In this day-long workshop, Cassie Meador (Executive Artistic Director, Dance Exchange) and Sarah Ramey (Founder, In Motion: Movement Class for Adults Over 50) will share creative movement tools and practices to create dances and facilitate dialogue across generations. Together we will grow our capacities for facilitation, choreography, and community organizing-- cultivating deeper understandings of our roles as artists, educators, and dancemakers. This will be a supportive environment for focused training and development for practitioners of all ages and physical capacities.
Date: Saturday, September 8 from 9-4pm (with lunch break)
Location: BalletMet (322 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215)
Cost: $10 (covers materials and lunch)
Contact Sarah Ramey with questions
Funding for this workshop is generously provided by a Crane Opportunity Grant, which supports professional development for BalletMet employees.
Cassie Meador is a choreographer, educator, and writer and is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. Her creative work builds ways for communities to be together in shared dialogue and critical reflection, and cultivates opportunities to work together across generations. Highlights of her multi-year performance projects and engagements include: How To Lose a Mountain, created along a 500-mile walk from Washington, DC, to a mountaintop removal mining site in West Virginia; Bricks and Bones, co-created with Paloma McGregor in 2015, in response to the erasure of Black lives in Dallas, TX; New Hampshire Avenue: This Is a Place To... , a creative placemaking effort in partnership with the City of Takoma Park; and Off-site/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains, that brings National Park Service, leaders from the Cherokee community, and regional artists to build capacities to contend with the complexities that shape our relationship to the park land. As Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange, she launched Organizing Artists for Change in 2016 — an initiative to support, connect, and grow the network of socially engaged artists. Cassie has taught and created dances in communities throughout the U.S. and internationally in Japan, Canada, England, Ireland, and Guyana. She has worked extensively with the Girl Scouts, National Park Service, and USDA Forest Service to develop and enhance environmental curricula with the arts and encourage environmental stewardship through embodied learning. Her work with educational institutions, such as Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Michigan State University among others, has influenced educators and students to embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to artmaking, education, and social change. Cassie is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and received the Emerging Leader Award at the 2017 Montgomery County Executive Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. Born in Charleston, SC, and raised in Augusta, GA, Cassie graduated with honors from The Ohio State University and joined Dance Exchange in 2002. She became Artistic Director in 2011 and assumed the role of Executive Artistic Director in 2016.
Sarah Ramey is a choreographer, performer and teacher focused on building community through dancing and dance-making. Her approach to teaching and art-making is heavily influenced by her time as a dancer and choreographer with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, a Washington, DC based intergenerational dance company whose members range in age from mid-20s to mid-70s. With Dance Exchange, she originated roles in new work and toured extensively with the company to perform, teach, and create dances with people of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights include teaching and choreographic residencies at the Kohler Arts Center (WI), Harvard University, and St Elizabeth’s Hospital (DC). Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sarah moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2013 to pursue her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. During her time at OSU, she founded In Motion: Movement Class for Adults Over 50 with the support of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The program, now housed at BalletMet, features twice-weekly movement classes and field trips to see dance performances. Recently, 10 members of the class premiered an intergenerational work created by Sarah and choreographer Chloe Napoletano called With Me at the inaugural CDA WORKS #1 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.