Moving Arts Exchange is dedicated to deepening personal connections and enhancing the vibrancy of our community through inclusive dance education for all ages and a performance space for teens and local artists to share original work.



In September 2016, Andrea Blacklow and Ellen Gorman created Moving Arts Exchange (MAX), a non-profit dance organization, drawing on their extensive experience in performance, choreography and dance education. With passion for collaboration and an inclusive approach to dance education, MAX creates opportunities for trained and untrained dancers on the stage, at local community events, and out in the streets. Opportunities include working with our resident and teen companies, ongoing classes for children, teens and adults, MAXFlash events, site-specific dance and video Projects, and collaboration with the MAX Choir and other local artists and arts organizations. MAX creates work relevant to our collective experiences, which has a profound and positive effect on practitioners, young emerging teen artists, and the surrounding community.  

Recent Performances Include:

• October 2016: MAXFlash at the Great Barrington Farmers Market

• December 2016: Brought window dressing to life at the Holiday Stroll and danced in the streets

• February 2017: “Quiet,” inspired by the Women’s March, is created and the MAX Choir is formed

• April 2017: Teen and adult company shine at the Sandisfield Performing Arts Center

• June 2017: MAX teen and adult companies inspire standing ovation on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow

• June 2017: MAXFlash “Relay” is wow-factor at Relay for Life

• July 2017: Teens create original site specific work at Simon’s Rock

• Sept 2016- July 2017: Over 250 classes taught to children, teens and adults


What does MAX offer?

We look forward to creating new work and finding innovative and fun ways to move with everyone.  In the coming year we are expanding our class offerings for children, teens and adults, teaching in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and collaborating with Crescendo,  Multi-Cultural Bridge and other local artists. We continue to support our teen artists while they develop their voices and navigate the challenges of their generation. Together we anticipate another great year of MAX dancing everywhere.

Information About Classes and Projects:

  • We offer classes for all levels of dance and interests.

  • For class information go to MAX website at

  • MAX classes are held at 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA

  • Anyone who wants to participate in a MAXflash event should email

  • MAXflash events can be sponsored by your business or organization.  

  • Teen MAX Projects are open and all teens are welcome.

  • We strive to support our teen artists while they develop their voices and navigate the challenges of their generation.


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 from the fiscal sponsor Cornerstone Performing Arts Center, which was founded by MAX co-founder Ellen Gorman in 2006.