The weather has certainly chilled a bit, and we are fast approaching the time of year marked by holidays and celebrations. That means it is the perfect time to dive into the studio to stay warm and keep those spirits lifted! This month sees the return of some friendly family faces, as well as the visitation of some fabulous friends from out of town. Join us on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to make and move and groove alongside some wonderful live music (when possible). See you in the studio!
Foundations in Contemporary DANCE
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30pm
…w/ Sam Horning: November 1, 8, 15 & 29
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
…w/ Heidi Henderson: November 4
Heidi Henderson lives and makes work in RI, is on the faculty at Connecticut College, and danced in NYC (with the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, Colleen Thomas, etc.) Her pick up company, elephant JANE dance, performs mostly in New England but would like to get out more. She has received, four times, the Fellowship in Choreography from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. She is a frequent contributing editor for Contact Quarterly. She teaches regularly at the Bates Dance Festival. elephantJANEdance.com
…w/Debbie Maciel: November 11
Debbie Z Maciel is a Miami, FL bred Brooklyn, NY based dancer and choreographic artist. After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Florida and Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Debbie toured her native FL with long-time collaborator Shannon Healey performing their Bubble Dance before setting her sights on NY. In both choreographic and class settings Debbie explores streaming questions about our shared human condition through a focus blend of specified movement, expressiveness, and rigor. Seeing dance as a process-oriented visual art, Debbie has presented original works in NYC, Miami, Gainesville, Orlando, FL Lewiston, ME, Athens, OH, and Jerusalem, Israel being awarded College of the Arts Creative Research Award and School of Theater & Dance Direction Award for her work The Crux of the Matter from her alma mater. Currently Debbie is dancing and collaborating with Joana Mendel Shaw’s The Equus Project & Ashley Yergens’ projects while investigating her own works for performances in 2017. More about her at: debbiezmaciel.com
…w/ Vincent Thomas: November 18
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 national and international venues, including: DUMBO Festival, Velocity Festival, Philly Fringe, and internationally in Edinburgh, Barcelona and Madrid, France, Greece, Italy, and Denmark. He is a former cohort member of the Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. Vincent is a recipient of a Best of Baltimore Award, a Baker Artist Choice Award, multiple Metro DC Dance Awards, several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, and a Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist, a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist, an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes, and Professor of Dance at Towson University.
Takoma Park MOVES
Saturdays, 10 to 11:30am
…w/ Cassie Meador: November 5
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.
…w/ Michelé Prince & Debbie Maciel: November 12
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.
For Debbie’s information, see above.