A new year and a new month of CLASS

It’s a new year, and a new month of CLASS at Dance Exchange! This is the perfect time to gather, move, and make with a community invested in reflecting on and transforming our lives through our art making and physical practices. This month I am delighted to welcome back both Meredith Bove and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet to the facilitation front. Both of these movers bring insightful perspectives, interesting points of departure, and inviting sensibilities that allow you to work from wherever you’re at.  Note that each artist is only teaching three times this month: Friday CLASS on January 16 and Takoma Park MOVES on January 17 will be held by DX artists, in connection with the Dance Exchange Winter Institute.

And remember- this is a great time to invest in a CLASS CARD, and save some money moving into a new year! $100 gets you 10 classes, and with both series going through May or June, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to join us in the studio. To get more information, email me at matthewc@danceexchange.org.

Friday CLASS w/ Meredith Bove: January 9**, 23*, 30
*plus live music w/ David Schulman
** plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Meredith Bove

Meredith is one of those movers that I can not help but watch when in class. There is a kind of awareness of her moving body in space, and a way that she articulates each idea or gesture, that invites one to watch. When teaching a class at Dance Exchange last season, I was excited to see these qualities also translate into how she facilitates and holds space. The opportunity to be both curious and playful, and still rigorous, led to some rich explorations and exciting discoveries! It was a highlight of my class taking landscape last year, and I am thrilled to have her back this month.  Whether or not you maintain a moving practice, or if you have been in the studio with us at all, come as you are and as you can! Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

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 Malvacías, Jérôme Bel, Zinzi Buchanan, Erica Rebollar, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, 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 idiosyncrasies as individuals.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Jessie Laurita-Spanglet: January 10**, 24*, 31
*plus live music w/ David Schulman
**plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. Photo by Zachary Z. Handler

Jessie is an artist whose work has connected her to so many facets of the DC dance community, and an artist whose generosity of spirit and attention to curiosity I so respect. Not a stranger to our Takoma Park MOVES series, I am excited to have her holding this month and next, allowing for some deep intersections and rich making. Jessie recently completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland, and is continuing to make provocative performance work through colloborations both on stage and in everyday situations throughout the DC area. She teaches a great deal, and her classes are the kind that offer space for all to come and work together. Join us on Saturdays, 10 to 11:30. $12, or $10 per person with a family. All ages welcome.

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet is a performer, educator, and choreographer currently based in Washington, DC. Jessie grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she had the great pleasure of studying with and dancing for Katharine Birdsall, and teaching Pilates at Thinking Body Studio. In 2010 Jessie moved to Maryland where she has enjoyed dancing with Dance Exchange, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Sharon Mansur, and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, as well as working towards her MFA in Dance which she completed last May. Jessie is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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. Classes are $12, or $10 per person in a family, and are facilitated by Dance Exchange Artists. 10-11:30 am, Saturdays at Dance Exchange. All ages welcome.

About Matthew Cumbie

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