Welcoming playwright James Ijames to the Joe’s!

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

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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.

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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
301-699-1819

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.

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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.

A gentler way to move into wellness at Joe’s

Whether you’re a proud card-carrying AARP member, eyeing your “golden years” doubtfully, recovering from an injury, or simply looking for a gentler way to move into a wellness way of life, Joe’s has two gentle classes for you.

Gentle Yoga Wednesday mornings at 11:30 am with Brooke Kidd and Tai Chi Thursday evenings at 7 pm are wonderful ways to work movement into your weekly wellness routine.

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Gentle Yoga | Wednesdays at 11:30 am

The National Institute of Health (NIH) tells us, “studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.”

Whether you’re already over the hill or contemplating the climb up, working a fitness aspect into your regular weekly schedule can contribute towards maintaining your health and independence as you age.

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Tai Chi | Thursdays at 7 pm

NIH also tells, “when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they’ve aged. It’s usually because they’re not active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.”

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Shollenberger

No matter what generation you’re a part of, regular movement experiences can help mange stress and improve your mood. NIH continues, “regular, moderate physical activity can help manage stress and improve your mood. And, being active on a regular basis may help reduce feelings of depression.” While a movement class at Joe’s is no replacement for doctor-recommended mental health therapies and medication, participation in a weekly class provides important connection. Connection between you and your instructor, your fellow classmates, and your inner sense of self.

In 2014 Kathy Shollenberger, a regular yoga student here at Joe’s, shared her beautiful movement story with us. It’s so good, we had to share it again:

Over the course of the past year, Joe’s has become central to my well-being in such a profoundly satisfying way.  I had dabbled in yoga for years, but it always seemed a chore—something that I should do because it was good for me.  I never really got any better at it.  But now I relish the hour and a half I spend with Brooke on Monday evenings.  I get out of my day and into my body.  My confidence has grown and so has my strength.  Thanks to some individual instruction from Brooke, even my plank improved.  She suggested that taking Pilates would complement yoga and consolidate my gains, so I did—bright and early Wednesday mornings with Andrea, another wonderful teacher.  The result of these two weekly classes with instructors who provide expert guidance is a healthier and happier me.  Thanks, Joe’s.

Kathy still regularly attends Brooke’s yoga class on Monday evenings.

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Shollenberger

Joe’s offers a $80 senior 10-class pass, a $30 discount from our regularly priced 10-class pass. If you identify as a senior, you are eligible to purchase the pass.

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Questions? Concerns? Contact neena@joesmovement.org

NIH Source: https://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseforolderadults/healthbenefits/01.html

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.

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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.

New classes will get you bikini 👙 ready in no time at Joe’s!

TWO New Ways to Move at Joe’s!

Joe’s staff are putting their 10-class passes to work to get fit and feel fabulous for beach season!

WATCH HERE: Infero Pilates at Joe’s from Joe’s Movement Emporium on Vimeo.

Looking for new ways to move at Joe’s? We’ve got two BRAND NEW classes with INCREDIBLE instructors who are ready to take you from winter flubber to a summer beach bod!

A warm welcome to Ty Powell and Monica Brinn to the Joe’s family. Ty and Monica’s classes will be on the Joe’s 10-class pass system. This means if you already have a 10-class pass, it’ll be easy to try these new gut busting and butt shaping classes. If you don’t have a 10-class pass, we recommend you get one, immediately.

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MONDAYS AT 6:30 PM
THURSDAYS AT 6 PM

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.”

13710540_1134537309949903_7713403326232311115_oHatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates with Monica Brinn
TUESDAYS AT 6:30 PM

Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates fusion classes are suitable to all levels, and instruction will include variations to challenge more intermediate students and to develop more beginner students.

If you have never practiced yoga, please feel free to begin your journey here! If you have been practicing for years, please come to continue your journey, and to deepen your practice. Classes will include breath integration, deep stretching, balance and core work, sun salutations, a variety of postures and relaxation.

13728928_1133839886686312_1594808047913237939_nMonica has graciously offered her first two weeks of classes, April 18th and April 25th, for FREE! Register today!

Ty’s last week of classes were already offered for free, her classes are $13 to drop in, or use your 10-class pass. Have commitment issues and want to try her class free for the first time? Contact Neena@joesmovement.org for details.

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New Class: Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates

Monica Brinn brings a totally new way to move with her yoga-pilates fusion to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s studios. Join her Tuesdays in our beautiful studio for core strengthening movements for all ages, abilities and levels of experience. First two weeks of classes free!

Sign up online using Mindbody to reserve your slot in Monica’s first two weeks of FREE Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga & Pilates!

LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE ONLINE! SECURE YOUR FREE SLOT NOW!

Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 | Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30 – 7:30

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.

Why fuse yoga and pilates in one class?

After over 10 years of practicing both yoga and pilates, Brinn felt a Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates fusion classes a natural combination. The class is suitable for all levels, and instruction will include variations to challenge more intermediate students and to develop more beginner students.

Even if you have never practiced yoga, you can begin your journey here! Or if you have been practicing for years, continue your journey and to deepen your practice here.

Brinn has particular interest in back and knee health and her classes will always focus on alignment and safety. Classes will include breath integration, deep stretching, balance and core work, sun salutations, a variety of postures and relaxation.

This is an active class with the goal of improved strength, flexibility, focus and overall physical and mental health. (Note: This practice is not appropriate for women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy.)

Meet Monica below:

13728928_1133839886686312_1594808047913237939_nMonica Brinn is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher specializing in Hatha-Vinyasa style yoga. She has been practicing some form of yoga or Pilates for over 10 years. Because of years Pilates practice she incorporates core work into her yoga teaching; and because she has practiced and studied Iyengar yoga with an emphasis on back health, she is heavily focused on alignment. Monica received her most recent certification at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. She grew up mostly in Virgina, but lived up and down the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida. After five years in California, she headed overseas, and she has lived in three countries in the past 9 years. Now, she is thrilled to be settling for a while her in Mt Rainier and the DC area.

LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE ONLINE! SECURE YOUR FREE SLOT NOW!

Schedule:
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 starting April 18th
(First two weeks 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.

 

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.

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?

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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.

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“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.

FEATURING

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

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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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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.