Dance Exchange believes that every body can and should dance.
Commit to moving your body and connecting with your community every week at Dance Exchange in class opportunities for all ages. Looking for youth programs?
Fridays 9:30-11:15 AM; $15 drop-in/$12 with a class card
Through June 30, 2017 (excluding April 14, May 26)
Drop-ins always welcome! | Ages 18+
A drop-in class 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, when possible, by local musicians. Check the calendar to see who is teaching and the DX blog to learn about the particular forms being shared in past and upcoming classes.
|Class cards are available - $120 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.|
Foundations in Contemporary Dance
This class series helps explore and expand a strong foundation in contemporary dance practices. Throughout each 7-week series, we will focus in on the particular practices of each facilitator by building our moving capacities and our dancing community together. Rooted in the Dance Exchange belief that every body can and should dance, Foundations in Contemporary Dance is a dance class for anyone who wants to further develop their dancing practice, ranging from professional dancers to community members to those new to dance.
Feb. 28 – April 11 with Assane Konte
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. His career as a professional dancer began at age 15 with the “Ballet Africaine de Diebel Guee” of Dakar, Senegal. During his ten years with the company, he electrified audiences with his performances, while simultaneously developing his own movement style. 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.
Mr. Konte soon realized that he needed to develop his own dance company in order to accomplish his ultimate goal of introducing traditional African dance and drumming to wider audiences in the U.S. Thus, in 1983, along with his childhood friend, Abdou Kounta, a master drummer also from Senegal, Mr. Konte founded the KanKouran West African Dance Company. Mr. Konte 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. For his tireless work, innovative choreography, and outstanding contribution to the community, Mr. Konte has been the recipient of several prestigious awards which include the Immigrant Lawyers Association’s “Immigrant of the Year” Award, and numerous awards for “Outstanding Community Service” from various community-based organizations throughout the Washington, DC area.
April 18 – May 20 with Patty Mullaney-Loss
Can’t commit to the whole series? Drop-ins are available for $18/class.
Takoma Park MOVES
Now a multi-week series! A movement class series for 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. Move with a mix of professional dancers, those new to dance, community movers, and families in each of our 7-week series. All ages welcome. Check the calendar to see who is teaching each week.
Feb. 25 – April 1
*Special $5 drop-in classes: Sat. 3/25 and Sat. 4/29
April 8 – May 27
Can’t commit to the whole series? Drop-ins are available for $18/class or $30/family of two.