Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Mini-Workshop
Join veteran dance educator and Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), Ann Biddle, in a dance education 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.
About Ann Biddle
Ann Biddle has a M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, and is a Fulbright Scholar. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, writer, and choreographer for the past 25 years. Biddle is the Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd St Y 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), Generation DEL, and the DEL Facilitators Course.
As a staff developer and curriculum consultant, Biddle has partnered with numerous cultural organizations including: Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, Flamenco Vivo, José Limón Dance Company, Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, HT Chen, and Movement Research. An advisor to the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, she has been a NYCDOE Blueprint professional development facilitator since 2005. Biddle has taught overseas at the National University in Costa Rica as a Fulbright scholar and at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. Additionally, Biddle worked closely with the late Alan Lomax as a Choreometrics analyst and is currently an advisor to the Global Jukebox initiative.
As a writer, her dance teachers’ curricula include: Jerome Robbins: The Essence of Cool with contributions from Felice Santorelli, New York Export: Opus Jazz the Film (NYC Ballet), Dance Motion USA Doug Varone, Argentinian Brenda Angiel’s Aerial collaboration, Richard Daniel’s Dances for iPhone film series, Wonderdance early childhood curriculum, and Dance Making Inspired by Langston Hughes Poetry. She is a frequent presenter at the NDEO conference and was selected to pilot the Model Cornerstone Assessments as part of NCCA. Biddle is currently the Director of Arts Programs at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA.
About Felice Santorelli
Felice Santorelli (Ed.M, BFA) is the Dance Department Leader at PVPA where she teaches dance classes to students in grades 7-12 including contemporary, ballet, jazz, improv, composition, and dance history. She is also the artistic director of the school’s contemporary student choreography dance company, Catalyst. In addition to this position, Felice works as a consultant on dance education curriculum writing projects and leads professional development workshops for dance educators as a Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Facilitator.
Perles Family Studio
March 24, 10am-noon
FREE; limited capacity. Lunch will be provided. Open to members of the College Partnership Program, faculty and students ages 18+, educators, and community partners; no prior dance training required.