FLOW IN PERFORMANCE: THEORIES/PRACTICES
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.
DSA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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.
President, Dalcroze Society of America
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.
NOTE: NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE
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.
Presenters and attendees who wish to stay overnight may do so without leaving the campus by arranging to stay in the WCC dorms ($48 double- and $72 single-occupancy). The DSA will provide continental breakfast for those staying overnight, and lunch for all conference attendees. The campus of WCC is readily accessible by travel via Newark International Airport and via NJ Transit trains, first to the Princeton Junction station (West Windsor, NJ) and then via the “Dinky” that runs from there into downtown Princeton, which is a short taxi drive from Westminster Choir College. For more information, contact DSA Administrator, Lauren Hodgson at Admin@DalcrozeUSA.org, or DSA President, Bill Bauer at 732-647-6931.