About

DELving into Dance History

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

Stay tuned for upcoming DEL opportunities and workshops, or contact [email protected] to join the mailing list and receive announcements.

Dates & Times

October 3 & 4, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Re-imagining Early Modern Dance
In this interactive workshop we will critically examine the work of Ted Shawn and Martha Graham, and look at how contemporary choreographers have re-imagined their work through a socio-cultural 21st-century lens. Special guest artist: Blakeley White-McGuire

October 31 & November 1, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Common Ground: Exploring Choreographic Processes of Diverse Dance Artists
In this interactive workshop, we will select one of the Pillow interactive playlists and focus on common choreographic tools that different dance artists employ in their creative processes.

Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator) in this online workshop series highlighting the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site. Re-envision dance history as embodied inquiry using the extensive video and multimedia resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. 

DELving into Dance History is an ongoing series and is designed for K-12 dance educators, and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. Each course investigates different dance artists through multiple contextual lenses in order to gain an holistic understanding of dance history.  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


“I used to think teaching dance was mostly about movement and technique. Now I think there is so much more to discover, explore and research.”
– DELving into Dance History Participant


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. 

During 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

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DELving into Dance History

At Jacob's Pillow: Jul 11 - Aug 8