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.

 

We need your Stories! 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

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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.

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

‘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.

 

Artists! Deepen your Creative Connection with your Audience

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Margot Greenlee of BodyWise Dance at Joe’s Movement Emporium during her NextLOOK presentation

What does true exchange and engagement between an artist and an audience look like, and how can artists incorporate audience feedback into their creative process in a robust way?

Join The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 pm to hear from the creative minds behind BodyWise Dance, Flying V and Afro House. Representatives from each artist group will explain how they bettered their work through the process of audience engagement. This free, informal workshop will be hosted in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Interested artists should register by email: engage-theclarice@umd.edu.

Choreographer Margot Greenlee from BodyWise Dance, founder of theater company Flying V, and composer Scott Patterson of Afro House all have one thing in common: The NextLOOK series. These regionally-based performing artists have experimented with multiple forms of audience engagements to inform development of new work during their NextLOOK residencies at Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice.

Performing artists from all disciplines are invited to join us in digging into this subject to help artists prepare proposals for a NextLOOK residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium in the 2017-18 season. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear in-depth about each artist’s engagement tactic and well as hear from representatives of Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice as to what makes for an exceptional NextLOOK proposal. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the artists and organizations.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are looking to incorporate audience feedback into their creative process.

Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.

 

Why work out with a group  when you can do it alone?

14955819_971190553026226_4650527353752907297_nThree words: motivation, accountability and camaraderie

Dance, yoga, martial arts and other forms of movement are enjoyable and effective tools for wellness. They have the benfit of being done to a podcast or youtube video in the comfort of your living room – so why sign up for a class?

The most effective way to develop long-term fitness habits and protect yourself from injury is to commit to a structured class where expert demonstrations of technique and the dynamic environment provided by moving with a group provides the structure and connection that contributes to the creation of a life-long movement habit.

When you sign up for a class, you’re motivated to push yourself and complete the class with the group. When you’re alone in your living room, it may be tempting to cut that workout short. When you move regularly with a group, you have an instructor who notices when you miss a class. The accountability keeps you on track to reach your goals. Lastly the camaraderie of the group and the power of human interaction keeps you moving even when you’ve had a long day and don’t feel like making that evening class.

At Joe’s, we provide extraordinary, daily movement opportunities under our emporium structure. We have everything from yoga to belly dance to dancehall.

The power of the group carries on forward to meet goals ….dancing is more than fitness, it’s culture and connection.

Join us at Joe’s in the New Year to support your wellness goals. Click now to check out our 2017 Adult Classes.

Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair Returns to Joe’s for their 22nd Year

Over 30 vendors from the Gateway Arts District to participate

The annual Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for its 22nd year in operation. Completely volunteer-run, the Craft Fair has continued to grow from its humble beginnings in 1994 in the living room of a local Mount Rainier crafter to fill Joe’s Movement Emporium’s entire black box theater and lobby. It is free to shop the Craft Fair, each vendor will take payment in the form of cash, credit card or check. Food and drink is available for sale in Joe’s lower level. A kid’s craft area is free for all children to participate in while parents shop. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. In addition to the parking lot at Joe’s, free overflow parking within walking distance of the fair will be available at the Mount Rainier municipal parking lot (Perry & 35th Streets) across from City Hall and at Mount Rainier Elementary School (32nd Street between Bunker and Shepherd). Metered parking is available on 34th Street.

A popular annual event in Mount Rainier, the Craft Fair is more than a shopping experience, it provides a fun and festive gathering place for neighbors new and old. Drawing crowds from around the region, many folks kick off their holiday shopping by staying local and buying handmade items for friends and family. This year’s fair will feature a variety of artisan items including textiles, beauty products, jewelry and more.

The Craft Fair Café will be run by Timmy’s Pieces of Peace providing several delicious dessert items that can either be purchased piecemeal or in bulk for upcoming holiday celebrations.  Photos from Craft Fair vendors can be found by checking out the Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MtRainierCraftFair/.

About the Mount Rainier Craft Fair

The Mt. Rainier Craft Fair has become an annual event in the city of Mount Rainier, Maryland, where local crafters know not to put anything on their calendars for the first Saturday in December when residents of Mount Rainier and neighboring communities come out to support a wide variety of vendors and their talents.

Three Great Dance Instructors “Floor-raise” for Joe’s

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Digital rendering of Joe’s new hardwood floor. Original photograph by Marketa Ebert.

Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Institute’s Lawrence Bradford, line dance instructor Sharon Lynn Holmes and Salsa instructor Jessica Quiroz join together under Joe’s roof to teach social dance in the name of “floor-raising.” The evening will feature three studios worth of dance lessons followed by a short program in Joe’s blackbox theater, the future location of a brand new hardwood dance floor. Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds go towards Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Campaign which includes a $60,000 fundraising goal to purchase a new floor for Joe’s Meyer Performance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org and at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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Lawrence Bradford & BJ Jones

 

“Joe’s is our home,” says Bradford of Smooth & EZ Hand Dance’s relationship with the Mount Rainier based performing arts center. Smooth & EZ Hand Dance has been coming to Joe’s weekly for classes, rehearsals and workshops for the past five years. As the group grows in popularity and looks to expand it’s classes & social dance events within Joe’s walls, there is one major obstacle, the theater floor.

“Dancing on concrete is not good for legs and knees, especially in movers over the age of 35,” Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder & Executive Director Brooke Kidd says. “When we planned this building 12 years ago, we had the goal of converting the entire theater floor into a wooden dance floor.” Nearly a decade later this vision is attainable. “If we had a wooden floor,” Bradford tells Joe’s, gesturing towards the theater’s red doors, “we could do so many things. Workshops, dances, galas … we would be able to have all our events here.” Smooth & EZ Hand Dance currently looks to outside organizations to host their major social weekend social dance events due to Joe’s theater’s problematic floor.

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Joe’s Salsa Instructor Jessica Quiroz dances with husband Casi York. Photo by Marketa Ebert.

Bradford isn’t alone in benefitting from a new dance floor. Joe’s current concrete floor, while a creative inspiration to some artist groups who have made use of the stripped down, industrial feel of the space, is less safe than the wooden alternative for youth groups and artistic groups that use Joe’s modular stage covered in marley, a tripping hazard. “We want to protect our artists and guests” Kidd states. “We’re looking forward to hosting big community social dances for hand dance, salsa, swing dance and more on a safer floor”, plus, “we’ve had many requests for percussive dance groups like flamenco and tap” who would be better accommodated with wooden dance floor.

Since Joe’s opened in it’s current location, the facility has developed a reputation as an affordable and accessible home for many artistic groups looking to grow their creative enterprises within the Emporium. Groups include Taratibu Youth Association, UpSpring Aerial Studio, Silk Road Dance Company, Soul in Motion African Drum & Dance, Raediant Movement, Sacred Hips in Motion, DEVIATED THEATRE, NCrease Fitness, Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Kendra Marie Moves.

Dance for the Floor is a integral part of Joe’s 2016-17 Capital Improvements Campaign, The HOME Improvement Campaign. This $300,000 capital campaign looks to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to improve the overall safety and experience for everyone who calls Joe’s “home” including adding a hardwood floor to Joe’s theater. About $60,000 of the $300,000 is dedicated to the installation of the hardwood dance floor. Other capital campaign improvements include updating the theaters lighting, sound and digital media capabilities, refinishing the wooden floors in the studios, upgrading the bathrooms and cementing the adjacent parking lot.

Dance for the Floor tickets are $25 per person and include light fare as well as access to dance lessons and open dance time. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org/dance_for_the_floor or at the door at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Additional questions can be directed towards to Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819 or neena@joesmovement.org.

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Event Announcement: Dance for the Floor

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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?

12494689_10153500673993443_7440757102890829285_nJoe’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.

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Ready, Set, Bake!

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!

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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: mountrainierba@gmail.com

Download Flyer PDF Here

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