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Citywide PD Series

Eligibility: Assigned teachers of dance, grades PreK-12

Dates: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Monday, January 29, 2018 | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: TBA

Cost: FREE!

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In this series, participants experience the work of master choreographers who have contributed to the creation and development of American modern dance. Teachers explore the diversity of these dance artists through their choreography and movement techniques, and focus on how a culturally responsive dance curriculum fosters empowerment and ownership in dance making.

These workshops are facilitated by expert teaching artists who share the legacy of these pioneering choreographers through the study of signature works. Teachers will investigate personal histories, movement characteristics, and historical and socio-cultural contexts to unveil connections and influences among these artists and their contemporaries.

With repertoire and performance at the center, participants reflect on who they are as dance artists and educators and where they fit in the dance family tree. Teachers and facilitators work collaboratively to develop learning opportunities that encourage students to investigate their own cultural and social backgrounds and the effect it has on their artistic voice.

Short Courses

Dance Educator Master Choreographer Series

Location: All sessions held at Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway except February 28* which will be held at NYC Ballet, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Eligibility: All assigned teachers of Dance, Grades PreK-12

Time: All workshops are full-day sessions, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Katherine Dunham
Friday, December 8, 2017 | Jean-Léon Destiné
Friday, January 12, 2018 | Michio Ito
*Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Jerome Robbins
Friday, March 23, 2018 | Doris Humphrey
Friday, April 20, 2018 | Paul Taylor

Cost: FREE!

Note: Teachers may register for up to 4 sessions. All workshops require release by your principal. Your space is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email from our office.

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In each workshop participants will explore the movement hallmarks, life, and cultural context of one choreographer. This diverse group of choreographers presented in this series provides a variety of perspectives and approaches to dance making. Each workshop will begin with movement explorations to experience the technique and choreographic repertory of the featured artist.

Using Laban Movement Analysis and the Dancing Legacy Framework, the afternoon session will focus on activities to transfer the morning experience to each teachers' own curriculum. Participants will identify their own place in the larger dance family tree and ways to guide their students to recognize their own dance background and connections.

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