Check out all that is happening during our Takoma Park MOVES series this coming month! It’s a month full of moving with Matthew, Sam, and Vincent! Plus the live sounds of Mark and John Lee- it’s a great way to help usher in spring and the perfect start to your weekend.
Please note: There will be NO Takoma Park MOVES on Saturday, April 23. It its place will be a special class, as part of our Inside|Outside series, called Taiko for Movers. To learn more about the class, and it’s facilitators Mark H Rooney and Keira Hart-Mendoza, please click here.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie: April 2 & 30
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and, since 2011, has been working with Dance Exchange. He joined the company shortly after that first meeting, in 2012, as a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator. 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. Independently, 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 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: April 9
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. He has also 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/ Vincent Thomas + live music w/ John Lee: April 16
Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre, Randy James Dance Works, EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. His choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, at places like the DUMBO Festival, Velocity Dance Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Spain, France, Greece, and Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. He is also a recipient of a Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, a Baker Artist Choice Award, several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, a Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Award, among many others. Vincent is a American Dance Institute Incubator Artist, an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes, and a Professor of Dance at Towson 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.