Dance Education Laboratory at Jacob's Pillow Workshops

The Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow is celebrating its fourth year of bringing the nationally acclaimed DEL 92NY program to New England.

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DEL at Jacob’s Pillow introduces K-12 dance educators, college dance students, college professors, classroom teachers, and dance history enthusiasts to the DEL model of dance education—situated alongside the resources that Jacob’s Pillow offers as a year-round center for dance research and development, including state-of-the-art studio spaces, unparalleled dance Archives, Pillow Lab artist residencies, and a retreat-like atmosphere.

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow programming draws direct links to the rich resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives and interactive multi-media site, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, with a specific focus on reimagining the teaching of dance history and supporting the New England-based dance community in accessing professional learning in dance education.

Lead support for the Dance Education Lab at Jacob’s Pillow is generously provided by the Arnhold Foundation.


DELving into Embodied Dance History (Asynchronous Course)

May 22 - July 2, 2023

The DELving into Embodied Dance History course is a six-week asynchronous course designed for dance educators who want to re-imagine American modern dance history through the lens of culturally responsive, embodied, and inquiry-based learning. Course content is derived from content from the DEL at Jacob’s Pillow DELving into Dance History series that investigates dance artists through multiple contextual lenses in order to gain a holistic and more inclusive understanding of dance history.

This course is offered through DEL 92NY.

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DELving Mini-Workshop: Gauthier Dance

July 15, 2023 from 10am - 1pm | Ben & Estelle Sommers Studio, Jacob's Pillow

This interactive movement-based workshop focuses on the work of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart which is a dynamic company of 16 highly individual, versatile artists, directed by the dancer, choreographer, and musician Eric Gauthier. Artistic Director Eric Gauthier will visit the workshop to engage participants in an embodied experience linked to Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart’s choreographic and artistic processes.

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DELving Mini-Workshop: Martha Graham

August 19, 2023 from 10am - 1pm | Ben & Estelle Sommers Studio, Jacob's Pillow

This interactive movement workshop explores the work and legacy of modern dance icon and pioneer Martha Graham. Considered revolutionary at the time, Graham’s invention of a new modern dance technique has endured for almost 100 years.

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DELving into the Archives

September 23, 2023 from 10am-1pm | Jacob's Pillow Archives

The DELving into the Archives workshop is designed in partnership with Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation, Norton Owen, and Associate Archivist, Patsy Gay, and will focus on introducing dance educators of diverse ages and teaching contexts to the wealth of material that exists in the newly expanded Pillow archives. Participants will explore the archives in an interactive and embodied way and have opportunities to apply the DEL methodology to bring dance history to life in innovative, culturally relevant, and creative ways.

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DEL Mini-Workshop: Movement Sentence Choir

October 15, 2023 from 3pm-6pm | Totman Gym, UMass Amherst, Studio 204

DEL Mini Workshop will introduce participants to the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model which offers a comprehensive and inclusive framework to teach dance for diverse populations. Participants will also create a movement sentence choir inspired by the large community-based movement choirs created by Rudolf Laban in the 1900s.

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