I hope you’ll join me this September to kick off a new series at Dance Exchange called TAKOMA PARK MOVES. This class takes us right back to one of Dance Exchange’s four questions: Who gets to dance? And the answer is…you.
Dance Exchange has always been a home to movers of all ages and abilities and backgrounds, and this class is a place for people of all experience levels to move together. Led by a series of rotating teachers from the DC region, each TAKOMA PARK MOVES class will open with a 30 minute “get to know you” class on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-7pm in which you can take a short sampler class with the teacher who’ll be teaching that month. This class is free. The next classes in the series will run from 6:30-8pm on Thursday evenings and will cost $10 each. There is no need for pre-registration.
If you’ve been wanting to try a dance class, or are returning to dance after an absence, this class is for you. If you are a professional dancer, this class is for you. If you are a kid, this class is for you. If you are a parent, this class is for you. If you are over 50, this class is for you. If you are under 50, this class is for you.
Whenever I work in community residencies, I’m always excited by what happens when the mix of young and old, professionals and those new to dance come together to move. It is unpredictable. Sweet. Wild. Serious. Charged. Fun. So please, join me this September to move in our beautiful studios. My bio and class description follow. And keep checking back to the blog to learn about upcoming teachers in the series.
Class description: This open-level modern class will ask you to ask many questions of yourself: How does my body move? How does my body move differently than the bodies I see around me? What can I learn from the differences in how we move? From this starting point of questions, we’ll explore rhythm, balance, space, momentum and directional changes through improvisation and set material. This class is geared toward movers of all ages and abilities, so kids and families are welcome. Come in clothes you can move in and let’s dance!
Sarah Levitt is a Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator at Dance Exchange. She received her early dance training from Gene Kelly via VHS, Barton & Williams School of Dance, and Ilona Kessell. These formative experiences helped her to earn a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she received a BA in Dance, and was honored with a Dorothy Madden Emerging Artist Award upon graduation. Since then, Sarah has danced professionally in the work of Robert Battle, Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, and Keith Thompson. She began working with the Dance Exchange in 2007, and became a full-time artist in 2010. She has enjoyed performing, teaching, and creating dances with Dance Exchange artists in universities, hospitals, senior centers, on stages, and outdoors in the US and abroad. Highlights include teaching residencies at the Kohler Arts Center, Harvard University and St. Elizabeths Hospital, and premiering and touring Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins. In 2009 and 2010, she received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in Solo Performance and Choreography, and in 2011, with collaborator Benjamin Wegman, received a Local Dance Commissioning Project award from the Kennedy Center for Hammock, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in September 2011. She and Ben received a 2012 Metro DC Dance Award for Emerging Choreographer for Hammock.