DX Holiday Gift Guide!

Tearing your hair out because you’re out of gift ideas for that special someone for the holidays? Can’t bear the thought of one more trip to the mall? Think you’ve exhausted all online ordering options for friends and family? Love DX and yourself and want to make both happy this holiday?

Look no further, we’re here to help! Dance Exchange has put together this guide of awesome merchandise and products. And, while you can typically only purchase a t-shirt in person at one of our events, we’re extending our t-shirt sales to the world wide web for the holiday season!

Browse below to see our goods, and know that with every purchase you make from the Dance Exchange Gift Guide, the DX staff will sing your name through the office, spreading holiday cheer from your home to ours.


1. Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process: a method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert. $20 (plus shipping and handling)

I know we’re biased, but let’s face it– this little book is a staple for artists seeking feedback on their work, audience members learning how to provide useful feedback that an artist can learn from, teachers who give feedback to artists on a daily basis, students learning how to help their peers, and a whole range of other situations. (Also great for any negotiating you do on the homefront, dealing with sticky office situations, and keeping yourself in check as your navigating through hectic metros and malls. Can you imagine how much of a difference it would make to hear this: “I have an opinion about your choice to stand on the walking side of the escalator, would you like to hear it?” vs: “Move it!”) Organizations and schools from all over the world love CRP (we’ve been to Denmark, Brussels, and Ireland this year alone to teach CRP workshops.) You can purchase your very own copy of CRP on Amazon here. If you want to buy everyone on your wishlist a copy, you can get a bulk discount rate ($15 per copy) when you order 15 or more (email Emily for bulk orders.) And, if you’re one of our international pals and can’t get your copy on Amazon, email Emily and she’ll happily send one abroad for you!

2. DX t-shirts! $20 (plus shipping and handling)

Resident Artist Sarah Levitt and Managing Director Ellen Chenoweth show off our new tees!

Hot off the presses, we just got this shipment of beautifully silk-screened t-shirts with our new DX logo last week from the great guys at DC Shirt & Print Co.! Don’t you want to be the first on your block to sport this stylish shirt while supporting your fave dance company? Available in Summer Peach and Aqua in both women’s and men’s sizes (S, M, L only. quantities limited, order today!). Email Emily to place your order!

(ps. we still have our “nothing is too small to notice/dance matters” shirts available too. sizes and colors vary but Emily is happy to look through our stash for you if you’re interested!)



3. Liz Lerman’s Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer. $20 plus free super saver shipping on Amazon!

While Liz has left the Dance Exchange, all that she taught and learned during her 35 years as founder and artistic director of the organization are certainly ever-present. You can learn all about her early days as a choreographer, how she has navigated challenging situations (both personally and artistically) and learn about the history of Dance Exchange, the Toolbox, and this notion of hiking the horizontal. Editor in chief of Dance Magazine Wendy Perron says about this book: “Hiking the Horizontal is studded with brilliant flashes of insight presented as modest epiphanies along the route of making dances and inventing new forms of community outreach.” Who wouldn’t want to have a copy of this book stuffed in their stocking? Get your copy here.





4. Dancers of the Third Age poster and notecards. $3-$18.

This iconic image could be yours! Frame a poster and hang it in your studio, bedroom, living room, workspace, etc, to remind yourself that everybody dances. Grab a pack of notecards to send out as thank yous for all the gifts you receive, or use these beauties as your Happy New Years cards to send to loved ones. Click to purchase posters and cards through our friends at the Syracuse Cultural Workers (and stay tuned for some very exciting work Dance Exchange will be doing in Syracuse this spring!)



5. Two-day Winter Intensive for Dancers over 50. January 4-5, 2012. $150.

What better way to treat a family member who has always wanted to dance but been too afraid to try or a friend who used to be a dancer back in the day and wants to get back into it than with the gift of a two-day dance intensive at the Dance Exchange! From 12:30-4:30 on January 4th and 5th, these two-day institutes, led by a multigenerational team of Dance Exchange artists, provide older adults with the opportunity to build and broaden movement strengths in an environment that respects each participant’s artistic contributions. Register for yourself or a loved one here! (and if you can’t make it this January, mark your calendar for May 2nd and 3rd for another intensive, and July 6-15 for our Summer Institute!)

6. Ten-Class Pack. DX gift guide exclusive! $100 for 10 classes.

This year Dance Exchange is returning to our local roots and offering more classes here in our studios (the studios are always full of our great renters, but it’s certainly nice to see our own dancers teaching and taking class!) Mondays from 9-1030 we offer a class geared towards Dancers Over 50 (but open to all ages) and professional level technique classes Fridays from 9:30-11 (This is a new time for the winter/spring starting in January). What’s even more amazing about these classes is that the teachers rotate every 3-4 weeks so you’re always getting a taste of something new from the DC/Baltimore dance community. To purchase a 10-class pack, email Sarah.

7. Tickets to see lost, left, found & borrowed, a concert of the MetLife Healthy Living Initiative Commissions at Round House Theatre Silver Spring. January 13-15, 2012. Tickets $15 general admission, $10 RHT subscribers, patrons age 30 & under, senior citizens, groups of 10+.

Shula and Daniel in When Mind Moves Memory

Give the gift of performance this holiday season with a pair (or a bunch!) of tickets to see Dance Exchange perform a suite of 5 healthcare themed works. Commissioned by the ever-amazing MetLife Foundation, these works feature intergenerational casts and were created to be performed both in traditional performance spaces, as well as in health care settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers. Themes include dementia, memory, and the shifting role of caretakers and caregivers. Tickets are now available and are only $15!


8. Coming soon! Dance Exchange tote bags from Envirosax! $12, plus shipping and handling.

We are waiting for a shipment of beautiful Envirosax brand totes with our new logo to arrive and you can join us in anticipation by pre-ordering your DX bag today by emailing Emily. For only $12 you can carry your books, clothes, groceries, shoes, etc in styyyyle. And, with environmental consciousness! (I’ll update this blog when the bags arrive but until they do I can’t guarantee delivery by Christmas)



9. Give the gift of support to Dance Exchange. Become a Forward Funder.

It’s amazing to feel so supported during these transitional times for Dance Exchange. We need it now more than ever. We sent out our Forward Funder letter in November, and seriously the entire office gets giddy each time a donation comes in. At this time of year when holiday spending and travel really take a toll on bank accounts, we encourage you to think about making a donation not only to Dance Exchange but to any of our fellow non-profit dance and arts organizations that make such a huge and lasting impact on our lives. Click here to become a Forward Funder. We appreciate every dollar that comes our way and wish all of you the happiest, healthiest, and danciest of holiday seasons!

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.