Recent Engagement

September 2020

The Philadelphia Matter—Dawn danced in this production which was a featured part of the 2020 Philadelphia Live Arts festival and made the New York Times’ Best Dance of 2020.


Dawn’s main instruments are flute and recorder, but she has been studying classical and jazz piano for many years. She also plays a bit of percussion, guitar, melodica and really loves to sing in choirs and small ensembles.

One of her most rewarding musical experiences was founding a women’s a cappella group, called ‘leven, which she directed for its first twelve years, in Gloucester, Mass.

In Philadelphia, Dawn has sung with Choral Arts Society, the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, and the Temple University “Singing Owls” community choir, under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth.

Most recently, since retiring from full-time teaching at a K-8 charter school in Philadelphia (“FACTS“), Dawn has embarked on playing chamber music with pianist Barbara Golden and violist Soo Kyong Kim, and has returned to taking flute lessons with Elivi Varga. In recent years she studied jazz piano with Peter Simpkins and classical piano (Taubman) with Jeff Nations.


In the late ’70s, Dawn co-founded and performed with an improvisational dance troupe called “The All Star Moving Company,” in Hartford, Conn., which was based at Real Art Ways.

After moving to Cape Ann, Mass., Dawn studied and danced with Ina Hahn, a former dancer who worked with modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. 

In the early ’90s Dawn co-founded “Dancers Courageous” Studio, in Gloucester, Mass., and began teaching modern dance, choreographing and performing with a local group of dancers, including Carl Thomsen, Janet Taisey-Craft, Kristen Ledson. She collaborated with Celeste Miller on several projects including “The Nurses Project.” Between the years 2000 and 2019 Dawn choreographed five evenings of her own works in collaboration with musicians and dancers.

She was a member of the children’s theater troupe “Music Alive” from 1998-2002 

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2003 she has performed with Workshop for Potential Movement, Nicole Bindler, Leah Stein, Tara Rynders, Pamela Heatherington and Megan Bridge.

In March, 2018 Dawn became an artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Cooperative, in Philadelphia, and that June took a week-long workshop with Deborah Hay, entitled “a continuity of discontinuity or a way to practice dance…”

Also that year Dawn was invited to join “Dance Reading Online” — a group of nine dancers from around the continent of North America who meet online using videoconferencing to research material from dance books and articles. The group presented a project at the National Dance Education Organization annual conference held in San Diego, in October 2018, and had their first online performance in Philadelphia, in May 2019.

Other Performances by Dawn Pratson

September 22, 2019

Free Classical and Jazz Concert, St. Jude and the Nativity Episcopal Church, Lafayette Hill, Pa. (flute and singing)

September 12-15, 2019

Philadelphia Fringe Festival: Sprout! A Full Length Not-A-Ballet (on-stage narrator)

July 24, 2019

Debussy’s Syrinx in Silence, Sound and Movement (choreographer, dancer)

International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, Katowice,Poland

May 31, 2019

“If We Listened to Birds Sometimes”

Mascher Space Cooperative, Philadelphia, Pa.

An evening of dance and music performance works conceived and directed by Dawn Pratson.

May 11, 2019

Grounds that Shout! Dance performance with <fidget>.

October 26-27, 2018
Choreographer, “Ten Tiny Dances,” a fundraiser for Mascher Space Dance Cooperative, Philadelphia.

May 29, 2018
Prayer meeting and concert to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, at Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. Dawn Pratson, flute, and Soo Kyong Kim, viola.

May 17, 2018
Performance of “if we listened to birds sometimes,” by Nadine Dyskant-Miller, for two flutes and speaker, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia

May 13, 2018
House concert — flute, viola, piano with Jeffrey Nations and Soo Kyong Kim

April 22, 2018
Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia annual recital: Prokofiev Flute Sonata, first movement.

March 2018
Became a resident artist at Mascher Space Cooperative.

February 16, 2018
Concert of flute and viola at Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia

January 27-28, 2018
Performance of “Flute Dance,” original choreography, at Underground at Ron’s, Philadelphia and at MAGMA, Gloucester, MA