Education Projects

Calendar of Events

“Dance Exchange/Toolbox: Strategies for Creating Movement” with Elizabeth Johnson & Jame McCray

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 4:00pm

This workshop will have you moving with meaning, and creating choreography from content. Learn and practice methods for devising original work and generating movement in an environment that cultivates creativity, curiosity, and collaboration. The workshop will focus on tools drawn from the Dance Exchange’s extraordinary toolbox for developing movement and choreography with applications ranging from schools to community work to dance companies. 


Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth (EJ) Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, and educator with a focus in socially engaged dance practices. EJ connects communities through choreography, creating dance that promotes civic dialogue, and designing participatory experiences that apply artistic practices in multiple contexts. She has a particular interest in working with youth and elders, developing embodied structures for science learning, and promoting leadership development through the arts. EJ has been connected to Dance Exchange (full or part time) since 1998 and is currently an Associate Artistic Director and Director of Partnerships. 

Jamē McCray

Jamē McCray is an interdisciplinary ecologist working at the intersections between ecology, human behavior and the performing arts. Also a dancer and choreographer, she collaborates on ecological theater and dance projects as a way to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and societal action. Jamē has developed science education programs for a wide variety of audiences, from K-16 students to adults. Currently she works as an environmental social scientist for Delaware Sea Grant and is an associate artist with the Dance Exchange and the Superhero Clubhouse.

CEC Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

"Dance Games for Community Building, Part II" with Bethany Formica

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:00pm

Building on her successful 2016 TAG workshop on dance games, Bethany Formica returns with a new collection of games that use play and laughter to enliven the body in completely unexpected ways. Join in for dance games that develop community, connection and communication skills, and encourage all players to have a blast. We’ll be fixing traffic jams, making mistakes, and multitasking together.


Bethany Formica

Bethany Formica, dynamic dance artist and wood artisan, graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has worked with Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Pear-sonWidrig DanceTheater, Reactionaries (Co-Director), BoanDanz Action, Silvana Cardell Dance Theater, Nicole Canuso, Megan Mazarick, Melanie Stewart Dance Theater, White Box Theatre, Curt Ha-worth, Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre (Poland), and Sylvain Emard (Montreal), among others. She re-ceived an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Dances in Public Spaces Grant, Rocky Award, and a Fellowship for Choreography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Bethany is currently teaching at Bryn Mawr College, is a guest choreographer for West Chester University Dance Co. and Woodstock Union High School Yoh Theater Players in Vermont, and the owner of Sawdust Siren. 

CEC Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 2155462552

Calendar Archive


March 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

Dance teaching in community and school settings often means that we work with groups of students with widely different skill levels and learning needs, and we have to create performance pieces that include all of them.

Resource/Idea Exchange led by Mady Cantor

December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

DanceTAG participants swap their tips. Come prepared to show and share best practices….


Mady Cantor is the Director of Dance TAG, as well as Associate Director of Dance at Bryn Mawr College where she teaches technique, composition, repertory, and directs the Dance Outreach Project.  She has taught for many years in schools and community programs with a special interest in facilitating meaningful and joyful dance experiences for young people.   

Rhythm and Movement Play for Dancers with Melissa Chisena and Jon Cannon

November 13, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Dance TAG for a workshop about inspiring dancers with rhythm play and phrase building activities.  Co-taught by Philadelphia-based dancer Melissa Chisena and multi-disciplinary musician Jonathan Cannon, the session will focus on finding rhythm, pulse, tempo, syncopation and polyrhythms in movement.

Dance Games for Engagement and Empowerment with Bethany Formica

October 30, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join in for dance games that develop community and communication skills, and encourage all players to have a blast. Adaptable to multiple settings and ages, from school and studios to open events, from children to adults. We’ll be passing pulses, blowing kisses, tiptoeing and moving rhythmically through the space. Forget about technique for a bit, put on your thinking caps and turn off your serious self.

BIGS AND LITTLES: A workshop in parent-child dance teaching

April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Movement is our first expressive and aesthetic experience. We DANCE from the time we are born, if not before. The early years are a critical time for developing understanding of self, others, and the world around us. How do we create experiences for the youngest children (0-5 yrs) to express, explore, create, move and dance? Teaching infants, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adult caregivers has unique opportunities and challenges.