April 8-9: Creative Practices for Working With Youth

KM_C224e-20160518112800Creative Research Intensives are a place of conversation and incubation between Dance Exchange artists and visiting artists and partners across disciplines. These intensives are part of our Organizing Artists for Change (OAC) initiative, which offers opportunities to join Dance Exchange in extending the relevance that dancemaking has by building our capacities to ignite inquiry and inspire action.

We welcome people of all ages and with or without dance experience to attend Creative Research Intensives. Interested in partnering with Dance Exchange for a future Intensive? Contact us.

April 8-9, 2017
Creative Practices for Working with Youth

Dance Exchange brings together partners in arts education to explore the intersection of dance with leadership development, science, and mentoring including Cassie Meador’s Moving Field Guide curriculum and Now Next Dance’s mentoring program. Join us for one day, or for both for $99.

1Sat. April 8: Moving Field Guide Training for Educators & Artists
1-4PM at Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallen Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Discover how creative tools can be used to connect people to the environment around them. Join Dance Exchange in our teacher training as we explore how to integrate the arts with science learning through Cassie Meador’s Moving Field Guide. $50



11425214_10153439072602425_1775616244077279896_oSun. April 9: Practices & Models for Engaging Youth Artists
10 AM – 5:30 PM at Dance Exchange
Join Dance Exchange and Now Next Dance to explore successful practices at the intersection of youth dancemaking and leadership development through summer camps, mentoring, and ongoing engagements with professional performers and organizers. This session is geared towards all movement educators and people who work with youth in and outside of the arts. $75


For price info & registration, contact Sam Horning at samh@danceexchange.org or 301-270-6700 ext. 19

June 2-4, 2017
Co/Lab: Make & Perform a New Work with DX Artists

Co/Lab is a community choreography laboratory that invites local artists to make and perform a new work alongside with Dance Exchange. Join Dance Exchange Exec. Artistic Director Cassie Meador and Adjunct Artist Megan Abadoo for 3 days of rehearsal and dancemaking  an informal public showing on Sunday, June 4.

For all ages and levels 18+ – program must meet minimum registration to run.
For Co/Lab price info & registration, contact Sam Horning at samh@danceexchange.org or 301-270-6700 ext. 19


Cassie Meador is a choreographer, performer, educator, writer and Executive Artistic Director of the Dance Exchange. Her works have tackled numerous social and environmental issues such as How To Lose a Mountain, which reflects on a 500-mile walk Meador took from Washington, DC to a mountaintop removal mining site in West Virginia to trace the impacts of the energy that fuel her home. Meador’s Moving Field Guides, an interactive outdoor experience led by artists, naturalists and regional experts in ecology, is being implemented nationwide in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. She recently lead two multi-year projects: New Hampshire Ave: This is a Place To… a creative placemaking project funded by NEA and ArtPlace America in Dance Exchange’s home community of Takoma Park, MD; and Bricks and Bones: A performance series in response to the erasure of black lives and communities in Dallas, TX and the movements to recover, rebuild and honor those lost histories.

BEN_3567 (1)Meghan Abadoo is a choreographer and teacher based in Mount Rainier, MD, and adjunct 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.