Dance Exchange Resident Artist Matthew Cumbie will teach the December edition of Takoma Park Moves on Thursday nights. The series opens on December 6 with a free preview class from 6:30-7:00pm, and each subsequent class will take place from 6:30-8:00pm on December 13 and 20. Matthew’s class provides a great chance for movers of all backgrounds to build skills for improvisation in solo and group explorations, and Matthew’s curiosity and excitement about this sort of work is absolutely contagious. No experience required, and families are welcome. Class is $10.
Class description: How do we decide what’s best for us? For others? For the larger community? Using our moving selves as a way to investigate these questions, this class series will explore, potentially augment, and sometimes disrupt our choice making patterns so that we can better understand our options. We will draw from the Dance Exchange toolbox and improvisational practices to move through space as individuals and as an ensemble; dancing by ourselves is fun and so is dancing with partners! This class is open for all who are interested in using their moving self as a way to explore, research, and have a good time.
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.