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A Car Drove Into the Atlas Performing Arts Center Last Night

It damaged both the center's lobby and a Joy of Motion Dance Center studio.

Last night, a car drove through a window at the Joy of Motion Dance Center on H Street. Photograph courtesy of Joy of Motion Dance Center.

Last night, a car drove into the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. The car damaged both the center’s lobby and a studio at the Joy of Motion Dance Center, which is located in the center.

Joy of Motion Dance Center marketing director Maggie Null found out about the accident while scrolling through Twitter around 12:30 AM, she says. She immediately called Joy of Motion’s interim executive director, Krystal Odom, to relay the news.

The car went through one of the windows at Joy of Motion’s Marley Studio, one of three dance studios in the center. It also damaged the center’s facade, Null says, as well as its lobby.

The car also damaged the lobby at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photograph courtesy of Joy of Motion Dance Studio.

The H Street location is currently Joy of Motion’s only studio. It previously operated spots in Friendship Heights and Bethesda, but had to close them because of “financial concerns and lost revenue due to Covid,” says Null. The group put out a call on Twitter for folks to donate funds to help the dance group and the arts center rebuild the space.

This accident isn’t a first-time event: a vehicle also crashed into an H Street building in October, driving through a vacant retail space. Another car had an unsuccessful interview with a building the following month.

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Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. Her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Petworth.