Laboratory of Movement

Laboratory of Movement is dedicated to bringing arts education and experiences to the entire community from under-served youth, to business professionals, Hospice patients, persons in recovery, veterans, and teachers. Programming includes classes for in-school, after-school, at community centers, medical buildings, and corporate offices. In 2017-18, our programs reached 6,500 youth at 30 schools and 725 adults at 7 venues.

Our current partnerships include: the Cincinnati Arts AssociationThe CarnegieCity GospelInterfaith Hospitality NetworkCincinnati Public SchoolsCovington Independent Schools, UpSpringChildren’s Home of CincinnatiHospice of CincinnatiChildren’s Meeting HouseCincinnati VA Medical CenterTwin Towers Senior Living Community, and local libraries.

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 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.

Youth Focused Programs supported by the Charles H. Dater Foundation.

Arts in Healing


Pones has partnered with the Cincinnati Arts Association on the Arts in Healing initiative for the past three 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. Currently, we have on-going partnerships with the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hospice of Cincinnati, and The Anna Louise Inn. We also work on short term projects such as, Opening Up at City Gospel Mission.

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.

Suits on the Move

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. They encourage collaboration and bring an element of creativity to the usually logical, analytical world of business which can help foster new ideas and innovation, making for a more successful team environment.

Meet our talented and creative teachers!