Dance Exchange, JMU, and the DNA Dance!

This past week, some members of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange along with some allstar alum and fantastic adjunct artists have been on James Madison University‘s campus creating what has to be a Guiness world record for the longest strand of dancing DNA. Elizabeth Johnson reports:

“It was truly….wow. I am next to Wayles…and she says “transformational.” It was impressive to see the amazing power of all those people moving. We were awe stuck with the amount of participation and energy. Their gratitude was palpable. Visually arresting. They couldn’t stop dancing after the event was over. Our team was incredible. What a strange thing to come into. DX swat team..and the quality of the team was amazing. They came in prepared to learn and the lead. Alum Michelle and Gesel, working the bullhorns in the lower half of the quad and fixed some communication issues for the second round. They are incredible facilitators and Ralph and Ronya each led hundreds of people in their teams too. Ronya says it was ‘exhilarating’ and ‘memorable’ and ‘hopeful to see many people rally around one thing.’ Meghan had her own quadrant of 500 people. I personally thank Wayles and Meghan for putting the fun factor in this plan. Vincent helped to make the a plan that was organized and efficient. Daniel and Sam worked the A team. He was BEAUTIFUL and so very himself. A student said is his southern accent ‘that boy can DANCE.'”

Makes you wish you were there, doesn’t it! Here’s the next best thing, some video footage from this incredible and epic event:

About Emily Macel Theys

Emily (Communications and Development Director) joined the administrative team at the Dance Exchange in January 2010. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Formerly the associate editor at Dance Magazine, Emily’s dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and the Washington Post among others. She is also an avid baker.