Teen Leadership Institute

June 19-24, 2017
Be a part of the movement! 

The Teen Leadership Institute brings together young people ages 13-18 to build their leadership skills through the performing arts. Teens will explore the role of art in building community and creating sustainable change by working with professional artists and local community organizers. The institute will culminate with a final performance for the public. All levels of experience are welcome.

$350. Some financial assistance available
Contact Sam Horning at samh@danceexchange.org or 301-270-6700 ext. 19 for registration information


Facilitating Artists

EJElizabeth Johnson, Associate Artist

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 works with Columbia College Chicago while doing projects with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Holy Cross University, Hubbard Street Dance, and Mesa Arts Center, and has recently returned to the DC area. She is currently and Associate Artist and Director of Partnerships with Dance Exchange.

Sam Horning

Sam Horning, Adjunct Artist

Sam Horning is a dancer, educator, and dance maker currently rooted in Washington, DC and the co-facilitator of Dance Exchange youth programs.. His choreographic mind is heavily influenced by both the quotidian and poetic spectrums of dance. He values the everyday sublime and archival knowledge, mining both for the inspiration, materials, and compositional structures that become the textures of his dancing. Sam is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BFA in Dance.


BEN_3567 (1)Meghan Abadoo, Adjunct Artist

Meghan is a choreographer and teacher based in Mount Rainier, MD, as well as an associate artist with the Dance Exchange and a 2016/2017 US Fulbright Fellow. Her choreographic research and teaching methodologies explore racial justice and transformational dialogue within concert “dance events”. Between receiving her BFA in Dance Education at the University of the Arts and MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland (UM) she performed for seven years as a company member with Gesel Mason, David Dorfman Dance, Urban Bush Women and Liz Lerman. In her most recent dance theater works, “Unlawful Assembly” (2016), “Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home” (2015) and “Wake Up!”, a contemporary adaption of Spike Lee’s 1988 film, “School Daze”, she’s sought to collapse notions of otherness and emphasize the capacity for dance to catalyze and sustain social action. Meghan has presented research on race, disability and dance at the American College Dance Association and the Lily-DC Conference. She loves to read, draw with loose ink and fountain pen, and spin to Stevie Wonder with her daughter in the comfort of her kitchen.