Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow

Art at the Heart of Teaching™

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow connects dance educators, college dance students, classroom teachers, and professional dancers to the DEL model of dance education—situated alongside Jacob’s Pillow’s year-round resources as a center for dance research and development, including state-of-the-art studio spaces, unparalleled dance Archives, In Process Series showings as a part of Pillow Lab artist residencies, housing, and a retreat-like atmosphere.

Jacob’s Pillow collaborates with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) as a satellite of the nationally renowned dance teacher education program, founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold with Ann Biddle as Founding Faculty and Joan Finkelstein as Founding Director. DEL is celebrating 25 years at the 92Y in 2019.

“I had always wondered how I could creatively bring dance history and appreciation to my studio and students, and DEL’s at Jacob’s Pillow offered a clear and exciting way to do so.”

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Programs

DEL Mini-Workshops

Explore dance education practices dedicated to artistry, collaboration, and dance making in workshops inspired by the work of Pillow Lab residency artists.

DEL Essentials

Immerse yourself in this two-day intensive course on the DEL Model of Dance Education: Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), collaborative dance making, lesson planning, human development, strategies for effective teaching, and linking dance to curriculum for children and teenagers.

DEL Dance for Social Change

DEL Dance for Social Change examines varied approaches for empowering dancers and dance educators as advocates for social change.

Additional training opportunities

DEL Mentoring Program

Connecting emerging dance educators with experienced mentors, this program offers a range of services in instructional practice coaching and an individual mentorship plan.

Additional training opportunities are available through our DEL Apprenticeship Program and DEL Next GEN Teaching Assistant Program.

To learn more about DEL mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities, contact Thasia Giles at 413.243.9919 x161 or [email protected].

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow is made possible by Jody & John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation. Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) is founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold.


About Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)

Jody Arnhold; photo Arthur Elgort

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. Read Jody’s full bio here.


About Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow & DEL Founding Faculty

Headshot Ann Biddle; photo Shana Surek

Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College and Fulbright Scholar. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, writer and choreographer for the past 30 years. She is the Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to present). Biddle has designed and taught numerous courses for DEL including Foundations in Dance Education, DEL Essentials, Planet Dance- Multicultural Dance Education, Dancing in Early Childhood, Dance and Nature, Teaching from Transformation to Inspiration (Tina Curran), Dance and Literacy (Barbara Bashaw), DEL: The Next Generation, the DEL Facilitators Training Program, Dance for Social Change and DEL Essentials OPDI course for the National Dance Education Organization. Read Ann’s full bio here.

Read about DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Faculty.