MAX is a Non-profit performance and arts education organization, founded on the desire to engage, nurture, and inspire artistic exploration through movement.



Moving Arts Exchange (MAX) was founded by Artistic Directors, Andrea Blacklow and Ellen Gorman, to provide a supportive environment for all moving artists to realize their physical and creative potential. Performing and non-performing dance is made accessible to all ages. MAX moves with everyone, offering movement for athletes, fitness classes and restorative movement programing.

The two functions of art education (instruction and performance) are equally important. The art of developing productions will serve our youth and adults through a synergistic approach to training in any arts discipline. MAX is dedicated to nurturing both trained and untrained dancers, and forging relationships with local artists from other disciplines to produce cutting edge, multi-Arts productions.


What does MAX offer?

At the core of our mission is the belief that the disciplines of moving arts and performing, enrich both its practitioners and the communities in which they exist. MAX is a resident performing dance company in The Berkshires. We are an organization that fosters creative opportunities and professional work for our local artists and young emerging artists. MAX is a home for youth and local artists to be a part of the existing, vibrant arts culture of the Berkshires. 


By securing a base of operations, MAX will eventually expand its offerings and revenues by functioning as an administrative center, a fiscal 501(c)(3) sponsor when needed, and a landlord to artistic entrepreneurs. This venture will help to aid in furthering the creative economic development vision for Berkshire County.

MAX will also expand the accessibility of arts education through collaboration with regional organizations. MAX will be a place for artists of all ages to train, find employment, create and perform. 

MAX was founded in September, 2016 and quickly established a loyal following due to the deep connections of its co-founders to the local arts community.  MAX’s fiscal sponsor is Cornerstone Performing Arts Center, which was founded by MAX co-founder Ellen Gorman.  This collaboration means all donations to MAX are tax deductible due to Cornerstone’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) status. 

MAX operates out of the premises of LifeWorks Studios, in Great Barrington but is already looking for new space to meet the rapidly expanding demand for services. This campaign will help MAX secure and develop new space while implementing a sustainable business model.