As we move into the month of May, we are also moving into our last month of Takoma Park MOVES for this season. While I am so looking forward to some summer fun, I am also going to miss starting my Saturdays with this incredible community. This year we have built out our facilitation team, we have grown our class size, and we have journeyed together through so much making and moving. For all of that, I want to THANK YOU. Thank you to the movers who make this such a rich and rewarding experience. Thank you to the facilitators who have shared your research and questions. And thank you to the community that we at Dance Exchange call home: Takoma Park.
If you have yet to experience this powerful class, we have TWO MORE chances this month. Taking the reins one last time is Vincent; this past week, he shared so much joy and history from a variety of dancing traditions, and had us all grooving. And rounding our month and our season together is me, Matthew. Please join me as we reflect and celebrate, explore and share, and as we move and make.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO CLASS on Saturday, May 2. Classes resume on Saturday, May 9.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Vincent Thomas: May 9**
**plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney
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, Randy James Dance Works, EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival, Velocity Festival, Modern Moves Festival, Philly Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, and Bari, Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. He is a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park/Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist, an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes, and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: May 16
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. 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.