Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow collaborates with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and becomes a satellite of the nationally renowned dance teacher education program. Founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold with Ann Biddle as Founding Faculty, DEL was designed to serve as a practical alternative to traditional university dance education programs and addresses the needs of professional dancers, dance teachers, classroom teachers, and dance students.

DEL…ART AT THE HEART OF TEACHING™

Perles Family Studio; photo Robert Benson PhotographyThis new collaboration introduces dance educators, college dance students, and classroom teachers 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. The DEL workshops, led by DEL Founding Faculty Ann Biddle and assisted by DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli, present a model of comprehensive dance education using applied Laban Movement Analysis as an organizing framework to explore dance lesson planning, child development, collaborative choreography, and inspirational and innovative teaching approaches and methods.  Read more about Ann Biddle and Felice Santorelli.

“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

Mission Statement

To bring dance into children’s and teens’ lives and education by inspiring teachers to be lifelong learners, by encouraging experimentation and observation in teaching, by promoting the artistic development of teachers, and by empowering teachers to give students ownership of the art form as a means of communication, collaboration and problem-solving, as a key to understanding their cultural heritage and as a medium for personal aesthetic expression.


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.

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.

October 12-14, 2018 | DEL Essentials Workshop

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

 

Concepts and Content

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

 

For ages 18+ | Movement & Dance Education Training Course
Time: Friday, Oct 12, 5-8pm; Saturday, Oct 13, 9am-5pm & 6-8pm; Sunday, Oct 14, 9:30am-4:30pm.*
*Subject to change
Fees: $375 with housing, $275 without housing (Fees inclusive of workshop & training, meals, and Pillow programming). Please review the Refund Policy.
This workshop is eligible for Scholarships. Learn more about the Scholarship Application.

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

 

Register here

November 18, 2018 | DEL Mini-Workshop

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

 

Be introduced to the basic language of DEL and connect your knowledge to the presentation of a work-in-progress at Jacob’s Pillow. Experience the joy of playful dance collaboration within a community dedicated to artistry, connection, and creation. Join veteran dance educator and Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Ann Biddle in a dance making workshop inspired by the work of Pillow Lab artists. Based on the nationally renowned DEL model of dance education, this 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.

 

Time: 10am-4pm
Fees: FREE
For ages 18+, no prior dance experience required. Dancewear is not required; comfortable clothing is suggested.

Register here

December 1, 2018 | DEL Mini-Workshop

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. Join veteran dance educator and Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Ann Biddle in a dance making workshop inspired by the work of Pillow Lab artists. Based on the nationally renowned DEL model of dance education, this 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.

 

Time: 10am-4pm
Fees: FREE
For ages 18+, no prior dance experience required. Dancewear is not required; comfortable clothing is suggested.

Register here

January 11-13, 2019 | DEL Essentials Workshop

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

 

Concepts and Content

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

 

For ages 18+ | Movement & Dance Education Training Course
Time: Friday, Jan 11, 5-8pm; Saturday, Jan 12, 9am-5pm & 6-8pm; Sunday, Jan 13, 9:30am-4:30pm.*
*Subject to change
Fees: $375 with housing, $275 without housing (Fees inclusive of workshop & training, meals, and Pillow programming). Please review the Refund Policy.
This workshop is eligible for Scholarships. Learn more about the Scholarship Application.

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.

 

Register here