ENTER TO WIN: NYC TRIP & ALVIN AILEY TICKETS
July 17, 2017

Thanks to our friends at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a generous Joy of Motion board member, we are doing a special ticket giveaway this summer. You can WIN two tickets to Alvin Ailey’s New York City Center season in December of 2017 and an Amtrak travel voucher (worth $100). Interested? Here’s how to WIN: simply tell us (and […]


FIRST LOOK: TURIYA
July 12, 2017

This weekend’s AVAdance CoLABorative performance of “TURIYA: WEAVING LIGHT INTO STORY” is an exploration of how we shine “light” into the negative, difficult, adversarial, or dark situations that we encounter in daily life through the practice of mindfulness and the expansion of our awareness. Michelle Ava, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s founding Artistic Director & […]


Celebrating African American Women & Dance: What I Learned by Teara Veney
February 15, 2016

Celebrating African American Women & Dance: What I Learned by Teara Veney age 13 Monday, February 8, 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a masterclass to celebrate African American women and dance. It gave me the opportunity to meet many great female dance inspirations such as Judith Jamison, Debbie Allen, Virginia Johnson, and Fatima Robinson. […]


Get Fit with Kelly: Summer Bodies are Built in the Winter
March 1, 2015

I saw a poster the other day that said ‘It’s a process, it’s a process, it’s a process; change takes time.’ and at the bottom it said, ‘When you don’t see immediate results, remember it’s a process that takes time!’  It made me think about how it relates to our fitness goals.  We live in […]


Get Fit with Kelly: Team Spirit!
February 1, 2015

In week 3 of my six week Core Strength Challenge class there were a dozen women ranging in age over several decades. They were all sweating and breathing hard as they struggled to finish their reps. In between the work there were comments such as “If you think this is fun, I want to know […]


Get Fit with Kelly: Happy New Year!
January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Here we go 2015! The holidays, time off, and parties are all over and it’s time to get back to work and our fitness goals. This is a great time of year to not only think about what our goals are, but also to look at the mindset surrounding our goals. What […]


Young Dancer Spotlight: Sarah Ruiz
December 17, 2014

Sarah Ruiz is a member of HYPE: The Company and has been part of JOMDC’s youth dance program for four years. She started performing with Groove Elements four years ago and, this past summer, was chosen to participate in the Step Ahead program at JOMDC Atlas, which is part of the DC Summer Youth Employment […]


Get Fit with Kelly: Welcome to December.
December 1, 2014

Happy December! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and a productive, fit November. If you are feeling good about your progress you have made, that’s great! And if not, it’s a new day and new month to keep stepping in the direction you want to go. I taught a Broadway Jazz class this past […]