FRIDAY Class for a new year

Welcome to 2014! Moving into a new year and a new month, and one that has more Fridays than the average month, we have so many exciting things going on in and out of the studio. Wrapping up his residency is our dear friend Kevin Ormsby, usually based in Toronto. Following Kevin, I jump back into facilitating FRIDAY Class and I can’t wait. It’s been some time. In addition to these two incredible classes, you can get your DX fill through these other opportunities. On January 5, check out Dance Exchange in Dance Place’s Modern Moves Festival at Atlas Theater; for more information, click here. Also, if you’re interested in a community arts practice, and want to know more about the ways that Dance Exchange does this, then you should consider being a part of our inaugural Winter Institute. From January 10 to 12, this institute focuses on the tools and ways that Dance Exchange engages in community settings, and includes hands-on experience and exciting conversations and connections with other artists. For more information, click here. And these are just the first two weeks of January! So much is happening and, however you chose to join us, we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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FRIDAY Class w/ Kevin Ormsby: January 3
You loved him last month, and now he’s back! Kevin has been with us in residence for a short bit of time now, using this as an opportunity to sit in on some rehearsals, workshop and receive feedback on a work in progress, and really immerse himself in the ways that Dance Exchange operates. It’s been absolutely refreshing to have him sharing space with us. And to make it even more magical, he has been teaching classes! On Friday, January 3, Kevin will teach his final class at Dance Exchange (for now!) and I hope you’ll join me! Class is from 9:30 to 11:15, and costs $12 ($10 with a class card). 18+

Kevin Ormsby in the air

An Independent Arts Marketing Consultant, dancer / choreographer, movement coach and teacher, Kevin A. Ormsby is the Artistic Director of KasheDance, Dance Animateur at the Living Arts Centre, A Consultant for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), in Wind in the Leaves Collective and was Assistant to the Artistic Director (2007) and Marketing Outreach Coordinator of Ballet Creole. His dance background includes Garth Fagan Dance (USA), Ballet Creole among others.  He has presented and sat on panels in the USA, Caribbean, Canada, published in “Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come” and self published “Dance through Life” a dance photography book. He has juried, received funding from all levels of the Arts Councils, was the Co-chair of the Performing Arts Sub- Committee of the Jamaica 50th Celebrations (Toronto) and is a Board Member of Prologue to the Performing Arts, Nia Centre for the Arts. He sat on TAC’s Community Arts Programs Committee (2010 – 2012), Chairs’ the National Standing Council (Dance Companies) for Canada Dance Assembly and is on Toronto Dance Council’s Dance Committee.

Class Description: Contemporary dance technique marries Diasporic dance forms are at the forefront of the classes taught by Kevin A. Ormsby. The synergy of African / Afro-Caribbean dance and contemporary dance grounds a class rooted in musicality, total body engagement and technical execution. Afro-contemporary dance language that is ” a fusion of vocabularies for a truly contemporary voice…technically quite brilliant; expressive, making the athletic prowess simply part of the flow” Anya Wassenburg

FRIDAY Class w/ Matthew Cumbie: January 10 (note time change)
So it’s been some time since I was last in this role for FRIDAY Class. I am so excited to be back! In particular, I’m really excited about this class because it kicks off our Winter Institute. This institute is centered around the ways in which we engage communities in artistic practices, with the ‘we’ being all of those individuals gathered for this event. Even if you can’t join us for the entire institute, you can be a part of the experience by joining us for this FRIDAY Class. Because this class is connected to the institute, which includes a full schedule, we’ll be holding FRIDAY Class earlier for this week only! Please make note. Friday, January 10, from 9 to 10:30 am. $12 ($10 with a class card). 18+

Photo by Jesse Scroggins.

Matthew Cumbie 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 were 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: The communities we find ourselves drawn to, those people and groups and places that we want to spend our time with, are formative in shaping and framing who we are. This class series is rooted in exploring those roots, digging into a deeper sense of who we are as individuals, family members, community members, leaders and followers, and asking who we can become through this kind of knowing. We will draw from the Dance Exchange toolbox, improvisational practices, and some set material to move our bodies as solo and ensemble dancers; we will gather, move, and make as a community of artists.

About Matthew Cumbie

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