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Sunday, 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?

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


Sunday, 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.

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

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.

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

Calendar Archive

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

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.

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

October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

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.