Sunday, November 14, 2010 – 1:00pm

Sneaking Technique into Creative Dance Teaching with Ellie Goudie-Averill

What exactly is PreBallet?… how can fundamental technical skills can be incorporated into early childhood dance classes …and are young children capable of learning these life-long dance skills?  Ellie Goudie-Aveill has been investigating these questions for years and will share her perspective and experience. This workshop will include songs, stretches, and creative dance games that incorporate basic dance steps (tendu, passé, arabesque, jump vs. leap)—as well as time, space, and rhythm concepts—in a fun, palatable, and memorable way.  We will also discuss ideas for planning lessons around certain skill sets and brainstorm new ideas for weaving in along with tried and true activities. 

More Creative Movement Stories with Mady Cantor

Following last year’s DanceTAG session on Movement Stories for the 3-10 year old crowd, Mady Cantor will offer another collection of field-tested dance narratives that offer physical, cognitive, and playful possibilities of storytelling through movement. The written stories and, for some stories, music CDs will be provided


Ellie Goudie-Averill and Mady Cantor

Ellie Goudie-Averill, a 2007 MFA Dance Performance graduate of the University of Iowa, currently directs the Stone Depot Dance Lab ( and dances for Group Motion Dance Company and Movement Brigade in Philadelphia.  She  served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Ballet at Bucknell University, Artistic Coordinator of the UI Youth Ballet and is currently an adjunct at Temple University.  She began her training at Ballet Midwest in Topeka, Kansas and holds a BFA in dance from the University of Kansas.  Along with performing and choreographing, she loves teaching dance to people of all ages.+ Show more

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