As we move into the final month of Takoma Park MOVES for this season, we are bringing back some of our favorites! Each week will showcase a different artist, but so many of the same practices! Join us as we move alongside Amanda, Vincent, and Matthew! Read more about each artist below, and make plans to share the studio with movers of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Whether you’ve been in class every week or you’re curious about coming for the first time, this is the month to do it! Classes are from 10 to 11:30am on Saturdays. $12, or $10 per person with their family. Kids under the age of 6 come free! All are welcome.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Amanda Newman: May 7
Amanda Newman is an artist and creator currently based in Washington, DC. During Dance Exchange’s 2014-2015 season, Amanda acted as Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator/Youth Programs Facilitator. This year, Amanda is using her creative capacities to help drive sustainable healthcare innovation as part of a fellowship with Health for America. Whether she’s working in a studio, in a hospital, or in a boardroom, Amanda is deeply invested in the power of movement and storytelling to broaden our circles of inclusion, write and rewrite our individual and collective narratives, and allow space for complex, critical conversations.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Vincent Thomas: May 14
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 at various venues including DUMBO Festival, Philly Fringe, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Spain, France, Greece, and Italy. He has been an Omi International Dance Collective artist, serving as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents, and has received a Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, a Baker Artist Choice Award, a Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Overall Production, a Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, and two Metro DC Dance Awards for Emerging Choreographer. Vincent is a 2012-13 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.
Takoma Park MOVES w/ Matthew Cumbie + live music w/ Mark H Rooney: May 21
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, becoming a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator in 2012. 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 his interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with a wide range of artists, including Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Annie Kloppenberg, and others. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University, and currently spends his time with his ewok/dog Lucas and visiting his partner and collaborator in Providence, Tyler.
A movement class for everyone, 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. Join us Saturdays for a mix of professional dancers, those new to dance, community movers, and families. All ages welcome.