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)



Harvest of the Empire Screening

Mount Rainier Elementary School and the Office of Diversity of Prince George’s County Public Schools are hosting a screening of Harvest of the Empire, an award-winning documentary on immigration. A brief talk and discussion following the film will be lead by director Eduardo López.

A trailer of the film and details:

There is no fee to attend, but donations are welcome.



Mr. Eduardo López is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, EVS Communications, and the Producer of Línea Directa, one of the nation’s longest-running Spanish-language television programs dedicated to Latino outreach and public service. Since 1990, the weekly series has provided thousands of immigrant families living in the Washington metropolitan area with information on their rights, as well as on important health, legal, education and social service issues.  The program is produced in the studios of NBC4, and is broadcast each Sunday morning by Telemundo Washington.

Mr. López is also the Co-Director of the award-winning documentary, Harvest of Empire.  Based on the landmark book by journalist Juan González of Democracy Now, the film examines the role that U.S. military actions and economic interests played in triggering unprecedented waves of migration from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.  Harvest of Empire opened to critical acclaim in New York and Los Angeles during the Fall of 2012, and in fifteen cities across the country through the Spring and Summer of 2013.  The documentary has won several national honors, including the prestigious Imagen Award as Best Documentary for Film or Television in 2013.  Mr. López is an immigrant from El Salvador, and has lived in the U.S. since 1967.

Structured creative play will be provided for children ages 2 – 10 at no additional cost by making a reservation. Concessions will also be for sale at the event.