Takoma Park MOVES with Cassie and Meredith

Welcome back, movers! I hope that the holidays have been a wonderful time of reflection and rest for you and your families! As we move into a new month and new year, we return to some events that are some of my favorite here at Dance Exchange. One of those is our weekly Saturday morning class! Leading the way this month are two of my favorites: Cassie Meador and Meredith Bove! For many of us, Cassie is someone we know well. Long-time company member and current Artistic Director of Dance Exchange, avid Takoma Park walker and resident, and dog-loving garden enthusiast, there’s a lot to love about Cassie. And her classes are the perfect way to start your weekend! New to the Takoma Park MOVES facilitation team is Meredith Bove- yay! While new to this series, Meredith is no new face to the DC dancing scene, Dance Exchange programming, or Takoma Park. Meredith brings a wonderful energy and exciting ideas to class, and I can’t wait for you to share in dance making with her! Read below for more information about each artist, and about the series. See you in the studio!

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Cassie Meador: January 9 & 30*
* plus live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Cassie Meador. Photo by Matt Mahaney.

Cassie Meador is a choreographer, performer, educator, writer and Artistic Director of the Dance Exchange. Her works have tackled numerous social and environmental issues such as How To Lose a Mountain, which reflects on a 500-mile walk Meador took from Washington, DC to a mountaintop removal mining site in West Virginia to trace the impacts of the energy that fuel her home. Meador’s Moving Field Guides, an interactive outdoor experience led by artists, naturalists and regional experts in ecology, is being implemented nationwide in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Other recent projects include: ”New Hampshire Ave: This is a Place To…” a creative placemaking project funded by NEA and ArtPlace America in Dance Exchange’s home community of Takoma Park, MD; and Bricks and Bones: A performance series in response to the erasure of black lives and communities in Dallas, TX and the movements to recover, rebuild and honor those lost histories, co-directed with Paloma McGregor of Angela’s Pulse. Meador has taught and created dances in communities throughout the U.S. and internationally in Japan, Canada, England, Ireland, and Guyana. She has worked with the Girl Scouts to enhance environmental curricula through the arts. Her work with Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment has influenced educators and students to embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to conservation and environmental education. Born in Charleston, SC, and raised Augusta, GA, she received her B.F.A. in dance from The Ohio State University. Meador joined Dance Exchange in 2002 and assumed the role of Artistic Director in 2011.

Takoma Park MOVES w/ Meredith Bove: January 16 & 23

Meredith Bove, in the foreground, with Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. Photo by Spenser Dugal.

Meredith Bove hails from a small town in Vermont. From 2008-2011 she lived and worked in Berlin, where she presented work at adastudio, Salon Bruit, K77, Die Kunst Apotheke, and with the Gruntwork collective. Within the US her work has been seen at the Theater Project (Baltimore, MD), the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), and at the Cultivate Festival (Bethlehem, NH). She has performed in the work of Luis Lara Malvacías, Jérôme Bel, Zinzi Buchanan, Erica Rebollar, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, Sarah Dahnke, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni and conceptual artist Luke Munn. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

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.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Resident Artist/Education Coordinator) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.