A month full of MAKING at Dance Exchange

May is THE month. The month for what, you may be asking? In this case, it’s the month of making! We have so many opportunities for you to jump in the studio with us, that we decided to include ALL of them in this post! Whether you want a one-time class to help you connect (or reconnect) to your improvisational dancemaking or you want to work alongside a group of collaborators to co-create a work-in-progress or you want to connect with a community of movers and thinkers using their making to unpack critical conversations around race- we have something for you. Check out the description of each below, and join us in one (or all) of these opportunities!

Please note: We encourage participants for all of these opportunities to register before attending. This is especially true of the multi-week series, which require a minimum enrollment. To register today, email Matthew at matthewc@danceexchange.org.

Exploring Whiteness -miniInside|Outside- InterPlay with Race:        Exploring Whiteness
Wednesdays, May 4- June 22
6-7:30pm, @ Dance Exchange
$150-$200 (sliding scale)

We will use InterPlay forms to tap into embodied knowing about whiteness, white privilege, and the pursuit of racial equity and racial healing. Movement, stories, singing, stillness, and being part of the ‘group body’ will loosen up some of the constrictions that keep us from showing up in healthier ways for ‘the race dance’ in our communities and the larger society. We will read Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. InterPlay helps reintegrate body, mind, heart, and spirit, and it’s for everybody! The forms are simple, accessible, yet surprisingly profound. No prior InterPlay or dance experience needed. This class will be fragrance free. Classes will be led by Katrina Browne (InterPlay), Eleanor Hancock (White Awake), and Cassie Meador (Dance Exchange).

Co-Lab MiniCo-Lab
Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 10-26
7- 9:30pm, @ Dance Exchange

Co-Lab is a community choreography laboratory that invites local artists and community members of all backgrounds and experiences to work alongside DX artists in the making of an original performance work. Explore Dance Exchange tools and practices during this interdisciplinary, intergenerational creative process. Collaborate with other movers and makers to create, rehearse, and perform a new work to be presented on Thursday, May 26 as part of DX’s HOME event IN THE WORKS: SHOWINGS FROM CO-LAB & LOCAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE.

Structured Improvisation Screen Shot

Inside|Outside- Structured Improvisation: Choreographing While Performing
Saturday, May 14
3- 4:30pm, @ Dance Exchange

Sourcing from their shared histories of work in improvisation and somatic trainings, Esther Geiger and Cat Maguire will lead movement practices, collaborative strategies, and improvisational compositional scores. Drawing inspiration from their studies with Structured Improvisation master Richard Bull (1931-1998) and embodied understanding from their training in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Cat and Esther will guide you toward fuller awareness of your physical range and your relationship with those around you. Learn to choreograph while you perform! Become fully present in your body, in space (and in life). No dance experience necessary.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.