Fun & Free Events for All Ages: ArtHop 2017

Dance Exchange is excited to be participating in this year's ArtHop festival in Takoma Park on April 29-30. In its 9th annual year, ArtHop is a full weekend of art and live performances. It features events for the whole family and the work of over 70 artists installed inside the shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes of Takoma. Dance Exchange will be engaging with painter Jessica Lendon and holding a $5 community dance class for all ages and a free teen workshop:

Saturday, April 29, 10-11:30AM: Takoma Park MOVES

Meghan Booker and Judith Bauer in Takoma Park MOVES.A movement class for everyone, this class celebrates the rich possibility when people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and levels of experience come together to dance. Welcome to experienced dancers, those new to dance, and families of all ages. $5 drop-in for adults. Takoma Park MOVES builds on the Dance Exchange philosophy that every body can and should dance. Learn more about Takoma Park MOVES here.

   

Sunday, April 30, 12-1PM: Free Teen Workshop

IMG_3205Dance Exchange invites teens ages 13-18 for a free class and engagement workshop exploring the role of art in building community and creating sustainable change. Teens and their families will experience some of the practices Dance Exchange uses to work with teens to develop their dance training and cultivate their artistic voice through performance and a collaborative creative process. Working with Dance Exchange artist and Programs Coordinator Sam Horning, participants will learn how to ignite leadership and engage those around them through the arts, and opportunities to dive deeper at the Dance Exchange Summer Teen Leadership Institute (June 19-24 - open for registration for 2017) and the afterschool Teen Exchange and Youth Exchange.

In addition to Dance Exchanges's events, ArtHop will feature painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, pottery, mosaic and more offered for sale at a variety of price points. Live outdoor music and dance performances are planned all weekend at the Takoma Park Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue. Find more about Art Hop 2017 here. To see all of what Art Hop has to offer, grab an Art Hop Map from any of the participating businesses (Look for the Art Hop Stop sign) or at the Art Hop Info Booth at the Takoma Park Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, and explore art at your own pace while taking in “Meet-the-Artist” receptions and live performances all weekend. The Art Hop Map doubles as a punch card which will be stamped at each Art Hop Stop location and may be turned in at the Art Hop Info Booth on both Saturday and Sunday for nightly prize drawings. ArtHop is presented by the Old Takoma Business Association, Your Main Street Takoma. 

About Alison Waldman

Alison Waldman is Dance Exchange's Marketing & Communications Manager and a D.C.-based “entrepren-artist” consultant, performer, photographer, and collaborator.