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.

1 MILE RADIUS (No Logo)

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

1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

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

Orange Grove Dance needs YOUR stories

1 MILE RADIUS (No Logo)Orange Grove Dance returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with their newest project, 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT-Experiencing Space Differently which will culminate with a performance piece on Friday, April 14th that will begin at 7 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainier, MD move through the neighborhood, and end at Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD.

 ABOUT THE PROJECT

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

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love or notice. 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?

EMAIL: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and film collaborations, 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. Ranier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts to schedule an interview, or share an idea of how 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?

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This project is made possible by:
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
The Clarice
Joe’s Movement Emporium

Aerial Yoga for the Average “Joe” at Joe’s

IMG_4206Find yourself sighing over perfectly instagrammed yoga goddesses folded into a flower wearing nothing by Lycra? SIGH NO MORE. You and your beautiful body can benefit from and experience the magic of aerial yoga right here in Mount Rainier, MD.

Join UpSpring Studio’s Kirsty Little Mondays at Joe’s Movement Emporium for an aerial yoga class that is accessible and enjoyable for bodies of all ages and abilities. Little describes her class as a”a combination of aerial fabrics, yoga poses, with a healthy does of humor.”

WHAT: Aerial Yoga

WHEN: Mondays at 12 noon (hour long class)

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD

HOW MUCH: $35 to drop in. Register online at: upspringstudio.com/classes

Leave your fears on the ground and work with Kirsty and fellow classmates in comfort and safety on low-hung hammocks. The material and force of gravity provide gentle aids to increase your flexibility, strength and balance. Whether you’re a beginner in yoga/aerial or experienced in both, you’re welcome! Little reminds us, “you can never get too strong or too stretchy!”

Instructor Kirsty Little brings to the class her years of aerial training and a humor based approach that gently challenges the class while promoting relaxation. You’ll walk away feeling inspired, longer, taller and stronger.

Don’t trust us? Here’s what students are saying about Aerial Yoga:

“Aerial Yoga with Kirsty is the best way to start the week: relaxed and strengthened!” – Charlotte
“Kirsty is a fun inspiring teacher” – Andy

Questions? Concerns? Uncertain? Little offers mini sessions for potential students to try out the experience before committing to a class. Simply email her to set up a mini-session at kirstylittle@gmail.com, we’re positive once you’ve tried it, you’ll be coming back for the class.

We need art supplies!

Hey there, Joe’s Family, Friends & Community!

We need art supplies! Can you help us out? Bring your donations to the front desk of Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 and keep the projects cranking!

Joe’s Supply Wish List

• Ball point pens
• Black Sharpies
• Colored Pencils (Crayola/Rose Art preferred)
• Jumbo Crayons (Crayola/Rose Art preferred)
• Tracing Paper
• Printer Paper
• Canvas Board
• Canvas Paper
• Easels
• Cloud Clay
• Paint (Acrylic) – Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, White, Pink, Black, Brown
• Water Color Paints
• Fabric Paint -Neon Colors
• Paint Brushes
• Paper Plates – large white sturdy plates for painting
• Xacto Knives
• Fabric – African and Latin American inspired; to be used for costumes
• Colorful Plastic or Cloth Table covers – to use as part of stage design
• Yarn
• Elastic String
• Thick Elastic for costumes
• Large Fabric Scissors (for instructor use)
• Tie Dye
• Glitter – Red, Purple, Blue, Gold, Green, Silver and Blue
• Gluesticks
• Wiggle Eyes
• Push pins
• Sponges (for use in painting set pieces/props)
• Bamboo Sticks
• Wood to build set/props (coconut tree, animals, etc.)

Spring into Aerial at Joe’s – Registration Open!

Spring Session – Registration Open!

Spring 2017 Classes

WE NOW OFFER ONLINE REGISTRATION! Register online for private lessons and group classes at upspringstudio.com/classes. Please be sure to read our important information for students prior to signing up.

Aerial Foundations – Sundays 2-3pm

This class, for students of all levels, covers fundamental aerial skills on a variety of apparatus. Instructors will work with students to break down basic aerial skills into critical components with the goal of improving technique. Topics may include climbing fabric, improving flexibility, perfecting trapeze mounts, training for inversions, and many other important skills.

Aerial Yoga – Mondays 12-1pm through May 22nd

This gentle class will help students build strength and flexibility. This class is for students of any age and ability and will be taught on low-hanging aerial hammocks. No prior experience is necessary. (Note: This class will be on hiatus June through August but will return in September 2017. Students are invited to try one of our other classes during the break!)

Aerial Dance – Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm – starts March 8th

In this class, students will learn a short, simple sequence on dance trapeze and/or aerial hammock. Students explore tools for expanding and deepening the sequence, then use those tools to modify their sequence and create original aerial work. This class is for all levels, and no prior aerial dance experience is necessary. Students continuing from a prior session of Aerial Dance will have the option to continue their previous work or start something new. (Please note that this class focuses on creative expression and is taught on low-to-the-ground apparatus. Those who are interested in learning more intense or advanced aerial technique should also register for Aerial Fundamentals or private lessons.) 

Dance Trapeze Mini-Session – Sundays 2-3pm – dates TBD

In this 3-week mini session, students will learn dance trapeze conditioning techniques and new tricks and transitions. This mini-session is open to all but is best for students who have taken at least one aerial class. Intermediate trapeze students looking to strengthen and expand dance trapeze skills are also encouraged to sign up. Students will walk away from this mini-session with a dance trapeze sequence. This mini-session is offered as part of Aerial Foundations, so students who are already taking that class need not sign up separately. We anticipate offering the next mini-session in late April/early May. Stay tuned for dates!

Private Lessons – Sundays 12-2pm, Mondays 11am-12pm

Private lessons are offered in one-hour blocks on Sundays and Mondays. Apparatus includes fabrics, trapeze, aerial hammock, and lyra. Private lessons can also be arranged for groups of 3-6 students. Beginners welcome. Email upspringstudio@gmail.com to inquire about availability.
BEGINNERS WELCOME! We welcome adults of all abilities in most of our classes. Need help figuring out which class is best for you? Email upspringstudio@gmail.comCLASS PASSES AVAILABLE at a discounted rate for our aerial foundations and aerial yoga classes. Click here to purchase a class pass.

Fabric Workshops with Kate Winston

Join us in March and April for the next two installments of Kate Winston’s fabulous fabrics workshops! Kate’s workshops are valuable because she explores individual topics in depth to allow for greater understanding of variations and progressions. These workshops are for students who are comfortable climbing fabric and remaining in the air for a few minutes at a time. The March installment will focus on progressions to inversions. The topic for the April workshop is TBD. Click here to register. 

Poi Workshops with Charlotte Byram

Love the circus but prefer to keep your feet the ground? Try our upcoming poiworkshop with poi master Charlotte Byram. This workshop will begin by giving you a solid grounding in the world of poi, introducing students to skills such as momentum manipulation and not hitting oneself in the face. Additional tricks may include “weaving,” the “butterfly,” and the “corkscrew,” among others. Lessons are open to any adult with any level of physicality. All you need is a willingness to have fun! March 12th and 19th. Click here to register.
Upcoming Free Hang Dates:Wednesday, March 1st from 8:30-9:30pm
Sunday, April 9th from 1-2pm
Wednesday, May 24th from 7:30-8:30pm

Free open hangs are for students who need to make up missed lessons. Students will be given the opportunity to work on their own to review skills they have been taught by an UpSpring instructor. No instruction will be provided. Students are not to use this time to teach each other. Students should email upspringstudio@gmail.comto request an open hang pass. There are a limited number of passes available.

Holiday Closures

Please note that UpSpring Studio will be closed on the following dates in 2016-2017:April 16-22 – Spring Break
May 28-29 – Memorial Day Weekend
July 2-3 – July 4th Weekend
August 13-26 – Summer Break

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

‘It’s Our Time’ – Soul In Motion Players Inc. Take a Stand as a Cultural Organization of Excellence in Mount Rainier, MD

 

Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate 33 years this Black History Month with a power-house performance of African drum & dance

MOUNT RAINIER, MD February 2, 17—On Saturday, February 25th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium resident artist company Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate their 33rd anniversary with their annual Black History Month performance in Mount Rainier, MD. This year’s show, ‘It’s Our Time’ features the premiere of ‘Temple Memories’ choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre. Soul In Motion Inc.’s family-friendly show boasts high energy choreography and beloved heart pounding rhythms that salute the richness of the African Diaspora. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Ticket amounts are $25 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $10 for children 16 & under.

‘It’s Our Time’ will bring Soul In Motion Inc.’s unique mix of theater, African drumming and dance back to the Mount Rainier stage where they’ve performed for historically packed houses. The high-energy troupe creates an experience enjoyable for everyone. No one can remain immune to the incredible heart pounding beats of the Soul In Motion drums.

Soul In Motion’s Michael Friend has been a longtime advocate and partner of Joe’s Movement Emporium. On March 19, 2016 Joe’s honored Michael as a Mighty Joe with the Creative Visionary Award. Previously in 2014 he was the recipient of the Empower Magazine Player Award and in 2011, as director of Soul In Motion, Michael won the prestigious Montgomery County Executive’s Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

About Soul In Motion Players Inc. (SIMPINC)

Soul in Motion Inc. was founded and continues to grow under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Friend joined by Associate Director Pam Lassiter Rhone. SIMPINC dancers are Ronnie Bradley, Adjetey Klufio, Charla Lewis, Terryn Nelson, Jennifer Payen, Pam Rhone, Monique Walker, Megan Atkinson, Pam Lassiter, Nya Seaward, Trenise McCorkle, Mustapha Braimah, and Devon Wallace. SIMPINC drummers are saac Adjetey, Papa Aziz, Michael Friend, Michelle Hutton, Kimberly ‘Jahada’ Hinton, Malari Moore, Abdou Muhammad, and Mamadi Victory.

SIMPINC was founded in 1984 by Michael Friend and his sister Khandi who began to perform together as the Soul In Motion Players. Their debut performance was at Michael’s alma mater, Howard University during Black History Month. Original members included fellow Fine Arts Department graduates Cheryl Butler Poole, Greg Poole, Gisele Jackson, and Wanda Whiteside. Over the years SIMPINC has had the privilege of privilege of performing for acclaimed writings including the Last Poets, Maya Angelou, & James Baldwin.

More information about Soul In Motion Players Inc. can be found online at www.soulinmotionplayers.org.

 

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.

Purchase tickets now! Click here

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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