This past month of spending so much time with our Takoma Park MOVErs has been a blast! Even with less than optimal weather at times, we’ve still had a great gathering to move and make together, which has really helped set the tone for my own weekends. I’m excited to continue this, and continue digging into all that has come up, as we head into March. Hopefully this will bring about better weather, but regardless we’ll still have a really rich time in the studio. I hope you’ll join us, whether you’ve been before or not! I will be facilitating March 1, 8, 22, and 29; please note that we’ll have a special appearance by Wayles Haynes, who will be facilitating March 15! 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: 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.