2017 Summer Institute

As part of our Organizing Artists for Change initiative, Dance Exchange Institutes emphasize process and performance, dialogue and dancemaking, and the role of artists as changemakers through innovative creative practices. Institute participants will join from our local region and across the globe to gather as leaders, innovators, movers and thinkers. Anyone 18+ years of age is welcome and encouraged to join this intergenerational experience. Read about previous institutes from participants, facilitators, and artists on the blog.

2017 Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2017


Module 1: July 7-14
Artmaking in Action: Evolving Creative Practices

Join participants from across the globe to gather and grow as movers, makers, collaborators, and leaders. Work with DX artists as we experience daily movement classes and share tools and practices for researching, generating, and making artwork and action. We will use the four questions central to the work of DX to collectively vision the future of the socially engaged artist.

Module 2: July 16-23*
Dancemaking Performance Intensive

Continue exploring DX core practices through local community engagement and the creation of a new work that contributes to the research and development of Growing Our Own Gardens, an intergenerational performance project rooted in queer world-making conceived and directed by Assoc. Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie. Participants will share their work in a public performance at the end of the week.

*You must attend Module 1 to do Module 2.

$800 – Module 1 only | $1200 – Modules 1 & 2

Group rates available – bring a group from your institution, school, or organization and save on tuition:
10% off tuition for groups of 3 or more
15% off for groups of 4 or more
20% off for groups of 5 or more

Ages 18+
Question and info: Contact Sam Horning at samh@danceexchange.org or 301-270-6700 ext. 19

Teen Leadership Institute: June 19-24, 2017

Based on the core practices and tools of the Dance Exchange, the Teen Leadership Institute brings together young people ages 14-19 to collaboratively build their leadership capacity through artmaking. We will use dance, song, poetry, and storytelling to explore the role of art in building community and creating sustainable change, and will share our discoveries in a final performance for the public. Click here for more about Dance Exchange Youth Programs.