Joy of Motion Dance Festival (#JoyFest)

Joy of Motion Dance Festival, JoyFest/#JoyFest

JUNE 10, 2017 | FORT RENO PARK  (Tenleytown, DC)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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The Joy of Motion Dance Festival (JoyFest) is the only festival in the DC region that celebrates dance education and performance. In this unique outdoor festival, more than 800 dedicated young dancers will perform in over 100 dance pieces in a joyous celebration of all they’ve achieved in the studio this year. In addition to the performances, family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the day.

Mark your calendars to come out and dance with us on June 10 to celebrate our students and our vibrant dance family. Want to support this inaugural event? Become an individual, family, corporate, or small business sponsor to expose your brand to over 4,000 people in one day.


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Joy of Motion Dance Center’s first annual Dance Festival is an evolution of the conventional recital model that has been used as a year-end sharing of studio work by students in grades 1 – 12. The new model will highlight the excellent dance education that our young students receive in an outdoor, open, fun and inclusive festival atmosphere with free admission.

JoyFest works to accomplish three primary goals:

  1. To connect the inclusive dance community in the region.
  2. To create and demonstrate dance pieces that highlight the achievement of dance education.
  3. To celebrate students’ progress, skills and maturity gained throughout the year.

Please read the FAQs below to learn more about JoyFest. More information is coming soon, stay tuned and check back here as the Festival gets closer!

BECOME A JOYFEST SPONSOR EXPLORE SPONSOR BENEFITS


Individual & Family Sponsors

Anonymous  •  Natalie Adler and Christopher Walker  •  Katie Cissel & Bill Greenway
Alisa Klein and Craig Goldblatt  •  Stephanie Meyer and Eric Dunn  •  Mumford-Gitchell Family

Parent Council
Liz Martinez Baldick • Rochelle Bobroff • Samantha Caruth
Lily Gutmann • Elizabeth Hall • Lisa Oksala • Sasha Fombrun Rene

Special Thanks

   

Business Sponsors

      

    


Corporate Donors


IMPORTANT JOYFEST UPDATES FOR FAMILIES

The first annual Joy of Motion Dance Festival (#JoyFest) is about six weeks away. Our faculty are working tirelessly with our students to prepare them for their performances, and our staff are working hard with a range of professional event contractors and vendors to ensure a fun and successful day for all. We thank you for your support, and we are excited to celebrate with you!
In the weeks leading up to the Festival, class attendance is vital in order for students to be prepared to perform in the Festival. Students who miss class or have too many absences may not be able to perform with their classmates, so please ensure your students get to class.
On this page, you will find performance schedules and instructions for the day. Please read all the information carefully.
Additional updates and reminders will be announced through a series of email alerts coming up on May 10 (one month prior to the event), May 27 (two weeks prior), June 3 (one week prior) and June 9 (the day before).
PLEASE BE ADVISED: IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EMAIL UPDATES ABOUT JOYFEST, PLEASE ADD US TO YOUR CONTACT LIST, AND DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE FROM OUR EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS. IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN AN EMAIL FROM US, PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR STUDIO MANAGER OR RESUBSCRIBE HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, and if you need any assistance, please contact your studio’s staff:

 bethesda@joyofmotion.org
301.986.0016
atlas@joyofmotion.org
202.399.6763
friendshipheights@joyofmotion.org
202.362.3042
THANK YOU! We can’t wait to celebrate a year of dancing together with you.
The JoyFest Team

FESTIVAL INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

FOR DANCERS AND ATTENDEES

YOUR SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

ARRIVE IN COSTUME: All students should arrive at JoyFest in costume for their first performance of the day. If a student is performing in multiple pieces, then we recommend bringing additional costumes in a small bag.

ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN TIME: Students should arrive at JoyFest and check in no later than ONE HOUR prior to their first performance. The Check-in Tent will be located by the entrance to the park, at Chesapeake Street and Fort Drive. Check-in lines will be marked in alphabetical order by students’ last names.

CALL TIME: Students must arrive at the backstage tent behind their performance stage no later than 20 minutes before their Performance Time.

PERFORMANCE TIME: There are three color-coded stages: the YELLOW STAGE, BLUE STAGE, and RED STAGE. Please see the full performance schedule to find out your Performance Time(s) and stage(s).

AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE: Following each performance, students will exit the stage and collect their belongings from the backstage area. They will then leave the backstage area to move on to their next performance, or to connect with their family and enjoy the remainder of the Festival.

HOW TO GET THERE

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL: Fort Reno Park is located in the Tenleytown neighborhood in DC. If you are using GPS, the best address to use for the Festival entrance is 3986 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington DC 20016. The main Festival entrance is right across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School. We strongly encourage JoyFest attendees to take public transit or use a ridesharing service like Lyft, Uber, Via, or DC taxis.

MAIN FESTIVAL ENTRANCE: When crossing Chesapeake Street, do so at the pedestrian crosswalk at Fort Drive and Chesapeake Street to reach the entrance to the Festival. The address for the park entrance is 3986 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington DC 20016.

ARRIVE BY METRORAIL: See walking directions from the Tenleytown Metro Station on the Red Line to Fort Reno Park.

ARRIVE BY BUS: There are several Metrobus lines that pass near the park, including, but not limited to, the 96, H2, H3, and H4, 30N, 30S, 31, 33 and N2. Please go to WMATA Trip Planner for information.

PARKING: Neighborhood street parking is extremely limited. We strongly encourage attendees to use a ride-sharing service (Lyft, Uber, Via, or DC taxis) or to take public transportation, such as the Metrorail and Metrobus.

DROP-OFF AREA: If you must drive and need to have your passengers exit the vehicle before you park, check this map to find the drop-off area.

WHAT TO BRING

PLEASE DO BRING: All your costumes for the day, WATER, a copy of your performance schedule, a change of clothes for after your performance(s) (if you wish), a camera or video camera.

WE ALSO RECOMMEND: Snacks, bug spray, picnic blanket, lawn chairs, sunscreen, money for food trucks, a portable cell phone battery.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING: Guns, alcohol and glass containers are NOT allowed in the park. Please do not bring pets.

DURING THE FESTIVAL

PLAN YOUR DAY: There will be additional activities for families throughout the day. Keep an eye on this web page and social media for more details!

BACK-STAGE TENTS: There will be one backstage tent behind each stage. These tents will have direct access to the stage. PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BACK-STAGE AREAS.

FIRST-AID TENT: An on-site medical professional will be available throughout the day for first-aid assistance.

CHANGING TENTS: There will be one changing tent for girls, and one changing tent for boys. PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CHANGING TENTS.

OTHER FESTIVAL INFORMATION

FOOD TRUCKS: We will have three food trucks and one ice cream/dessert truck available along Chesapeake Street. However, please plan to bring snacks from home as well.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Festival attendees are encouraged to take their own pictures and videos of the performance and share on social media. Please be sure to tag Joy of Motion Dance Center and use #JoyFest in the caption!

RESTROOMS: Port-a-Johns will be set up in the northern area of the park for all performers and attendees. A dedicated nursing and infant care tent will be available, separate from the Port-a-Johns.

ACCESSIBILITY: The park has limited wheelchair access due to the turf. A dedicated nursing and infant care tent will be available.

 


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

There are three color-coded stages: the Red Stage, the Blue Stage, and the Yellow Stage. The full performance schedule is listed below and available on a downloadable PDF.

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RED STAGE

PERF TIME CLASS GRADE CLASS TIME DAY STUDIO FACULTY
9:45 AM YDE Company
9:50 AM Vibe Tribe
10:00 AM Broadway Jazz 1 6th-12th 5:30 PM TUE ATL Angela Ingram
10:05 AM Modern Dance 1 3rd-5th 4:30 PM WED ATL Hayley Cutler
10:10 AM Hip Hop 4 9th-12th 6:30 PM TUE BTH Cristina Camacho
10:15 AM Hip Hop 2 9th-12th 5:30 PM THU FH Cristina Camacho
10:20 AM Jazz 1 9th-12th 10:30 AM SAT BTH Kelly Kunst
10:25 AM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 9:45 AM SAT BTH Desmond Jordan
10:30 AM Ballet 3 9th-12th 4:00 PM WED BTH Elizabeth Malone
10:35 AM Ballet 1 1st-2nd 9:45 AM SAT BTH Erica Molina
10:40 AM Hip Hop 1 6th-12th 1:00 PM SAT ATL Jasmine Andrews
10:45 AM DanceFusion Jazz Project
10:50 AM YDE Level 3A
11:00 AM Ballet 1 6th-12th 11:30 AM SAT ATL Krystal Odom
11:05 AM Ballet 2 6th-12th 12:30 PM SAT ATL Krystal Odom
11:10 AM Ballet 1 1st-2nd 4:45 PM THU FH Krystal Odom
11:15 AM Ballet 1 6th-12th 4:30 PM WED ATL Krystal Odom
11:20 AM Pointe 1 9th-12th 11:00 AM SUN BTH Tammy Hurt
11:25 AM Modern Dance 3 9th-12th 4:00 PM WED BTH Kelly Kunst
11:30 AM Ballet 1 9th-12th 6:00 PM MON FH Jenifer Dobbins
11:35 AM Ballet 1 1st-2nd 4:15 PM TUE BTH Jenifer Dobbins
11:40 AM Modern Dance 1 3rd-5th 6:30 PM THU BTH Jenifer Dobbins
11:45 AM Modern Dance 1 1st-2nd 5:00 PM MON FH Jenifer Dobbins
BREAK
12:45 PM Ballet Noveau
12:50 PM YDE Level 3B
1:00 PM Modern Dance 3 9th-12th 9:00 AM SUN BTH Kelly Kunst
1:05 PM Modern Dance 2 9th-12th 9:00 AM SAT FH Lauren Borchard
1:15 PM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 4:45 PM THU BTH Mackenzie Shimon
1:20 PM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 4:45 PM MON FH Mackenzie Shimon
1:25 PM Jazz 4 9th-12th 5:30 PM MON BTH Kelly Kunst
1:30 PM Hip Hop 1 6th-12th 4:30 PM THU ATL Malaika Tate-Scott
1:35 PM Tap 1 1st-2nd 9:45 AM SAT BTH Matthew Bennet
1:40 PM Broadway Jazz 1 1st-2nd 9:00 AM SAT BTH Matthew Bennet
1:45 PM Hip Hop 1 9th-12th 3:30 PM SAT BTH Nikki Gambhir
BREAK
2:00 PM Hip Hop 3 9th-12th 1:30 PM SAT BTH Nikki Gambhir
2:05 PM Ballet 2 9th-12th 5:30 PM TUE FH Tammy Hurt
2:10 PM Jazz 2 9th-12th 4:30 PM WED FH Vanessa Carmichael
2:15 PM Modern Dance 1 9th-12th 1:00 PM SUN BTH Yao Odamtten
2:20 PM Ballet 1 9th-12th 9:00 AM SUN BTH Tammy Hurt
2:25 PM Ballet 2 9th-12th 10:00 AM SUN BTH Tammy Hurt
2:30 PM Jazz 3 9th-12th 5:30 PM TUE FH Vanessa Carmichael
2:35 PM Contemporary Technique 2 6th-12th 12:30 PM SAT BTH Matthew Bennet

BLUE STAGE

PERF TIME CLASS GRADE CLASS TIME DAY STUDIO FACULTY
9:45 AM Raqs Jameel
9:50 AM YDE Level 4
10:00 AM Tap 1 3rd-5th 11:30 AM Saturday BTH Matthew Bennet
10:05 AM Broadway Jazz 1 1st-2nd 3:45 PM Friday FH Adriane Whalen
10:10 AM Ballet 2 3rd-5th 11:30 AM Saturday BTH Kelly Kunst
10:15 AM Tap 2 3rd-5th 5:00 PM Friday FH Adriane Whalen
10:20 AM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 10:30 AM Saturday BTH Desmond Jordan
10:25 AM Hip Hop 2 3rd-5th 5:30 PM Tuesday BTH Cristina Camacho
10:30 AM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 2:15 PM Saturday ATL Jasmine Andrews
10:35 AM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 11:15 AM Saturday ATL Jasmine Andrews
10:40 AM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 5:00 PM Friday FH Mackenzie Shimon
10:45 AM YDE Level 3 Atlas
10:50 AM Soles of Steel
11:00 AM Tap 2 3rd-5th 5:30 PM Thursday BTH Mackenzie Shimon
11:05 AM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 9:00 AM Saturday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:10 AM Hip Hop 2 3rd-5th 4:30 PM Tuesday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:20 AM Hip Hop 1 1st-2nd 4:45 PM Tuesday ATL Jasmine Andrews
11:25 AM Ballet 1 3rd-5th 2:30 PM Saturday BTH Jesse Kelley
11:30 AM Ballet 1 3rd-5th 10:00 AM Sunday BTH Yao Odamtten
11:35 AM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 5:30 PM Thursday ATL Malaika Tate-Scott
BREAK
12:40 PM Devinio in Motion
12:45 PM YDE Level 2A
12:50 PM Rhythmix
1:00 PM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 12:00 PM Saturday ATL Jasmine Andrews
1:05 PM Broadway Jazz 1 3rd-5th 10:30 AM Saturday BTH Matthew Bennet
1:10 PM Hip Hop 1 3rd-5th 11:30 AM Sunday BTH Nikki Gambhir
1:15 PM Jazz 1 3rd-5th 11:00 AM Sunday BTH Yao Odamtten
1:20 PM Modern Dance 1 3rd-5th 12:30 PM Saturday FH Rima Faber
1:25 PM Broadway Jazz 1 3rd-5th 12:15 PM Saturday ATL Stephanie Vadala
1:30 PM Modern Dance 2 3rd-5th 12:00 PM Sunday BTH Yao Odamtten
1:35 PM Jazz/Tap 1 3rd-5th 11:00 AM Sunday ATL Krystal Odom
1:40 PM Ballet 2 3rd-5th 10:30 AM Saturday ATL Krystal Odom
BREAK
2:00 PM Ballet 1 1st-2nd 8:45 AM Saturday ATL Krystal Odom
2:05 PM Tap 1 1st-2nd 4:00 PM Monday ATL Krystal Odom
2:10 PM Ballet 1 3rd-5th 3:45 PM Thursday FH Krystal Odom
2:15 PM Ballet 1 3rd-5th 9:30 AM Saturday ATL Krystal Odom
2:20 PM Ballet 1 1st-2nd 4:45 PM Monday ATL Krystal Odom
2:25 PM Hip Hop 2 3rd-5th 5:30 PM Monday FH Mackenzie Shimon*
2:30 PM Tap 4 6th-12th 4:30 PM Thursday FH Katie Padgett

*Time Change from original announcement


YELLOW STAGE

PERF TIME CLASS GRADE CLASS TIME DAY STUDIO FACULTY
9:45 AM Jazz Factor
9:50 AM YDE Level 2 Atlas
10:00 AM Street Jazz 3 6th-12th 12:30 PM Saturday FH Maurice Johnson
10:05 AM Flamenco Dance 1 3rd-7th 5:30 PM Tuesday FH Estela Vélez de Paredez
10:10 AM Modern Dance 1 6th-8th 12:30 PM Saturday BTH Yao Odamtten
10:15 AM Ballet & Pointe 3 6th-12th 4:30 PM Tuesday FH Tammy hurt
10:20 AM Hip Hop 1 6th-8th 12:30 PM Sunday BTH Nikki Gambhir
10:25 AM Jazz 1 6th-8th 5:30 PM Wednesday FH Vanessa Carmichael
10:30 AM Tap 3 6th-12th 7:30 PM Thursday FH Katie Padgett
10:35 AM Hip Hop 2 6th-8th 6:30 PM Monday BTH Natasha Hawkins
10:40 AM Modern Dance 2 6th-8th 5:30 PM Friday BTH Maurice Johnson
10:45 AM Groove Elements
10:50 AM YDE Level 1
11:00 AM Hip Hop 2 6th-8th 2:30 PM Saturday BTH Nikki Gambhir
11:05 AM Belly Dance 1 6th-12th 5:00 PM Wednesday BTH Adriane Whalen
11:10 AM Hip Hop 3 6th-8th 11:00 AM Sunday BTH Natasha Hawkins
11:15 AM Hip-Hop Freestyle 6th-12th 5:00 PM Wednesday FH Jared Porter
11:20 AM Hip Hop 1 6th-12th 3:45 PM Monday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:25 AM Tap 2 6th-8th 2:30 PM Saturday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:30 AM Broadway Jazz 2 6th-8th 1:30 PM Saturday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:35 AM Hip Hop 2 6th-8th 10:00 AM Saturday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:40 AM Tap 3 6th-8th 4:00 PM Friday FH Mackenzie Shimon
11:45 AM Tap 2 6th-8th 10:00 AM Sunday BTH Nikki Gambhir
11:50 AM Ballet 2 6th-8th 5:30 PM Thursday FH Krystal Odom
BREAK
12:45 PM Jazz Corps
12:50 PM HYPE: The Company
1:00 PM Tap 3 6th-8th 4:00 PM Wednesday FH Katie Padgett
1:05 PM Ballet 1 6th-8th 1:30 PM Saturday BTH Jesse Kelley
1:10 PM Modern Dance 2 6th-8th 5:30 PM Monday FH Helen Hayes
1:15 PM Hip Hop 1 6th-8th 4:30 PM Tuesday BTH Cristina Camacho
1:20 PM Tap 1 6th-12th 4:00 PM Wednesday BTH Adriane Whalen
1:25 PM Hip Hop 2 6th-8th 4:30 PM Thursday FH Cristina Camacho
1:30 PM Jazz 4 6th-8th 6:30 PM Friday BTH Kelly Kunst
1:35 PM Breakdancing 6th-12th 5:30 PM Monday BTH Jared Porter
1:40 PM Belly Dance 1 6th-12th 11:30 AM Saturday FH Adriane Whalen
1:45 PM YDE Level 2B
1:50 PM HypeFlow
2:00 PM Jazz 2 6th-8th 2:00 PM Sunday BTH Kelly Kunst*
2:05 PM Jazz 1 6th-8th 12:00 PM Sunday BTH Kelly Kunst
2:15 PM Ballet 2 6th-8th 12:30 PM Saturday BTH Kelly Kunst
2:20 PM Belly Dance 2 6th-12th 12:30 PM Saturday FH Adriane Whalen
2:25 PM Jazz 3 6th-8th 4:30 PM Tuesday BTH Kelly Kunst
2:30 PM Ballet 1 6th-8th 4:00 PM Friday BTH Jenifer Dobbins
2:35 PM Broadway Jazz 2 9th-12th 4:30 PM Monday BTH Kelly Kunst
2:40 PM Jazz 2 6th-8th 4:30 PM Thursday FH Kelly Kunst
2:45 PM Broadway Jazz 2 3rd-5th 5:30 PM Tuesday BTH Kelly Kunst
2:50 PM Jazz 2 3rd-5th 1:00 PM Sunday BTH Kelly Kunst

*Time Change from Original Announcement


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why did Joy of Motion decide to replace recital?

Joy of Motion’s leadership views dance education from an academic point of view, as well as a recreational one. We believe year-end performances should be appropriate for the age and developmental stages of our students. Classes in our Community Dance School are focused primarily on technique, and a year-end performance should highlight the work done in the studio, rather than focus so heavily on a theater concert with high production values. We believe an annual dance festival is a better way to celebrate our students’ achievements. A recent survey also confirmed that for parents and audience, except for the few minutes when their own child was performing on the stage, the recital format was not the most enjoyable experience.

If you or your children are looking for an appropriate program that provides performance-ready or performance-focused training, we recommend the Youth Dance Ensemble and American Dance Conservatory programs at Joy of Motion’s Dance Institute, or one of ten different Youth Performance Companies at Joy of Motion’s Performance Program. They all have full-scale concerts every year, which is more appropriate for that level of training. The annual auditions for all these programs are now open. Please visit joyofmotion.org for more information.

Why is JoyFest the solution?

Joy of Motion believes that performance experience is an important component of dance education and that JoyFest is the best venue for its Community Dance School students. The dance pieces will demonstrate student progress, highlighting skills and maturity gained throughout the year. Performance quality, movement style, and technique will be emphasized more strongly than production elements.

How does JoyFest work?

During the festival, performances and events will take place for all to enjoy. With limited exceptions, presentations will take place from all Community Dance School classes in grades 1-12. Each class will be scheduled in a performance slot during the day. Our Youth Performance Company and Youth Dance Ensemble students will also perform throughout the day. There will be no additional technical rehearsals required, and simple lighting and sound playback will showcase the dancers without distraction.

There will be additional family-friendly activities, such as food trucks, a kids’ corner, and face painting throughout the park. After the performance, students and their families can choose to stay and enjoy the day being in a community.

What can I expect leading up to and during JoyFest?

During JoyFest, students will:

· Demonstrate their skills onstage in fully choreographed pieces;
· Source costume from their own wardrobe with minimum purchased accessories;
· Have the opportunity to perform in a relaxed, non-judgmental and celebratory environment.

Parents and families will:
· Enjoy their child’s performance without sitting through a 2-hour show;
· Be relieved of the costs of costumes in addition to the tuition;
· No longer need to purchase tickets to attend.

What is the JoyFest Accessories Fee and why should I pay for it?

Previous years, we included a $70 Costume Fee in the cost of Winter/Spring tuition for students to perform in the ticketed recital. No performance wear fee was included in the tuition this year. At JoyFest, costumes will be sourced from dancers’ wardrobes to lower costs to families and to maintain a consistent level of production. Costumes will be supplemented by purchased accessories that cost $35 per student. This fee is NOT required to pay, but it helps to get the best experience for your child as she/he will dress the same as their classmates at the Festival.

What if it rains?

Our staff and faculty are currently working on an alternative indoor space for students to perform their pieces if it rains. Please check back for more information

Will you offer DVDs after the event like previous years?

We encourage parents and families to take photos and record videos on their own. JoyFest may release an official video about the event later on, but it is not going to be a performance-centered product.

Final Words

The annual Joy of Motion Dance Festival is for the enjoyment of everyone involved. We look forward to serving our full community with an event that is able to be enjoyed by students, parents, and faculty. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your studio manager at any time!