MusiKinesis® and Dance

You’ve probably taken a “Music for Dance” class somewhere along the way, or you studied music separately and were allowed to opt out. Music is important to Dance not only as accompanying sound, but also as a way of expanding movement possibilities. After all, it links directly with elements of time, rhythm, density, accent, meter, phrasing, effort and other factors in Dance.

How is MusiKinesis® different from Dalcroze Eurhythmics?

“It is different in exactly the ways that I am different from Jaques-Dalcroze, who himself wrote that “we can only teach who we are.” I am an American woman who grew up in diverse, urban schools, on a campus steeped in modern dance and music. That formed the root of everything I’ve done since – including my long work in the Dalcroze Method.

Although Jaques-Dalcroze had a profound influence on the foundations of modern dance, his intent was to create new ways of teaching music. I am fully licensed to teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics, but with MusiKinesis® I can merge the rest of who I am, as well. The result embraces dance, diversity, modernism, and the realities of contemporary America.”

Is MusiKinesis® another approach to Music Theory?

“It’s better than that! MusiKinesis® teaches the Music Theory essential for dancers, but not in typical lecture ‘explanation’ form. Instead, MusiKinesis® gets right to the point with active Eurhythmics exercises geared specifically toward concepts in Dance.

That means music principles and terms make sense within the dancer’s own idiom, and apply directly to specific applications in Dance. MusiKinesis® opens dancers to a new dimensions even in mundane daily exercises. It integrates music qualities into your teaching as a benefit to technique, creative range, and expression.”

How long does it take to learn MusiKinesis®?

“Like most things, more time yields more abilities and accomplishments. You can sharpen your skills and gain a few new teaching ideas, or add another skill set to your career as a Certified teacher of MusiKinesis.® Levels A, B and C each require 30 hours minimum (1 week). MusiKinesis® Certification is available in Music, Dance, or both, and musicians participate in many of the same classes with dancers.”

Modern Music and Modern Dance

MusiKinesis® makes modern idioms of meter, rhythm, tonality, and form accessible for Dancers, offering rich potential for new creative work.

MusiKinesis® has curated a library of rare music scores and recordings that were used by modern dance pioneers in the 20th century, including Ted Shawn, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham. The music reflects the influences of Jaques-Dalcroze,  Rudolph von Laban, and the women who forged the modern aesthetic.

Young Children in Urban America

Monica Dale wrote the book - 3 of them! - on teaching Eurhythmics to Young Children. Learn how and why MusiKinesis® helps children in need.

From growing up in urban schools and teaching in them, Monica believes in moving the Arts beyond ivory towers. For young children, MusiKinesis® merges dance, music and literacy-rich drama play. Teachers can gain a wealth of materials – stories, games, songs, dances, exercises – along with sequenced lesson plans and supporting research links.

Collaborations and Community

During Summer Institutes, MusiKinesis® has guest teachers join us to offer their specialized knowledge and experience.

Past guests have presented sessions on teaching children in trauma, atonal piano improvisation, and drumming techniques. Students working toward higher certification teach classes in rhythmics and subjects of their choice, which have included rhythmic modes, MusiKinesis® in the piano studio, and Laban’s movement analyses in relation to music.

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