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Throughout the year, Philadelphia Dance Projects presents stimulating and provocative programs, from performances by renowned independent dance artists and companies to film events, workshops, classes, educational programs, and forums for artists, aspiring artists, and students, all geared toward a broad-based audience.

Social Dance Forms / Oh the Possibilities!

FREE
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Bob Burtyn

Include social dance forms in your teaching practice by jumping into a quick primer with Bob Butryn, one of Philadelphia’s leading social dance teachers.  We’ll learn time-tested dances such as swing, salsa, rumba, and waltz.   Use them “as is” or as fuel for creative applications in teaching, from rhythmic exploration to partner work and beyond.  Come to learn the dances and to brainstorm the possibilities.

Bob Butryn is a theatrical performer of partner dance as well as musician specializing in sax, clarinet and flute.  He has studied dance in a way that resembles the way craftsman learned from the masters many centuries ago.  He located the masters in every style of dance and studied with them.  For example, with swing dancing, Bob studied with the legendary Frankie Manning in New York.  Frankie was one of the originators of Lindy hop, the early form of swing that bridges the gap between the Charleston and today’s swing dancing.  Bob won the National Lindy Hop Competition (team division) in New York.   Bob has choreographed and taught for numerous organizations such as Quintessence Theatre, Germantown Friends School and the Augusta Heritage Festival.

Location: 
Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215 546 2552

NYC's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

FREE
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Cathrine Gallant
Cathrine Gallant

There are 250 teaching artists with full-time dance jobs in the public schools in New York City.   Come to TAG for a workshop with Catherine Gallant, a leading veteran member of this artistic cohort whose teaching is aligned with NYC’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, a comprehensive approach that includes dance literacy and arts integration.  Catherine will teach a sample class and demonstrate the activities she uses to structure her classes and incorporate cultural and historical material.  These ideas can be adapted to many teaching settings, and all ages of students.  Take advantage of this chance to experience (and borrow!) some of the good ideas and momentum in dance teaching coming out of public education in New York City these days.

Catherine Gallant is the dance teacher at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with children using an integrated approach to the arts which includes the language of Laban Movement Analysis and investigations of dance across culture and history. Ms. Gallant served on the writing committee for the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and regularly conducts dance education workshops for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL).  Ms. Gallant creates choreography for her group Catherine Gallant/DANCE and she is the artistic director of Dances by Isadora which had performed internationally since 1989. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University. More info on the Blueprint: schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/images/2007dancebp.pdf

Location: 
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215 546 2552

Towards an Integration of Dance and Acting

FREE
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Della Cowall

Join Dance TAG for a workshop led by Della Cowall, experienced teacher of movement for actors.  Using voice, text, singing and movement, Della will lead participants through game structures and text studies designed to explore meaning-making in movement and choreography.  These techniques and explorations, developed from acting, physical theater and dance sources, can fuel artistic inquiry as well as enrich dance teaching.  They are lively and fun and are excellent teaching tools for self-exploration and ensemble-building in settings from middle school through adults.

Della Cowall a performance artist/educator/administrator whose work lies in the exciting, gray areas between dance, theatre, and musical theatre. She holds MFA and BFA Degrees in modern dance performance and choreography, and is the Artistic/Executive Director of The Née Danse Company. She has served as theatre and dance faculty at several universities, and is currently teaching Basic Movement and Dance for the Actor at Temple University. Della performed in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups for the 2014 FringeArts and The Nature Theatre Company’s Life and Times: Episodes 1-5  for the 2013 FringeArts.

Location: 
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215 546 2552

Calendar Archive

DanceTAG- Laban's Effort/Shape - A Springboard to Teaching and Learning with Rhonda Moore

November 23, 2014 - 1:00pm
Teaser:

Pioneering dance theorist Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) developed a way of generating and describing human movement that has become an important tool in dance learning. His Effort/Shape principles offer an array of concepts and vocabulary that can be used to fuel dancing, choreography and discussion. Whether you are familiar with Effort/Shape or if these ideas are new to you, come to TAG for a chance to experiment with shape and space, time and place, and to understand its applications in a wide variety of teaching situations.

Artists Driven Archive/Dancing through time…

November 13, 2014 - 6:30pm
Teaser:

An archive is not synonymous with dust or sleep…

DanceTAG- Critical Thinking in the Dance Class with A.T. Moffett

October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm
Teaser:

How do students all ages of dance articulate dance itself; think about and express what they are doing and seeing? 

It is widely acknowledged that critical thinking is an important 21st century skill. Dancers know that it is very much at the heart of dance but it is often hidden. Join in for an opportunity to bring it out into the open.

A.T. Moffett will teach a modern dance class highlighting the ways that critical thinking intersects with dance learning through strategies including partnering, alteration and tracking.

DanceTAG- Creative Movement for 3 - 5 Year Olds: Two successful versions

October 5, 2014 - 3:30pm
Teaser:

Join DanceTAG for a double workshop on teaching the under-five crowd with two experienced teaching artists. Kaye Fernandez will share her approach to thematic teaching as a means to cognitive, social and emotional skills, developed at Kaleidoscope, Settlement Music School’s award-winning arts-centered pre-school. Loren Groenendaal will draw on her own discoveries as well as insight from her Laban Move-ment Analysis training, work with Reggio-Emilia based schools, and influence from her own childhood teacher Betty Jane Dittmar. Real live children welcome to take part.

Subcircle premiere: "All this happened, more or less"

April 3, 2014 - 7:30pm
April 4, 2014 - 7:30pm
April 5, 2014 - 7:30pm
Teaser:

Choreographer Niki Cousineau and Designer Jorge Cousineau, as Subcircle, create poetic and moving theatrical works that focus on the space where performance happens. For this performance, the two artists will create a work that uncovers process, collaboration and design while in performance. All this happened more or less is a new work in which the movers, set and music are all protagonists. The piece begins with the collapse of all elements so that the rebuilding becomes the journey- exposing the partnership; decisions and silences. Performed by Niki and Jorge Cousineau with Beau Hancock, Rosi Langabeer, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters and Christina Zani.

Subcircle’s attention to detail and the intensity of their full scale atmospheric work is outstanding among their peers. “Riveting” and “magically surreal,” Subcircle’s work “unfolds  episodically yet seamlessly, with continuous transformations” which transform theatrical and site-specific spaces by merging dance, sound, set design, lighting, and film. Whether site-specific or performance for the stage, each work aims to convey to audience and performer alike an inseparability of performance from environment.

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