Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow

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

- Intro to DEL Workshop Participant

Jacob's Pillow collaborates with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and becomes a satellite of the nationally renowned dance teacher education program. DEL, founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold with Founding Faculty Ann Biddle, applies Laban Movement Analysis as a framework to explore dance lesson planning, collaborative choreography, dance making, and innovative teaching strategies.

DEL Mini-Workshop; photo Greg Nesbit

DEL Essentials Participants; photo Shana Sureck


This new collaboration introduces dance educators, college dance students, classroom teachers, and professional dancers 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, In Process Series showings as a part of Pillow Lab artist residencies, housing, and a retreat-like atmosphere.

Read about DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Faculty Ann Biddle and Felice Santorelli.

DEL Essentials Participants; photo Shana Sureck

DEL Mini-Workshop; photo Greg Nesbit

About Founder Jody Gottfried Arnhold

Jody Arnhold; photo Arthur ElgortJody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y, 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 NY Emmy nominated documentary, PS DANCE!: Dance Education in Public Schools, to raise awareness and advocate for her mission, Dance for Every Child. 

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Teaching dance in NYC public schools for more than 20 years has provided Arnhold with the experiences that continue to guide her dance education efforts including supporting the dance program 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 at Teachers College Columbia University. Arnhold supports and champions many NYC 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.

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March 30-31, 2019 | DEL Essentials Workshop

For ages 18+ | Movement & Dance Education Training Course
Time: Saturday, March 30, 10am-6pm & Sunday, March 31, 9am-5pm.*
*Subject to change

Fees: $240 fee inclusive of workshop & training, meals, and Pillow programming; $290 includes on-site housing. Please review the Refund Policy.
This workshop is eligible for Scholarships. Apply for a Scholarship.

Housing: Housing is located on the Jacob’s Pillow campus, a 3-minute walking distance from the workshop location. On-site housing Pillow provides single rooms, co-ed bathrooms, and common areas that include a small kitchenette.

Questions about transportation? We can help. See Directions & Travel, or contact Thasia Giles at 413.243.9919 x161 or [email protected].


Register here


Led by DEL Founding Faculty Ann Biddle and assisted by Felice Santorelli, DEL Facilitator.

What inspires children and teens to dance and learn dance? What do they need and how can dance fulfill those needs? The DEL Essentials course is an introductory course that provides an overview of the key components of the DEL model of teaching dance to children and teenagers. The DEL environment encourages active movement participation, collaborative choreography, performance, discussion, observation, and reflection. DEL Essentials embraces multiple perspectives and is designed to meet the unique needs of each participant. Participants will explore and investigate the following content areas in this course:

Overview of the DEL Model
Rationale for Dance Education for children & teens
History of Rudolph Laban
Applied Laban Movement Analysis (body, effort, space, relationship)
Movement Sentence
Choreography & LMA
DEL Lesson Plan format
Making connections to other disciplines
Developmental benchmarks of children and teens
Effective teaching strategies
Introduction to State and National Dance Standards
Resources for dance educators

April 13, 2019 | DEL Mini-Workshop

For ages 16+ | No prior dance experience required
Time: Saturday, April 13, 10am-1pm

Fees: FREE

Dancewear is not required; comfortable clothing is suggested.

Questions about transportation? We can help. See Directions & Travel, or contact Thasia Giles at 413.243.9919 x161 or [email protected].


Register here


Led by DEL Founding Faculty Ann Biddle and assisted by Felice Santorelli, DEL Facilitator.

Experience the joy of playful dance collaboration within a community dedicated to artistry, connection, and creation. Based on the nationally renowned DEL model of dance education, this movement and dance teaching workshop will introduce participants to principles of collaborative choreography, Laban Movement Analysis as a valuable framework for dance, and processes for examining the work of innovative dance artists as an entry point for choreography.

Connect your workshop experience to the In Process Series showing of Anne Plamondon at 2pm, followed by a Q&A and reception.