Takoma Park MOVES with Dance Exchange this March

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Cassie Meador: March 7

Cassie Meador in 'The Matter of Origins.' Photo by Jaclyn Borowski.

Kicking us off this month is Dance Exchange’s Artistic Director and long-time artist Cassie Meador! One of the things that I admire most about Cassie’s classes, and work in general, is the responsive nature in her approach. Her curiousity about story telling, and her supportive structures and energy in the act of telling, creates such a welcoming and charged space and leads to some provocative making. Having been away from the series for some time now, I am excited to see how some of Dance Exchange’s recent adventures will be informing her work. Cassie is sharing in this role for this one week only, so be sure to join her! Saturday, March 7. 10 to 11:30 am. $12 per person, or $10 per person with a family. All ages welcome.

Cassie Meador is a choreographer, educator, and environmentalist and the Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. Her works have tackled numerous social and environmental issues. Her most recent choreographic project, How To Lose a Mountain, involved a 500-mile walk from Washington, DC, to the source of energy that fuels her home and city’s electricity, a range of mountaintop removal sites in West Virginia. Other recent projects give testament to Cassie’s expanding leadership role in the arts and environment. She was selected as the sole artist representative to a research initiative of the International Human Dimensions Program on Environmental Change. She has spoken about her work and facilitated artmaking on international platforms such as the 2011 United Nations Climate Change conference in Durban, South Africa, and at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: March 14, 21*, 28**
* plus live music w/ David Schulman
** plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Matthew Cumbie, with Thomas Dwyer, in Dance Exchange's 'New Hampshire Ave: This Is a Place To..." Photo by Ben Carver.

Moving Takoma Park MOVES along for a good portion of this month is me, Matthew Cumbie! I couldn’t be happer to be returning to this role with this community of movers. As I’ve said before, this is one of my favorite ways to start my weekend, and the work that grows from our shared research and curiosity is profoud and transformative. I am looking forward to coming back and picking up where we left off when I was last in this series, and am excited to share out some new information that is integrating into my practice from a recent residency in Maine. Be sure to check out when we will be supported with the live sounds of David Schulman and Mark H. Rooney, and join us when you can and as much as you can! Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 am. $12 per person, or $10 per person in a family. All ages welcome.

Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC. His work looks at how our personal stories can shift perspective, unearth history, celebrate the individual and the shared, re-imagine our future, and create collective wisdom. He has been commissioned by Texas State University and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and has shown work in places ranging from the non-traditional, like in cars and online symposiums, to the more theatrical, like at Harvard University and major theaters. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. With Dance Exchange, Matthew collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research and embodied scholarship. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange.

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.