What a great month we had kicking off our classes this past September! As we slide into October, and the start to some cooler weather, consider joining us in one of our MANY opportunities to warm-up and move with an exciting line-up of dancemakers! With artists from here in DC and from afar, and classes on Tuesday evenings, Friday mornings, and Saturday mornings, we have something for everyone. And if that’s not enough, we have LIVE music in some classes provided by a magical team of musicians-in-residence. See you in the studio!
Foundations in Contemporary DANCE
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30pm. Ages 16+
…w/ Matthew Cumbie: October 4 & 11
Matthew Cumbie is a dancemaker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. 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, Dance Place, Triskelion Arts, and AS220, and 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, and Annie Kloppenberg, among others. Read more about Matthew here.
…w/ Sam Horning: October 18 & 25
Sam Horning is a dancer, educator, and dance maker currently based in Washington, DC. At Dance Exchange, Sam is the Facilities Manager and Programming Coordinator, and steps into Dance Exchange projects as an adjunct artist. 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. Sam relies on efficiency and chance encounters as a means of movement invention. His work is produced from detailed improvisation techniques and is rooted by the information the body can receive from the floor. Read more about Sam here.
Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15am. Ages 18+
…w/ Sydnie L. Mosley: October 7
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator interested in work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. She is currently an Artist Fellow with The Field Leadership Fund, and was recently a 2015-2016 Artist in Residence at The Performance Project at University Settlement where she produced her second evening length work BodyBusiness with her company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances). She was also recently a 2015-2016 Dancing While Black Fellow. She is a 2013 alumna of the Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, and the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training. With her 2012 work, The Window Sex Project, which uses movement to respond to the sexual harassment of women in public places, she became the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. An advocate for the field, Sydnie served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee 2011-2015 leading as Vice Chair in her last year, and in 2016 sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.
…w/ Juliana Ponguta: October 14
Contemporary dancer, teacher, and Dance Movement therapist born in Colombia and currently based in the Washington, DC, area. She is a member of the Nancy Havlik Dance Group. Trained in classic, modern and contemporary dance in Mexico, Peru and Argentina. She performed for the Contemporary Dance Company of the National University of Arts of Argentina (UNA) and the Contemporary Dance Company of the Universidad de San Martin (UNSAM) Argentina. She aslo collaborated on independent projects with such choreographers as Gabriel Contreras, Elia Mrak, Pablo Rotemberg, Gustavo Lesgart (Argentina), Jhonatan Gonzalez (Colombia), and Nance Havlik (USA). In 2014 she founded the art collective ‘La Monton” with Samanta Leder, Lucia Garcia Pulles and Delfinea Theild. She has guided contemporary dance classes, improvisation, and movement research workshops in Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. She deeply enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences, hoping to bring new and rich experiences for all.
…w/ Megan Bascom: October 21
Megan Bascom is the Artistic Director of Megan Bascom & Dancers (MB&D), a New York City based company, who’s work is highly collaborative and relationship driven, involving memory, intimate interaction, and an overall commitment to expansive motion that expresses physical potential. Her work has been produced by Triskelion Arts, Gowanus Arts + Production, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and Dance New Amsterdam in addition to many other small but wonderful performance venues. Megan is a Florida native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies, focusing on dance injury and prevention. As a teaching artist, Megan has taught classes and workshops most recently at Le Danse Cité (Rabat, Morocco), Wayne State University (MI), MiXtCo (CT), Barnard College, 100 Grand Dance and Gibney Dance Center.
…w/ TBA: October 28
Information coming soon!
Takoma Park MOVES
Saturdays, 10 to 11:30am. All are welcome.
…w/ Sam Horning: October 1 & 22
…w/ Matthew Cumbie: October 8
…w/ Cassie Meador & Michelé Prince: October 29
Cassie Meador is a choreographer, performer, educator, writer and Executive Artistic Director of the Dance Exchange. Her works have tackled numerous social and environmental issues such as How To Lose a Mountain, which reflects on a 500-mile walk Meador took from Washington, DC to a mountaintop removal mining site in West Virginia to trace the impacts of the energy that fuel her home. Meador’s Moving Field Guides, an interactive outdoor experience led by artists, naturalists and regional experts in ecology, is being implemented nationwide in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. She recently led two multi-year projects: “New Hampshire Ave: This is a Place To…” a creative placemaking project funded by NEA and ArtPlace America in Dance Exchange’s home community of Takoma Park, MD; and Bricks and Bones: A performance series in response to the erasure of black lives and communities in Dallas, TX and the movements to recover, rebuild and honor those lost histories. This project, supported by the Embrey Family Foundation, Ignite|ArtsDallas and SMU, and Dallas Faces Race, is co-directed by Meador and Paloma McGregor of Angela’s Pulse. Read more about Cassie here.
Michelé Prince is a writer, collaborative cultural producer, and doctoral student in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Michelé holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. They are fascinated with utilizing the lens of race, class, gender, and sexuality to study power, the creation and maintenance of hierarchies, the roots of oppression, and the stifling of difference. Their research and creative interests center quare masculine cultural production, womyn of color speculative thought, movement and dance, recorded rhythmic sound, storytelling and mythmaking praxis.