Joy of Motion Announces Additional “Hot Joy Summer” Pop-up Classes

Hot Joy Summer kicks off THIS SATURDAY with Afro-Fusion led by Catherine (Cat) Foster; Viktor Wallace will lead a Jazz Funk class July 31; Candess Correll to teach Heels August 6th


Washington, D.C. – Joy of Motion Dance Center, a dance instruction center which will celebrate its 45th anniversary this fall, announced today the lineup for its Hot Joy Summer pop-up series. The series will kickoff this Saturday, July 24, with an Afro-Fusion class led by dancer and choreographer Catherine (Cat) Foster at 2:00pm. On July 31, at 2pm, Viktor Wallace will lead a Jazz Funk class. And Friday, August 6, at 7:30pm, Candess Correll will teach a Heels performance and technique class. All Hot Joy Summer pop-ups cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and will be held at the Joy of Motion Dance Center. They are open to all levels and abilities.

Click here to register for all Hot Joy Summer pop-up classes. Additional information about the pop-up series can be found below.

Krystal Odom, interim Executive Director of Joy of Motion Dance Center, released the following statement about the Hot Joy Summer pop-up series:

“I am thrilled to welcome Cat, Viktor and Candess to the Joy of Motion Dance Center for our Hot Joy Summer pop-up series! These pop-ups will offer our dancers a chance to develop their skills in a variety of styles and focus on developing their artistry. We are excited to have members of the local dance community join us at Joy of Motion!”

Hot Joy Summer Pop-up series info

Saturday, 7/24 at 2:00pm
Afro-Fusion pop-up with Catherine (Cat) Foster (@Catdancerpro)
From Washington, DC, Catherine received her training from the DC Youth Ensemble (DCYE), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Donald Bryd, Hinton Battle. The Fred Benjamin Dance Company (artistic director Fred Benjamin), Forces of Nature (artistic director, Abdel Salaam), Darrel Grand Moultrie. Catherine made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the hit musical FELA! produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith in 2009 and went on to tour internationally with the production until 2011. She has been an assistant choreographer for the Broadway production “Once on This Island”, the NETFLIX film “Ma Raineys Black Bottom” with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, and other Off-Broadway productions. She’s also performed for recording artists: Alicia Keys, The Roots, Jazmine Sullivan, Seun Kuti, Davido, Angelique Kidjo, and Lauryn Hill. Catherine Foster gives thanks to all of her ancestors and loved ones for her success and guidance. Click here for a photo of Catherine (Cat) Foster.

Saturday, 7/31 at 2pm
Jazz Funk pop-up with Viktor Wallace
Viktor will be teaching a class with full out, hard-hitting movement. Mashed up of Jazz style fused with hip-hop. High energy, technical, powerful, it’s sensual and allows you too truly be free. This genre of dance gives you the chance to release and focus on your inner ear. Musicality is key. letting yourself feel the music, not over thinking it and becoming one with the true star that’s deep inside everyone. Click here for a photo of Viktor Wallace.

Friday, 8/6 at 7:30pm
Heels performance and technique pop-up with Candess Correll (@candesscee)
Candess is a PG County native and current resident where she is a Senior Software Engineer for Ernst and Young, heels dance instructor and former NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader and Captain for the Washington Football Team. She is a graduate and former athlete of the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2016 while cheering on the Terps on the Maryland dance team for football and basketball seasons. Candess cheered for the Washington Football team since 2016 where she joined the team after being awarded the fan favorite rookie vote. She has had the opportunity to travel on multiple tours overseas to visit our military and their families. She is published in four of the annual, top selling swimsuit calendars and is displayed as a back-cover model on the 2019 issue. USAToday has named her as one of the top 10 NFL cheerleaders in 2017. In 2019, she was recognized by the Washington Football team and voted into the NFL Pro Bowl as the sole cheerleader representative. She ended her fifth and final season in the NFL as a Captain and held the most followers on her official Twitter account (@candesscee) and is verified on her personal Instagram at @candesscee. She has also studied at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ballet Arts Academy and was a scholarship recipient at Co.Dance. She periodically volunteers with BlackGirlsCode, a non profit that teaches STEM courses to young women of color and Science Cheerleaders, a non profit that is composed of NFL/NBA cheerleaders that have thriving STEM careers. She was recently honored as one of the Terrapin Club’s “30 under 30” in 2020 and frequently visits campus as a guest speaker and panelist for alumni events and student lectures. She now teaches at various dance studios multiple times a week throughout the DMV area teaching heels and jazz dance classes giving back to the dance community that raised her. Click here for a photo of Candess Correll.