History

“Cult of Dalcroze” – Snarky 1913 Article

If you think people today don't understand what Jaques-Dalcroze's work was about, take a look at this article from 1913! Journalist Rothay Reynolds visited Hellerau to see what Jaques-Dalcroze's new method was all about. His report, Higher Culture Gone Mad in Cult of Dalcroze, suggests he was confounded by the encounter. Published in the Courier-Journal of Louisville Kentucky, [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:13:30+00:00 March 18, 2018|Arts History, Dalcroze, Musings|0 Comments

The Turkey Trot Dance

I've posted a new "Idea to Try" inspired by Leonard Bernstein's Turkey Trot from Divertimento for Orchestra. Along the way, I got sidetracked researching the history of the ragtime dance (circa 1912) from news sources of the time. Take a look and discover: Three incidents of women getting in trouble for indulging in the dance [...]

By | 2017-11-29T13:59:15+00:00 November 29, 2017|Audio, Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

American Modern Dance, Music Visualizations and Plastique animée

Emile Jaques-Dalcroze I was invited to write this article for Le Rythme, an annual international journal of FIER. This year's theme was L'interprétation corporelle - the idea of reflecting music in movement. Once a guiding force in modern dance, 'music visualization' might have lost its purpose 75 years ago or might remain vital today, depending on who [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:38:57+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians

23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians One of the sessions I presented at this week's International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3) was on Piano Music for Modern Dance. I began researching these musicians because I wanted to know what music early modern dancers heard in their daily studies. After all, modern dance and modern music once worked [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:10:46+00:00 August 4, 2017|Dance, Music|0 Comments

Workshop in NYC, April 9th

Dancers and Musicians: Join me in New York! Time and Energy in Space = DANCE Time and Energy in Sound = MUSIC What we have in common might surprise you! The most significant influence of Jaques-Dalcroze’s work may have been its impact on the development of modern dance. His institute in Hellerau was a seminal force for dance in [...]

By | 2017-03-30T22:19:33+00:00 March 30, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Special Sessions|0 Comments

Dance Legends: A few choice quotes on music

‘’Often I thought to myself, what a mistake to call me a dancer – I am the magnetic centre to convey the emotional expression of the Orchestra.” - Isadora Duncan     “I couldn’t move, I don’t even want to move, unless I hear the music first. I couldn’t move without a reason, and the reason is [...]

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

Historic Jaques-Dalcroze Video Excerpt

Here is a wonderful clip from a 1925 German film titled Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit (Ways to Strength and Beauty). I'd seen a few seconds of the Jaques-Dalcroze Hellerau footage in another film, and asked Dalcroze/dance historian Selma Odom about it. She knew the film right away. This is a clear example of the [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:43+00:00 October 4, 2013|Dance, Video|1 Comment

Conference – Celebrating Le Sacre du Printemps

Society of Dance History Scholars, Special Topics Conference Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning York University, Toronto Thursday, April 18 - Saturday, April 20, 2013 Join scholars and artists in music, dance, and Dalcroze for an amazing look back at 1913's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). With papers, panels, workshops and performances, the [...]

By | 2013-02-11T04:01:46+00:00 December 7, 2012|Classes, Dance, Special Sessions|0 Comments