Workshops


500 Miles/500 Stories workshops offer participants the opportunity—through audio, visual, and written storytelling—to reflect on the sometimes short and often great distances travelled by the resources we use. To contribute to the collection, participants will draw on personal, cultural, and historical stories as well as their own relationships to their home communities. Dance Exchange gathered some 500 stories over the course of the walk, as research and artistic inspiration for the development of How To Lose a Mountain.

Below are some of the events and ways that Dance Exchange gathered stories along their 500-mile walk. If you are interested in bringing one of these events to your community, send an email to mail@danceexchange.org.


How To Lose a Mountain, an interactive performance
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre
University of Maryland
Tuesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to public.

Meat, milk, produce and grain; heat for our houses; power to run cars and computers. Behind every product we use lies a story of communities, lands and processes that often exist beyond the scope of our awareness. Could knowing the story behind our “stuff” change our relationship to what we use? Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador will explore this question and more in her newest artistic project How To Lose a Mountain. This spring, she will walk 500 miles from her home in Washington DC through Maryland and Virginia, into the mountainous coal-mining region of West Virginia. Dance Exchange will engage communities along the way in storytelling and movement workshops to address resources used, distances travelled, and our relationship to our home communities. On April 3, one week before Meador departs on her journey, join Dance Exchange for a performance of work-in-progress excerpts from How To Lose a Mountain as part of the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts Take Five series. During the event, we will launch 500 Miles/500 Stories, an online story-collection platform, and lead an interactive storytelling session.


Sunrise Send-Off!
Dance Exchange, Takoma Park
Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m.
Free, open to friends, family, invited guests

Join us for breakfast on the Dance Exchange loading dock for a celebratory send-off of Dance Exchange’s Artistic Director, Cassie Meador. Meador will leave on April 10 for a 500-mile walk to West Virginia to explore the distances her energy resources travel, and engage with communities along the way. We’ll be doing some stretching, breathing, and noshing, as we send the hikers on their way!


Moving Field Guide: Outdoor Walk and Movement Workshop
Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
Note: This event is not open to the general public.

How do we examine the beauty and value of our local communities and ecosystems? As we consider the great distances many of our resources travel, we must begin to turn to our own communities as a source of meaning and making. The Moving Field Guide is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in history and ecology. Moving Field Guides will encourage participants to get outdoors along the walk and discover the world around them. Moving Field Guides are made possible by the support of the U.S. Forest Service.


How To Lose a Mountain, an interactive performance
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
Free and open to public.

Meat, milk, produce and grain; heat for our houses; power to run cars and computers. Behind every product we use lies a story of communities, lands and processes that often exist beyond the scope of our awareness. Could knowing the story behind our “stuff” change our relationship to what we use? Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador will explore this question and more in her newest artistic project How To Lose a Mountain. This spring she will walk 500 miles from her home in Washington DC through Maryland and Virginia, into the mountainous coal-mining region of West Virginia. Dance Exchange will engage communities along the way in storytelling and movement workshops to address resources used, distances travelled, and our relationship to our home communities. On April 10, the first day of this 8-week physical journey, join Cassie fresh off the trail and Dance Exchange for a performance of excerpts from How To Lose a Mountain on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. During the event, audiences will have a chance to interact with 500 Miles/500 Stories, an online story-collection platform that will be used to track the journey and the stories from communities on the trail and beyond as they unfold.


Moving Field Guide with the Takoma Park Young Activists: Outdoor Walk and Movement Workshop
Glen Echo Park, Washington, DC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Note: This event is not open to the general public.

How do we examine the beauty and value of our local communities and ecosystems? As we consider the great distances many of our resources travel, we must also begin to turn to our own communities as a source of meaning and making. The Moving Field Guide is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in history and ecology. Moving Field Guides will encourage participants to get outdoors along the walk and discover the world around them. Moving Field Guides are made possible by the support of the U.S. Forest Service.


Dickerson Power Plant Tour
Dickerson, MD
Friday, April 13, 2012, noon
Note: This event is by invite only. For more information, contact mail@danceexchange.org.

Dance Exchange artists, staff, board members, and project advisors will tour the Dickerson Power Plant as research for How To Lose a Mountain.


Moving Field Guide with the Girl Scouts: Outdoor Walk and Movement Workshop
FLOC Outdoors Education Center
Harper’s Ferry, WV
Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.
Note: This event is not open to the general public.

How do we examine the beauty and value of our local communities and ecosystems? As we consider the great distances many of our resources travel, we must also begin to turn to our own communities as a source of meaning and making. The Moving Field Guide is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in history and ecology. Moving Field Guides will encourage participants to get outdoors along the walk and discover the world around them. Moving Field Guides are made possible by the support of the U.S. Forest Service.


500 Miles/500 Stories: Story Collection Workshop
McGuffey Arts Center
Charlottesville, VA
April 30, time TBD
This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to mail@danceexchange.org.

500 Miles/500 Stories workshops offer participants the opportunity—through audio, visual, and written storytelling—to reflect on the sometimes short and often great distances the resources that we use travel. Participants will draw on personal, cultural, and historical stories as well as their relationships to their home communities to contribute to the collection. Dance Exchange will gather 500 stories over the course of the walk, as research for the development of How To Lose a Mountain.


Moving Field Guide: An Outdoor Walk and Movement Workshop
Ivy Creek Park
Lynchburg, VA
Thursday, May 10 at 4 p.m.
Note: This event is not open to the general public.

How do we examine the beauty and value of our local communities and ecosystems? As we consider the great distances many of our resources travel, we must also begin to turn to our own communities as a source of meaning and making. The Moving Field Guide is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in history and ecology. Moving Field Guides will encourage participants to get outdoors along the walk and discover the world around them. Moving Field Guides are made possible by the support of the U.S. Forest Service..


500 Miles/500 Stories: Story Collection Workshop
Claytor Nature Center
Bedford, VA
Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to mail@danceexchange.org.

500 Miles/500 Stories workshops offer participants the opportunity—through audio, visual, and written storytelling—to reflect on the sometimes short and often great distances travelled by the resources we use. To contribute to the collection, participants will draw on personal, cultural, and historical stories as well as their own relationships to their home communities. Dance Exchange will gather 500 stories over the course of the walk, as research and artistic inspiration for the development of How To Lose a Mountain.


Moving Field Guide and 500 Miles/500 Stories Workshops
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
May 19-20, time TBD
This event is open to the public. Details TBD. Check back to danceexchange.org for more details.

How do we examine the beauty and value of our local communities and ecosystems? As we consider the great distances many of our resources travel, we must also begin to turn to our own communities as a source of meaning and making. The Moving Field Guide is an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists, naturalists, and regional experts in history and ecology. Moving Field Guides will encourage participants to get outdoors along the walk and discover the world around them. Moving Field Guides are made possible by the support of the U.S. Forest Service.