Dance TAG workshop -- Music Made Visible: Dalcroze Plastique Anime

The Performance Garage

1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Plastique Anime' is the art of interpreting a piece of music in movement in such a way as to make the music visible. Coming from the music education approach named after Swiss composer and music educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, called "Dalcroze Eurhythmics,"  plastique anime' is a tool for deepening students' musicianship by embodying the music. Through active listening and score analysis, the choreographer/teacher selects which musical subjects to focus on and designs a series of lessons whereby students listen, analyze, learn choreography that the teacher created as well as create their own.

In this workshop, we will work with a piece of classical music to create a plastique piece together. We will experience and discuss different ways for students to actively listen, analyze and embody the music, breaking it down into music subjects such as form, beat and subdivisions, rhythmic elements, dynamics, phrase, etc. Suggestions for classical pieces for plastiques will be shared and we will discuss the adaptations for students of all ages.

Dawn Pratson earned her Dalcroze license in 2004, and was the founding music specialist at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia from 2005-2015. She is a musician (flute, piano, voice) and modern/contemporary dancer and choreographer. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the University of the Arts and Temple University and teaches workshops around the U.S. and abroad.


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.

RSVPs are appreciated: or 215-546-2552.

Sunday, 03 December, 2017


Mady Cantor