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.

SILENT STORIES: Narrative and the Body

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

Seasoned teaching 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. Whether you’re a performer looking to develop acting and movement skills or an educator looking for more ways to activate your students, this workshop is for everybody interested in building communication and connection onstage and in the classroom!

Maryruth (MR) Stine is a performer and educator raised in Baltimore and Elmwood, West Virginia. MR’s principal focus is on community-driven projects which combine elements of commedia dell’arte, puppetry, and mask to strike a balance of silly stories and social critique. After touring multiple projects from northern Canada to southern India, MR is now a Resident Teaching Artist at Philly Young Playwright and onstage (sometimes in drag) throughout the Northeast.

Tasha Milkman is a performer, teaching artist, and theater maker originally from Denver, Colorado. She is the Creative and Education Director for Broken Box Mime Theater, a collaborative company in New York that tells contemporary original stories using classic mime technique. Tasha frequently devises and performs in mime and has worked extensively as a teaching artist in both NYC and Philadelphia. She holds an Masters in Education from UPenn and is currently pursuing an MFA in acting at Rutgers University. 

Sunday, December 6th, 1-3PM

Philadelphia Dance Academy
219 Cuthbert St. 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Past Events


November 15, 2015 - 1:00pm

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.


October 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

How do we, as dancers and educators, help our students navigate, understand, and express through dance the political, social, and cultural landscapes of the world around them? What exciting and enlivening creative avenues could we explore with our students, and where do they lead?

Towards an Integration of Dance and Acting

May 3, 2015 - 1:00pm

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

NYC's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm

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

Bilateral Dance Artist Residency Exchange BP/PHL

April 6, 2015 (All day)

Budapest/ Philadelphia
Dance Artist Residency Exchange