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Ohad Naharin Gaga Workshop 11/14/14

Four Ways of Looking (adapted from The Four Ways of Looking Reflective Practices for Masters in Literacy Program, developed by Yang Hu)

Looking Back – Yesterday was my first exposure to the Gaga language. While the language in and of itself was distinct from other experiences I’ve had as a dancer, I’ve done a lot of improvisation with different movement impulses and qualities to consider and explore.

Looking Inside – I have trained extensively in ballet and very linear techniques like Graham and Cunningham. To this day, I harbor many unhappy thoughts about what my body has never been capable of doing simply because of my short and stiff build. Add to that the fact that I am in my mid 40’s, and I often feel as though my dancing ship has passed. The Gaga language was absolutely liberating. As a dancer, I felt able to move and to reach and express in ways I have not felt in quite a while. This old body might still have the ability to dance after all! The intricate attention to bone and muscle and dynamics was also very healing. I could feel my connective tissue releasing a fair amount of tension.

Looking Sideways and Around – I am of a generation of dancers that missed the wave of workshops and exposure as part of my own performance training. I’ve been hearing about it and have even found some youtube excerpts, but the exposure is always very limited. There is also a bit of an elitist cloak of secrecy about it in the way Manhattan and Brooklyn dance studios have approached their scheduling of such. At Peridance, an hour and a half Gaga Workshop is much more expensive than a regular class. I now understand the reasoning behind the no observer policy, but when considering dance classes, I usually prefer to know what I’m about to pay for, so the inability to peek at the class was off putting. I think all I’ve really heard from some other dancers is that the language really accommodates one’s own body.

Looking Forward – I’m a first year Grad student making a career change, and I’m still in the very infancy of my understanding as a dance educator. My next steps are to well in my classes!

Last night I taught my Building the Foundation of Literacy class an Intro to Composition lesson – my very first time teaching a dance education class. First I lectured about creating movement phrases out of 6 body actions. Then I had everyone get up and use those actions in a circle, then in groups to create their own unison and counterpoint phrases. It was amazing. Everyone had a lot of fun and really worked well with each other. I walked the room to assist with movement or transitional status –never creating my own movements to impose on them but asking how they might deal with a specific issue that was preventing unity or fluidity. They all created their own little pieces of art!

I could see myself in that sort of situation with children who might never have been exposed to dance beyond their own preconceived notions of what it is to be a dancer – to allow them the opportunity to explore how their own bodies can move and become part of a greater whole with other bodies moving with and around them.

The feedback I got from my learners was that I made them feel at ease with moving, working together, and then demonstrating their work to the class. I think the Gaga workshop that I took just a few hours before my lesson was very much in the same vein of supportive exploration. I will definitely want to put some of the language in my “toolbox”, as an educator as well as a dancer and choreographer.

Technology, Higher Education and Students with Disabilities

As we continue to think of innovative ways to explore dance and expand dance curricular ideas through the use of technology, it is important to read about and research ways to be mindful of reaching all learners. Please read the following article for thoughts on how blind and deaf students may be left behind with increased use of high-tech teaching.

Spotlight on ArtsEdTech & Jessica Wilt

On this #TechTuesday, we celebrate Jessica Wilt, an innovator in the arts, technology, and community building!


Jessica is a dancer, arts education advocate, and the founder of ArtsEdTechNYC, “a group for artists and performing artists, educators in K-12 and higher ed, teaching artists, arts & culture or recreational organizations, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the intersection of the arts with education and technology.”

Through monthly #ArtsEdTech Tuesday gatherings (the first Tuesday of each month at the Centre for Social Innovation) and #ArtsEdTech Thursdays (a moderated panel series at Apple SoHo), ArtsEdTechNYC has been cultivating a community of forward-thinking arts educators to spark conversation, share ideas, and help nurture the growing connections between the arts and technology.

In her recent feature in the New Learning Times, Jessica discussed her vision for the group: “I launched ArtsEdTechNYC a year ago as a platform for people to network, exchange ideas and learn from others who are using technology in successful, meaningful ways with arts education being the anchor. I continue to be inspired by the connections that are being made, the stories that are being shared, and hope the future of ArtsEdTech becomes a virtual platform for those in the arts, education, and tech fields to collaborate and learn from each other, especially teaching best practices and professional development modeling.”

We applaud Jessica for her work within the New York City arts community and encourage all of you to join the ArtsEdTech Meetup Group for up-to-date information on their latest events.

Jessica Wilt can be found on the web at and @JessicaLWilt

ArtsEdTech NYC can be found at,  @ArtsEdTechNYCFacebook, and their Meetup Group


iDance4Joy Project

Start 2013 with a dance of joy in the iDance4Joy Project, initiated by Kathleen Isaac, Director of the Hunter College Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Programs. Choose an appropriate space and have a friend film you with your iPad or smartphone performing a less-than-10-second joyful dance. Post the video shortly afterwards as a response to this one. To do a video response (On YouTube), click a comment box and click ‘Add a video response’ to upload your submission. ‘Title and tag it with iDance4Joy and your name. Once we have 50 submissions we will release a mash-up. Thanks to all who participate in the iDance4Joy Project.

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Migrating to your own iPad

We are responding to the concern of losing your work when returning your iPad to the program upon graduation. Nothing on your iPad is permanent or immovable. Follow the tutorial to migrate everything from your Hunter iPad to your own iPad and reset your Hunter iPad by removing all your personal files and apps. Feel free to stop by the office if you need any assistance with this.

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Access4Kids input device allows disabled children to control touch-centric tablets

Limited mobility access to computers has been closely addressed in the past decade. Now it’s the tablet’s turn to become even more user friendly.  Video and Engadget article linked below.


iDanceEd Technical Support

Learn about integrating digital tools, social media, and technology into educational dance settings.  Go further and explore web development, social media promotion, designing print media, portfolio development, podcasting, and more.  Schedule an appointment today via to collaborate with the AGDEP support staff.

David dos Santos
David dos Santos

Start a website, advanced WordPress with a self hosted blog.

Learn the basic of video editing and touching up photos.

Trim music/sound and basic editing.

Choosing a good password and keeping it secure.

Powerpoint and Prezi Presentations.

Graphic designs.

Social Media Promotion.

Stephanie Peña
Stephanie Peña

Make a Facebook Page.

Print media from templates in Microsoft Word.

Share hi-resolution photos on Flickr and Photobucket.

Start a Youtube Channel and Upload your first video.

General iPad support.

iPads in Class

The Hunter College Arnhold iDanceEd initiative, inaugurated in the Fall of 2012, provides Arnhold Graduate Dance Education students with an Apple iPad 3, as well as training and support for the duration of their graduate career.

An enhanced and comprehensive Dance Education curriculum component enables students to stay current through training, exploration, discovery, sharing and practicing student-centered integration of dance artistry and education with digital tools and technology. Students will gain experience and hone their expertise in Hunter College’s Dance Methods classes, Hunter’s Instructional Computing and Information Technology Center training sessions and in Pre-K-12 dance classrooms. Gaining critical 21st century skills and strategies, Hunter College Arnhold Graduate Dance Education students prepare for a future of increasingly modern and complex dance teaching, learning and performance settings, needed to emerge as future leaders in dance education.

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