Flow in Performance: Dalcroze Society of America National Conference and Symposium

Princeton, New Jersey
Monday, June 20, 2016
Flow in Performance: Dalcroze Society of America National Conference and Symposium
Monday, June 20, 2016 9:00 AM -
Friday, June 24, 2016 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Westminster Choir College of Rider University
101 Walnut Ln
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
United States

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The Dalcroze Society of America welcomes you to its National Conference and Symposium, where we will spend a week exploring flow from a variety of perspectives and expanding the range of theoretical models and practical applications now available to us.

With its emphasis on rhythmic training, or Eurhythmics, the Dalcroze Approach has a special interest in generating research into this fundamental aspect of performance. For this reason, the DSA's 2016 National Conference features a Pre-Conference Symposium where scholars share their research into flow and how it relates to human performance. By shedding light on the hidden assumptions and unspoken principles that engender flow, the Conference and Symposium will advance the teaching and learning of music, dance, mime, acting, storytelling, and other performing arts, as well as other areas of human performance, such as sports and martial arts, where flow is essential.


The Swiss composer-educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) worked closely with Swiss psychologist Édouard Claparède (1873-1940) to scientifically substantiate his pedagogical methods, which—significant to our purpose—are intended to promote “good flow,” the literal meaning of eurhythmics. Hence the rationale for creating an opportunity for scholars in a wide range of fields to gather together and explore this critical area from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.


Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a multi-modal, integrated pedagogical and aesthetic system developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Through exercises and games that involve rhythmic action and interaction, responsive physical movement, and vocal and instrumental improvisation, qualified practitioners use this system to help participants unite mind and body, perform at higher levels, and achieve greater wholeness. The Dalcroze Approach empowers participants to make vital connections on both the subjective and the interpersonal levels, through music, movement, improvisation, and discovery.


Every other summer, Dalcroze colleagues, practitioners, teachers, clinicians, therapists, artists, and students—from the newly initiated to seasoned professionals—gather together to renew our passion for teaching, learning, communicating, interacting, and actualizing ourselves "in and through" music. We welcome the opportunity to greet old friends and meet new friends. If you share our love of these pursuits, welcome: you've come home.

Bill Bauer

President, Dalcroze Society of America


Conference Proceedings

The papers accepted for the symposium will also be given prime consideration for publication in American Dalcroze Journal, a double issue of which the DSA will issue as a refereed scholarly journal in January 2017.

The Dalcroze Studies Research Award

All submissions will be eligible for the DSA’s Dalcroze Studies Research Award, a $1,000 prize given to the paper that sheds critical light on and enriches our understanding of the scientific basis for the premises, principles, and precepts on which Dalcroze teaching, learning, and performance stand. Many thanks to Music Together® and Founder/Artistic Director Kenneth K. Guilmartin for making this award possible. 


Standard prices include a non-refundable Registration Fee of $100.00. Discounts for DSA Members and Students apply to Enrollment + Registration fees, as does the group discount of 10% for two or more attendees who register together. The discount does not apply to other fees collected such as those for housing and for the banquet. RegOnline (Lanyon) charges a onetime registration Fee of $ 3.95 and credit card fee of 4.95% of your final transaction. Prices for attending single days or just the symposium or conference available at the DSA website.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Online registration for this event closed formally on June 1. 

    If you are interested in attending on a walk-in basis, you may do so by registering at Westminster Choir College at 9 am on the day you want to attend. The following rates will apply:

    • Standard Day Rate: $125
    • DSA Member Rate: $75
    • DSA Student Rate: $50
    Membership in the Dalcroze Society of America for residents of NJ, NY, and CT costs $40. Use this link to click through to the DSA website and join:


    Please contact Lauren Hodgson at Admin@DalcrozeUSA.org for more information about walk-in registration, or call William R. Bauer, Ph.D. at 732-647-6931.

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