Laboratory of Movement

Laboratory of Movement is dedicated to bringing arts education and experiences to community members, including youth, business professionals, Hospice patients, persons in recovery, veterans, and teachers. Our programs have a strong history of reaching 6,000 youth and over 800 adults at 32+ schools and organizations. Even during the pandemic Pones continued to serve the community in-person and virtually from 2019-2020; Pones reached over 900 individuals and had almost 3,000 virtual and in-person contact hours with students of all ages. Pones recently has celebrated nearly 3,000 hours of programming and over 2,000 class participants per year.

All programs are available in-person, live virtually, pre-recorded virtually, or a mix! Classes available during the day, after school, evenings, and weekends. Programs are $100 per hour and grant funding is available if needed. Please email to book classes and ask about grant funding.


Health care and social services: HER Cincinnati, VA, TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital, Cancer Support Community, Ronald McDonald Charities, Cincinnati Public Library (College Hill, Downtown, Madisonville, Miami Township, Reading), Episcopal Retirement Services, Action Tank.

Education: Bellevue Middle School, Books by the Banks, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Ethel Taylor Academy, Girl Scouts, Holmes High School, Holmes Middle School, John W. Reiley Elementary, Lincoln Elementary School, Ludlow Independent Schools, Magnolia Springs Loveland, New Haven Elementary, Newport Intermediate, Riverview East Academy, Roll Hill School, Springer School and Center, Taylor Elementary, Villa Madonna Academy, Westwood School, Williamstown Independent School District, Winton Hills Academy, Withrow University High School, Woodfill Elementary, Holocaust and Humanities Center.

Arts: Cincinnati Arts Association, The Carnegie, Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services,  Activities Beyond the Classroom.

Youth Focused

Pones is committed to providing arts education to youth of all ages and experience levels. Students participating in our hands-on, active, and creative classes have the opportunity to absorb and retain knowledge in a new and exciting way. Through arts education, students can improve their presentation abilities, increase collaboration with others, develop creative problem-solving capabilities, and gain confidence in themselves. Pones’ youth focused programs include trauma informed care, social emotional learning (SEL) outcomes, such as setting and achieving positive goals, and feeling and showing empathy to each other, which benefit every participant in the program.

Arts in Healing

Pones has partnered with the Cincinnati Arts Association on the Arts in Healing initiative for over four years. The program’s mission is to enhance the medical experience of patients through the arts, practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing, and build community around the arts, health, and medicine. We have partnerships with the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hospice of Cincinnati, TriHealth’s  Good Samaritan Hospital, HER Cincinnati (previously  Anna Louise Inn), UpSpring, and Housing Authority of Covington. Past partners include: Lindner Center of Hope, City Gospel Mission, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Found Village.

Professional Development

Professional development for teachers, providing techniques for use of arts integration with core content ­ e.g., teaching history using “Dancing through the Ages” to highlight significant periods not only in the art, but also in the fashion, economy, significant events, and politics of an era. A particular strength of this LOM offering is Ms. Popa’s expertise in National Arts Standards, as well as her 5 years experience as a classroom teacher at Walton Verona High School and 20 years of dance instruction expertise.

Corporate Wellness

Pones’ workshops for corporations and organizations deliver success through Creative WellnessTeam Wellness, and Physical Wellness. It’s a perfect team-building experience to truly engage your employees and get them moving together in a new direction. These workshops provide a unique bonding opportunity which can help your team see things from a different perspective and find common ground by sharing a new and fun experience.