FRIDAY Class sampler series in May

A year ago we inadvertently made May a sort of ‘sampler series,’ each week featuring a different local artist facilitating our FRIDAY Class. Well, we loved it so much we decided to bring it back! This month is jam-packed with some sweet moves, really rigorous practices, and a whole lot of fun. Each week will be somewhere between slightly to completely different than the week before, as each artist will be bringing their own set of experiences and research interests. Make sure not to miss any one of these incredibly talented movers, as they’re only in the studio for one week. Read the schedule below to gather a better idea of who’s at the helm and when. And also note that there will be NO FRIDAY Class one week of this month. See you in the studio! 9:30 to 11:15 am, Fridays. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

May 2: Kate Folsom

Kate Folsom

Kate Folsom is Texas-born and Virginia-raised and is a graduate from the School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University. Kate is the Interim Director of Programs at Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. She has had the delight of working with the likes of Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Keira Hart-Mendoza, the Dance Exchange, and Emma Crane Jaster, among others, during her time here in the Washington, DC area. At JMU, she performed and choreographed with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. Kate has also veered abroad, studying contemporary dance and performance in London, UK, and Butoh dance with Dairakudakan in Hakuba, Japan. She is eager to get involved in new projects in the Washington Metropolitan area and furthering her breadth of knowledge in performance, choreography, dance production, and professional development.

Class Description: Class will rev up with ease, Kate’s favorite way of moving in the morning, and will grow in mobility and rigor. We will investigate movement that is lush and lubricates the joints, while taking your own spin on how to navigate detailed, yet inarticulate combinations of motion. This is a dance class for those comfortable in their moving body, ranging from professional dancers to community members and others.

May 9: Erin Crawley-Woods

Erin Crawley-Woods

Erin Crawley-Woods is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland College Park where she will receive her MFA this month! While at UMD she has performed in the work of Graham Brown, Adriane Fang, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Stephanie Miracle, as well as directed Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Prior to UMD, she was Company Manager of PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and has been a Company Member and Director of Community Outreach at Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerue, NM. There she managed Keshet’s nationally-recognized Outreach Program for Incarcerated Youth. She has completed the Wholistic Bodywork program at the New Mexico Academy for Healing Arts and is a licensed member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage + Bodywork and Thai Healing Alliance International. She has performed in the US and abroad with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Leslie Satin & Dancers, Sara Rudner & Company, Russell Dumas, Anneke Hansen, and the Irish Modern Dance Theater. Erin received a BA in theatre, dance and French from Sarah Lawrence College in 2001.

Class Description: This class will combine hands-on work, improvisational explorations and set movement sequences to enliven our senses and deepen our connection to both the interior spaces and exterior terrain of our bodies. With this heightened awareness we will aspire to play, seek, and find greater dynamic range, clarity, and intention within our dancing.

Dancing is many wildflowers, offer yourself as a landscape.– Eiko

May 16: Meredith Bove + live music w/ David Schulman

Meredith Bove

Meredith Bove hails from a small town  in Vermont. From 2008-2011 she lived and worked in Berlin, where she presented work at adastudio, Salon Bruit, K77, Die Kunst Apotheke, and with the Gruntwork collective. Within the US her work has been seen at the Theater Project (Baltimore, MD), the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), and at the Cultivate Festival (Bethlehem, NH). She has performed in the work of Luis Lara Malvacias, Jerome Bel, Zinzi Buchanan, Erica Rebollar, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Pena, Sarah Dahnke, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni and conceptual artist Luke Munn. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Class Description: This class will focus on tracking our sensorial experiences in order to find efficient body pathways, spatial connections, and a sense of ease and clarity in our movement choices. Movement sequences and improvisational frameworks will be offered as a way to experience individual relationships to time, range of motion and momentum. We will use gravity combined with attention to alignment to bring us into and through space, beginning with movement phrases that are simple and repetitive to help us notice our particularity to specific forms. Gradually, we’ll move into more complex phrase work, allowing these particularities to come into full expression, dancing rigorously and fully together, while honoring our idiosyncracies as individuals.

May 30: Katie Sopoci Drake

Katie Sopoci Drake

Katie Sopoci Drake, MFA, GL-CMA is a Washington D.C. based professional dancer, choreographer and teacher specializing in Laban-based contemporary dance.  She has been on faculty at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Nova Southeastern University, Miami Dade College-Wolfson, Miami Dade College-Kendall, Carthage College,Lawrence University, and has been a sought after Guest Teacher for The Wisconsin Dance Council, The Milwaukee Ballet, Northwestern University, and several professional companies around the country. Current company credits include Telephone Dance Project , Rebollar Dance, and ClancyWorks Dance.

Class Description: In this Somatic-based Modern class we will explore techniques of moving in and out of the floor with ease, inversions, and multiple pathways of transferring weight.  Using the Bartenieff Fundamentals as a framework, we will progress through a series of experiences that will get us moving efficiently from our feet to our hands.  By fine-tuning our sensitive and articulate bodies, we access a greater power to move with strength and agility from all angles.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Resident Artist/Education Coordinator) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.