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.


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. Learn more about DEL at Jacob’s Pillow here.

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.


DELving Mini-Workshop: Merce Cunningham & Blondell Cummings

April 15, 2023 from 10am - 1pm | Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow

This interactive movement-based workshop explores aspects of the work of two innovative modern dance choreographers Merce Cunningham and Blondell Cummings. In this in-person workshop, participants will engage in embodied dance history research, movement exploration, and collaborative dance-making inspired by Merce Cunningham and Blondell Cummings.

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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

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

More details to be announced soon. Registration opens in early May.

DELving Mini-Workshop

August 19, 2023 from 10am - 1pm | Jacob's Pillow Campus

More details to be announced soon. Registration opens in early May.

DELving into the Archives

September 2023 | 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.

Registration opens in early May.

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DEL Essentials Workshop; Shana Sureck Photography