PDP Dance Artists Residency
For over 11 years, PDP placed an ongoing educational project in high schools in Philadelphia providing students the opportunity to study contemporary dance techniques with some of Philadelphia’s best professional dancers and choreographers and to take field trips to see dance performances. For many young people it has been their first foray into dance, both through interaction with creative artists as well as attending a performance in a professional theater. Schools who have participated include Olney High School West, the Promise Academy at Martin Luther King, Jr, High School, and the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Dance Artists who teach have included Clyde Evans, Jr., Alie Vidich, Tracy Vogt, and LaMar Baylor among others. PDP’s Dance Artists Residency in the School Project has been made possible with support from The Lincoln Financial Foundation and Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial.
DanceTAG (Teaching Artists Group)
In tandem with our school residency, PDP convenes a DanceTAG (Teaching Artists Group)- now in its third year. DanceTAG is a collegial gathering of teaching artists for movement ideas, information, discussion, and networking. We invite artists at all stages of their teaching- rookies, veterans, people currently working or those looking for work, and especially artists in schools and community situations who consider teaching to be an integral part of their artistic work. Mady Cantor is the PDP DanceTAG Director. This Project is made possible in part with support from the Bartol Foundation funded by the Samuel S. Fels Fund.
All PDP DanceTAG sessions are FREE! But an RSVP would be appreciated: infophiladanceprojects [dot] org or 215.546.2552
at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street
Founded by ballet star Jacques D’Amboise in 1976 in New York, the National Dance Institute is committed to the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. NDI Artistic Associate Tracy Straus will share and demonstrate strategies developed over NDI’s decades of experience in a dance teaching model that addresses the needs of students across a wide spectrum of abilities. These methods can be used by teaching artists to get students on their feet and dancing.
Co-presented by Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.
Living Dance History: Duncan and Sokolow
at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 232 N. American St. (above 2nd & Market Sts.)
This is the second offering in a DanceTAG series that brings significant repertory works from the recent and more distant past to teaching artists. Last fall was Rennie Harris’ Students of the Asphalt Jungle taught by Clyde Evans. This time we have a double bill with the work of Isadora Duncan and Anna Sokolow.
Joie Waxler brings her Duncan experience to TAG to share Prelude, a dance from around 1890 set to Chopin. It was the first piece Isadora choreographed and in many ways, embodies Isadora’s philosophy of movement and also makes way, as the name suggests, for the mastery and artistry that had yet to come. It is an early example of Isadora’s connection with nature, spiritualism, and history. Mady Cantor will teach Rooms Etude, Anna Sokolow’s signature work from 1955 that captures post-war alienation and intensity. It’s a great piece to adapt to middle and high school. DanceTAG participants at TAG are permitted and encouraged to use these works as they see fit in their own teaching. Come learn these special works and add a dance historical layer to your own teaching!
Joie Waxler has been dancing almost since she could walk and has been fortunate to find a meditation and solace in movement. She has had the privilege of studying under fourth generation Isadorable Carrie Tron. As a fifth generation Isadorable, Joie has dedicated much of her dance learning to embodying the works of Isadora Duncan in hopes that Isadora’s incredible legacy endures. Mady Cantor directs DanceTAG and is Associate Director of the Dance Program at Bryn Mawr College. She learned Rooms through the American Dance Legacy Institute’s Etude program.
Scientific Thought In Motion
at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street
Join DanceTAG for a workshop with Randy Barron, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and national leader in arts integration. This workshop will translate basic scientific content into meaningful movement activities that put abstract concepts into tangible, visible— and satisfying— form. Using the water cycle and systems of the human body as examples, he will show how dance elements can be used to teach scientific content, and vice versa. Leave with ways to put these ideas into action plus the skills to do more of the same on your own.
Randy Barron has danced and choreographed professionally since 1978 with ballet and modern dance companies across the US. He holds a BA in biology, with minors in chemistry and psychology, and he is continually amazed at how often he uses that knowledge. He has been a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist since 1995. For over 30 years he has designed and led art-integrated residencies for students, and has led more than 200 professional development events for teachers and teaching artists, across 36 states.