Performing Arts Program

MVLE Moves

 

In 2015, 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 warm-up 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.

Inclusive Performance Arts Troupe

MVLE Moves debuted its inaugural performance project with the production ‘Everyday Oz’ in spring 2017. Professional choreographer and director, Margot Greenlee collaborated with clients and staff to create ‘Everyday Oz’. The cast included local professional actors and Individuals from MVLE’s programs. The production gave cast members the full experience of performing a project of their own creation alongside professional performers. The 2018 season included our original production, ‘All About Dogs,” which toured across Northern Virginia for eleven performances to over 670 community audience members. 

Bring MVLE Moves to your organization! Are you interested in hosting the MVLE Moves show for your school group, community organization or business? Contact Sarah Caldwell, scaldwell@mvle.org or 703-894-8247, to request a performance. 

Rookies’ First Feast- 2019 Tour Dates

Join the MVLE Moves cast for our 2019 production, “Rookies’ First Feast”! 

In this food fantasy romp, two newbie firefighters face their highest hurdle yet: cooking for the squad. Plus, Capt. Salvo is dairy-free. So, what’s it going to be? As the young firefighters struggle to fit in and learn to cook healthy food, their Veggie Godmother swoops in to save the day – showing them what teamwork and imagination can do.

Each show runs approximately 45 minutes and is appropriate for all ages. 

All performances are free, but registration is strongly encouraged. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Caldwell at scaldwell@mvle.org or 703-569-3900. 

March 19, 10:30am and 1:00pm

MVLE Community Center- 7400 Fullerton Road, Suite 100, Springfield VA

Register- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rookies-first-feast-tickets-58387034191

 

March 26, 12:00pm

Vienna Community Center- 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180

Register- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rookies-first-feast-vienna-community-center-tickets-58387411319

 

April 2, 10:30am and 1:00pm

MVLE Business Center- 7420 Fullerton Road, Suite 110, Springfield VA

Register- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rookies-first-feast-tickets-58387474508

 

April 9, 10:30am and 12:15pm

Key Center School- 6404 Franconia Rd, Springfield, VA 22150

 

April 16, 10:30am and 1:00pm

MVLE Community Center- 3855 Centerview Drive, Chantilly VA

Register- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rookies-first-feast-tickets-58388083329

 

May 7, 11:00am

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center- 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA

Register- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rookies-first-feast-sherwood-community-center-tickets-58388164572

 

This project is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, ARTSFAIRFAX, 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.

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