Paul Rosenberg

Paul Rosenberg
Albany, NY
Dance/Movement, Instrumental Music
English, French, Spanish
K-12 Schools, Adult Day Care, After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Community Center, Independent Living, Library
Country Dance and Song Society, DanceFlurry Organization, Association of Teaching Artists, Partners in Dance and Old Songs. We are in many BOCES teaching artists rosters, and have worked in these BOCES territories including: Capital Region, Champlain Valley, Delaware/Chenango/Madison/Otsego, Dutchess, Hamilton/Fulton/Montgomery, Madison/Oneida, Ulster, Northen Westchester/Putnam, Questar III, Rockland, Sullivan, Washington/Saratoga/Warren/Hamilton/Essex. We are also listed in "Performers and Programs" of NYS Public Libraries. We are members of the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Saratoga County Arts Council, Dutchess County Arts Council, Greene County Council on the Arts

My band “Peter, Paul & George” recorded a CD and I wrote a companion instruction book called "Peel the Banana", which presents a sequence of dances from school residencies and family dances, and community intergenerational dances. Recently I released a new CD of dances called “Dance Round the World” and I'm working on a companion book. Recent performance credits: Monthly Family Dance Series in Albany and Delmar, NY Albany Libraries Ballston Community Library Saratoga Springs Library Colonie Library Bennington Museum Albany History Fair Ten Broeck Mansion Dance Flurry Festival Old Songs Festival

We have worked in more than 500 public and private schools, mostly elementary, since 1992. Most of my work has been with my trio, "Peter, Paul and George". We are based in upstate NY Capital Region. The most recent schools, as of July, 2011, are: (all in NYS) Loudonville Elementary School (North Colonie), Carroll Hill Elementary School (Troy), Lake Avenue Elementary (Saratoga Springs), Queensbury Elementary, North Park Elementary (Hyde Park). In addition, we have worked at more than 25 libraries throughout upstate NY, and at several historic sites. We lead daytime school residencies in traditional dance and music - with live acoustic music – that are full of community-building activities that get everyone moving. Dances come from over forty countries. All are participatory. At the Family Dance, as the culminating activity after a residency, parents, grandparents, and others join the students in the dances they learned during the days. Our library and historic site programs are generally intergenerational, or youth oriented dances and workshops in dance and music.
I've been leading dances throughout the northeastern United States since 1986. I'm known for my gentle but energetic, encouraging style, concise teaching, and offbeat sense of humor. The programs I present consist of community dances from the Hudson Valley, United Kingdom, Appalachia, and New England, as well as international folk dances. I love teaching traditional dances to children (as a visiting arts educator) in elementary schools and leading novices in intergenerational community dances at festivals, community celebrations, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, family dances, and other gatherings. I also call at contra dances and have performed at numerous major festivals and events around the Northeast. I play recorder and fiddle. I get my greatest satisfaction from enabling people who have never danced—especially the dance phobic—to not only get up and dance, but also to have a great time doing it and come back for more! Someone once said of my teaching skill, “Paul can even teach a three-legged stool to dance.” My enthusiasm for dance and empathy with novices comes from my avoidance-at-all-costs and terror of dancing—until I discovered contradancing at age 30.