Welcome back, movers, to a time of year that I love! Not only are we moving closer to springtime in DC (my favorite time in DC), but we are welcoming back what we like to call at DX- our sampler series! This inadvertently grew out of a kind of curation that Sarah Levitt and I did my first year with the company. Clearly, it’s stuck around. Essentially, we use this month as an opportunity to include a range of local artists in our class series- as a way to get more of a sample of the rich and diverse dance community that makes up DC. Of course, there are so many more incredible artists who contribute to and make up our wonderful community- and we hope to see them in our studios throughout the season! These artists included, though, have also not led classes at DX before- so join us in welcoming them and sharing in their research and practice.
Foundations in Contemporary DANCE
Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30pm
…w/ Assane Konte: March 7, 14, 28
Assane Konte, a national of Senegal, West Africa, is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Costume Designer for KanKouran West African Dance Company. Mr. Konte began his dance training at age 12, and studied with many prominent traditional dancers and musicians throughout West Africa. These teachers/mentors from Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Senegal, were key to his development as a multi talented artist. In 1978, following a tour in Cote d’Ivoire where he worked and performed as a guest consultant for a locally based dance company, Mr. Konte came to the United States to pursue a career as an independent performer and worked with numerous organizations as a musical arranger and choreographer. In 1983, along with his childhood friend Abdou Kounta, a master drummer also from Senegal, Mr. Konte founded the KanKouran West African Dance Company and assumed the responsibilities of Artistic Director of the company. Since that time, his lifelong dedication to preserving and sharing Africa’s rich culture through dance and music has made him a goodwill ambassador, promoting cross-cultural appreciation and understanding in the many performance venues in which he and the company appear. His choreography and costume designing have enhanced not only KanKouran’s stage professionalism, but countless other local and national dance companies as well. He conducts programs in Poland, Hawaii, Japan, and St. Croix. Mr. Konte has held faculty positions in the dance departments of several prestigious universities in the Washington, D.C. area, including American University and George Mason University, and presently serves on the faculty at Howard University.
…w/ Daniel Burkholder: March 21
Daniel Burkholder is a choreographer, improviser, performer, teacher, and lighting designer based in Milwaukee, WI. Daniel has presented work throughout the Americas at numerous venues, including: Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), 92nd Street Y (NYC), Danceworks (Milwaukee), The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland College Park (MD), CenterStage @ Reston Community Center (VA), Dance Place (DC), along the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers (MD), in front of the Martin Luther King Library (DC) and the Shakespeare Theater (DC), and as part of the Mid-West Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Breaking Ground: Contemporary Dance and Film Festival (AZ), 848 Community Space (SF), and as part of a week-long residency in Manta, Ecuador. Some of his recent creative projects include Scenic Route: MKE, a 2-hour nature hike along the Milwaukee River with site-specific dance and music performances along the way. Since May 2015, Daniel and his wife, Andrea, have presented Real Time, a performance the first Friday of each month featuring dance, aerial performance, and local and regional guest artists. Daniel has taught at George Washington University, American University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, as guest artist for Cirque du Soliel, and was an Artist-in-Resident at Georgetown University Hospital for 5 years. Daniel is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Daniel Burkholder holds an M.F.A in Performing Arts: Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2011) , an M.A. in Dance from American University (2002), a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College (1990), a Certificate in Somatic Studies from Moving on Center/School for Participatory Arts (1999), and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (2005).
Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15am
…w/ Carrie Hansen|The Seldoms: March 3 + live music w/ David Schulman
Carrie Hanson is the Artistic Director of Chicago-based dance company, The Seldoms. In 2015, she was named Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance”. Since founding The Seldoms in 2001, she has designed multidisciplinary projects with practitioners of visual arts, music/sound design, fashion design, and architecture. Her creative work involves research and embodiment of social, political, environmental issues and history, as a mode of pressing performance to speak to larger public issues. Her 2015 dance theater, “Power Goes”, was awarded an NPN Creation Fund and a NEFA National Dance Project Production grant, and has been presented in nine US cities. The Seldoms has toured internationally to Russia, Canada, and Taiwan, and has also gained a reputation for bold performances in spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots. Hanson was the first resident artist at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. She teaches at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and holds an MA/Dance Studies from Trinity Laban, London.
…w/ Seth Dellinger: March 10
Seth Dellinger is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a firm believer in the transformative powers of curiosity and creativity. Seth discovered the Feldenkrais Method® in 2011 and was immediately drawn to the spirit of “biological optimism” that is embodied in this unique somatic approach. In his classes, Seth emphasizes the potential for every individual to discover new possibilities for more comfortable and joyful movement and creates a safe and playful atmosphere where child-like exploration is encouraged and celebrated. Seth is the central organizer of the DC Feldenkrais Festival and has taught Awareness Through Movement classes in many local venues. He has given special presentations for dancers at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Dance Educators Training Institute of the Baltimore County Public School System. Along with contemporary dancer and educator, Juliana Pongutá, Seth co-leads a local creative movement research group.
…w/ Thomas Moore: March 17
Thomas L. Moore Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., and started his training at Towson University under Vincent Thomas, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Runqiao Du and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. He graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Mass Communications/ Journalism. Thomas has performed works by Ursula Payne and Helen Pickett (of William Forsythe), Algernon Campbell, Vincent Thomas, Robert Battle, Shawn Short, Keith Thomas, Step Afrika’s Jakari Sherman, Briana Stuart, Charles O. Anderson, Tommie Waheed-Evans and Runqiao Du. Thomas is currently a company member with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and VTDance, and has been a guest artist with Johnnie Mercer: The RED ProjectNYC, Campbell Dance Experience, S.J Ewing & Dancers, and apprenticed with Dissonance Dance Theatre in DC. He has presented work at Towson University, Dance & Desert Showcase at American Dance Institute, at the American College Dance Festival’s Mid-Atlantic Region, and at Velocity Dance Festival. Thomas teaches modern at Maryland School of Dance, is adjunct faculty at Towson University and was a Guest Choreographer at Georgetown University.
…w/ Patty Mullaney-Loss: March 24 + live music w/ Mark H Rooney
Patricia Mullaney-Loss is based in Washington, DC where she dances, collaborates, teaches, and performs locally. She enjoys articulate, expressive bodies that take up space. Her movement investigations have most recently led to play with focus and intention, expanding capacity to notice and create relationships through motion. Her class builds on body work and improvisation, interspersed with sequenced phrases, to center, loosen, expand, generate heat, and explore new patterns. Patricia hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and received a bachelors in Dance from the University of Maryland. Most recently, she performed with Heart Stück Bernie (Sarah Beth Oppenheim) and has had the pleasure of working with Chelsea Brown, Claire Alrich, Meredith Bove, BodyCartography, Jillian Peña, Stephanie Miracle, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Susan Marshall, Tere O’Connor, and Sharon Mansur since coming to the east coast. When not in motion, you can find her deeply engaged with spreadsheets as a researcher at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
…w/ Chelsea Brown: March 31
Chelsea Brown is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in the DMV area. She is currently working with PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Heart Stück Bernie, and as an add-on dancer with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. In addition to her own work, Chelsea has also been in works by Stephanie Miracle, Betty Skeen, and Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser. Chelsea’s choreography was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as part of the American Dance Association’s National Gala in 2014. In 2016, Chelsea was commissioned by Dance Place to create a new work for the annual Choreographer’s Showcase. As a teacher, Chelsea works for Anne Arundel County’s Performance and Visual Arts Program (PVA). Her students are high hool students across many disciplines, including music, creative writing, and dance.
Takoma Park MOVES
Saturdays, 10 to 11:30am
…w/ Elizabeth Johnson & Michelé Prince: March 4 & 11*
*+ live music w/ John Lee
Elizabeth is a choreographer, dancer, and educator with a focus in socially engaged dance practices. Elizabeth connects communities through choreography, creating dance that promotes civic dialogue, and designing participatory experiences that apply artistic practices in multiple contexts. She has a particular interest in working with youth and elders, developing embodied structures for science learning, and promoting leadership development through the arts. Elizabeth holds a BA in Dance with a minor in Theater from Connecticut College and a MFA from Arizona State University. She has studied at London Contemporary Dance School, taught and performed internationally, and was the Associate Artistic Director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in metro DC for over a decade. For the past five years she worked at Arizona State University as the Coordinator of Socially Engaged Practice, collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to create new curricula focused on training artists to work in, and engage with, diverse communities. She is currently in Chicago and working with Columbia College Chicago while doing projects with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Holy Cross University, Hubbard Street Dance, and Mesa Arts Center. She is currently and Associate Artist and Director of Partnerships with Dance Exchange.
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.
…w/ Michelé Prince: March 18
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…w/ Matthew Cumbie: March 25 *SPECIAL $5 CLASS*
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 share performances 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, Betsy Miller, and Annie Kloppenberg, among others. Matthew began working with Dance Exchange in 2011, shortly after receiving an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University. He currently lives with his lovable dog Lucas and visits Providence often to see his partner and collaborator, Tyler. Read more about Matthew here.