The body is a universally available instrument for creating rhythmic, musical orchestrations composed of claps, slaps, and stamps. Body percussion is a very accessible and playful tool for teaching rhythm, musicality, and physical coordination, as well as inspiring group engagement and positive peer interactions. It can be done in small spaces, with adults and children, and lends itself to simplicity and complexity as needed. Nothing required but the body and some concentration! Dance TAG’ers will come away with a fresh and useful skill set, and will have a lot of fun in the process!
Judy Freed is a dancer, musician, theater artist, and experiential therapist, based in Philadelphia. She directed P3 (People Percussion Project), a body percussion dance company, and currently teaches body percussion to students of all ages.