Dance

Modern and Ballet, especially in reference to music, eurhythmics, and historic relationships with Jaques-Dalcroze.

Summer Highlights!

Special Features of This Year's MusiKinesis® Courses Daily classes in eurhythmics, teaching techniques, repertory, improv/composition and related areas form the foundation. Plus, the programs in both Baltimore and Rochester include a rich variety of added experiences, too! Baltimore County – July 8-12 This week will feature guest classes from experts in their fields. Teaching Children [...]

By |2019-07-02T23:33:43-04:00July 2, 2019|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, MusiKinesis, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Fascinating Freda Miller

Freda Miller Modern Dance Musician, 1911-1960 Remember Modernism? Soon after women won their right to vote, they began the audacious exploration of dance as their own art form. Women were often their musical collaborators, as well. Here I'll introduce you to a significant one: Freda Miller. The staples of suburban dance studios seem to reference [...]

Fall 2018 Teaching and Learning

“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.” ― Anatole France, poet and novelist Change means challenge; challenge means growth. This fall, I’ll be teaching a new course at Peabody Conservatory– Stage An OrchKids Student Movement for Opera - and classes for children through Baltimore Symphony’s [...]

MusiKinesis® Summer Certification Course

MusiKinesis®: Teaching Music/Dance Connections University of Maryland – Baltimore County • July 23-27, 2018 An interdisciplinary summer MusiKinesis® course for teachers of music and dance Discover a vibrant way to enrich your skills, knowledge and teaching abilities. Using techniques of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a system of study developed in Switzerland in the early 1900s, MusiKinesis® incorporates rhythmic movement exercises designed [...]

By |2018-05-09T14:49:49-04:00February 27, 2018|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|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 |2017-11-29T13:59:15-04:00November 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 |2018-06-18T14:38:57-04:00November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

Classes and Workshops – 2017-2018

Here's what's coming up!* Ready to dip your toe in with a free workshop? Want classes to enrich your teaching of music and/or dance? Open to an immersive experience that offers academic credit, CPD units, certification in Dalcroze or MusiKinesis®? October 14 (Saturday), 9:30-12:30  –  MusiKinesis® Session for the Kentucky American Eurhythmics Society, Lexington October [...]

By |2018-06-18T14:22:31-04:00August 16, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Special Sessions, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Summer Class Evaluations: The reviews are in!

Remarks from the Summer 2017 class evaluations...  Comments from students about the 1-week MusiKinesis class: "Wonderful."  "This course will have a huge positive impact on my teaching. I have a better understanding of the teaching process and have a large amount of new activities to enrich my instruction." "It has given me many practical ideas [...]

By |2017-08-04T16:38:50-04:00August 4, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|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 |2018-06-18T14:10:46-04:00August 4, 2017|Dance, Music|0 Comments