UpSpring Studio Presents POP – June 4th


Sunday June 4th at 4pm
In the future, everyone will be famous.

In this aerial dance production, UpSpring Aerial Lab uses pop art as inspiration for new work in aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance trapeze, mini lyra, and poi. Featuring work inspired by Andy Warhol, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, May Wilson, Claes Oldenburg and more. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children and seniors at Children 2 and under free in an adult’s lap.

PURCHASENOWConcession sales at this event will benefit arts programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School. Proceeds from ticket sales help UpSpring to purchase new equipment and supplies to keep our students safe.



Finding Your Breath
with Kirsty Little
Sunday, May 21st from 12-2pm

What makes an aerialist unique? How can you take commonly used aerial skills and make them your own? In this workshop, Kirsty will show you how!

Discover the influence of breath on gesture, movement quality, and emotion. Students of all levels will learn to use breath to direct their focus and actions as they execute familiar tricks and movement patterns. Students will leave with new tools that will help them layer their movement with a quality that makes it original. This workshop is for students of any level, from beginner to advanced, who wish to enhance their awareness of breath in their movements. No prerequisites other than a willingness to explore something new. $70. Click here to register or email with questions.

Note: This workshop has a minimum enrollment of 3 students and a maximum of 8.

Kirsty has been a circus performer for 25 years. She has performed everywhere from the street carnivals of Italy to major corporate events, from Buckingham Palace to Tokyo. Kirsty recently won the Guinness World Record for greatest number of syncronized silks performers. She is interested in aerial movement that takes the audience beyond the WOW of tricks and transports them into a journey through the performer’s vocabulary. (Photo credit Levi Gerschowitz)



Event Announcement: Joe’s Brings Art Education to Gateway’s Open Studios Tour


Joe’s Movement Emporium will provide arts education opportunities for children enjoying the Gateway Open Studios Tour on Saturday, May 14th. Joe’s art education staff will provide movement and visual arts activities throughout the day. One of Joe’s resident artist companies, UpSpring Studio, will host a variety of aerial demonstrations and opportunities to try the aerial experience in the lobby. All activities are completely free and require no RSVP or reservation.

IMG_0433Accessible Aerial from 2 – 5 pm

Aerial demonstrations every hour on the hour showcase how high our dancers can fly. Aerial students will give mini talks and presentations about how they discovered the art form and even give away some behind the scenes tricks of the trade. Sign up for an opportunity to get on the trapeze bar. All ages & abilities welcome to participate!

RSVP here and get up to date information about event schedule.

Art Education Joe’s Style from 12 noon – 4 pm 

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12 noon: All ages join Joe’s resident Hula Hoop Star and Arts Education Director LaTanya Robinson for a hula hooping jam session that will prove no matter your ability, everybody can hoop.

2 pm: Joe’s own Salsa Queen Jessica Quiroz, our Art Education Assistant Director, teaches your child (8 and up) super-styling salsa dance skills.

IMG_0364Visual Arts in Art Room:

3 pm: Talented local artists and instructor Clara Majors will perform artistic miracles using recycled goods with children ages 8 and up.

RSVP by clicking here and get up to date information regarding event schedule.

All events will offer opportunities to learn more about Joe’s Art Education programs including Camp Joe’s and Club Joe’s as well as experience the magic of Joe’s resident artist companies.

Joe’s Movement Emporium promotes practice and preservation of world performance traditions with an emphasis on dance and movement. Through programs in art education, production and artist services, Joe’s increases community access to creative experiences and creates local economic opportunities. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District since 1995, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually and is home to 25 professional performance groups.

The Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy.

The 12th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour features artists and organizations in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, home to one of the DC metro area’s most innovative and creative artist community.

Please contact Neena Narayanan at or 301-699-1819 for more information.


Aerial Gets Accessible at Joe’s


Join UpSpring Studio artists/instructors Mara Neimanis, Kirsty Little, and Alana Cole-Faber for two exciting events at Joe’s Movement Emporium:


Sentimental Swing
April 11th 5-7pm

Remember what it was like to swing as a child? Come re-discover those childhood memories with a SWING workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium. With the guidance of professional aerialists, you can take a swing on a real trapeze and tell us what the word “swing” means to you. All ages and abilities are welcome, and no prior experience is required. This is a free, drop-in workshop, and there is no need to register.

April 15th, 7pm

SWING is a performance-in-progress combining aerial choreography with community voices to create fresh, honest aerial movement integrated with the audience’s own stories. The aim is to fly the community’s stories so the audience can actually see themselves reflected in flight. Pay what you wish. No tickets required.

These events are part of The Clarice’s NextLOOK series, produced in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium. More info on this series here.