When I think of February, it’s an interesting juxtaposition of responses. Often one of the coldest months of the year, and definitely the shortest, it can feel fast and hard to manage. Personally, though, it’s also a time for celebration and starting a new year. Why, some may wonder, especially given the turn of the calendar year so recently? Because it’s my birthday month! And I’ve taken that spirit of celebration into inviting a line-up of Dance Exchange artists that will certainly help make this month one to gather our warmth, move through the hardest of days, and make our own celebratory dances! I hope you will join me to help lead in the month, especially since our class falls on my actual birthday! Helping me move us through February will also be DX Artistic Director Cassie Meador and DX Facilities Coordinator, and new to our teaching roster, Sam Horning!
See below for who is leading and when, and know that Mark H. Rooney will also be collaborating with us in the room at times. Whether you have never been to a Takoma Park MOVES or you have helped make this the community it is: COME! Classes are Saturdays at Dance Exchange from 10 to 11:30am. $12 (or $10 per person who comes with their family). All ages welcome.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: February 6
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. In his continually expanding responsibilities with the company, he holds both artistic and administrative leadership roles: from the creation and performance of new work to training artists to directing and visioning the organization’s in-house programming to the management of a number of company projects. His work explores his interests in activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. Matthew’s has been commissioned to create and show work at places like Harvard University, Texas State University, Triskelion Arts, and AS220, and to work with other professional dance companies, like Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and the Houston Met. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with a wide range of artists, including Liz Lerman, 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. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Sam Horning + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney: February 19
Samuel Horning is a dancer, educator, and dance maker currently based in Washington, DC. As an artist, his choreographic mind has been heavily influenced by the quotidian and poetic spectrums of dance. He values everyday experiences and archival knowledge, mining both for the inspiration, materials, and compositional structures that become the textures of his dancing. Samuel relies on efficiency and chance encounters as a means of movement invention. His work is produced from detailed improvisation techniques and is rooted by the information the body can receive from the floor.
Samuel is a recent graduate from Wayne State University with a BFA in dance. During his undergrad career, he had the immense pleasure of studying with Biba Bell, Nicholas Leichter, Meg Paul, Jeffrey Rebudal, Addison O’Day, Ariel Osterweis, Sean Hoskins, and other WSU faculty whom have greatly influenced his artistic choices. While on academic and talent scholarship,Samuel was the personal assistant to the Associate Professor and Area Head–Dance, Jeffrey Rebudal and was simultaneously the President of WSU Dance Workshop in his senior year. Samuel was featured in The Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of The Merry Widow in spring of 2015 and was also a member of Artlab J dance in Detroit. He has had the honor of performing in several traditional and non-traditional spaces, but most notably at the The Kennedy Center, The Joyce, The Detroit Music Hall, the Detroit Opera House, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dequindre Cut in Detroit, and Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Cassie Meador: February 12 & 26
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; 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; and Bricks and Bones, co-directed with Paloma McGregor, which was 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.
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 and 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. 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.
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.
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.