It’s March! And, more importantly, we are moving into spring! At least that’s my hope. For those of you who are avid Friday CLASS followers, then you might also remember that each spring we do a little thing we’ve been calling our ‘Sampler Series.’ During this time, we invite 4 local artists to share their practices and research with our class-going community: each week, for four weeks, sees a different artist and a different kind of class. While this season has included a long list of artists already, I am no less excited to drop into the studio this month and immerse myself in the work of these movers and makers. I hope you’ll join us! First up, we will be working Ken Manheimer! Among many other things, Ken is a leading voice in the contact community, and performs with a number of interesting collaborators. Following Ken will be Lynne Price! Lynne, a graduate from UMd, engages both the Baltimore and DC communities with their artmaking, and leads a number of ‘movement research’ classes in the area. Next will be Crystal U. Davis! A relatively recent transplant to the DC area, Crystal brings a range of experiences and practices that span across discipline, form, and wide geographic distances. And bringing this month to a close will be Nicole McClam! Nicole, also a recent graduate from UMd, is a familiar face in our Friday CLASS and Takoma Park MOVES series; that is, when she isn’t teaching at various universities in the area or performing and creating work up and down the east coast!
As you can see, it’s quite the line-up! So join me in the studio as you can and make sure to check out these artists. Each of them is doing fairly incredible dancing, making, and organizing in the community and we are excited to have them in the Friday CLASS line-up. Also in the room will be the always-energizing Mark H Rooney! So come! Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15am. $12. 18+
Friday CLASS w/ Ken Manheimer: March 4
For Ken Manheimer, dance is an antidote to the static of every-day life. He’s studied with central Contact Improvisation teachers, and also with myriad dance partners in practice at jams. Ken coordinates the weekly DC CI jam and is an organizer of the yearly regional Spring East Coast CI jam, and has facilitated and taught collaborative improvisation and contact improv for many years. Since 2008 Ken has explored the intersection of movement improvisation, CI, choreography, and theater with the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group. Ken has performed in collaboration with Nancy’s group, Daniel Barbiero, Tzveta Kassabova, and others, at many venues around DC and New York, including the American Dance Institute, Dance Exchange, The Dance Place, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and many more.
Friday CLASS w/ Lynne Price + live music w/ Mark H Rooney: March 11
Lynne Price is based in Baltimore and holds an MFA in dance from University of Maryland where they also currently teach improvisation. Lynne has taught guest classes at Goucher College, UMD, HCC, and UMBC. Lynne teaches regular movement research classes in Baltimore independently twice a week and frequently teaches for The Collective, a Baltimore-based dance company. Lynne has performed, taught, and choreographed in New York, Philly, Baltimore, DC, and BC, Canada.
Friday CLASS w/ Crystal U. Davis: March 18
Crystal U. Davis is an independent, performer/choreographer originally from North Carolina. Her work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to Peggy Hackney to the royal family of Jodhpur, India. Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Emory University, her M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University, her Masters in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification from Integrated Movement Studies. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between religion and movement with a specialty in folk and classical dance forms of India, forms she has taught and performed internationally. Her creative work centers around social commentary on the incongruities present in our daily behaviors and belief systems. Currently Ms. Davis is expanding her work in an endeavor called the Movement Artistry Project (aka M.A.P.) a holistic educational organization that brings the movement arts to venues within the arts community and beyond.
Friday CLASS w/ Nicole McClam + live music w/ Mark H Rooney: March 25
Nicole Y. McClam, CMA, MFA can usually be found introducing students to the awesomeness of dance at American University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, or Maryland Youth Ballet; bouncing to NY to rehearse with B3W Performance Group; or with Human Landscape Dances in DC. She also makes and designs costumes for various theater and dance productions, and was gratefully fired from Versace.