A March full of FRIDAY Class

This month is so full of wonderful dancing that I can barely sit still. Each week will feature a different artist, with a mix of guests from out of town and artists that call the DC area home. Be sure to check below and note who is in the studio and when so that you can join us! Classes are $12 (or $10 w/ a Class Card) and go from 9:30 to 11:15 every Friday morning. 18+

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FRIDAY Class w/ Karl Rogers: March 7, w/ David Schulman

Karl Rogers

Karl Rogers, artistic director of Red Dirt Dance, is a professional dancer/choreographer. The company was founded in 2004 and exhibits Rogers’ unique blend of theatricality and virtuosity. Red Dirt Dance has been presented in theatres and museums across New York City, up and down the East coast and throughout the Midwest. Rogers’ work combines text, movement and design to invite laughter and poignancy as it considers the theatricality of the everyday. It has been commissioned by dance companies in Chicago, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. The company has also been seen at the Florida Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival.

For the past decade Rogers has toured the globe as a performer in contemporary dance works. Most notably, he is the most tenured member of David Dorfman Dance, an internationally-recognized dance company based out of New York City known for its hyper-kinetic vocabulary and theatrical potency. He has also danced in projects for Colleen Thomas, Terry Creach, Paul Matteson, Heidi Henderson/elephant JANE dance, Melinda Ring, Hoi Polloi, and many others. Most recently, he has performed a series of duets, collaborating with both Heidi Henderson and Megan Durham-Wall.

Rogers holds an MFA and is currently pursuing a PhD in Dance Studies at the Ohio State University. He lives in Rochester, NY and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at The College of Brockport.

Class Description: In this class, we will focus on harnessing the imagination, specificity of the body in motion, and efficiency of movement to gain flexibility, strength and coordination. We will honor traditional modern dance techniques but often with a twist – using familiar movement concepts in unfamiliar ways. We will concentrate on how to make bold, athletic, daring movement authentic and alive.  Combining improvisational scores, conventional classroom exercises and performance challenges, we will find dimensionality and agency while dancing. The movement material will relate to release techniques, yoga, contact improvisation and ballet. Above all, we’ll have a good time!

FRIDAY Class w/ Matthew Cumbie: March 14

Matthew in 'From the Desk of Rachel Carson.' Photo by Paul Emerson/Company E.

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: 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.

FRIDAY Class w/ Paloma McGregor (Green Choreographer in Residence): March 21

Paloma in 'Building a Better Fishtrap.' Photo by Charles R. Berenguer, Jr.

Paloma McGregor is a choreographer, writer and organizer living in Harlem. An eclectic artist, she has improvised on a floating platform in the Bronx River, choreographed an Afro-futurist pop opera at The Kitchen and devised a multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with 36 community members and students at UC Berkeley. Paloma has worked extensively with her sister, director Patricia McGregor, as well as with Niegel Smith, multidisciplinary artists Mendi+Keith Obadike and LaTasha Nevada Diggs, musician Greg Tate; additionally, she toured internationally as a dancer with Urban Bush Women for six years, with whom she still performs, and has worked with Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador, and Jill Sigman. Paloma is currently developing Building a Better Fishtrap, a multidisciplinary performance project that explores water, memory and home, as well as examines what we carry with us, leave behind and reclaim. The developing work has been presented by Earthdance, No Longer Empty and Danspace Project, and will premiere in 2014. The exploration has spawned a related community-engaged project in the Bronx, called Follow the Water Walks, which creates opportunities for communities to engage with their natural and man-made landscapes using mapping, science and dance (supported by a grant from iLAND). Paloma is also curating work through her initiative, Dancing While Black, which aims to support and illuminate the breadth of work by black dance artists.

Class Description: Coming soon!

FRIDAY Class w/ Adriane Fang: March 28, w/ David Schulman

Adriane Fang in 'While Waiting.'

Adriane Fang graduated with honors with a double major in Dance and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 1994 and received her MFA in Dance from George Mason University in 2009.  She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 1996-2006 and has worked with several choreographers including Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Wally Cardona and Clare Byrne.  She was on faculty at George Mason University from 2006-2009 and at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshops from 2000-2007. She presented her first evening of work at Danspace Project from December 9-11, 2005, shared with Colleen Thomas.  Currently on faculty at the University of Maryland, Adriane is the recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance with Doug Varone and Dancers.

Class Description: Drawing from the lineage of the renowned choreographer, Doug Varone, this technique displays an appreciation of momentum, with swirling pathways through the space, underscored by a rigorous specificity in the body.  Class will be focused on exploring a sensitive and personal approach to dancing while maintaining technical proficiency.  Expression of intent and choice will be encouraged while moving progressively from simple to more complex movement patterns.  An immediate and active presence leading to generous fulfillment of dynamic dancing will be emphasized.

About Matthew Cumbie

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