Fall into CLASS at Dance Exchange

With our first month of this season’s class series almost behind us, I have to reflect on what an exciting and re-energizing month it has been in this sharing of practices! We have seen so many familiar faces, so many new faces, and some really wonderful dancing and art making. As we lean into the coming fall, I look forward to so much more of that!


Friday CLASS w/ Keira Hart Mendoza: Oct. 3, 10*, 17**, 24*, & 31
*plus live music w/ Mark Rooney: Oct. 3 & 24
**plus live music w/ David Schulman: Oct. 17

Keira Hart Mendoza

On the horizon for our Friday CLASS series we have local artist and wonderwoman Keira Hart Mendoza! Keira is the Artistic Director of local company UpRooted Dance, and has done an incredible amount of work these past few years all over the DC area: from stages and theaters like the Kennedy Center to more site-based and adaptive works on sidewalks and in art galleries. Keira has also been holding a new class series in the DuPont area, and returns this October to our Friday CLASS. No stranger to our series, Keira facilitates a blend of conventional dancing practices, experimental ideas and improvisational modalities, and other forms of body work (like Pilates). All of this leads to a really integrating and informative class that leaves me feeling set for the rest of the day! Throughout the month we will also be joined by David Schulman and Mark Rooney! Join us on Fridays at Dance Exchange, 9:30 to 11:15. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+


Keira Hart-Mendoza is the artistic director and choreographer for the DC based dance company UpRooted Dance. Her choreography and video work has been shown nationally and internationally in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, across the state of Virginia, the DC-Metro Area, and in Mexico. She has worked with musicians, filmmakers, engineers, actors, motion capture technology, and fashion designers. In the DC Metro Area, Keira has presented work at Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Sylvia Greenberg Theater, Sydney Harman Center for the Arts, Reston Town Center, the store front windows at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot…, L2 Lounge in Georgetown, The Capital Skyline Hotel Pool, and Sidebar in Silver Spring. Keira has been a guest artist at James Madison University, University of Virginia, Coppin State University in Baltimore, and at Arizona State University. She also performs with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground.

Class Description: Keira’s classes at the Dance Exchange will gather dancers together through structured movement exercises in conjunction with live music by violinist David Schulman and taiko drummer Mark H. Rooney.  This phrase work will explore integrated movement throughout the entire body while trying to find a deeper connection to the music being played simultaneously.  Dancers will also work together in pairs, trios and in large ensembles through group structured improvisations.  These improvisations will allow dancers to exercise personal movement choices, while connecting more personally to others in the class.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Amanda Newman: Oct. 4, 11, 18*, 25
*plus live music w/ David Schulman

Amanda Newman in Dance Exchange's "New Hampshire Avenue: This Is a Place To..." Photo by Ben Carver.

In Takoma Park MOVES this October, I am so excited to welcome Amanda Newman to the series! Amanda is the newest Resident Artist at Dance Exchange, and an incredile addition to our artistic team. Having recently migrated from Utah, Amanda comes to Dance Exchange with a diverse background in dancing practices within an array of community settings and lots of information. Here at Dance Exchange she is also the primary facilitator of our Teen Exchange program. What this means: there is a good chance you could be dancing with some of our fabulous Teen Exchangers this month! This is an excellent opportunity to bring your youth to connect with our youth programs and get some moving in yourself. On occasional Saturdays, we will be joined by David Schulman and Mark Rooney! Saturdays at Dance Exchange, from 10 to 11:30 am. $12, or $10 per person with a family. All ages welcome.

Amanda Newman is a dancer, creator, and collaborator from Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a Resident Artist and the Communications Coordinator for Dance Exchange.  She has performed in work by Juan Carlos Claudio, I-Fen Lin, Pamela Geber Handman, Ellen Bromberg, Stephen Koester, and Carl Fink as well as staging her own work both in and out of the theater. Amanda assisted in the creation and production of community-engaged projects and site-specific choreographic works by Pamela Geber-Handman, Ellen Bromberg, and Sofia Gorder of inFluxdance. These experiences catalyzed Amanda’s own interests in community-engaged arts practices which broaden our circles of inclusion, hold our individual and collective histories, and allow space for complex, critical conversations. She also co-founded and directed Connect2Health, a volunteer organization which utilizes student volunteers to bridge the gap between underserved patients and the community resources they need to lead healthier lives. Amanda holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.

A movement class for the entire community, Takoma Park MOVES recognizes the rich possibility of exchanges when people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and levels of experience come together in a creative process. Join us for a mix of professional dancers, those new to dance, community, movers, and families. All ages welcome. 

About Matthew Cumbie

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