Hi! I’m Molly Barth, President of the Teen Exchange. On Sunday, March 4th, we had the chance to perform at Intersections: a New America Arts Festival. We met two other groups of young artists to share and critique our works-in-progress. The other groups, Voices of Now and Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League’s (SMYAL) Youth Arts Ensemble shared their theater pieces with us.
Before the performances, we engaged in ice-breaking activities and each group discussed their creative processes. It was cool to learn how groups with such different end-products used similar collaborative strategies. After our performances, we got to see three professional dance groups perform in Life in Motion: A Trio of Perspectives. Alight Dance Theater, DancEthos, and Glade Dance Collective presented pieces on veterans, children with developmental disorders, and the history of H Street. Afterwards, we young artists met the professionals and discussed dance, theater, and creativity over hot pizza.
Epidemic and Visceral Chrysalis, the two pieces we danced, are up on Teen Exchange’s Youtube page. Let us know what you think, and come see us perform live at Dance Exchange at Youth Arts Night on May 24. For more information on Teen Exchange, please contact Wayles Haynes, Youth Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.