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Percussive Dance Workshop with Sandy Silva

April 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - April 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Percussive Dance Workshop with Sandy Silva

All backgrounds are welcome to explore making music through dance. Workshops include…

Learn a vocabulary of rhythm exercises to enhance timing, improvisation, rhythmic grooves and accent placement, and overall listening with the aim to develop a deeper musicality within our work.

Learn skills for developing ideas and themes around a choreography, and how to build on these ideas into a solo, duo, or group piece. We will explore how the texture, tempo and placement of sounds (as a rhythmic base) with movement can ignite and incorporate both the emotion/intention of a choreography from beginning to end.

Get ideas in developing simple and effective ways of playing on the spot. This will help break new ground on which you can play, exploring in-the-moment with less judgement and more ease.

Viewing Sandy’s films & discussion about choreographic process and improv

Watch Sandy’s work:
Sandy Silva has been teaching percussive dance for over 20 years. She began studying with master dancers and assimilating her learning through performing, creating and teaching with musicians from multiple musical genres. She draws upon the essence of these music/rhythm dance styles and is able to integrate them into a contemporary style of her own.

Sandy’s innovative work with both professional and amateur modern dancers, tap dancers, buck and step dancers, circus artists, schoolchildren, hip hop dancers, vocalists, percussionists and musicians has gained her an international reputation as a truly creative and inspirational teacher. Her work teaches students the essential tools for listening, analyzing and embodying music as a human instrument.


Advance registration required/pay as you can on a sliding scale


April 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
April 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Third Life Studio
33 Union Square
Somerville, United States


Rebecca McGowan