It’s never too late…join Dance Exchange in CLASS!

These last two weeks of class have been positively reinvigorating. I have loved getting back into my body and connecting with all of our class goers in FRIDAY Class and Takoma Park MOVES, both of which have been so full each week! If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, don’t worry. It’s not too late: the next couple of weeks will see class with Stephanie Miracle, Daniel Burkholder, and me! And don’t forget to pick up your Class Cards, and save some money for all of those classes that you’ll be coming to. $100 gets you 10 classes. Check out below who will be teaching and when, so you can make plans to groove with us at Dance Exchange.


September 20: FRIDAY Class with Matthew Cumbie (one week only!)
I don’t think it’s any secret: I love teaching. I love making and rehearsing, too. But there’s something about the experimental opportunities that exist in the class/studio that I find so fueling. I can try and fail and succeed and fall somewhere in between, and know that it’s all of value. And doing that with a community of movers, who are also exploring and navigating their own experiences within this container, is even better. What’s a little less known is my love for philosophy, and lately I’ve been doing some reading on phenomenology and how it relates to orientation and the shaping of attention and desire. I’m curious to see how this informs our dancing practices, and hope you’ll join me for this week’s class! I’m teaching this week ONLY (for now), so don’t miss it. Friday, September 20. 9:30-11:15, $12 ($10 with a class card). 18+

Matthew and Nicole Touzien perform at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn. Photo by Alexandra Pinel

Matthew Cumbie (Resident Artist/Education Coordinator) is a professional dance artist and collaborator who hails from Houston, Texas, and came to dance in college. Now based in Washington, DC, he has been a company member with Keith Thompson/dancetactics performance group (2011-2012), and has performed with Mark Dendy, the Von Howard Project, Sarah Gamblin, Jordan Fuchs, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, and Jill Sigman/thinkdance. In 2010 Matthew co-founded Big Rig Dance Collective, a collection of professional dancers in north Texas committed to collaboratively connecting artists to communities through art-making and performative experiences that are rooted in situationally and geographically accessible spaces. His own collaborative projects with Amanda Jackson and Nicole Touzien have been performed in Texas, New Mexico, Brooklyn, and at Harvard University. He began working with Dance Exchange in 2012 and joined the company full time later that year. As a company member with Dance Exchange, he works in and out of doors in collaborative art-making and creative research to further develop our understanding of our selves, our community, and the world around us. He has been on faculty at Texas Woman’s University and Queensborough Community College, and teaches at festivals and schools across the country. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange.

Class Description: By tracking how we attend to others and the environment around us, and how our own moving body shapes that attention, this class will explore the relationship between orientation and disorientation. We will work towards harnessing our capacity for momentum and pause to take us through full three-dimensional dancing, moving through improvised modalities, set material, and tools from the Dance Exchange toolbox. Reminding ourselves that we each approach disorientation/(re)orientation with different abilities, tools, and levels of comfort, we will explore individually at times and with other(s) at times to expand our range of movement and choice-making.

September 27: FRIDAY Class with Daniel Burkholder (one week only!)
I’m so excited to have Daniel join us in our FRIDAY Class series this season! Since moving to DC, I’ve heard over and again about how wonderful his classes are and about his ability to beautifully weave together different movement practices into a challenging, supportive, rigorous class. Clearly, I’m over the moon that we’ve found some time to have him in our studios! As someone who is also interested in the cross-sections of improvisation and other contemporary movement practices, the fact that Daniel is closing out our month of September feels really poignant after some weeks with both Cassie and myself. Be sure to join us on September 27, as this is the ONLY class Daniel is teaching (for now)! Friday, September 27. 9:30-11:15, $12 ($10 with a class card). 18+

Photo by Zachary Z. Handler

Daniel Burkholder is the Director of The PlayGround, a dance performance group, and Co-Director of Improv Arts, inc. He has served as a curator for the DC International Improvisation Festival and on the Steering Committee for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. His work has been seen at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 92nd Street Y (NYC), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), 848 Community Space (SF), Mascher Space Co-Op (Philadelphia), Dance Place, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Danceworks (Milwaukee,WI), along with numerous indoor and outdoor spaces in the Mid-Atlantic region. Daniel’s work has been commissioned by James Madison University, CrossCurrents Dance Company, Dance Place, and Choreographers Collaboration Project. In 2005 he was awarded the Local Dance Commissioning Project by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to develop “together/apart (we go each our way)”. Daniel has created over 40 works and has received the Metro DC Dance Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Group,” Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Solo Dance Performance and Choreography, and his work has been selected for numerous showcases. He has taught at the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, University of Maryland College Park, American University, George Washington University, James Madison University, Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Centers, CityDance Center at Strathmore, and as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil. Daniel has performed with Scott Wells & Dancers, Jess Curtis & Stephanie Maher, Beth Davis in Good Company, and improvisationaly with Nancy Stark Smith, Katie Duck, Sharon Mansur, among others. Daniel was the DC/Local Dancers’ Rehearsal Director for the DC presentation of White Oak Dance Project’s “Past Forward” program. Daniel has degrees from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (MFA), American University (MA), Sarah Lawrence College (BA) and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Class Description: Contemporary Movement Practice- Combining somatic investigation with (post)modern movement practices, this class works towards greater embodiment, increased daringness, and unique creativity. Material will be mined from The Feldenkrais Method, developmental movement, various improvisational technologies, Laban Efforts/Drives/States, and even the Cunningham Technique. We will dig in to subtle body connections to move out into space with authority, clarity, and spontaneity.

Takoma Park MOVES with Stephanie Miracle
As I say so often when Stephanie’s name comes up, if you don’t know her then I feel quite strongly you should. I remember the first time I watched her dance, during a Summer Institute that I was attending here at Dance Exchange, and I was so incredibly blown away by her specificity, fluidity, and expressiveness. Needless to say, she’s a beautiful mover; on top of that, her choreographic work is powerful, her facilitation of class is lovely, and she’s a delight to be around. I’m so happy that she is teaching in our Takoma Park MOVES series as much as she is. Be sure to check out when she’s in the studio, and come as much as you can! Stephanie will be teaching September 21 and 28. 10-11:30, $10. All are welcome.

Stephanie Miracle in the studio

Stephanie Miracle is an independent choreographer, performer and teaching artist currently based in the DC area. Stephanie’s choreography has been presented at Rooftop Dances, 100 Grand, Triskelion Arts, Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in NYC and in the DC area at Round House Theater, Supernova, Dance Exchange and Dance Place. As a performer she dances for a variety of choreographers including Laura Peterson, Shannon Gillen, Degnit Shemy, Susan Marshall, Dance Exchange and PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland and a teaching certification in Klein Technique.

Class description: This class is about using dance to create connections; connections to our physical bodies, to the people around us, to the places we inhabit and the cultures we exist within. Through out the class series we will explore a variety of movement forms including modern dance, yoga, social dances, ballet, martial arts, contact improvisation and somatic practices in order to warm-up, stretch, strengthen our bodies and develop individual expression. All levels of experience are welcome!

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.