Dance Education Laboratory Founder
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, M.A., C.M.A., Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 92Y, Founder, is a luminary in dance education and an advocate for dance. She created DEL in response to the need for a practical and focused dance pedagogy program. Through DEL, Arnhold aims to inspire and prepare teachers to work with children and teens. She continues these efforts as Executive Producer of the New York Emmy Award-nominated documentary, PS DANCE!: Dance Education in Public Schools, and PS DANCE!: THE NEXT GENERATION currently in production. Both films raise awareness about the power of dance education in public schools and advocate for her mission, Dance for Every Child.
Teaching dance in New York City public schools for 25 years has provided Arnhold with the experiences that continue to guide her dance education efforts including supporting dance programming PreK-12 at the New York City Department of Education, creating the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College, and serving as the visionary benefactor behind the Doctorate in Dance Education and The Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Arnhold supports and champions many New York City dance companies including Ballet Hispánico where she is Honorary Chair. She also supports and mentors countless dance teachers many of whom now lead the field.