Dance

Modern and Ballet, especially in relation to Music and Jaques-Dalcroze’s work.

Floor Pattern “in 10” from Elizabeth Walton

(Archived in Ideas to Try) About Elizabeth Walton Elizabeth Walton and Paul Taylor making "Paul Taylor: The Man Behind the Dance" (Photo: UMBC New Media Studio)I’ve been taking Beginning Modern classes with Elizabeth Walton, Associate Professor at UMBC. I love taking beginners’ classes, in part because I get to observe how other teachers introduce concepts of movement [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:38+00:00 November 18, 2015|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Announcing a New iBook coming soon!!

5 Magical Stories in Music and Dance!! I didn't want to announce this until it was nearly finished and scheduled for release... Official publication date is January 15, 2016 but I'm hoping to have it available in time for the holiday season! Stay tuned for details and sneak peeks!

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:39+00:00 September 18, 2015|Books, Dance, Music|1 Comment

“Ideas to Try” is now searchable — TRY it!!

Check out the Ideas to Try page! It now has search functionality, so it's even easier to get great ideas for lesson plans, private teaching or independent studies of your own. Want to explore movement in relation to a piano piece by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze? It's there. Need a song and teaching ideas for a class of children? You'll find it! Looking [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:39+00:00 September 11, 2015|Classes, Dance, Music|0 Comments

Misty Copeland and Musicianship

Misty Copeland - Photo Rosalie O'Connor Not everything is about technique. CBS reran a 60 Minutes segment about ABT soloist Misty Copeland tonight. When asked, "What caught your eye?" American Ballet Theatre Director, Kevin McKenzie, replied: "She has a proportion to her body and she has a response to music -- a visceral response [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:40+00:00 August 24, 2015|Dance, Video|0 Comments

Dance as Experience – SDHS Conference, March 26-28

Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins & Legacies A special-topics conference jointly sponsored by the Society of Dance History Scholars and Peabody Dance Baltimore, MD March 26-28, 2015 Session with Monica Dale -  Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics: The Experience of Music in Early Modern Dance Topics related to the theme of dance and the Progressive Era include (from the [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:40+00:00 February 10, 2015|Adults, Classes, Dance, Special Sessions|0 Comments

Missing the Pointe

Once upon a time, there was a little dance studio with big problems. The electrical connection to the water fountain was a jerry-rigged code violation and fire hazard; a fire exit door could not open; sections of barre dangled unsecured from the wall. Nobody much cared about these hazards. There was something else that frightened, [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:40+00:00 February 10, 2015|Dance, Musings, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Visualizing music of Bach

Three videos I assigned my Music for Dance class to watch… They encompass a lot of the ideas we've been working with. Baroque.me - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, visualized by Alexander Chen: Rendition of the "Little" Fugue in G Minor by Stephen Malinowski: 1934 film of Doris Humphrey's choreography - "Air" from Orchestral [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:41+00:00 September 29, 2014|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Video|0 Comments

Article (mis)quoting me

Posting about an article that profiles Rima Faber, I remembered that I'd been interviewed for an article in Dance Studio Life magazine. Apparently the article was published last April! Oops. I'm so glad to see music addressed in articles and journals like this, and I'm honored to be interviewed. However…  I am sure I was [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:41+00:00 August 28, 2014|Dance, Music|0 Comments

Dance Teacher Magazine Article about Rima Faber

Rima Faber is a brilliant dance educator, a Dalcroze enthusiast and a friend for many years. This article in Dance Teacher Magazine highlights her work with young children. She connects with students on a deep level, leads them to their own discoveries, and brings them to create dances that hold profound personal meaning. Among her many [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:41+00:00 August 28, 2014|Dance|0 Comments