Moving in a spectrum in Takoma Park MOVES

Moving into the month of October, our Takoma Park MOVES series continues celebrating the intergenerational practices that ground the work of Dance Exchange, and invites a team of artists with a range of experiences to lead our classes! Each of these artists brings with them a different entry into the work, a different perspective on how this experience is living in their own life, and their own set of curiousities. Anchoring most of the month is me, Matthew Cumbie. This is my first time back in the series this sesaon, although I’ve been able to come to all of the classes that kicked us off! I am thrilled to be back here: this series was just coming back when I first started full-time with Dance Exchange, and I feel as if I’ve been able to grow alongside this series and the movers that come so regularly. If you’ve not yet experienced the magic of Takoma Park MOVES, join us! This month will also see the return of a familiar and friendly face from both past performances of Dance Exchange and some of our Takoma Park MOVES classes last season: Vincent Thomas! Vincent is wonderful, and brings so much vitality and rigor to the room. A prolific artist whose schedule never seems to slow, he is able to pull from his experiences with Dance Exchange, Urban Bush Women, his teaching at Towson University, and the many collaborative projects he finds himself in. Also leading this month, and rounding us out, is a new face to the facilitation team, but by no means a new face to Dance Exchange: Sadie Leigh! Sadie grew up in our Teen Exchange program, then went on to college at UMd, a long-time partner of ours, and now has followed her own artmaking into working as a freelance dance artist, a yoga practitioner, and a member of a local performing puppetry company!

Clearly, it’s going to be a full and wonderful month! Join us on Saturdays, from 10 to 11:30am. Classes are $12 per person, or $10 per person who comes with their family. All are welcome.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: October 3, 17*, & 24

Matthew Cumbie. Photo by Jori Ketten.

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. He believes in the resiliency and resourcefulness of the body, and in the power of storytelling and collaborative art making to transform. His work explores his interests in activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience.

Matthew has been commissioned by professional dance companies and university dance programs throughout the US, 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, Annie Kloppenberg, 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. Outside of the studio, he directs Dance Exchange’s in-house educational programming and manages a number of creative projects. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Vincent Thomas: October 10

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 festivals including DUMBO Festival, Velocity Festival, Modern Moves Festival, Philly Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Spain, France, Greece, and 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. Vincent is a recipient of a Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, a Baker Artist Choice Award, several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, a Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, and several accolades from Metro DC Dance Awards. He 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, and co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA). He is an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Sadie Leigh: October 31

Sadie Leigh

As a life long student, performer and maker of dance, Sadie Leigh finds her bliss in the heat, strength, and mobility that comes from focused physicality. She brings this purposeful playfulness into her classes, encouraging her students to make their own choices and interpretations while moving gracefully and joyfully. She studied performance, choreography and leadership in dance for 10 years at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland, before earning a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where she had the pleasure of working with and learning from incredible artists including David Dorfman, Jen Mcginn, Dawn Springer, Adriane Fang, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig. Sadie has been a company member of Pointless Theatre since 2011.

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.

* indicates that class will also feature one of DX’s Musicians-in-Residence

About Matthew Cumbie

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