Another month full of fabulous Friday CLASS

Spring is officially here, and to help shake off those chills is an incredible line-up for our Friday CLASS series! Be sure to mark those calendars and join us when you can: this month showcases artists who are doing seriously interesting work, and who do not often share their research through class in the DC area. May also means that we are nearing the end of our season- 2 more months of Friday CLASS before our summer break! Come and get it while you can!

This month, we kick things off with the generous and insightful Vincent Thomas! An artist with Dance Exchange and Urban Bush Women roots, Vincent directs a great number of his own projects throughout the area and teaches at Towson University and in our Takoma Park MOVES series (among so many other places). Following those two classes, we will see Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad of BodyCartography Project for one class only! Based in Minneapolis, they are in the area sharing work at Dance Place; we are thrilled to host them in our series, and offer an opportunity for the DC dancing community to intersect with their work! Rounding out our month is our Local Artist in Residence John Moletress. Situated in a making space that is very interdisciplinary, John has been showing work all around the world, including a works-in-progress showing at Dance Exchange, and I can’t wait to see what his class offers.

Please note that there will be NO CLASS on Friday, May 22. Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15 am. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

Friday CLASS w/ Vincent Thomas: May 1 & 8

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, 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.

Class Description: In this lab class, participants will find organic freedom in movement while expanding their human, physical, expressive and technical ranges. Gestural, athletic, and organic movement will be explored while (at times) challenging the vertical axis.

Friday CLASS w/ BodyCartography Project:  May 15**
**plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Body Cartography Project

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are choreographers and certified teachers of Body-Mind Centering®. They teach BMC trainings internationally at Movement Research, Impulstanz, Vienna, Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Lyon Opera Ballet amongst others. Over their sixteen year collaboration as the BodyCartography Project they have created performances, films and installations around the world and in New York at PS122, Danspace, DTW and American Realness.

Class Description: This workshop will focus on the pelvis: embryology, bones, muscles and how we can utilize our embodied anatomy in our practice of moving. Through hands on practice we will dive into the systems of the body and create a deep foundation from which to expand our physical potential, and heighten our sensory awareness. Workshop is for anyone who wants to feel great and learn more about their pelvis and how its movement can support your dancing.

Friday CLASS w/ John Moletress: May 29

John Moletress

John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble based in Washington, D.C. With force/collision, he has created work for traditional and non-traditional venues, site, installation and multi-media. He has performed work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Brown University, George Washington University, King’s College (UK), Warehouse 9 (Denmark), Unity Theatre (UK), among others. His solo performance JARMAN (all this maddening beauty), developed with OBIE award-winning playwright Caridad Svich continues to tour both the U.S. and Europe. Currently, he holds the position of Visiting Lecturer of Theatre at McDaniel College. BA Muhlenberg College; MFA George Washington University.

Class Description: In this class, John Moletress will use his training in the Viewpoints, a movement based improvisational training employing notions of tempo/rhythm, kinesthetic response, body shape and architecture towards composition making. Various exercises and improvisation seek to deepen the practice of listening with the entire body to other bodies in space and the physical space itself. This class is open to both dancers and movers alike.

About Matthew Cumbie

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