FRIDAY CLASS with Matthew Cumbie

Matthew in "How to Lose a Mountain". Photo by Zachary Handler.

Matthew Cumbie is Dance Exchange’s newest Resident Artist, and we’re thrilled to have him here in Takoma Park full-time. I’m particularly excited that he is kicking off our FRIDAY CLASS series this fall. Matthew teaches a great class–the kind of class that challenges the body and the intellect, and asks dancers to open their awareness to the solo body dancing among a group. Matthew himself is a beautiful, nuanced mover, and it is always a treat to watch him lead class and fully participate in the sequences and structures he presents.

Matthew will teach on September 7, 14, and 21 from 9:30-11:15am. Class costs $12 and this year we’re introducing a class card, which you’ll be able to buy when you sign in for class. $100 gets you 10 classes.


Class description: This class series will explore how our bodies generate, navigate, and harness various kinds of momentum to move through space. Shift. Fall. Throw. Float? Do it again. We will dance between our solo bodies and our ensemble bodies using improvised modalities and more set material; dancing by ourselves is fun, and so is dancing with partners. Our aim is to cultivate a rigorous curiosity that is both specific and ambiguous so that we can push and support ourselves and others in play.

Matthew Cumbie is a professional dance artist currently based out of Washington, D.C. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Matthew began exploring movement at a young age in improvised backyard performances with his cousin and brothers, eventually harnessing these experiences to further deepen his understanding of movement as an art form by studying dance in college. He holds undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Dance from Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University-San Marcos, respectively, and an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University. He has been recognized nationally for his work in the classroom and on stage through awards and opportunities and has been able to work with many excellent artists, including Jill Sigman/thinkdance, Mark Dendy, Christian von Howard, Sarah Gamblin, Jordan Fuchs, jhon stronks, and Keith Thompson/dancetactics performance group. His own improvisational collaborative projects with Amanda Jackson and Nicole Touzien have been performed in Texas, New Mexico, Brooklyn, and at Harvard University. Matthew started working with the Dance Exchange in 2011 and became a full-time artist in 2012.


About Sarah Levitt

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