The days are getting longer, which means that spring is just around the corner. Time is flying. All the more reason to make use of the time we have, yes? This month, I am excited to see so many Dance Exchange faces leading the way in Takoma Park MOVES! Each facilitator brings a unique way of working with the tools, weaving in their own interests and practices that make up their practice and making for a great way to dance into spring. Leading us into March is Sam Horning: while a newer face to the team, Sam’s mature dancing and facilitation enrich both the series and our work. Don’t miss it! Following Sam will be our own DX Artistic Director, Cassie Meador! Joining her will Mark H Rooney, and together I can promise it will be a wonderful way to start the weekend. Rounding out the month will be Matthew Cumbie, partnered with new musician John Lee! As a reminder, we will not be holding Takoma Park MOVES the last weekend of this month- so jump into the studio as much as you can. Classes are Saturdays from 10 to 11:30. $12 (or $10 per person with a family). All ages welcome.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Sam Horning: March 5
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 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. 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 + live music w/ Mark H Rooney: March 12
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. 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/ Matthew Cumbie + live music w/ John Lee: March 19
Matthew Cumbie is a dancemaker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work explores his interests in activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. He has been commissioned to create and teach 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. Outside of the studio, he directs Dance Exchange’s in-house programming and manages a number of the company’s 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.