Debra J. Orenstein

Dance Instruction

Debra Orenstein has been teaching children and adults for over 30 years. Her background is richly steeped in the arts and education. Debra has been teaching The Isadora for Children Program at The Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y for over 15 years. The program is under the direction of Dr. Jeanne Bresciani. The program combines the arts with the natural rhythms of childhood as inspired by Isadora Duncan, the “mother of modern dance”. Debra is a member of The Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers Dance Company.

Debra holds a B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children/Dance Emphasis from The State University of New York – College at Brockport and a Master’s Degree in Education (Special Education) from The City College of New York – Hunter College. Her post graduate work also includes pre-school and elementary education and dance therapy. Debra is permanently certified in Pre-school, Nursery, Elementary Education and Special Education in New York City, New York State and New Jersey.

Debra has been a Special Education classroom teacher, Teacher Trainer and Adaptive Physical Education Teacher for The New York City Dept. of Education. She has been a Creative Arts Specialist for The School for Communication Development and Movement Specialist for private nursery schools in New York City. Debra is an Early Intervention Therapist with YAI/Life Start/New York League for Early Learning. She has been doing home and community based therapy for over 15 years incorporating movement and the arts in her sessions. Debra is also a Movement/Music Specialist for Very Special Arts from The Kennedy Center. Besides The 92nd Street Y Outreach and Harkness Programs, Debra is on the teaching faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division in New Jersey and The Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance in New York City. She also teaches a Moving Stories Program combining age appropriate children’s literature and movement for pre-school children and their care-givers. Debra is committed to combining the arts and education.