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Tigger Benford
512 17th
Brooklyn, NY 11215
rbenford@nyc.rr.com

I can offer teaching to skilled percussionists and dancers, and also to the general populaton on a beginning level. I can teach alone, or with Martha Partridge, a movement specialist and musician who danced professionally for many years and now teaches at her movement re-education practice in Manhattan, employing principals of Trager, Pilates, Cranial-Sacral, and energy work.

WORKSHOPS FOR DANCERS AND MUSICIANS

These are workhops designed for college level dance and/or music programs, dance festivals, and private professionally oriented dance centers and studios.


A. STUDIO WORKSHOPS FOR DANCERS AND
MUSICIANS COMBINED

TOPIC 1: Methods of Percussion Accompaniment for Modern Dance

TOPIC 2: Improvisation for dancers and musicians

TOPIC 3: Body and Voice Percussion.

TOPIC 4: Percussion Accompaniment for Modern Dance Class.


B. CLASSES FOR MUSICIANS ONLY

TOPIC 5: Physical Awareness for Instrumental Musicians

TOPIC 6: Fundamental Rhythmic Concepts.

TOPIC 7: Advanced Rhythmic Concepts.

TOPIC 8: Approaches to creating organized improvised music, alone or in a group.

C. DISCUSSIONS FOR DANCERS AND MUSICIANS.

TOPIC 9: Aspects of Instructor/Accompanist Interaction.

TOPIC 10: Music and Concert Dance: collaboration between composers and choreographers.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE ANY OF THESE 10 TOPICS DESCRIBED IN MORE DETAIL, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL GLADLY REPLY.

WORKSHOPS WITH MARTHA PARTRIDGE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

DRUMMING, SINGING, AND BODY PERCUSSION

A workshop that combines drum circle style drumming with body and voice percussion.

The voice will be activated and used, both as a way of learning rhythms, and as a way of accessing personal expression and creativity.

Drumming or body percussion could also be presented as separate topics, each supported by voice work.

Drumming and singing workshop can contain an aspect of hands on group healing work if desired. The hands take on tremendous positive energy through drumming, and to pass it along through touch is a powerful healing tool.

AMADINDA XYLOPHONE

A workshop dedicated to the wonderful pentatonic log xylophone of Uganda. The amadinda is traditionally played by 3 people at once, and can be played with as few as 2 and as many as 6.

SHAMANIC JOURNEYING WITH LIVE DRUMMING

Instruction in methods of soul travel to the upper and lower worlds, taught by Martha, and supported and encouraged by repetitive drumming, which grounds the participants and holds the space.


WHO AND WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO TEACH:

Human Potential and Spiritual Centers

Retirement Communities

Coorporations

Schools of any kind

Private Clients

FORMATS IN WHICH WE COULD WORK

Partial day or full day workshops
Weekend workshops
Short residencies
Private, semi private or group weekly instruction

We are based in Brooklyn, New York.