Summer Public Engagements July 10-16

As part of the 2016 40th Anniversary Summer Institute, Dance Exchange is holding evening events open to the public taking place throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area as well as open morning classes.

The evenings of discussion, performance, and engagement will connect you with some of the leading artists in the dance field who expand the ways dancemaking can have an impact in our lives and on our world.

Morning classes during the Institute take place 9-10:30AM and class cards are accepted. Click here for class schedule and facilitators.
As part of the Summer Institute, we will have three evening events open to the public taking place throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. The evenings of discussion, performance, and engagement will connect you with some of the leading artists in the dance field who expand the ways dancemaking can have an impact in our lives and on our world. More information coming soon. Save the dates:

Trash Dance: Community Screening & Discussion
Sunday, July 10 at 6:30PM 

Location: Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD
$10 suggested donation

Join Dance Exchange and Austin-based Forklift Danceworks for a screening and discussion of Trash Dance, a documentary that followers choreographer Allison Orr as she rides along with Austin, TX sanitation workers, and later, collaboratively creates a moving performance with two dozen trash collectors and their trucks, breaking boundaries around who gets to dance. More info & RSVP

Co-presented by the City of Takoma Park’s We are Takoma series.

A Choreography Conversation with DX Founder Liz Lerman
Tuesday, July 12 at 6PM

Location: Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Join Dance Exchange in partnership with Dance ICONS for an evening discussion and engagement with DX founder Liz Lerman. Lerman joins Sarah Kaufman, dance critic of the Washington Post, to discuss choreographic process, vision, collaboration, and the legacy she began when founding Dance Exchange in 1976. Wine & cheese reception to follow. Info & RSVP

Art & Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Thursday, July 14 at 6:30PM

Location: Busboys & Poets @ Takoma
235 Carroll St. Washington, DC
$10 suggested donation

Engaging vital questions about the arts and the role of artists in the movement to interrupt mass incarceration, this event will present the work of the Prison Renaissance- a group of artists inside of San Quentin Prison, and screen the award winning dance/theater film Well Contested Sites.  The panel, Dr. Robert Johnson American University Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, activist/artist Reggie Daniels, and Dance Exchange alumni Amie Dowling, will discuss restorative justice, art and ethics, and human rights at home. Info & RSVP

A Gala Celebrating 40 Years of Dance Exchange
July 16, 2016 at 7 PM

Location: Dance Exchange
Dance Exchange celebrates 40 years of dancemaking and creative practices with a gala celebration at our studios in Takoma Park, Maryland featuring inspiring stories from the company’s legacy, music, dance, and delicious food and drink provided by local businesses. All proceeds will benefit Dance Exchange’s artistic and educational programming as well as the future vision of our home studios in Takoma Park. Come celebrate the legacy and future of Dance Exchange! Info & tickets

For questions about these events, contact Alison Waldman.