“For me, the heart of the Dance Exchange has always been its support of “For me, the heart of the Dance Exchange has always been its support of intergenerational and multicultural voices and work; a lived ideal of how people might explore ways to create work together. It’s a concept of inclusion, of bringing together our different stories and the stories of the communities we visit. The capacity to listen, move across the things that seem to divide us so sharply today, continues to be sorely needed.”   

 – Martha Wittman,  longtime Dance Exchange artist & supporter


As Martha Wittman reflects, it is the capacity to listen and move that brings us together across difference
that  gives us the space to turn our discomfort into inquiry so that we can grow together. At the heart of our organization are the ways this inquiry brings us together across generations to move through the world. From studio to stage, and those places in between and beyond, we celebrate a legacy of dancemaking that has pioneered a path for artists working towards change in and with their communities. Today we continue that legacy, building on creative practices that connect people across age and difference. Your support makes these intergenerational and inclusive experiences possible-experiences that are vital in strengthening and visioning our shared world.

With your support, we can grow our work together by:

    • Connecting communities through Growing Our Own Gardens   With intergenerational LGBTQ+ spaces hard to find, this performance project premiering at Dance Place in 2018 creates connections between generations that bring new perspectives and different understandings.


    • Growing opportunities to explore our relationship to the environment   By working with park rangers and artists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, leading a performance project through the LandLab Residency at the Schuylkill Center in Pennsylvania, and expanding our Moving Field Guide Program locally, we maintain our commitment to championing intergenerational dancemaking as an essential way to contend with the complexities of our relationship to the environment.


    • Supporting pathways for socially-engaged artists through Organizing Artists for Change   To connect and grow the network of socially-engaged artists, we are initiating a fellowship program, extending our work with universities, and centering our intergenerational creative practices through our Winter Institute in January 2018.


As we move into our fifth decade of dancemaking, and celebrate 20 years at home in Takoma Park and Montgomery County, we continue to deeply root in the generative potential of working together across generations. Your donation to Dance Exchange will help us meet our goal of $25,000 and support the collective action vital in strengthening and visioning our shared world.

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To donate by check or cash, make payable to Dance Exchange and mail to:

Dance Exchange C/O Silvia Roberts
7117 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

To process a gift another way, contact Silvia Roberts at 301-270-6700 ext. 20 or


Dance Exchange is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Generous contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals are crucial in demonstrating the high level of community commitment to the Dance Exchange mission. These contributions enable the company to continue making dance a real part of people’s lives through performance and interaction with a broad range of audiences and community collaborators. 

Dance Exchange is supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, the USDA Forest Service, The Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Foundation, The Embrey Family Foundation,  The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Takoma Foundation.