Synopsis

Come and learn baroque dance steps with historial keyboardist and dancer Tan Qin Ying! The workshop will begin with a discussion of the history of Baroque dance and its influences on composers in the 17th and 18th centuries. We will then explore some Baroque dance steps and observe how they translate to instrumental music we play today.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning more about Baroque dance and its relation to Baroque music. No prior experience with dance is required. Participants should attend in comfortable attire.

Biography

Following Dr. Tan Qin Ying’s recent concerto appearance with City Music, she was lauded as “an excellent soloist, a compelling performer who is equally comfortable handling long strings of notes… and singing through emotive melodies with her instrument.” This season’s performances included appearances with City Music, Apollo’s Fire, Piano Cleveland, ORMACO Inc., the Performing Arts Series at the Cleveland Museum of Art, SEA Music Academy, and Affekt. Dr. Tan co-directs the up-and-coming ensemble Affekt with baroque violinist Guillermo Salas Suárez, an ensemble which focuses on early music accessibility, education and diversity across Cleveland.

Dr. Tan is also known to be a “a natural and knowledgeable speaker who helped to bring perspective to the program” (Cleveland Classical). A firm believer of story-telling through music, Tan’s influences steep from a pool of diverse music which includes baroque French court dance, Indonesian gamelan, the Chinese guzheng, as well as community song and dance. Born in Singapore, Dr. Tan moved to the United States in 2008 and graduated from Cleveland Institute of Music with a doctorate in harpsichord performance. Dr. Tan studied baroque dance with Julie Andrijeski and has performed baroque dance in Cleveland, Boston, Seattle, and Singapore. As a clinician, she has given harpsichord and baroque dance workshops at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and School of The Arts in Singapore.

Currently, Dr. Tan works at Case Western University and Notre Dame College as keyboard and music history faculty. Dr. Tan also serves as music director at Heights Christian Church and Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights in Ohio and is currently on the Northeast Ohio Music Teachers’ Association’s board as its vice-president.