Author: Sadie LeDonna

Pop-Up Movement Has a Home!

11526 UNIT B Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock Wa, 98339

We’re so so so so excited to have landed in this awesome space on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s been a crazy few months for sure and we’ve been working hard on adapting Pop-Up Movement so that we can continue to serve our mission by instigating movement and play.

Up until September 2020, Pop-Up Movement has operated as a “pop-up” business that partnered with a variety of organizations as contracted work. We showed up in our van with all our equipment, did our thing, and left.

Because of COVID-19, like many businesses, we are having to make changes and dramatically adjust how we make offerings. We are tracking the protocols implemented by other facilities similar to ours and comparing them with guidelines given by our state’s governor. We will continue to pursue our mission with public safety as the highest priority. 

We now intend to fulfill our businesses’ mission in a multitude of ways. We will offer COVID-safe private and sibling lessons in aerial arts, trampoline, acrobatics, clowning, and object manipulation skills. We will offer COVID-safe and distanced 1-on-1 movement rehab and personal training sessions with clients. We will video online content to offer for free or as part of online class packages. We will share our space with other members of the community who have similar values, for instance, ZUMBA instructors, other performing artists, dance teachers, and parkour coaches. We will be open-minded to new ideas and possibilities that are in alignment with our mission. 

This has been a challenging transition that has led to so much great growth. We’re looking forward to seeing what this space has to offer and where this chapter leads Pop-Up Movement. 

Meet our new company member: Raffe!

After months of searching, we finally found a suitable van for Pop-Up Movement! This cute Ford Transit came to us from a man who owns an indoor and mobile petting zoo in Tacoma. Apparently, when I called about it it was in the process of transporting a baby giraffe and the previous owner referred to it as the “Critter Getter”. While we have no intention of ever carting animals around in it, it will be a great resource for us to transport our equipment to gigs and teaching events.

After we made the deal, I went to the petting zoo to pick up the second set of keys. When I arrived I was immediately set up with the company’s booking manager. They were interested in having us perform in the zoo! 

Zoos are controversial for both of us and we feel a bit hesitant. Neither of us supports animals being kept in captivity for no reason or used in circuses. That being said,  it sure makes for a fun story and we look forward to hearing from them and seeing what the offer is.

We’re super pleased with our new van, granted it needs a serious detailing before we put our equipment in there. We got it just in time for some upcoming teaching and performing gigs. We look forward to getting our logo on it and rolling it into our next event!

 

Our Story

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Why did you start your company?

Through our teenage and young adult years, we both gained self-confidence, body awareness and joy through circus arts and movement. It’s our goal to share these skills and the feeling of self-connection with others. The peninsula is our home and we want to make our services and knowledge accessible to enhance our community.

Why this service?

Due to our current lifestyles, many children and adults are suffering from physical inactivity which creates physical and mental health issues in our population. Through intrinsic motivation and teamwork, Movement Arts are a non-competitive, engaging way to build body-awareness and improve physicality, self-connection, communication skills, and joy. 

Why you?

We’ve been studying circus, dance, theater, structural integration, clowning, weight lifting, and other movement and body related modalities for over 10 years each. 

For 6 of those years, we’ve also been honing our performing and teaching skills. 

We are experienced with working with kids, teens and adults and are passionate about sharing our knowledge of physical self-care and play. 

What does “To provide quality movement education and inspiration” mean?

Our business is about offering skills and physical challenges that build body awareness and creative expression. We want to make this connection to movement and physical health accessible to enhance our community. We use performance as a way to inspire physical creativity and collaboration with others.