Spring into Takoma Park MOVES

This month, though short, is jam packed with awesomeness. After a week off, Amanda Newman brings us back with her return. I love when she’s facilitating, because I feel invited to be both playful and rigorous at the same time. Amanda just returned from a residency in Edmonton, where she was working alongside fellow Resident Artist Shula Strassfeld and two other Canada-based dance/theater organizations. I am so curious to see what happens with her at the helm! Rounding out the month is a new face to our facilitation team, but no stranger to this work or Dance Exchange. This month we welcome the return of Vincent Thomas, an incredible mover, maker, and facilitator who is based in Baltimore. In addition to a full teaching schedule, Vincent makes his own work, and performs and works alongside Liz Lerman and the Urban Bush Women. Be sure to catch him in our studios while you can; he’s truly a delight! Note that there is NO CLASS on Saturday, April 4. Classes resume at their regular schedule with Amanda on April 11. Saturdays, 10 to 11:30. $12 (or $10 per person with their family). All ages welcome.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Amanda Newman: April 11* & 18
*plus live music w/ David Schulman

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

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.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Vincent Thomas + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney: April 25

Vincent Thomas

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, and Bari, Italy. Vincent is a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).

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. This class is grounded in the Dance Exchange belief that every body can and should dance, and shares the company’s long history of intergenerational art making practices. 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.