Joe’s Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium

Location: 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier MD 20712

Phone: 301-699-1819


Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services 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.

Joe’s Movement Emporium has a variety of classes, and dance, music and theater performances.

Joe’s Movement Emporium runs summer theater and arts camps for children and teens.

Upcoming Events

My Neighbor’s Caring Love at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 14-16

Adrian Bolton Productions
My Neighbor’s Caring Love

September 14 – 16, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10 am
Friday September 14, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday September 15, 2018 at 3pm
Saturday September 15, 2018 at 7 pm
Sunday September 16, 2018 at 3pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

An original production of Dance, Drama, and Song, community bond, love, encouragement, and charity. In order to survive during today’s economic hardship of hopelessness, the production gives an uplifting message that together all mankind need one another to lean on to restore dreams of a triumphant life of hope.

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Adrian Bolton Productions, My Neighbor’s Caring Love

Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 16

Kings and Queens
Performed by Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Kings and Queens is a multi-disciplinary project designed to highlight the contributions of African-American artists to the beloved musical genre: Rock n’ Roll. The project will combine monologues, live music, projections, dance and discussion honing in on artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Big Momma Thorton, Bo Diddley, Louis Gordon and others. Beyond noting the practice of cultural appropriation, the project will illustrate the influence of black musicians on their white successors like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, generally considered the greatest rockers. In workshop and performance Kings and Queens links the lives and legacies of black and white artists, the richness of their synergy lost due to racial discrimination and ignorance.

Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter and educator. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park. A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Clancy Works, Carla Perlo’s Carla and Company, Erica Rebollar Dance Co., Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange and most recently, Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Project, for which she also serves as Rehearsal Director, Ronya-Lee has performed both nationally and internationally. She has led residencies at Duke University (Durham, NC), Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas), Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and Prince George’s Community College (Landover, MD). Her work has been commissioned by Duke University, PG Community College, Joy of Motion, DanceEthos, Dance For All Youth Company in South Africa, as well as churches, schools and community organizations throughout the United States.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Kings and Queens, NextLOOK, Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson

Snake Telegram at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 9 & 10

Sarah Beth Oppenheim & Heart Stück Bernie present:
Snake Telegram

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4 pm

WARNING: Not for kids

Inaugural Dance Place Artist in Residence Sarah Beth Oppenheim brings her one-woman show to the stage and to the max. “Snake Telegram” explores the pitfalls and pratfalls of modern femininity, including what it means to don a pair. Get ready for a bombastic night of all the requisite not-for-kids warnings, plus a serenade of presidential profanity. Featuring performances by Oppenheim and guests from Heart Stück Bernie, with original composition by David Schulman.

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Tickets. Adults: $28, Students & Seniors: $17. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Snake Telegram, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Heart Stuck Bernie

Be Steadwell: A Letter to My Ex at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 15

A Letter to My Ex, the musical
Written and Performed by Be Steadwell

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

A Letter to My Ex, the musical. Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy with LGBTQ affirming pop music. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and Affirming LGBTQ content.​​

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK. This year, Issa Rae Featured vow of Silence in her Short Film sundays program. After receiving a BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.

In 2017, Be sang at The Women’s March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her next album, “Queer Love Songs”. In September, Be had the opportunity to open for Big Freedia at DC’s Honeygroove Festival. The DC Commission in the Arts awarded Be the 2018 Artist Fellowship. Be is currently touring her music internationally.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, NextLOOK, Be Steadwell, A Letter to My Ex

Rasheeda Speaking at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 23-Mar 16

Ally Theatre Company presents the DC-area premiere of:
Rasheeda Speaking
by Joel Drake Johnson

February 23 – March 16, 2019

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. We aim to join the vital conversations — sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists who paved the way before us — conversations that continue each and every day.

Tickets. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Rasheeda Speaking, Joel Drake Johnson, Ally Theatre Company

Monique Newton Walker: Amma’s Chasm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mar 8

Amma’s Chasm
Performed by Monque Newton Walker

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Collaborating with community activists and artists, southern Maryland-based dance artist Monique Newton Walker, explores perspectives, outcomes, and healing when a fatal domestic violence event disrupts a community’s continuity in her mixed-media dance residency, Amma’s Chasm.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, NextLOOK, Monique Newton Walker, Amma’s Chasm

Tarik Darrell O’Mealy: Night Light at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 4-5

Night Light
Performed by Tarik O’Meally

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 pm & Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Night Light is a reflective examination of the current discordant American crisis of identity. Performed in a survival horror setting, Night Light investigates what our innermost monsters represent…discovering how we face and conquer those monsters emboldened by faith that the conflict will improve us. Through visceral athletic movement, this work explores themes of self-preservation, transformation and wholeness to a haunting musical score. This work is about seeing who will get out alive. To survive, however, we must walk down the dark alley. Discover the noise in the basement. Solve the killer’s identity. In the end, Night Light requires performers and audience alike to understand what our perceptions of our internal monsters, villains, or enemies say about our own state of being.

“To confront the enemy without we must first confront the enemy within.” – Bell Hooks

TARIK DARRELL O’MEALLY was born in Queens, New York and raised in the DC Metro Area. He earned his B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked and performed with companies such as Johnnie Cruise Mercer/The RED project NYC, and Abby Z & the New Utility. Tarik is currently a company member of the Marvin Gaye Dance Project and VT Dance both under the direction of Vincent Thomas. Tarik was fortunate enough to spend 2013-2016 as a summer staff assistant at the American Dance Festival. As a choreographer, his work has been presented at The Clarice Smith 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase, New Releases Choreographer Showcase, the 15th Annual Richmond Choreographer Showcase, the Richmond Dance Festival, the Baltimore Theater Project, Morgan State University and the Mid-Atlantic North Gala performance at the American College Dance Association. Tarik was the 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at Coppin State University, is currently a 2017-2018 New Releases Commissioned Artist and artistic director of the UNUM Dance Collective.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, NextLOOK, Tarik O’Mealy, Night Light

Peggy Yates’ Bounce! A Peter Rabbit Remix at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 26-27

Prince George’s Community College presents:
Peggy Yates’ Bounce! A Peter Rabbit Remix

Friday April 26, 2019 at 4 & 7 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

A remix of Beatrix Potter’s, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, tells the tale of a struggling city where greed has poisoned the well but friendships blossom between the cracks. The characters find common ground and connection in unlikely places. This high-energy, 60-minute, family-friendly production features music and dance students from Prince George’s Community College.

Tickets: $10. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Peggy Yates, Bounce!, Bounce! A Peter Rabbit Remix, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, Prince George’s Community College

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