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.

Towards an Integration of Dance and Acting

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 1:00pm
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.

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

Past Events

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


Social Dance Forms / Oh the Possibilities!

March 29, 2015 - 1:00pm

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.

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

November 23, 2014 - 1:00pm

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

An archive is not synonymous with dust or sleep…