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CMI has been a proud member of the DMV community for over a decade, with elite dance productions, annual concerts, workshops, local performances, and countless other outreach efforts.

Visit this page for CMI news, exciting announcements, and media coverage. Press inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Jojokian.

Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2022

Here are more reasons WHY your donation means so much to our 501c3 Dance company and the youth we serve:

Capitol Movement (CMI) is an organization that was founded to create better performance and training opportunities for all people regardless of race, size, disability, or socio-economic status. Since its inception, CMI is proud to have had dancers and audience members of all races, sizes, economic backgrounds and ones with disabilities. For years, CMI had a professional adult dancer who is legally deaf. CMI has also had dancers that have endured traumatic life-experiences, coped with severe ADHD, ones severely bullied, a homeless dancer, dancers with anxiety disorder and a youth dancer born with no kidneys. CMI is proud of its inclusive environment and finds talent, potential and beauty in all people, often discounted by others in the performing arts community.

In addition, CMI holds a “FREE DAY OF DANCE” each year inviting schools and community organizations in needs of arts education and exposure. In the last 16 years, CMI has hosted audience members from a disabled school, seniors from DC Parks and Recreation, incarcerated youth, and at-risk schools where more than 90% of the children were on free or reduced price lunches.

This year CMI is asking its community to help support the 2022 FREE DAY OF DANCE held March 4, 2022 at Capital Turnaround.   This final dress rehearsal show will be open to the outreach public and charter schools CMI serves from grades PK – 6th grade.  In addition, money is being raised to support Golden Tickets for families in need of financial assistance as well as families with Special Needs members to attend the evening show March 5, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your donation as it helps CMI continue to provide opportunities for many in the underserved communities to attend live performances, take dance lessons and build confidence through self-expression and mentorship.

With Love & Gratitude,
Stephanie Jojokian
Co-Founder, Capitol Movement, Inc.

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For questions, contact Stephanie Jojokian

Why CMI?! *a note from Co-Founder

Capitol Movement came from a vision Co-Founders Stephanie Jojokian and Amber Yancey had for dancers in DC, MD and VA. Build better lives through dance. We continue to do this through new opportunities, no boundaries to elite instruction, ever-green learning, challenges, mentorship and a network that is like family.

After serving 15 years, regrouping and rethinking Capitol Movement’s goals for its community was necessary. We needed recharging and to facilitate thoughtfulness during crazy times; and all with the same undying commitment. When we said we were going on demand and virtual, we did not realize the pandemic was headed our way. Over that year, Capitol Movement helped its young dancers in CMI Kidz stay connected to friends, to dance, to continued growth, accepting what we cannot control and support through love and dance. In this pandemic and through these young eyes we saw our GenerationNext. The future of dance, of leaders and of Capitol Movement. GenerationNext is all ages, sizes, shapes, colors, backgrounds and talents. Through dance and our thoughtful messages we share through dance, Capitol Movement looks to reboot, recharge and create the next WHY for CMI.

Media Coverage

Good Morning Washington
WJLA (ABC 7) 3-15-18

NBC 4
Visit 3-19-13

Fox Live
with Holly Morris

Fox Live
with Holly Morris

Fox Live
with Holly Morris

“The professional and welcoming environment that Capitol Movement offers is exactly what my daughter needed when we relocated to the DMV. Capitol Movement has taken my daughter to new levels in dance and entertainment by providing her with unique opportunities that push her towards her goal of having a career as a professional dancer. As a result, CMI has undoubtedly become our second family.”

-Sherita Flake, Mother of Pre-Pro Dancer