Move through May in Friday CLASS

Join us in Friday CLASS this month and move with Meredith, Adriane, and Helanius! Three powerful movers and articulate makers, I am thrilled to see what each class has in store. This month will be particularly interesting as both Meredith and Helanius are Local Artists in Residence at Dance Exchange this season; both classes will offer an opportunity to engage with the creative practices of each artist before encountering their work on May 26th in our HOME event: In the Works!

Classes are Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:15 am. Please note that there is no Friday CLASS on Friday, May 27th. Classes are $12, or $10 with a class card. 18+

Friday CLASS w/ Meredith Bove + live music w/ Mark H Rooney: May 6

Meredith Bove, in the foreground, with Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. Photo by Spenser Dugal.

Meredith Bove, in the foreground, with Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. Photo by Spenser Dugal.

Meredith Bove hails from a small town in Vermont. From 2008-2011 she lived and worked in Berlin, where she presented work at adastudio, Salon Bruit, K77, Die Kunst Apotheke, and with the Gruntwork collective. Within the US her work has been seen at the Theater Project (Baltimore, MD), the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), and at the Cultivate Festival (Bethlehem, NH). She has performed in the work of Luis Lara Malvacías, Jérôme Bel, Zinzi Buchanan, Erica Rebollar, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, Sarah Dahnke, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni and conceptual artist Luke Munn. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Friday CLASS w/ Adriane Fang: May 13

Adriane Fang

Adriane Fang

Adriane Fang is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with a keen interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration. She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 1996-2006 and has worked with several other choreographers including Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Wally Cardona and Nancy Bannon. She has been a guest teacher at Indiana University and the Damansara Performing Arts Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has taught and staged the works of Doug Varone for various universities and companies, including North Carolina School of the Arts, CityDance Ensemble, BalletMet Columbus, Juilliard School of the Arts, Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. She was on faculty at George Mason University from 2006-2009 and at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshops from 2000-2007 and 2015. She has choreographed works for places such as Shendandoah University, James Madison University and was awarded a 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present her full-length work, Grains. Currently on faculty at the University of Maryland, Adriane is the recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance with Doug Varone and Dancers. She will be teaching at the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive and traveling to Ecuador to work with Ceibadanza Dance Company this coming summer.

Friday CLASS w/ Helanius Wilkins: May 20

Helanius Wilkins. Photo by David Dowling.

Helanius Wilkins. Photo by David Dowling.

Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, and educator who is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male company of predominantly African-American men that existed for 13 years. His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, and the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award. Wilkins earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance from SUNY Brockport and George Washington University. In addition to performing the works of nationally recognized choreographers including Robert Moses, Earl Mosley, Joy Kellman, Troy Powell, Gesel Mason, and Kevin Wynn, he performed with Present Tense Dance Company (Upstate NY) as well as with Maida Withers’ Dance Construction Company (DC), and as a guest with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). He has equally enjoyed creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011). Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), National Performance Network (NPN), D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported his work. Wilkins teaches professional and pre-professional dancers as well as students of various ages and levels of skill. In fall 2016 he will begin his a new phase of his journey as the newest Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Experience a dance class that connects you each week to varied movement forms and artists in the DC dance community. Friday CLASS is for experienced movers, students, and those who are curious about the local dance community. Classes are facilitated by a rotating panel of DX artists, local choreographers, and dancers committed to sharing movement based research and practices through their teaching. Live music by local artists when possible. 18+

About Matthew Cumbie

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