A Weekend Workshop: Integrative Pedagogies in Voice and Dance

October 05 2012 to October 07 2012

For Actors, Singers, Dancers, Directors, Teachers and Medical Specialists in Performing Arts

 Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, author of One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD, and of Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors


Rusty Curcio, CMA, RSMT, RSME, Head of Dance, Wagner College, NYC 

Pearl Studios, 519 8th Avenue, 12th Floor, NYC 10018

6 – 9 PM Friday, 10 – 5 Saturday/Sunday


Contact joan.melton@joanmelton.com. Tuition $245, Students $220, payable by cash or check, or  

Online Registration

For additional information, please contact joan.melton@joanmelton.com

This is a practical, accessible workshop for performers across a range of genres. With actors in musical theatre, physical theatre, opera, and even some dance forms now being expected to move and use voice simultaneously, phrasing, along with the body’s natural ability to multi-task, would seem to suggest the possibility of a new training paradigm. Although dance and voice are obviously distinct disciplines, awareness of the other, cross training, and even integrative approaches might well serve to eliminate confusion and streamline the technical process.

Joan Melton is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor. The author of two major textbooks, she has taught at leading centers of theatre and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ, and has worked as a performer, music director, and/or voice and text coach on productions in virtually all media. She is an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre, a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and heads groundbreaking research projects in the US and Australia. 

Rusty Curcio is a Certified Movement Analyst in the Laban/Bartenieff System of Movement Studies. He toured internationally with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo for nine years, was with Les Ballet Grandiva de Russia for two seasons, and performed in New York with Peridance Dance Ensemble and Acanthus Ballet Company. He is an award winning director and choreographer, works regularly in musical theatre, and heads the dance program at Wagner College.


This two and a half-day workshop is divided into five three-hour sessions:

  • Session I includes background and perspectives on integrative pedagogies and introductory exercises in moving and sounding.
  • Session II introduces new research and experiential work connecting the technical trainings of actors, singers, and dancers.
  • Session III focuses on expression and on how the body impacts the voice. 
  • Session IV explores extended voice techniques and breath management styles across a range of performance genres.
  • Session V looks at phrasing in voice and dance and includes opportunities for performance coaching. 


Please wear clothing that allows you to move easily, have a piece of memorized text to use with exercises, and bring along written music (session V) for songs that require accompaniment.