FRIDAY Class with Meghan and Eroca

Rounding out the end of our October in FRIDAY Class are two very exciting classes, with a little bit of the known and a little bit of the unknown. Each artist is only facilitating one class each, so come check them out while you can!

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October 18: FRIDAY Class with Meghan Bowden (one week only!)
First up, we have our very own Dance Exchange adjunct artist Meghan Bowden! I recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate a week’s worth of classes with some local youth in our studios, and it was such a blast. Admittedly, I was coming into this workshop right after having come back from being out of town and was bringing low energy levels and a bit of a chip on my shoulder. All of that disappeared after a few short minutes with Meghan. She puts you quickly at ease, and before-you-know-it has you building a sweat and having a good time. She just recently began her MFA in dance at the University of Maryland and I’m so excited to see where this takes her, and what information she’ll be bringing into the studios! 9:30 to 11:15, $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

Meghan Bowden is a dancer and teacher based in the arts district neighborhood of Mount Rainier, MD, currently performing as company member with Taurus Broadhurst Dance and select projects with Gesel Mason Projects. Her performance credits also include company member and adjunct artist with David Dorfman Dance and Dance Exchange (formerly Liz Lerman Dance Exchange), where she is currently an adjunct artist and contributor to community engagement art-making events. She was also a member of Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women during their Dance Motion tour of South America in 2010, sponsored by the U.S. State Department in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Her love of movement is supplemented by collaborative projects with artists from a wide range of creative fields and experimenting with how to design equitable spaces that broach sensitive topics and foster wide-eyed interdependence. She is a teacher within Montgomery County Public Schools, the Levine School of Music and a student with the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. She loves to read, swim and pretend to be a House dancer in the comfort of her own kitchen.

Meghan has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance/Ghanaian Traditional Dances and a minor in Strategic Advertising, and is currently in the MFA in Dance program at the University of Maryland-College Park. She has previously been awarded the Maryland Individual Artist Award (2010), the Outstanding Educator Outreach Award from the University of the Arts (2006), and a Communications Fellowship with Urban Bush Woman (2006).

October 25: FRIDAY Class with Eroca Nicols (one week only!)
To bring October to a close, we’ve got Toronto-based artist Eroca Nicols! Eroca came to us through Resident Artist Shula Strassfeld, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her. She brings an exciting blend of dance and theater and a wide, wide range of international performance and teaching experience. I’m really curious as to what her classes will be like, and hope that you’ll join me for this one opportunity! 9:30 to 11:15 am, $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

After earning her Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Eroca Nicols’ artistic practice shifted to the body. She studied in professional programs in Canada at both Ballet Creole and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre before pursuing further training in release-based and improvisational forms. She is currently a Toronto-based dance artist, curator and educator. Her company, Lady Janitor, has presented work in Canada, Europe, and the UK. Eroca has performed with Matt Smith, Andrea Nann, Les Imprudanses, Kaeja d’Dance and is co-founder of the arts advocacy and professional training provider, the Toronto Dance Community Love-In.  Eroca’s commitment to community based arts engagement has led her to create platforms for presenting both her  own work and the work of fellow emerging artists—DIMBY (Dance In My BackYard) and Badass Dance Fun (a mini festival at Toronto’s  Harbourfront Centre) are among these projects, as is the Love-In. Eroca teaches partnering and contemporary dance including workshops in UK, Europe and Canada. Her teaching and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of the Axis Syllabus and she is currently in the AS teacher training program.

Class Description: How can we embrace the three dimensionality of our physical structure? If there are no straight lines in the body, why then do we so often engage in practices that favour linear and monoplanar movements? In this workshop we will both consider these questions and have a good time doing it. With the anatomical structure of the spine as our guide, we will explore contra laterality in the vertebral column and how this affects locomotion.

We will investigate the mechanics of side bending and experiment with ways in which applying these mechanics can aid in ease and efficiency in walking as well as in smoothly transitioning into band out of the floor. This class is open to all levels of movers with a focus on taking the time tasks take. Please come with an open, playful and investigative body.

About Matthew Cumbie

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