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
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
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.
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.
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.
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