Dance

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

MusiKinesis Class Descriptions

Experience MusiKinesis® Better Musicianship through Movement • Better Dance skills through Music Whether you're a music student, dancer or teacher, MusiKinesis® can take you further. It's rooted in the Swiss method of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, with a slightly different accent. As a contemporary American approach, MusiKinesis® is flexible, applicable and directly focused on the nexus of dance and music. Dalcroze Eurhythmics [...]

New Sunday MusiKinesis Classes Starting in January!!

Experience MusiKinesis! Better Musicianship through Movement - Better Dance skills through Music Learn this unique approach to the physicality of music in a new series of Sunday MusiKinesis classes. Based on the Swiss Jaques-Dalcroze method, MusiKinesis is the work of Monica Dale, professional dancer, pianist, and Dalcroze Licentiate. Classes begin January 8th, 2017, at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. Schedule [...]

Finding the Right Keys for Ballet

(When did they go missing?) An article by Marina Harss in the NY Times this week, Finding the Right Keys for the Right Ballet Steps, looks at the pianists's role in ballet rehearsals and classes. The musicians help the ballet dancers by finding the perfect tempos, improvising in ways that keep dancers alert, and occasionally providing helpful insights such [...]

By |2016-12-01T22:00:38-05:00January 17, 2016|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

It’s Official: 5 Magical Stories in Music and Movement is released!

It's January 15th, and the iBook is officially on the market! Children love stories in music and dance! This iBook engages them in meaningful experiences combining music, dance, rhythmic movement, emotional expression, verbal skills, patterns, and more! Rooted in a contemporary approach to traditional principles of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, 5 Magical Stories in Music and Dance [...]

By |2018-06-01T11:31:15-04:00January 16, 2016|Books, Children's Classes, Dance, Music|0 Comments

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 |2016-12-01T22:00:38-05:00November 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:39-05:00September 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:39-05:00September 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:40-05:00August 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 |2016-12-01T22:00:40-05:00February 10, 2015|Adults, Classes, Dance, Special Sessions|0 Comments