In the mix with Julia Burrer

With our first month of classes for this season already under way, I am excited to bring on board our first visiting artist for our Inside|Outside series: Julia Burrer! I first met Julia at Bates a couple of summer’s ago, and fell in love with her class. It was the best way to start my day, even on those mornings when I thought nothing short of a miracle would get me moving. Julia brings an inviting and generous spirit towards accessing our weight in supple and fluid ways, and facilitates a class that ranges from sublte nuance to expansive flying! Currently a dancer with Doug Varone and Dancers, Julia is in the area for a few days and we are so happy to host her for this class at Dance Exchange. Come; it will be wonderful!

Space is limited, so email me at matthewc@danceexchange.org to pay for and reserve your spot! Class is $15, and class cards cannot be accepted. Thursday, October 16 from 5 to 7 pm.

Julia Burrer

Julia Burrer, originally from Austin, Texas, moved to New York in 2002 where she earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Upon graduating, she worked with a variety of choreographers including Gwen Welliver, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas, Teri & Oliver Steele, Daniel Charon, Chimaera Physical Theater, and the Median Movement. She has danced for Doug Varone and Dancers since 2007, and recently assisted in the restaging of Varone’s choreography in Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera. She regularly guest teaches at festivals, schools, and universities, as well as restages Varone’s repertory on students across the country. She works with teens at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, directing their performing group, Harkness Repertory Ensemble.

Class Description: We will start by honing in and focusing on an idea, image, and/or landscape of the body, investigating its architecture and how gravity and intention can broaden our perception of our personal movement patterns. From there, we will expand outwards into a wider view using shorter exercises to get our bodies articulating and gaining alertness and spatial awareness, and as we move forward, we will build. We will build experientially- in size and space, in musicality and in sensation. We will access moving from our bones and finding ease in our joints, as well as fully engaging our musculature and using momentum to our advantage. Class will culminate with a hefty-sized phrase.

About Matthew Cumbie

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