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.
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 throu
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 a
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.
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.