, we hope to to empower bystanders to become allies in this assault on women’s emotional well-being,” says Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, Ty Hallmark. “Sadly, as we’ve seen in the last month, street harassment can sometimes end violently, which is why this is a particularly important conversation to have right now.”

Via Broadway World.

About Ally Theater Company

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. 

WHAT:  Think Before You Holla – Ally Theater Performance as part of Capital Fringe Festival 

WHEN:  Showtimes are Saturday 7/15 at 8PM, Sunday 7/16 at 2PM and 5:30PM, Thursday 7/20 at 6:30PM and 9PM, Friday 7/21 at 6:30PM and 9PM, Saturday 7/22 at 2:30PM, 6:30PM, and 9PM and Sunday 7/23 at 2:30PM and 5PM. 

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


Joe’s Arts Education Tuition Fund – Why Donate?


50Joe’s has been a friend and partner to many an artist, organization and community member. We want to share in the wealth of the magic that happens here. But that magic only happens because of donors. Donors like you.

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Welcoming playwright James Ijames to the Joe’s!

Ally is thrilled to welcome playwright James Ijames to the show!


We hope you will join us this Sunday, April 30th, for our 3PM matinee performance followed by a talk back with James and the cast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for an intimate look inside the playwright’s process. No added cost, tickets available now.



The judges have spoken!

With a vision “to elevate, illuminate, and give rise to voices that have gone unheard, to peer inside and spend time in spaces unseen,” Ally Theatre is off to a stupendous start. Its inaugural staging of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington is theatrical discovery of the best kind—a terrific script not to be missed, a production with pizzazz, and a bold new troupe to watch out for.

– John Stoltenberg for DC Metro Theatre Arts

Photo of Nate Shelton as The Honorable William Dandridge by Teresa Castracane Photography

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Ally Theatre Company Kicks Off its First Season with the D.C. Premiere of James Ijames’ Fevered Look at American History

When the Mother of America stands trial, will anyone emerge innocent?


Ally Theatre Company—D.C.’s newest theatre company dedicated to art that’s designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America—kicks off its inaugural season with the regional premiere of James Ijames’ The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Christmas Eve, 1800. The Mother of America, Martha Washington, lays on her deathbed at Mount Vernon, surrounded by the slaves who will be freed upon her passing. In a fever dream of terrifying theatricality, Martha and the rest of America, yesterday and today, are put on trial for their crimes.


“I am thrilled to bring James Ijames’ brilliant play to DC after its 2014 world premiere in Philadelphia,” says Ty Hallmark, Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, who also will be directing the show. “There was never a question that Ally Theatre Company would mark its debut with Miz Washington, as it perfectly demonstrates our mission to highlight and elevate voices unheard and spaces unseen. Our first production is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long dialogue with the community, both in the Gateway Arts District and Washington, DC, at large.”

A bold, clever, and damning look at slavery, its perpetrators, and its legacy, Miz Washington holds a mirror up to America’s past and dares us to look away.


Ivana (Tai) Alexander*
Taunya Ferguson*
Tanya Chattman
Nate Shelton
Reginald Richard*
Jonathan Miot
With Jane Petkofsky* as Miz Martha Washington


Audrey Bodek, Set Design; Alison Samantha Johnson, Costume Design; Lolita Clayton Horne, Dramaturgy; Katherine Offutt, Props Design; Hope Villaneuva, Sound Design; E-hui Woo, Lighting Design; Angelisa Gillyard, Assistant Director/Choreographer and Charles Lasky, Stage ManagerDirected by Ty Hallmark*

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier MD 20712
(301) 699-1819
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