MASTER CLASS w/ Jesse Factor

As we prepare for June, we have another MASTER CLASS to look forward to! This time, we’ll be moving with the fabulous Jesse Factor. I was introduced to him by DX Managing Director Sarah Case, who worked closely with Jesse when she doing more performing in touring musicals. I immediately felt a sense of comfort and ease with this artist, whose career has quite the span, as we got to know each other over bagels and coffee in Astoria. I’m so excited and curious to see what kind of influences his career has had on his teaching; he brings a long legacy of rich and explosive dancing, some of which we don’t see often in our studios. Jesse is a former company member of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, and still teaches regularly at their school in NYC. He’s also had an illustrious career dancing in and choreographing for an array of musicals. For those wanting a taste of something slightly different; for those curious or interestd in the history of our dancing culture; for those wanting to have a great time, a good challenge, and some fantastic company, I recommend you come do some moving with Jesse!

Space is limited, so email me at matthewc@danceexchange.org to reserve your spot today! Class is $15, and class cards cannot be accepted. Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 pm. 18+

Jesse Factor

Jesse Factor was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania. He received a scholarship to the Martha Graham School, and danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II where he danced many iconic pieces in the Martha Graham repertory, as well as work by Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Stuart Hodes, and Virginie Mecene. Jesse works internationally as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for theater, opera, and dance. He holds a BFA with honors from the Tisch School/NYU.

“The spine is your body’s tree of life. And through it a dancer communicates; the body says what words cannot.” Martha Graham

Class Description: Experience fundamentals of the groundbreaking technique created by American modern dance legend Martha Graham. This class reveals the dramatic potential of the body while introducing three main elements of contraction/release, spiral, and shift of weight. Floor work, standing work, and traveling work will unlock dynamic physical expression through the use of oppositional forces.

About Matthew Cumbie

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