EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Afta Shock DC brings Sensoria to Joe’s this June

Come, ignite your senses with this two-night, adult only event dedicated to the arts and human connection.


Sensoria promises to be an experience you will not forget, including a visual arts gallery and dance performances featuring various styles of urban, cultural, and classical dance. Experience a total visual awakening with blended visual and performance art featuring a live painting by Luther from LW Arts, which an audience member will win!!

Presented by Afta Shock DC, Sensoria will highlight the works of several local artists …with a few surprises sprinkled along the way. Enhance your experience with a glass of wine, or treat yourself to our VIP Package.

Sensoria, an artists’ night time playground; to share, to play, to indulge.


Standard Packages:
  • Single ticket w/wine: 30.00
  • Couples tickets/ w/ wine: 50.00

VIP Package: 85.00

  • Couples Tickets
  • Double wine
  • Preferred show seating
  • Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Live Painting Raffle Tickets

AftaShock-30-1DaRyus O’Neil has been a member of the DMV dance scene since 2006. After first being a member of the Univ. of MD team, Dynamic, he auditioned and was selected as a core member of Culture Shock, and from 2007-2012, he trained and performed in that role. In 2008, he was asked to be co-director of one of the company’s youth troupes, Future Shock; a role he enjoyed for 3 years. In 2011, he because Artistic Director of his own crew, Splittin’ Image, and it was in this role that DaRyus began to really explore his artistic voice. He ‘stopped’ dancing in 2013 when he returned for Doctoral Studies in Cancer Research at Georgetown University. However, that time would become just a break when DaRyus accepted the position as Artistic Director of Afta Shock in August of 2016.

DaRyus throughly enjoys dance and the experiences that dance has afforded him. Aside from performing over the globe, he attributes his personally success to the love and support that his dance family provides. His style is best characterized as Hip hop-plus. His choreography, crafted for expression often incorporates elements of classical and cultural dance styles in addition to hip hop. He believes in the execution of real hip hop as well as the successful marriage of multiple authentic forms of art.


Medicine by the Book explores relations between movement, imagination and the body’s capacity to heal

Beauty and humor guide the way for, Margot Greenlee’s Medicine by the Book;

Performance explores the relationship between movement, imagination and the body’s inherent capacity to heal

MOUNT RAINIER, MD – With beauty and humor, Margot Greenlee’s Medicine by the Book is a hybrid of performance and conversation that explores the relationship between movement, imagination and the body’s inherent capacity to heal.

Inspired by her experiences as a resident choreographer in healthcare settings across the greater DC region, Greenlee has created a work that combines the excitement of performance with the satisfaction of meaningful discussion and creative involvement.  A presentation of her work will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.  Part show and part conversation, the audience will be involved in every aspect of developing and commenting on the work.  At each performance there is a medical expert interviewed by Greenlee; on this date that guest will be Dr. Jane Clark, Dean of the UMD School of Public Health.

The subject matter of each performance is based on the expert in the room; however, the movement material does not change. Audience interaction is in response to the subject matter.   At the November 4th performance, the subject will be a book written about Tom’s River where there was a terrible hazardous waste accident that affected the health of a whole region.  The piece features a group of five actors who will weave together compelling scenes from book, portraying the daily frustrations and long-range aspirations of healthcare professionals.  Medicine by the Bookreveals the power of our creative minds to heal our ailing bodies.

Medicine by the Book is part of NextLOOK, a partnership between The Clarice Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and Joe’s designed to present a series designed for artists whose works are in the research and development phase of creation. Regionally-based artists are given time, space and dollars to develop new work, in addition to having opportunities to deepen audience interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.  Greenlee’s work was one of five selected from 50 applications to be part of NextLOOK, selected by a panel of community members and artists for the 2015-2016 season.

For more information, contact Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819 or neena@joesmovement.org.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/375756879302189/ (more info here)

Image attached: photo courtesy of www.bodywisedance.com

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ABOUT JOE’S:  Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences.  Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well-respected nonprofit organizations in the region.

Dream Island Explores Memory and History At Joe’s Movement Emporium

Dancer, Choreographer Naoko Meshiba in Residence June 1-7 to Create, Perform New Work   

Mount Rainier, MD – Performer, choreographer, director and dancer Naoko Meshiba will be in residence at Joe’s Movement Emporium June 1-7, 2015 to create a new work entitled Dream Island .  Performances of the work will take place on June 6 and 7 at 8pm on both nights in Joe’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.   Tickets are $25 for general admission.  Students/artists/groups can contact Joe’s for special pricing.   The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Meshiba describes Dream Island as a highly charged physical expression that is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip.  “Melding movement, text, music, and installation, she explains, “it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, amorphous, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bear witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories that are tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.”

“The project directly support our goals of establishing a more robust presenting presence and cultivating new audiences, providing dynamic engagement and high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences for our community,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s about the program.  “Joe’s normal artistic programming will be diversified and augmented through this project.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or cal 301-699-1819.


About :  Dancer.  Choreographer.  Director.  Born in Kobe, Japan, Naoko Maeshiba comes from a diverse background in literature, linguistic, anthropology and theatre.  Maeshiba’s work to date has focused on revealing the unveiled state of the body through its contact with the immediate environment.  She carefully conceives and prepares space in its sculptural, auditory and visual dimensions for dance to visit the body.  Her solo and ensemble works range from site-specific improvisation in collaboration with musicians and visual artists to tightly choreographed full-evening length pieces in theatre.  They have been experience in both traditional and non-traditional venues in North America, Eur4ope and Japan.  Her 12-performer ensemble piece, “Paraffin,” treated the theme of loss of identity through socialization and received the Best Dance Performance Award from City Paper’s Best of Baltimore in 2009.  She is listed on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring roster of the Maryland State Arts Council.  

About Joe’s:  Joe’s Movement Emporium, Prince George’s County’s largest independent performing arts center, serves as the artistic base to over 25 artists and arts group of all disciplines. Complete with black box theater, three dance studios and an arts education wing, the facility serves nearly 70,000 individuals annually. As one of the region’s most well respected non-profit arts center, Joe’s successfully utilizes arts as a vehicle for cultural enrichment, economic growth, progressive education and workforce training, serving 3,500 youth last year alone.

Something Else Entirely

UpSpring Studio presents Something Else Entirely, an evening of aerial inventions and unexpected entertainment. This performance will feature original choreography and aerial acts by UpSpring Studio’s students and instructors. Sunday December 7th, 2014 at 6pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children/seniors.

UpSpring Studio LLC provides aerial dance and creative movement instruction to students of all levels. Classes and workshops offered cover subjects such as low-flying trapeze, aerial fabric, theatrical masks, choreography, rope, and invented apparatus. Classes are taught at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, just north of Washington D.C. Aerial dance is a wonderful way to maintain fitness and find opportunities for self-expression. Never danced in the air before? We have a beginner class designed just for you. Come join us!

Coming to us September 4th, The Field/DC’s Showcase & Open Dance Party

Join The Field/DC for an evening of new works in dance, media, theater, visual art, performance art and more! Performers include artists who have participated in the Summer Fieldwork Drop in Sessions. The performances are works in all stages of development. Anyone interested in seeing fieldwork in action should attend!

Tickets: $15 online at http://summerfield.eventbrite.com/

Featured Artists:
Katie Sopoci Drake
Peter Sprung
Patrick Smith
Nancy Havlik
Maida Withers
Kirsty Little
Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb
Michael Jantz Moon
May Kesler
Emily Wolfe

Artists! If you are working on something new and would like to be a part of this, consider dropping in to the last summer drop in session August 28 at Dance Exchange 7-9. visit ilanaspace.com/fielddc for more info!

Fieldwork is a process that supports the development of new artistic works. At each session, artists show works-in-progress and exchange feedback with their peers in a format designed by artists. Drop-in this summer to try out Fieldwork and then register for the Full 10-weekFieldwork Sessions in the Fall and Spring 2015 at Dance Place. The Field/DC is part of The Field Network, a program of The Field.