Summer at Dance Exchange

Summer morning movement class
9-10:30 AM daily, Saturday, July 8 – Friday, July 14 (no class Thursday, July 13)
$15 drop-in (or use your class card)

Join participants of the 2017 Summer Institute and local community members in a daily morning movement class, facilitated by Dance Exchange faculty and artists. This class is for all levels and happens daily to begin each session of the Institute. Check the calendar to see who is teaching.

Evening Events

As part of the 2017  Summer Institute, Dance Exchange is co-hosting public evening events with local partners across the DC metro area. The evenings of discussion, performance, and engagement will celebrate the practices and works of Dance Excahnge and 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. Events are for all ages and have a suggested donation of $15 at the door.

A Conversation on Creative Aging and Intergenerational Collaboration
Saturday, July 8, 6:30-8:30 PM
Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park MD)

Local artists and organizations that serve the needs of adults along the aging spectrum gather to discuss the integration and facilitation of arts with the care and recognition of aging communities.

Part of the We Are Takoma series hosted by the City of Takoma Park and the Dance Exchange 2017 Summer Institute, two weeks of intergenerational collaboration emphasizing process, performance, dialogue, and the role of artists as changemakers through dancemaking.

Making it Possible: Moving Through LGBTQ+ Community Connections
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30 PM
Twinbrook Community Center (12920 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD)

Dance Exchange artists will engage participants in intergenerational story sharing centered around the challenges, resilience, and action of the local LGBTQ+ communities and allies. Through participatory creative activities, we will build connections as we work together across age and difference.

Hosted in partnership with the City of Rockville Human Rights Commission and the Dance Exchange Summer Institute 2017, two weeks of intergenerational collaboration emphasizing process, performance, dialogue, and the role of artists as changemakers through dancemaking.


Stories from the Field: Organizing Artists for Change
Friday, July 14, 7:30-9 PM
Location TBA

Building upon 40 years of creative practices that ignite inquiry and inspire action, Dance Exchange artists and collaborators gather from around the country to share how they are innovating at the intersection of art and social change across diverse disciplines and communities. Join us for an evening of interactive performances including Dance Exchange repertory that explore the power of dancemaking to foster community reflection, connection and action, performed by local artists and 2017 Summer Institute participants.


Work in Progress: Dance Exchange’s Growing Our Own Gardens
Friday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
Location TBD

Preceding the full evening-length premiere at Dance Place in 2018, see the latest development of the multidisciplinary, intergenerational performance project rooted in queer world-making under the direction of Dance Exchange Associate Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie. Gardens unearths hidden histories and personal stories of the spaces sought out and created in the LGBTQ+ community – queer worlds – and how to come together across age and difference to build towards resilience and positive change.

For more information about summer public events, contact alisonw[at]
or call 301-270-6700.