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Choreography and Musical Form

Learn about different musical forms and create powerful and persuasive dances.

For choreographers, knowledge of musical form is essential so that the music can support the dance in powerful and persuasive ways. We will spend time listening to music and identifying simple musical forms, including two-part song form and theme and variation. Drawing on their knowledge of these musical forms, dancers will then create and perform at least one dance paired with music. We may view one or more videos demonstrating how music and movement can complement and enhance one another. Please wear comfortable workout clothing and either socks or dance shoes (ballet slippers or jazz shoes). Prerequisite: some experience with dance.

Peg Brightman studied with Martha Graham, José Limon, and Merce Cunningham, and was principal dancer with Concert Dance Company of Boston–a National Touring company–for ten years. Active as a choreographer for 40 years, Peg has performed and presented her own work across the Northeast, in NYC, and abroad. Since 2012, her work has been performed in Vermont by the Moving Spirit Dancers, the Dance Alliance Showcase, at BarnArts, Artistree, Bookstock, and in worship services at the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock. Peg has an EdD in Arts in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

IMPORTANT: The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our #1 priority. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, it becomes necessary for Artistree to close its doors this fall, any in-progress classes will move to an online format.  Our instructors and patrons will keep in mind that a transition to virtual learning is a possibility. Artistree will issue no refunds or credits for classes that cannot continue to run in person and must move to a virtual platform.