[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Dance TAG this Sunday: free workshop

Madeline Cantor mcantor at brynmawr.edu
Thu Nov 30 04:54:56 EST 2017

Join Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group) this Sunday, Dec. 3, for a workshop on the practice of Plastique Anime in Music Made Visible led by Dalcroze practitioner Dawn Pratson. Inspiring and useful in many teaching settings!  Below are the details and description.

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St.


Send rsvp to info at philadanceprojects.org.

Music Made Visible

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. Through active listening and score analysis, the choreographer/teacher selects which musical subjects to focus on and designs a series of lessons whereby students listen, analyze, and learn choreography created by the teacher as well as create their own.

In this workshop, participants will work with a piece of classical music to create a plastique piece together. We will experience and discuss different ways to actively listen, analyze and embody the music, breaking it down into music subjects such as form, beat and subdivisions, rhythmic elements, dynamics, phrase, etc.  Suggestions for classical pieces for plastiques will be shared and adaptations for students of all ages will be covered.

Dawn Pratson earned her Dalcroze license in 2004, and was the founding music specialist at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia from 2005-2015. She is a musician (flute, piano, voice) and modern/contemporary dancer and choreographer. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the University of the Arts and Temple University and teaches workshops around the U.S. and abroad.

Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group) 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, especially artists in schools and community situations — who consider teaching to be an integral part of their artistic work. The sessions tend to be very inspiring and relevant for artistic inquiry as well as teaching.

Madeline Cantor

Associate Director

Dance Program

Bryn Mawr College

101 N. Merion Ave.

Bryn Mawr, PA  19010

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