Join Joe’s in celebrating the graduation of 30 young people from CreativeWorks – a workforce development program with emphasis in arts-based training
Joe’s Movement Emporium honors graduating participants of CreativeWorks this Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will feature Joe’s CreativeWorks staff, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, and two special guests: Keynote Address Speaker Victor Kwansa and Guest Performer Patrick Washington. The graduation is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the event. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. More information can be found online at www.joesmovement.org.
CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. In addition to technical skills in the entertainment industry—such as theater tech, lighting, sound, digital media, photography and videography—CreativeWorks focuses on life and career development.
About Victor A. Kwansa
Victor A. Kwansa, Esq. is an attorney, education advocate, poet, and essayist from Prince George’s County. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. He has spoken and/or performed at universities, K-12 schools, community centers, and even once while visiting a former slave camp in Ghana, his parents’ home country. Victor’s website (www.victorkwansa.com) features his poetry and commentary.
About Patrick Washington
Patrick is one of the area’s premier performance poets. As part of the dynamic hip-hop poetry ensemble POEM-CEES, he’s been a regular performer on HBO and on the NFL Network. In 2009 he was asked by Tavis Smiley to serve as narrator for his national African American Museum exhibit, “America I Am.” His biggest honor by far was being commissioned to create a poem dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, which he performed at the unveiling of the memorial on the national mall on October 16th 2011. Patrick recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it created the position of Youth Poet Laureate for the county.
WHAT: CreativeWorks Graduation
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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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!
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:
My 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.
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)
After the election, a group of community members began to meet, searching for ways to strengthen the community to weather any impact by the new administration.
Joe’s Movement Emporium was asked by this group to host an event on Inauguration night that would celebrate hope. Thus the Resilience Ball – A celebration of community strength and hope, was born.
The volunteer-driven event grew fast. It has become apparent to us as we watch the ticket sales rocket past our expectations that this is a community that needs, loves and supports each other.
We hope all of you, whether you’re a Mount Rainier resident or visitor, spend tomorrow, Inauguration Day, in our city. Here are some things to do (also check out Route 1 Fun for more creative ideas of how to spend your Friday, Saturday & Sunday this weekend!):
Morning Time – The Waterhole Community at 4004 34th Street
Skip the coffee maker and strap on your boots bright and early and walk yourself over to The Waterhole. The brisk walk will do you good and the strong Zeke’s coffee and/or fresh pressed juice will get your day started off right. We recommend trying the Irie Thunder, a delicious pineapple/ginger explosion that will kick start your brain better than an espresso. Die-hard coffee fans need not worry, the coffee here is deliciously rich. Sip it at the beautiful wooden bar while enjoying owner Lisa Harris’ music selection.
Snack Time – Glut Food Co-op at 4005 34th Street
The best grab & go selection of tasty munchies is at Glut Co-op. Stop through the oldest community co-op in town and pick up a bag of candied ginger, choose your favorite from a selection of pre-made, vegan salads and browse their wide selection of bulk spices and teas. No membership is required to stop and shop here! Plus we’ve found they have the best, most affordable collection of incense AND their cheese selection is out of this world.
Lunch Time – ZZ Pizza & Kabob at 4000 34th Street
A Joe’s staff favorite, this local eatery offers some of the best take out in town. ZZ’s Pizza is a classic order for a Friday staff lunch, and vegans and vegetarians will always find something delicious on their varied menu. Our recommendation? The Healthy Choice Kabob: a meat of your choice marinated in a delicious spicy sauce served with plentiful rice and veggies. Enough to share – but we don’t think you’ll want to!
Afternoon Dessert – Sweet & Natural at 4009 34th Street
You may have seen Sweet & Natural cakes in the Whole Foods grab and go section. Maybe you’ve even tried one and experienced just how delicious vegan desserts can be. Isn’t is time you saw what else they had to offer? Step into Sweet & Natural’s cozy cafe setting and pick from a wide variety of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Enjoy your treat with a glass of spicy ginger lemonade while sitting in picture perfect window seats and watching the foot traffic. Sweet & Natural’s Friday menu also features their popular vegan quesadillas, not to be missed!
Cocktail Hour – Nisey’s Boutique at 4007 34th Street
If you’ve never been to Nisey’s, you’ve never been shopping. This fun and funky boutique offers a shopping experience like no other. Ladies & gentlemen alike will find beautiful handcrafted, international clothing and jewelry items throughout the store. This Friday from 12 noon – on, Nisey is hosting a FREE cocktail hour featuring chocolate wine, specialty cocktails and some light nibbles. No purchase necessary to enjoy this fabulous community event, though we encourage you to go ahead and indulge – you won’t find items like Nisey’s anywhere else in the area!
Community Cocktails with Nisey begins at 12 noon. All are welcome to come in and participate, there will be no pressure to purchase anything. This event is fully funded by Nisey’s Boutique to create a safe community space.
Dinner & Dancing – Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road
Here’s what to bring:
- Potluck items! We won’t judge if you purchase them from ZZ’s Pizza, Glut Food Co-op or Sweet & Natural. Remember the food and beverages are provided by you, the community, so be generous!
- Dancing shoes! We’ve got some swinging great music planned for you and you’ll want to MOVE. Dress code is “come as you Art,” so wear whatever your heart desires. But seriously, we know you’ll want to dance so make sure those shoes are comfy!
- 6 pm
- Doors Open! If you have a ticket, don’t worry about printing it. Your name is on the list! Save trees and just bring yourself. Check in at the front door with Neena and Barbara and get ready to party.
- Coat Check area is provided but not necessarily staffed. Joe’s is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
- Kids Activities Begin! Activities will be facilitated by Little Friends for Peace and Club Joe’s staff. Water bottles, juice boxes and ZZ’s Pizza (cheese only) provided.
- Studio 1: Sign Making Workshop Begins! Huge thanks to Red Dirt Studio whose artists will be on hand to facilitate with any sign creation for any future marches you may or may not wish to attend. Red Dirt & Joe’s will provide sign making materials BUT feel free to bring your own!
- Studio 2: Potluck & Bar Open! Volunteers and Joe’s staff will help you display and label your dish. Remember potluck items include beverages as well! Joe’s has plates, cups, napkins and forks. All you need to do is bring your favorite dish to share! Coffee from The Waterhole will also be available in the lobby. Snacks purchased from Glut can be found throughout the lobby and in Studio 2.
- Doors Open! If you have a ticket, don’t worry about printing it. Your name is on the list! Save trees and just bring yourself. Check in at the front door with Neena and Barbara and get ready to party.
- 7 pm in Theater
- Welcome Announcement by MC Gabi
- Community Sing begins in Theater
- 7:30 pm in Studio 3
- Drum Circle with Soul in Motion African Drum & Dancers
- 8 pm in Theater
- Performance by Asheru and Ras D
- 8:20 pm in Theater
- Speakers: The Four Gateway Arts District Mayors
- 8:45 pm in Theater
- Performance by Wild Anacostias
- 9:45 pm in Theater
- DJ & Open Dancing
- 11 pm EVENT END
We look forward to having all of you in our facility tomorrow. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Neena@joesmovement.org.
Please note we expect the online tickets sales to SELL OUT but we will be selling limited numbers of tickets at the door. It is Joe’s desire that everyone who wishes to attend is able. However our priority is to ensure the safety of everyone in our facility.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is thrilled to welcome back Amy Liss for a 6-month workshop series featuring the incredible MELT Method®. The workshops are $30/person to drop in and each workshop has a cap of only 20 people so it is recommended to register in advance.
See below for workshop details and dates. All workshops require no previous experience and equipment will be provided for all attendees use during workshop. Kits and DVDs will be sold at the workshop.
About the MELT Method
The MELT Method® is a simple self-treatment technique that eliminates chronic pain, improves flexibility, posture, and decreases the accumulated stress caused by the repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. Learn how to reduce joint pain and muscle tension with self-treatment techniques that rehydrate your connective tissue and rebalance your nervous system in this unique group workshop. This technique will make your body feel better and keep you active and pain-free for a lifetime. All equipment will be provided (soft roller and small balls) and will be available for purchase from the instructor.
Meet Instructor Amy Liss
List of Workshops
MELT Hand and Foot Workshop – Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
Join me for an introduction to the MELT Hand & Foot Treatment. Learn this simple self-treatment that helps to erase pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and low back. This self-treatment can make your whole body feel better and provide relief from neck and low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. You will learn simple ways to regain whole-body balance through MELT hand and foot self-treatments that rehydrate the connective tissue in your hands and feet, to make your whole body feel better. Come see how four little balls can change your life! No previous experience is necessary. MELT balls will be provided during the workshop. Kits and DVDs will be sold at the workshop.
Introduction to the MELT Method -Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
The MELT Method is a simple self-treatment technique that eliminates chronic pain, improves flexibility, posture, and decreases the accumulated stress caused by the repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. Tap into your connective tissue system to enhance body awareness and release tension for vibrant health and pain-free movement. The first time you MELT, you’ll feel a difference! No previous experience is necessary. All equipment will be provided (soft roller and small balls) and will be available for purchase.
MELT Workshop for Neck and Low Back Pain – Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
Want to learn some key techniques to reduce neck pain and low backache? This Mini Map Workshop will show you 2 10-minute maps that target these common body aches & dysfunction. Regular MELTing can help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Experience immediate results as they guide you through Hands-off Bodywork™ using a Mini Map, MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls, and specialized rollers. Learn how to self-treat on your own at home in just minutes a day to create lasting changes. No previous experience is necessary. MELT kits and rollers are available for sale at the workshop. Participants receive a MELT Map printout for at home treatment.
MELT Workshop for Dancers and Non-dancers – Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
A dancer’s career requires keeping their body in optimal condition. This MELT Workshop will teach you how to perform quick self-treatments that improve whole-body balance and performance. Regular MELTing can help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of a demanding dance practice and performance. Become your own Hands-off Bodyworker using MELT Treatment Balls and specialized soft body rollers. Learn how to self-treat on your own at home in just minutes a day. The workshop is open to dancers and non-dancers alike. No previous experience is necessary. MELT kits and rollers are available for sale at the workshop. Participants receive a MELT Map Printout for at home treatment.
MELT Workshop for Yogis and Non-yogis – Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
Although Yoga can improve flexibility and muscular strength, it can also cause injuries. Many of the postures used in yoga practice are difficult, if not impossible to execute without compensation. Not just devoted students, many teachers find themselves injured during practice… maybe even you. How do you reduce the risk of yoga injury and recover more quickly if you find yourself injured from your practice? MELT is a simple, easy self-treatment technique that directly affects the part of your body commonly stressed during yoga practice – your connective tissue. Better than modifying postures as we age, we can learn how to truly return our body to its ideal state. MELT is a perfect complement and pro-active solution to your yoga practice whether you are just beginning or were born a yogi. Workshop is open to yogis and non-yogis alike. No previous experience is necessary. MELT kits and rollers are available for sale at the workshop. Participants receive a MELT Map printout for at home treatment.
The Wounded Weekend Warrior — MELT Workshop for Athletes and Non-athletes – Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 pm
During an average year, 85% of elite and recreational athletes are injured and 80% of all orthopedic injuries are sports or exercise induced. Too many people experience chronic pain and injury while doing something positive for their health. In this workshop, we will reveal a solution to achieve peak performance without painful side effects of training. Learn to self-treat the missing link just beneath your skin that remains untapped by exercise, yoga, stretching, or myofascial release techniques and gain immediate improvement in range of motion and alignment along with long-term benefits like improved performance and joint resilience. Workshop is open to athletes and non-athletes alike. No previous experience is necessary. MELT kits and rollers are available for sale at the workshop. Participants receive a MELT Map printout for at home treatment.
Wellons launches her Well Water Tour in Mount Rainier, MD with a theatrical take on her latest album “Pretty”
Singer, songwriter, performer Tamara Wellons launches The Well Water Tour at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount, Rainier, MD with performances Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm. The theatrical interpretation of her most recent album, “Pretty”, is directed by Risikat Okedeyi. The performances follow a week-long residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children, available to purchase online at www.joesmovement.org or at the door at Joe’s location 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.
Wellons met with Joe’s Movement Emporium staff this week to discuss her upcoming show which has been in development in weekly rehearsals in the direct-mail turned performing arts center facility (click to check out rehearsal video). The performance concept continues to evolve with the most recent inclusion of two deaf dancers who take turns interpreting and performing the work, six musicians and minimalist set-pieces. The performance will feature a mix of live and recorded instrumentals with theatrical moments. The 75 minute performance will be broken into two parts with a brief intermission during which guests can purchase refreshments and shop vendors chosen by Wellons.
In a July article on The Body Is Not An Apology, a “Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment” website founded by Sonya Renee Taylor, Wellons gives audiences a glimpse into the personal hurdles that inspired “Pretty.” She writes, “the music project came as an exploration of my beliefs. […] I wanted to examine and reclaim the word.” She encourages readers to “explore, examine and experiment” with what the word “pretty” means to them as a part of their journey to “restore a personal freedom.” The article can be read in full on thebodyisnotanapology.com.
The trailer for the “Pretty” music project can be viewed on Wellons Youtube channel showing clips of her returning to her hometown, a deep source of her desire to unpack the word “pretty.” This album is her third. Her debut full-length, “Life Is” (2008), was released by OCHA Records.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819. Please contact Neena@joesmovement.org with any questions or for photo requests.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.
Join Joe’s Movement Emporium & Smooth & EZ Hand Dance for Dance for the Floor: A Joe’s Movement Emporium Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm. The evening will feature three studios worth of Hand Dance, salsa and line dancing with a “floor-raising” program in the theater featuring Joe’s dancers of all ages. Dance for the Floor is part of Joe’s 2016 – 17 Capital Campaign. The goal of Dance for the Floor is to raise $60,000 to install a new hardwood dance floor in the theater. Tickets are $25 per person to dance and include dance lessons, open dancing and light fare; during event additional donations will be sought to help reach the goal. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.
Why a new floor?
Joe’s has an opportunity capitalize on its popularity and on the limited number of community facilities that can accommodate large dance parties and other performance-based events by renovating its black-box theater to enhance patron experience and safety.
Since its opening in 2007, Joe’s has strived to meet the demand of artists, patrons, nonprofits and community groups seeking a more affordable space alternative to hotels and government-owned public facilities. Although Joe’s has hosted hundreds of performances and events in its black-box theater, the capacity to host big dances, formal events and performances is limited due to the concrete floor. By adding a hardwood floor and upgrading lighting, sound and digital media in the black-box theater, Joe’s can be more responsive to the growing demand for affordable and flexible space to host a variety of events and performances. This will also allow Joe’s to generate more revenue to maintain operational stability.
Let’s Get Moving!
Come enjoy street jazz and hip hop classes that’ll have you feeling right! $10/class! You can pay cash, credit and even online! We also offer private lessons!
Joe’s Movement Emporium is a proud member of the Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA). So it’s with pleasure and pride we help them announce the MRBA Bake-Off this Mount Rainier Day, October 1st!
Weekend Bakers of the Gateway Arts District! Enter your best baked dessert in the
Mount Rainier Business Association’s Mount Rainier Day Bake-Off
Entries will be judged by a combination of Mount Rainier residents and members of local Mount Rainier businesses
Deadline to Register: September 23
Competition Date: October 1
Bake-off will take place on Rhode Island Avenue during Mount Rainier Day.
Judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at 2:30 pm.
Prizes include: Cash and Gift Certificates to Mount Rainier businesses.
If you are a Mount Rainier resident and are interested in being a judge for the contest please contact: email@example.com