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Helping Teachers Teach Performing Arts Using Interactive Technology

Interactive Coaching

This beautiful image —
from José Limón's fine dancework —
was the subject of a recent Interactive Residency
featuring the brilliant Limón coach & dancer,
Risa Steinberg.


Risa taught
& coached the movement
from studios in The Juilliard School.
Dancers from 4 conservatories/arts academies
across the country
learned a movement sequence
from Limón's masterwork.
You can share
their interactive journey of discovery
by clicking


Meet iconoclastic American dancer/choreographer, Gloria McLean –

How would you direct the camera
to capture Gloria's movement?

Would the camera be held low?
High up? At eye-level?

In Semester II 2006,
Gloria will be teaching & coaching
her style of dance & choeography
for pre-service arts specialists & dancers from SUNY Brockport.

Interactive technology
will support
their work.

This semester (2006-2007), pre-service arts specialists & dancers at two New Jersey universities are learning to use interactive technology as a tool in coaching the performing arts. Their goal is to find new & innovative ways to convey the spirit and the emotional intensity of the movement voacabulary of two great American dancers, Gus Solomons jr & Gloria McLean.

As you work to become an interactive coach –– someone adept at using technology to coach over great distances, a good place to start is to look at 2-dimensional images of dancers. How would you describe the motion? In words? Kinesthetically? Visually? In space? On the image itself?
In the image to the left, Samantha Farrow, a Solomons student, demonstrates floor work. Define the greatest extention her body makes in the frame. As Sam moves in 2-dimensional space (the actual movement is in a clip on the previous web page), what paths do her extremities describe? Trace them with your finger. Imagine you are guidng Sam's movement at a distance. Do this same exercise with Barbara Morgan's wonderful photographs of Martha Graham, dancing.

In our experiment, Rider University students will first take a Master Class with Gus; then work from the WWW to refine the skills they have learned. As the semester progresses, Rider students will have at least two more Interactive Exchanges with Gus (from the studios of NYU's Steinhardt School of Education). Pre-service arts specialists at Rowan University will be coached by Gus in a single Interactive Exchange. They will also use the TPL website to learn more about coaching dance interactively & about the Solomons Approach. Rider students will create an Interactive Exchange in order to teach Rowan arts educators about interactive techniques they think are particularly effective.

Ultimately, as Semester I draws to a close, pre-service arts specialists at both schools will teach & coach elements of Solomons movement vocabulary to pre-professional dancers at New Jersey arts academies.


THE PERFORMANCE LAB has been working with interactive technology for over a decade. Diane Aldis is one of our fine interactive coaches. She has made many contributions to The TPL Model through her innovative work. Diane is particularly adept at working with the screen. In the example below, she & Jessica Lang of Juilliard II evoke the image of a cobra with a necklace in order to inspire a young performer.

Click on the image above to see how sculpting on the screen works . . .




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