Movement is our first expressive and aesthetic experience. We DANCE from the time we are born, if not before. The early years are a critical time for developing understanding of self, others, and the world around us. How do we create experiences for the youngest children (0-5 yrs) to express, explore, create, move and dance? Teaching infants, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adult caregivers has unique opportunities and challenges.
The body is a universally available instrument for creating rhythmic, musical orchestrations composed of claps, slaps, and stamps. Body percussion is a very accessible and playful tool for teaching rhythm, musicality, and physical coordination, as well as inspiring group engagement and positive peer interactions. It can be done in small spaces, with adults and children, and lends itself to simplicity and complexity as needed. Nothing required but the body and some concentration! Dance TAGers will come away with a fresh and useful skill set, and will have a lot of fun in the process!
Come join TAG for a unique workshop with Cherie Hill, teaching artist visiting from the Bay Area. The workshop will look at how two forms, one that is concept-based, and the other, body-based, can be used to gain a deeper understanding of African dance through a creative format. Concepts can be utilized to move the body polyrhythmically while expressing essences of African movement. We will begin with a warm-up that incorporates developmental patterns and African dance movements, then move into an exploration that focuses on the energy concepts of contract and expand.
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.
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.
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