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.
Movement is our first expressive and aesthetic experience. We DANCE from the time we are born, if not before. The early years are a critical time for developing understanding of self, others, and the world around us. How do we create experiences for the youngest children (0-5 yrs) to express, explore, create, move and dance? Teaching infants, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adult caregivers has unique opportunities and challenges.
The body is a universally available instrument for creating rhythmic, musical orchestrations composed of claps, slaps, and stamps. Body percussion is a very accessible and playful tool for teaching rhythm, musicality, and physical coordination, as well as inspiring group engagement and positive peer interactions. It can be done in small spaces, with adults and children, and lends itself to simplicity and complexity as needed. Nothing required but the body and some concentration! Dance TAGers will come away with a fresh and useful skill set, and will have a lot of fun in the process!
join TAG for a unique workshop with Cherie Hill, teaching artist visiting from
the Bay Area. The workshop will look at how two forms, one that is
concept-based, and the other, body-based, can be used to gain a deeper
understanding of African dance through a creative format. Concepts can
be utilized to move the body polyrhythmically while expressing essences of
African movement. We will begin with a warm-up that incorporates developmental
patterns and African dance movements, then move into an exploration that
focuses on the energy concepts of contract and expand.
artists and physical theatre makers Tasha Milkman and Maryruth Stine team up to
offer a unique opportunity to discover how silent stories weave strong webs
between performer and audience, action and imagination. This workshop will
include a warm-up and skill building activities in mime and expression that
will explore storytelling, character, and performance. Look forward to short
performances that will change your definition of mime, and absorb new skills
for solo and ensemble pieces.
Come to TAG to learn
about Project Based Learning and how it can be applied to dance from E. Brown.
She uses it as the organizing structure for her teaching at the arts-based
charter school in Chester. PBL involves a “driving question,” research,
collaboration, and performance. She will show clips of her students’ work and
then lead the participants through a sample PBL experience. Publicly funded
after-school arts programs in Philadelphia now require that staff know how to
use PBL. Here’s a great chance to learn more about it.