Classes at Dance Exchange

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Dance Exchange believes that every body can and should dance.

Commit to moving your body and connecting with with your community every week at Dance Exchange in class opportunities for all ages.

Friday CLASS

Fridays 9:30-11:15am; $12/$10 with a class card
Through June 24, 2016
Drop-ins always welcome  |  Ages 18+

Experience a dance class that connects you each week to varied movement forms and artists in the DC dance community. This class is for experienced movers, students, and those who are curious about the local dance community. Classes are facilitated by a rotating panel of DX artists, local choreographers, and dancers committed to sharing movement based research and practices through their teaching. Live music by local musicians. Check the DX blog and Facebook for updates and more about who is teaching and the particular forms being shared in past and upcoming classes.

Class cards are available - $100 for 10 classes. Purchase via Paypal here and bring your receipt to class to receive a card. Cards are also available at the door with cash, credit, or check.

Takoma Park MOVES

Saturdays 10-11:30am; $12/$10 per person in a family
Through May 21, 2016
No registration necessary  |  Families & all ages welcome

A movement class for the everyone, Takoma Park MOVES recognizes the rich possibility of exchanges when people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and levels of experience come together to dance in a creative process. This class is grounded in the Dance Exchange belief that every body can and should dance, and shares the company’s long history of intergenerational artmaking practices. Join us Saturdays to move with a mix of professional dancers, those new to dance, community movers, and families. Classes are facilitated by Dance Exchange artists. All ages and abilities welcome. Check the DX blog and Facebook for updates and more about who is teaching and the particular forms being shared in past and upcoming classes.


INSIDE/OUTSIDE

Dates and details subject to change and be added
Registration strongly encouraged |  Register by emailing Matthew Cumbie

A series of movement classes and workshops facilitated by visiting artists and special guests. INSIDE|OUTSIDE programs a wide variety of innovative practices, intersecting the local dancing community with the larger performing arts and movement research field. Through various perspectives, all classes draw upon the Dance Exchange belief that every body can and should dance. 18+. Details surrounding time and content and price vary – check the calendar, blog, and Facebook to see latest updates. Registration is strongly encouraged – space is limited. 18+. Class cards are not accepted at INSIDE|OUTSIDE classes.

Spring 2016 INSIDE|OUTSIDE Class Schedule
Check the calendar and Facebook for the latest updates!

Taiko for Movers with Keira Hart-Mendoza & Mark H Rooney
Sat. April 23, 10 AM – 1 PM

Which comes first: the rhythm or the movement? In exploring this question (and others), Taiko drummer Mark H Rooney and choreographer Keira Hart-Mendoza will explore how Taiko drumming and dance intersect and collide, sharing their discoveries from many collaborations.”Taiko” is a dynamic form of drumming based on Japanese tradition and often described as “full-body drumming.” In this workshop we will include: an introduction to taiko, the basic form and technique, and an exploration of the middle ground between taiko and dance – how one can directly influence the other – through structured improvisational exercises. More about the artists and this class on Facebook.

Structured Improvisation with Esther Geiger & Cat Maguire
Sat. May 14, 3-4:30 PM

Sourcing from their shared histories of work in improvisation and somatic trainings, Esther Geiger and Cat Maguire come together to lead us through movement practices, collaborative strategies, and improvisational compositional scores. Drawing inspiration from their studies with Structured Improvisation master Richard Bull (1931-1998), and embodied understanding from their training in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Cat and Esther will guide you toward fuller awareness of your physical range and your relationship with those around you. Learn to choreograph while you perform. Become fully present in your body, in space (and in life). And it will be so much fun! No dance experience necessary. More about the artists and this class on Facebook.

Series: InterPlay with Race – Exploring Whiteness
Wednesdays May 4 – June 22 (excluding June 15), 6-7:30 PM
$150-$200 (sliding scale)
Contact for information about this series: Katrina Browne

We will use InterPlay forms to tap into embodied knowing about whiteness, white privilege, and the pursuit of racial equity and racial healing.  movement, stories, singing, stillness, and being part of the “group body” will loosen up some of the constrictions that keep us from showing up in healthier ways for “the race dance” in our communities and the larger society.  We will read Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.  Facilitated by Katrina Browne (InterPlay), Eleanor Hancock (White Awake), and Cassie Meador (Dance Exchange). Find out more about this class here.