Notes from the studio: Teen and Youth Exchange

A scene from "The String of Sam"

Why do I love Tuesdays and Thursdays? Because Youth Exchange and Teen Exchange are in the house. It’s been a joy to see them hard at work all fall under the guidance of Youth Programs Coordinator Wayles Haynes and intern Florian Rouiller. It probably goes without saying that Teen Exchange and Youth Exchange are not your average dance programs. In addition to receiving instruction in technique and choreographic skills, these students grow from the peer-to-peer facilitation and leadership skills they cultivate during their sessions.

The Teen Exchange and Youth Exchange ended their fall semester last week, and Youth Exchange’s session culminated with a short performance work created by the students. The six students in the program performed their work for delighted parents, siblings, and Dance Exchange’s staff.

Teen Exchange participant Sam showed his video, The String of Sam, to staff members last Thursday and we loved it so much we asked him to let us share it with all of you. You can view his video, a movement study he created from working with a ball of yellow yarn, here. Thanks, Sam!

Teen Exchange participants meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take technique class and learn Dance Exchange tools for creating movement and building art in communities of all kinds. The program culminates in the performance of a new work created by the students at Youth Arts Night 2012. (You can read about Youth Arts Night 2011 here.)

This fall also introduced Youth Exchange, a movement program for 6-12 year olds. If you are interested in enrolling your child in the spring semester of Teen or Youth Exchange, please contact Wayles Haynes: Learn more about these programs on our website.

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.