Creative Research Intensives

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.

gamblin2Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 11:45am*-2pm
Improvisation & Dancemaking in Performance w/ Sarah Gamblin
$30 at the door/$25 pre-registration via email to Sam Horning at

Join Sarah Gamblin, Assoc. Professor of Dance at Texas Women’s University for a workshop focused on performance improvisation. Gamblin brings her 10+ years of teaching at TWU in modern technique, choreography, improvisation, and experiential anatomy as well as a long history of dancing with Bebe Miller and Bill Young. At this intensive you’ll move through a series of practices that explore improvisational dancemaking.

*Free for the whole morning? Join Dance Exchange for Takoma Park MOVES before this intensive ($18 drop-in rate applies).

The class will go through through a series of improvisational practices and methods designed to bridge the legibility/authenticity gap in improvisation-based performance. The class will explore attunement to the body, aiming attention/awareness, toning movement responses and circulating performative/relational attention. We will dance solo, in duets and groups.

Sarah Gamblin was a member of Bebe Miller Company from 1993-2000 and Bill Young and Dancers from 1996-99 with whom she toured internationally and numerous cities in the US. In 2000 Sarah earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in Seattle where she performed with the Chamber Dance Company, Rob Kitsos, Lingo Dance Theater and Amii LeGendre. After a fifteen year hiatus, Gamblin is once again in rehearsals with Bebe Miller Company for “The Making Room” project in preparation for the 2017-18 season. Gamblin’s choreography has been produced in Portland, Tulsa, Seatlle, Bates Dance Festival, New York City, Montana, Texas, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Gamblin joined the dance faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 2002 where she teaches Modern technique, Choreography, Improvisation, and Experiential Anatomy. In 2006, she founded Dance Lab, a student-performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance making process. Gamblin also founded and hosts the TWU Contact Improvisation Jam.

April 8-9, 2017
Practices & Models for Engaging Young Artists
Details TBD

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.

June 2-4, 2017
Co/Lab: Make & Perform a New Work
Co/Lab is a community choreography laboratory that invites local artists to make and perform a new work alongside with Dance Exchange. 3 days of rehearsal and dancemaking with an informal public showing on Sunday, June 4.