Performing Arts Program
In 2016, MVLE partnered with BodyWise Dance to create the MVLE Moves! program which provides weekly movement arts classes for individuals served through MVLE’s programs. A typical class includes a group welcome to practice making introductions, a clapping warmup to promote rhythmic accuracy and proprioception, a full body stretch to increase overall range of motion, prop manipulation to practice both sensory motor skills and create short movement compositions, extended ‘parade’ improvisations that encourage personal decision-making, and a gentle closing to calm the breath and bow to fellow class mates. Participants dive into improvisation and composition, sharing methods that realize ideas, co-creating the experience every step of the way.
MVLE Moves! debuted its inaugural performance project with the production ‘Everyday Oz’. Professional choreographer and director, Margot Greenlee collaborated with clients and staff to create ‘Everyday Oz’. The production gave cast members the full experience of performing a project of their own creation alongside professional performers.
Stay tuned for our 2018 performance…’All About Dogs’!
This project is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Fairfax Arts Council, Wells Fargo Foundation, the Rea Charitable Trust, and Express Lanes Foundation.
Take a look at one of our favorite movement class activities!
Behind-the-scenes with Everyday Oz.
Everyday Oz Performance Tour
For the 2016-2017 season, professional choreographer and director, Margot Greenlee collaborated with clients and staff to create Everyday Oz. With Everyday Oz, we took our successful MVLE Moves! program to the next level, giving cast members the full experience of performing a project of their own creation alongside professional performers.
Everyday Oz is a family-friendly performance that partners MVLE individuals with professional performers. Equal parts zany and poetic, Everyday Oz includes active audience participation to reveal the ways that we are smart, compassionate, brave, and creative…every day!
Everyday Oz behind the scenes
MVLE can’t help but dance.