Welcome to November, movers! While a short month in terms of our Saturday classes that are happening, there is a lot packed in and so much to celebrate. Because of the upcoming various holidays and traditions, we will only be having 2 classes this month, so come as much as you can!
Kicking us off is our very own homegrown and powerful artistic voice: Sadie Leigh! When I say homegrown, I really mean it. Sadie spent her youth in our Teen Exchange program, working closely with Elizabeth Johnson (EJ) in leading the teens and weaving herself into the Dance Exchange fabric as much as she could. After her time here, she went on to the University of Maryland and now works in a puppet theater company, teaches yoga and dance, and creates a variety of artistic experiences throughout the DC area. Closing our month is me (Matthew Cumbie) and, especially knowing that this will be my last Takoma Park MOVES before the new year, I hope you’ll join me! I’ll be coming right off of my time on a residency in Dallas, where we are shaping a performance series that culminates 2 years worth of work and looks at the role race has played in shaping the city of Dallas. I’m inspired, excited, uncomfortable, and moved- and I would love to share this with you.
As always, we will be joined our wonderful musician-in-residence Mark H. Rooney. Classes are Saturdays, 10 to 11:30am and cost $12 (or $10 per person with their family). All are welcome!
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Sadie Leigh: November 6 + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney
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.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: November 14
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 transformative power of interdisciplinary, collaborative art making processes. His work explores his interests in activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. 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.
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.