Takoma Park MOVES….until next time

I have to admit: writing this blog post, and thinking about the close of this series for the season has been difficult for me to wrap my head around. While not entirely new, Takoma Park MOVES is a renewed idea for us at Dance Exchange, and one that I’ve been reinvigorated by on those Saturday mornings we’ve met. Whether it’s been one person or 14, I thank all of you for coming out, sharing the space, and investigating the relationships our moving bodies have with the rest of the world and each other. As we move into May, we’ll see our last three classes of this series for the season. But don’t worry- we’ll be back in September, same time, same channel.

With this transition into the summer months, I feel it’s also important to acknowledge another transition. Stephanie Miracle, who has been such a formative figure in this series with me, has been offered a Fulbright award and the incredible opportunity to study in Germany for the next year. I’m so excited for this next chapter in her life, and look forward to seeing where her artistry takes her. My excitement, admittedly, is a bit tinged with a soft, selfish sadness because a dear friend will be missed soon. However, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating! Stephanie is facilitating the last 3 sessions of our Takoma Park MOVES series, and I HIGHLY recommend that everyone come share in the success and excitement of Stephanie Miracle by dancing and taking class from her. If you know Stephanie well and want to soak up some sweet moves, come. If you’ve heard of Stephanie and want to get to know her a bit better, come. If you’ve ever wanted to come to Takoma Park MOVES but haven’t yet made it, come. And if you’re at all curious what it means to be a part of a moving community, and how a physical practice can really enrich your life, come.

Stephanie will be facilitating Takoma Park MOVES on May 3, 10, and 17, and will be joined by our musician-in-residence David Schulman on May 17. This is the last month of the series until September, so I hope to see you in the studios! Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 am. $10. All are welcome.

Stephanie Miracle in the studio

Stephanie Miracleis an independent choreographer, performer and teaching artist currently based in the DC area. Stephanie’s choreography has been presented at Rooftop Dances, 100 Grand, Triskelion Arts, Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in NYC and in the DC area at Round House Theater, Supernova, Dance Exchange and Dance Place. As a performer she dancer for a variety of choreographers including Laura Peterson, Shannon Gillen, Degnit Shemy, Susan Marshall, Dance Exchange and PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland and a teaching certification in Klein TechniqueTM. www.stephaniemiracledances.com

Class description: This class is about using dance to create connections; connections to our physical bodies, to the people around us, to the places we inhabit and the cultures we exist within. Through out the class series we will explore a variety of movement forms including modern dance, yoga, social dances, ballet, martial arts, contact improvisation and somatic practices in order to warm-up, stretch, strengthen our bodies and develop individual expression. All levels of experience are welcome!

About Matthew Cumbie

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