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    Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group) is a collegial gathering of teaching artists for movement ideas, information, discussion, and networking. We invite artists at all stages of their teaching — rookies, veterans, people currently working or those looking for work, especially artists in schools and community situations — who consider teaching to be an integral part of their artistic work. The sessions tend to be very inspiring and relevant for artistic inquiry as well as teaching.

    All Dance TAG sessions are FREE
    Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia 19104
    RSVPs are appreciated: info@philadanceprojects.org or 215-546-2552

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    Sunday, October 28 1:00 — 3:00 pm Community Education Center
    TOOLS FOR CROSS-CULTURAL ARTS TEACHING with Belle Alvarez

    As arts educators, we impart creative lessons from a set of learned cultural values. What are compassionate, effective ways to use dance education in a cross-cultural setting? Join in for some practical tools and activities to explore the rich cultural background that students and teachers bring to a dance experience. Drawing on her own discoveries as well as experience
    with Contra-Tiempo in Los Angeles, Dance Exchange, and Yes! And… Collaborative Arts, teaching artist Belle Alvarez will facilitate a workshop that invites dance and arts educators to consider the cultural impact of community arts education.

    Honduran born, Philippine and USA raised, Belle Alvarez is an artist and educator working with dance and social engagement at the intersections of art, activism, and interfaith organizing. Belle earned a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an Associate of Performance instructing modern dance at Swarthmore College.

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    Sunday, November 18 1:00 – 3:00 pm Community Education Center
    WHAT THE H*LL AM I DOING?? with Monica Cameron Frichtel and Teresa VanDenend Sorge

    As dance teaching artists in schools, studios, and other dance settings, we often find ourselves teaching classes in isolation with little opportunity to step back and consider big picture goals and accomplishments. What are our key priorities and intentions in teaching? And how can we continue to develop as teachers? Join Monica Cameron Frichtel and Teresa VanDenend Sorge in considering these questions and exploring various methods of self and classroom assessment in dance. This interactive movement workshop will share quick and easy ways to set up assessment practices and will invite participants to reflect on their own dance teaching practices. Join TAG for this unusual and valuable opportunity!

    Monica Cameron Frichtel is a dance educator and researcher. With 20 years of dance teaching experience, she has worked in studios, K-12 schools, hospitals, universities, and summer camps, teaching ballet, modern, and creative movement to students of all ages. Monica currently teaches courses in pedagogy and assessment at Temple University and Rutgers University. In addition to teaching, Monica is engaged in dance education program evaluation and dance education research. She is a graduate of Temple University’s EdM and Ph.D. dance programs and has a BA in dance from the University of CA, Irvine.

    Teresa VanDenend Sorge is the developer and Director of Koresh Kids Dance which provides creative dance classes for nearly 500 Philadelphia public school children each week. She is a full- time lecturer at Muhlenberg College in the Department of Theatre and Dance and teaches classes in modern dance, dance education, and dance and society while also directing the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center. Her most recent dance works include artistic collaborations with text, props, and sculpture. Teresa holds a BA in Dance Education and Performance/Choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and a Masters of Education in Dance degree from Temple University.

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    Sunday, December 2 1:00 – 3:00 pm Community Education Center
    TEACHING FROM THE INSIDE OUT: A SOMATIC APPROACH TO BALLET TEACHING (and not just for ballet!) with Megan Flynn

    Join TAG for a chance to experience ballet teaching from the “inside-out”. Megan Flynn’s pedagogy draws from a variety of somatic practices including Pilates and Laban Movement Analysis. Her ballet classes are rooted in the awareness of spinal and pelvic alignment, breath, core support and use of the pelvic floor. She develops sequences that engage Mobility-Stability, integrate the Patterns of Total Body Connectivity, and emphasize musicality and spatial awareness. The TAG session will include a typical ballet class structure, taught ‘transparently’ with explanations of the somatic ideas embedded in it. And it’s not just for ballet! This approach translates well to many kinds of dance teaching and many age groups. Big, bold, luscious dancing, from the inside-out.

    Megan Flynn is currently an Assistant Professor in Dance at Muhlenberg College and the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia-based Megan Flynn Dance Company. She earned an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and is a fully- certified Pilates Instructor. She received a BFA from Tulane University and a Professional Diploma from Trinity-Laban in London. Megan performed with David Parker & The Bang Group, Eliza Miller Dance, Kathy Westwater and EgoArt, Inc. in New York City, Boston and abroad. Teaching, choreographing and performing has taken her across the US, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Russia.

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