A finale fit for Friday CLASS

To wrap up our season of Friday CLASS, I felt it time to come back to our roots. And so looking at who’s on deck this month, you may notice one thing all of these facilitator’s have in common: Dance Exchange. For all of June, join each of these movers and makers as they share their practices, all of which have at some point intersected with the rich and incredible legacy of this organization. Kicking us off is the newest team member- Amanda Newman! Following her for one week only, I hope you’ll join me and Mark H. Rooney as we shake things up. And rounding out our month, our season, and all that is wonderful about this series is the powerful Meghan Abadoo! Read about each of these artists below. Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15 am. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

Friday CLASS w/ Amanda Newman + live music w/ David Schulman: June 5 & 12

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.

Friday CLASS w/ Matthew Cumbie + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney:June 19

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

Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work looks at how storytelling and performance 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.

Friday CLASS w/ Meghan Abadoo:June 26

Meghan Abadoo. Photo by Paul Smith.

Meghan Abadoo is a dancer and teacher based in the arts district neighborhood of Mount Rainier, MD, currently performing as company member with Taurus Broadhurst Dance and select projects with Gesel Mason Projects. Her performance credits also include company member and adjunct artist with David Dorfman Dance and Dance Exchange (formerly Liz Lerman Dance Exchange), where she is currently an adjunct artist and contributor to community engagement art-making events. She was also a member of Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women during their Dance Motion tour of South America in 2010, sponsored by the U.S. State Department in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Meghan has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance/Ghanaian Traditional Dances and a minor in Strategic Advertising, and is currently in the MFA in Dance program at the University of Maryland-College Park.

About Matthew Cumbie

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