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The mission of Capitol Movement, Inc. is to build better lives through dance. CMI believes that dance is an expression of the soul and that, if an individual is given the opportunity to dance seriously and professionally, they will be better able to develop fully as a person. They will be confident, disciplined, hard working, inspired, adaptable, and fulfilled. And they will carry these characteristics with them throughout their life, therefore becoming more likely to be successful and fulfilled in their career, personal life, and community.
CMI has been an active member of the DC arts/dance community since 2005. During that time, the organization has provided over $50,000 in program and monetary scholarships to attend CMI classes, workshops, and conventions, as well as elite University programs and training institutions outside of Washington, DC. Many of the program scholarships have been made possible in part by grants from the Retired NFL Players Association.
From its inception, CMI has been devoted to training dancers of all ages and levels. From 2006-2012 CMI directed the Washington Wizards Junior Dance Team and also the WNBA Mystics Mayhem Youth Dance Team from 2007-2012. In 2009 the Capitol Movement Pre-Professional Company was developed and a couple years later the CMI Kidz program was created to give young dancers their start in the arts. Each season, children in CMI youth dance programs have the opportunity to perform at local festivals, galas, NBA and WNBA games, and beyond. The Pre-Professional Company hosts their own annual, full-length, evening dance concert titled "Movement of the People" and guest performs throughout the DC metropolitan area.
Since 2006, the CMI organization has offered free dance camps and after school programs to more than 2,000 young people through partnerships with Horizons at the Maret School, DC Parks and Recreation, and DCPS. Each year, CMI opens the doors of its final dress rehearsal for the Capitol Movement Project (CMP) to over 1,000 students from all wards of the District as well as other underserved residents, FREE of charge. To date, more than 6,000 DC residents have had the opportunity to view a CMP concert for FREE.
In 2012 Capitol Movement Dance Company began touring with Armed Forces Entertainment, performing and teaching classes for US service members and their families throughout the world. CMI dancers have performed overseas in Greece, Portugal, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Japan, Turkey, Italy, and Cuba and also participated in local fundraising events to support US veterans.
The Capitol Movement Dance Company has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and each year, the company holds a gala performance titled "The Capitol Movement Project". Past shows have been held at The Historic Lincoln Theatre, The Lisner Auditorium, and in and in 2011, the company performed before a SOLD OUT crowd at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dancers in the Company work in a variety of fields, but all find common ground with dance. Capitol Movement Dance Company provides local artists the opportunity to train and perform as professionals, thereby giving them a place in the "creative economy".
This ensemble is known for it's diverse talent and professionalism. They have had the honor of performing with Grammy Award winning Jazz musician Geri Allen. In addition, the company was commissioned by Cathy Hughes, founder and owner of Radio One, to choreograph and perform with award winning gospel harpist Jeff Majors for the Radio One 25th Anniversary Gala. Other credits include BET, A reality show titled "Coming Up Christie", and many local events including The DC Dance Festival, The Hip Hop Festival, National Dance Day with Nigel Lythgoe, Metro/DC Dances, Velocity DC, and more. Capitol Movement has received nominations and finalist standings for the Mayor's Arts Awards and the Dance/Metro DC Awards.