Friday CLASS Finale Month!

It’s our FINAL MONTH of Friday CLASS at Dance Exchange this season. And what is year it’s been. I know that there are all sorts of ways we are each celebrating- I hope you’ll join us in celebrating a full and fabulous year by coming to our final series of classes! This month brings us back to artists who have been connected to Dance Exchange for some time, like Margot Greenlee and myself, and brings into our mix an incredible visiting artist- Luke Murphy! We also have a surprise line-up for our final class…so be sure to be there to see what happens!

Classes are Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:15. Be sure to check out when we will have live music from our musicians-in-residence, Mark H Rooney and John Lee. Classes are $12, or $10 with a class card. 18+

Friday CLASS w/ Matthew Cumbie: June 3 + live music w/ John Lee

Matthew Cumbie with Thomas Dwyer in Dance Exchange's 'New Hampshire Ave: This Is a Place To..." Photo by Ben Carver.

Matthew Cumbie with Thomas Dwyer in Dance Exchange’s ‘New Hampshire Ave: This Is a Place To…” Photo by Ben Carver.

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 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, and Annie Kloppenberg, among others. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.

Friday CLASS w/ Luke Murphy: June 10

Luke Murphy (front). Photo by Danny Willems

Luke Murphy (front). Photo by Danny Willems

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Luke Murphy is a performer and choreographer based between Ireland, New York and Brussels. He has danced leading roles with Punchdrunk since 2009 in acclaimed productions of Sleep No More in Boston and NYC and The Drowned Man in London, with Martha Clarke as an original cast member of Angel Reapers and in the companies of Kate Weare (2011-2014), Pavel Zustiak (2011-2013) and many others. Luke currently dances with Belgian company, Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez where he has been touring internationally since 2014. His own work has been performed throughout Ireland, Britain and the U.S and supported by various international institutions including NEFA, Kaatsbaan, The Yard, DanceIreland, CultureIreland and Arts Council of Ireland. Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella organisation for his various independent projects in dance, theatre and film.

Friday CLASS w/ Margot Greenlee: June 17
Margot Greenlee, a company member from 1999 to 2007 and now Associate Artist with the Dance Exchange, began her work as a touring artist after finishing her MFA at The Ohio State University in 1993. For several years, she worked with the Ohio Arts Council’s Artist in Education program conducting dance residencies throughout Ohio while also helping found a multi-disciplinary performance group based in Columbus, Ohio and teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University. Her major projects with the Dance Exchange include the Hallelujah Project, a 17-city residency and performance tour; Wild Thing, a children’s performance directed by Celeste Miller which toured the greater DC region and beyond for over three years; a project at the Kyoto Arts Center as part of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange’s multi-year collaboration with Japan’s Contemporary Dance Network; and Ferocious Beauty: Genome, a collaboration with scientists across the country focused on bioethics and the future of genetic research. Margot’s current artistic projects revolve around the integration of dance into both educational and health care settings. Her in-home and at-work dance project, BodyWise, brings customized dance-making experiences to wherever participants may be and however agile they may feel. She also oversees a collaboration between dance students at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and at the High School Affiliated with Beijing Normal University.

Friday CLASS w/ SURPRISE: June 24 + live music w/ Mark H Rooney
It’s a SURPRISE! Come to find out! It’s our last Friday CLASS of the season, so we want to celebrate all that we’ve done, share in some rigorous dancing, and look to what is on the horizon! Join us!

About Matthew Cumbie

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