The Dance Exchange is hosting INSPIRE, a Youth Internship Program supported by Maryland Multi-cultural Youth Centers. In this six-week summer intensive, participants will gain leadership skills, engage in the community and make art in the local environment. This project is led by Wayles Haynes, the Youth Programs Coordinator and Lead Artist of the Teen Exchange at the Dance Exchange. I am a supporting artist offering workshops in art making, community engagement, video and photography
Photos is this gallery are from day one workshop in developing art making and designing activities for community engagement. Facilitation and photos by Alexis.
Inspire is a young adult internship program involving individual mentoring of participants as they develop skills in community engagement, project management, communications and movement based art-making. This multi-layered project results in various outcomes from personal achievement to facilitating public discourse and art-making around shared spaces and ideas. Participants will learn about the many facets of the Dance Exchange from artistry to administration and develop their own practice in how to engage a community around concept-based making. This will come in three main conduits; personal art-making, mentor observed group work and community engagement. ~
Wayles Haynes, Lead Artist and Adjunct Artist with the Dance Exchange
Youth Arts Night at the Dance Exchange.
Teen Exchange hosted Youth artists at Dance Exchange to perform dance, song and poetry.
I have been working closely with Teen Exchange as a mentor / facilitator this year.
Teens from Teen Exchange performed their own original choreography, and they also organized the event and invited the group's who performed.
MOVING FEILD GUIDES, Patterson Park: Baltimore City
In this gallery are photographs taken during the development days for a field trip Anne Kotleba and I collaborated with Dance Exchange on. Anne and I have been partnering at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy Elementary and Middle since November.
I am an AmeriCorps Member with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, so we've had this opportunity to work together with the Company to develop the first in a series of nature walks that will be using Dance and Scientific observation to connect urban youth to the natural environment.
We worked with the YMCA of Central Maryland and with Greg Branch who is a community partner at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy Elementary and Middle.
For our field trip we after school sessions at Patterson Park* with Y program staff and dancers / naturalists (with The National Forest Service) with DC-based Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and educators form University of Baltimore. We explored and connect to the natural environment through movement and art-making.
Members of the Teen Exchange have begun developing choreography for their second Teen choreographed piece of this year's end-of-the year performance.
In this gallery Molly Barth leads her peers through choreography she created for a piece about Beauty, which is being directed by Teen Exchange co-captain Talia Mason. Also, the group rehearses work made in a previous workshop wherein each teen has shared their own choreographic contribution to the larger piece.
Tool training with Dance Exchange (DX) Company member Shula Strassfeld. She spent two hours working with Anne Kotleba and I working through DX Tool Box activities. She focused on one called “Detail: a tool which focuses on drawing movement ideas from concrete physical evidence by observing the immediate environment and by conjuring details of a scene from memory and imagination. Rather than a fixed procedure, Detail is a set of practices for observing, imagining, discerning, and organizing information that can be a rich source for movement.”
Shula led us through a series on movement improvs and visualizations to create solo material and material that we fused together. I really enjoyed dancing with Anne! As we have begun to co-facilitate at Dr. Rayner Browne we are developing and sharing some great activities together and this training strengthened this relationship for sure!!