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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 throu

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

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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.

DanceTAG- Creative Movement for 3 - 5 Year Olds: Two successful versions

October 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

Join DanceTAG for a double workshop on teaching the under-five crowd with two experienced teaching artists. Kaye Fernandez will share her approach to thematic teaching as a means to cognitive, social and emotional skills, developed at Kaleidoscope, Settlement Music School’s award-winning arts-centered pre-school. Loren Groenendaal will draw on her own discoveries as well as insight from her Laban Move-ment Analysis training, work with Reggio-Emilia based schools, and influence from her own childhood teacher Betty Jane Dittmar. Real live children welcome to take part.