PDP Dance Artists School Residency

Since 2003, PDP has placed an ongoing educational project in a high school in Philadelphia providing students the opportunity to study dance techniques with some of Philadelphia’s best professional dancers and choreographers and to take field trips to see dance performances. For many young people this has been their first foray into dance, both through interaction with creative artists as well as attending a performance in a professional theater. Schools who have participated include Olney High School West, the Promise Academy at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, and the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Dance Artists have included Tanaga “Princess” Payne, Dinita Clark, Lela Aisha Jones, Melanie Cotton, Clyde Evans, Jr. Alie Vidich and Philadanco’s dancers Karen Pendergrass, Tracy Vogt and LaMar Baylor, among others.

PDP’s Dance Artists School Residency Project has been made possible with past support from the Lincoln Financial Foundation and current support from the Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial.

DanceTAG (Teaching Artists Group)

Since 2009, in tandem with our school residency, PDP convenes a DanceTAG (Teaching Artists Group). DanceTAG is a collegial gathering of teaching artists for movement ideas, information, discussion, and networking. We invite artists at all stages of their teaching- rookies, veterans, people currently working or those looking for work, and especially artists in schools and community situations who consider teaching to be an integral part of their artistic work. Mady Cantor, Chair Dance Dept. at Bryn Mawr College is the PDP DanceTAG Director.

All DanceTAG sessions are FREE!