About

DELving into Dance History

An online workshop series exploring the virtual resources of Jacob’s Pillow

Each course is held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Dates & Times

July 11 & 18, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Roots to Wings
August 1 & 8, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Divergent Voices

Join Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Ann Biddle and DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli in a NEW online workshop series, DELving into Dance History with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. Re-envision embodied dance history using the extensive video and multimedia resources of Jacob’s Pillow. Designed for K-12 dance educators, and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. With special guest Norton Owen, Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow.

DELving into Dance History is designed as an ongoing series. Each two-week course explores different aspects of the Pillow’s Dance Interactive site. Each course can be taken on its own.

Above photo credit: Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Lester Horton’s Dedication to José Clemente Orozco. Photo John Lindquist, ©Harvard Theatre Collection


About the Program

DELving into Dance History provides an opportunity to design dynamic and meaningful dance learning activities for students. Together we will explore diverse dance artists, genres and eras with a critical understanding that dance exists in a cultural, historic, and social context. 

During this unprecedented time, dance educators are seeking new ways to connect with their students through digital and remote learning. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive documents hundreds of artists who have appeared at the Pillow from the 1930s to the present day and is an invaluable resource for dance educators seeking to expand their video and multimedia resources for remote and in-person teaching. 

Over the course of the two sessions, participants will DELve into the rich materials archived on Dance Interactive and explore a wide range of innovative and multi-modal teaching strategies including LMA analysis, re-construction practices, embodied research, and collaborative dance making. In addition, Norton Owen, Director of Preservation, will guide us on a personalized virtual tour of the Pillow Interactive site.

Learning will occur via Zoom, independent and collaborative work, video viewing, access to online materials and resources, group discussion and feedback, curriculum design activities, independent research and one-on-one mentoring. Participants will walk away with concrete tools and resources in order to utilize the extensive collection of catalogued dance videos, podcasts and lectures/articles to design lesson plans for elementary through college level learners.

Event Dates
Saturday, Jul 11

2:30 PM

Saturday, Jul 18

2:30 PM

Saturday, Aug 1

2:30 PM

Saturday, Aug 8

2:30 PM

DELving into Dance History

At Jacob's Pillow: Jul 11 - Aug 8