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Dawn Pratson, Music Made Visible: Dalcroze Plastique Anime

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Dawn Pratson, Music Made Visible: Dalcroze Plastique Anime

Plastique Animé is the art of interpreting a piece of music in movement in a way that makes the music visible. Coming from the music education approach named after Swiss composer and music educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, called Dalcroze Eurhythmics, plastique animé is a tool for deepening students’ musicianship by embodying the music.

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Rhythm and Movement Play for Dancers with Melissa Chisena and Jon Cannon

November 13, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Dance TAG for a workshop about inspiring dancers with rhythm play and phrase building activities.  Co-taught by Philadelphia-based dancer Melissa Chisena and multi-disciplinary musician Jonathan Cannon, the session will focus on finding rhythm, pulse, tempo, syncopation and polyrhythms in movement.

Dance Games for Engagement and Empowerment with Bethany Formica

October 30, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join in for dance games that develop community and communication skills, and encourage all players to have a blast. Adaptable to multiple settings and ages, from school and studios to open events, from children to adults. We’ll be passing pulses, blowing kisses, tiptoeing and moving rhythmically through the space. Forget about technique for a bit, put on your thinking caps and turn off your serious self.

BIGS AND LITTLES: A workshop in parent-child dance teaching

April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

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.

Body Percussion with Judy Freed

April 3, 2016 - 1:00pm

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!

Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic led by Cherie Hill

March 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

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.