It’s February and I’m back in the swing of Takoma Park MOVES! Truthfully, I couldn’t be more excited. In January I was able to do a bit of work with the TPMovers and it reminded me yet again of what a fantastic series this is and the richness that can happen when doing this work. I’m also thrilled that the class continues to grow; if you haven’t had the chance to check Takoma Park MOVES out yet, it’s never too late. I’ll be holding most of the Saturdays in February and March, with a couple of guest appearances by some other lovely artists. I hope you’ll join us as it’s sure to be an exciting, rigorous, and playful mix of Dance Exchange tools, moving our bodies, and exploring the spectrum between ‘naming’ and ‘not naming’ a number of things. I will be facilitating February 1, 15, and 22; please note that Stephanie Miracle will be facilitating February 8. Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 am. $10. All are welcome!
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator 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 collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to 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 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. This class is open for any who are interested! No experience required.