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Jody Gottfried Arnhold is a dance educator and advocate for the arts. She is the founding director of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). DEL is based on her 25 years' experience teaching in the New York City schools and her interest in promoting an effective methodology for training dance teachers. Jody received a BA in English (University of Wisconsin), an MA in dance education (Columbia University) and is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in dance and curriculum and teaching. She is a certified movement analyst (CMA—Laban Institute for Movement Studies). Jody is chairman of the board of Ballet Hispanico and serves on the boards of 92nd Street Y and the Center for Arts Education in New York City. Jody is co-chair of the Dance Curriculum Blueprint Committee, creating the New York City Department of Education Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance.
John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director …
John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director, hails from Pauku-kalo, Maui. He teaches at New York University Steinhardt. John-Mario has danced in the companies of Pilobolus, Rebecca Stenn, From the Horse’s Mouth, Daman Harun, Erin Dudley, Lisa Giobbi, Nikolais and Louis, Shapiro and Smith, Janis Brenner, Anna Sokolow and Bill Cratty. John-Mario also performed with juggler Michael Moschen, film animator Laura Margulies, drag artist Sherry Vine, poet John Unterecker and Navajo sandpainter-healer Walking Thunder. John-Mario’s choreography has appeared in New York City at LaMaMa, NYU Steinhardt, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92YTribeca, Dance Theatre Workshop, Columbia University, ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Asia Society, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, as well as at universities throughout the country. He was the Director of Education at New York City Ballet. John-Mario is dance student of Betty Jones and a student of the hula with Kumu Hula Ho-ku-lani Holt. He has a MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jody 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 practi ...
Jody 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, Jody 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 25 years, has provided Jody 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. Jody supports and champions many NYC dance companies including Ballet Hispanico where she is Honorary Chair. She also supports and mentors countless dance teachers many of whom now lead the field.
Jody serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at New York City Department of Education and was Co-Chair of the Committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance K-12. She is on the Board at 92Y, Hunter College, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and on the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC. She has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Education Update’s Distinguished Leader in Education Award, and Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award. Jody has received the Floria V. Lasky Award, Dance Films Association’s Dance in Focus Award, and the New York State Dance Education Association Outstanding Leadership Award. She has been honored by Lincoln Center Education, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, Dancewave, and NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for her contributions to dance and dance education.
Jody holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA).
DEL was recently named Outstanding Program by the National Dance Education Organization.
DEL FUNdamentals: Arnhold Summer Fellows
Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College and Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, ...
Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College and Fulbright Scholar. Ms. 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 92nd St Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to present) and is the Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow (2017 – present). Ms. 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, DEL Essentials OPDI (NDEO) and DELving into Dance History course series at Jacob’s Pillow. Ms. Biddle is currently a Dance Lecturer at UMASS/Amherst Dance Department and has been a guest lecturer at Mt. Hoyoke College and Skidmore College. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the EdD Program in Dance Education.
As a staff developer and curriculum consultant, Ms. Biddle has partnered with numerous cultural organizations including: Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, Flamenco Vivo, Jose Limon Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Movement Research, Jonah Bokaer, HT Chen Dance Center, and Robin Becker Dance Company. Ms. 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, she worked closely with the late Alan Lomax as a Choreometrics analyst and is currently an advisor to the Global Jukebox initiative.
Ms. Biddle was an advisor and contributor to the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, and has been a NYCDOE Blueprint professional development facilitator since 2005. She is also a scorer for the Massachusetts Dance MTEL exam. Ms. Biddle was the Director of Arts Programs at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA, and Director of the Dance Department from 2011-2018. She is the Director of the DEL PVPA dance mentorship program featured in the upcoming documentary film, PS Dance! The Next GENeration, Executive Producer, Jody Arnhold, filmmaker, Nel Shelby.
As a writer, Ms. Biddle’s dance teachers’ curricula and training manuals include: The Essence of Cool: West Side Story, New York Export: Opus Jazz the Film (NYC Ballet), Dance Motion USA Doug Varone and Argentinian Brenda Angiel’s Aerial collaboration, Richard Daniel’s Dances for iPhone film series, Wonderdance early childhood curriculum, Dance Making Inspired by Langston Hughes Poetry, Re-imagining D-Man in the Waters, the DEL Facilitators Training Manual and Robin Becker’s Into Sunlight Dance Curriculum. She is a frequent presenter at NDEO conferences and was selected to pilot the Model Cornerstone Assessments as part of NCCA. In addition, Ms. Biddle has published integrated curricular units though the NYC DOE (Dance Units Inspired by Literary Works, 2016 and The Essence of Pearl Primus through Photography and Poetry: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, 2018, Reimagining D-Man in the Water, 2019 and Into Sunlight A Teacher’s Guide, 2019).
Ms. Biddle’s research interests include teacher education, transformational leadership and dance and social justice.
Hip Hop to the Top Part 2: Return to the Cypher
DEL Tracing Footsteps: Honoring Diverse Voices Through Dance History in NYC
Dorrance Dance: Developing Fundamentals Of Music And Movement Through Body Percussion
Tina Curran is co-founder and director of the Language of Dance Center, USA. She is a doctoral candidate in dance education at New York University focusing on dance literacy and holds an MFA in cho ...
Tina Curran is co-founder and director of the Language of Dance Center, USA. She is a doctoral candidate in dance education at New York University focusing on dance literacy and holds an MFA in choreographic theory and practice from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. As a Language of Dance Certification specialist, she conducts certification and teacher education courses, presents at national and international dance conferences, and develops notation teaching resources. She was a contributor to the development of the landmark New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and has been active in its implementation as a professional development educator. An internationally recognized master teacher, she also is active in staging masterworks from Labanotation score.
Frederick Curry is Director of the Rutgers University Graduate Ed.M. Program in Dance Education, part of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Pr ...
Frederick Curry is Director of the Rutgers University Graduate Ed.M. Program in Dance Education, part of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program. As a specialist in Dance Pedagogy and Somatics, Frederick has led workshops and presented at conferences internationally including in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. Frederick is Assistant Editor for Dance Education in Practice journal and on faculty at the Dance Education Laboratory at 92nd Street Y. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and is a member of NDEO’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee. Frederick previously coordinated the Modular certification program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York and currently directs the Rutgers Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program.
Deborah Damast (BFA Dance, SUNY Purchase, MA Dance Education, NYU, DEL Certificate) is Associate Professor and Program Director of Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt where in addition to teaching, s ...
Deborah Damast (BFA Dance, SUNY Purchase, MA Dance Education, NYU, DEL Certificate) is Associate Professor and Program Director of Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt where in addition to teaching, she is Artistic Director of concerts, Kaleidoscope Dancers, and the Uganda study abroad program. Deborah is the Past-President of the New York State Dance Education Association, has served on the boards of NYSDEA, NDEO, Dance Education in Practice Journal, and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and is a member of the NDEO Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access IDEA committee. She is on faculty at LREI/Little Red Schoolhouse, Dance Education Laboratory, and The Yard and has directed programs at Peridance, Steffi Nossen, Harvey School Cavalier Camp, The Yard Kids Do Dance, OBT Exposed, Deborah facilitates Professional Learning for teachers through the NYC Department of Education, 92Y DEL, and PKFCC Pre-K for all and has contributed to the NYC Blueprint for the Arts, Dance and the DEL Early Childhood model. She has presented at numerous conferences and festivals including at NDEO, NYSDEA, ACDFA, CUNY, Kymabogo Music Education in Uganda and her choreography has been shown at over 40 venues in NYC including Ailey Citigroup, Peridance, World Financial Center, Riverside Church, Judson Church, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, 92Y, 14St Y, Skirball Theatre, and internationally in Japan, Uganda, Korea, Italy, and Canada. Deborah has taught for the Education Departments of Oregon Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet and has written curriculum for Peridance, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, DEL, NYCB, and the NYC DOE. Deborah is a recipient of the 2009 NYU GSU Star Faculty Award, the 2010 NDEO Outstanding Dance Educator Award: Higher Education, and the 2020 Dance Teacher Magazine Award for Higher Education. She participated in Motion Capture studies at NYU, collaborated with Music and Music Technology, and at NYU was a co-recipient of grants for Dance Literacy and Data Literacy, Professional Development, and the 2020 Diversity Innovation grant. Deborah is thrilled to return to facilitate another workshop at DEL with colleagues and collaborators from Uganda and the United States.
DEL Dance for Early Childhood
DEL Panel: Dance, Ableism, Voices And Choices: Stories Of Advocacy From The Field
DEL Dance and Ableism: Breaking Through Barriers
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT is a NYS licensed psychologist, board certified dance/movement therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 197 ...
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT is a NYS licensed psychologist, board certified dance/movement therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She conducted a therapeutic dance program in a New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) special education high school for adolescents with emotional and learning disabilities from May 1992 through August 2013. Her students performed in Lincoln Center, Central Park, South Street Seaport, St. Mark’s Church, NYU’s Frederick Lowe Theater, and the Apollo Theater.
Dr. Duggan began teaching at the graduate level in 1976. She has taught in the Dance Education M.A. program at New York University since 1994 and choreographs for the annual New York University Distinguished Faculty Concert. From 2005-2015 she created and taught a popular course in strategies for working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders in the Special Education M.A. program at New York University. She has taught in the 92nd St. Y Dance Education Laboratory and Dance Therapy programs since 2006. She previously taught for eight years in the Hunter College Dance Therapy M.S. program and in graduate programs at Adelphi University, Long Island University, and Hofstra University.
From 1997 through 2006 Dr. Duggan created and taught professional development in positive behavior support and functional behavior assessment for NYCDOE staff in special education and general education programs throughout New York City, including a three-day intensive workshop for dance educators. She consulted on serious behavior challenges in schools throughout the NYCDOE and developed plans to address them. As a Senior Trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention, she taught educators how to prevent and manage student crises.
Dr. Duggan is co-author of Dance Education for Diverse Learners: Special Education Supplement to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance. She has published several articles and book chapters on her work. Her book, Out here by ourselves: The stories of young people whose mothers have AIDS, was published in 2000 by Garland Press.
She served as Communications Chairperson on the Board of Directors of the American Dance Therapy Association from 1976 to 1980. She was the co-executive producer for the ADTA’s 1982 film Dance Therapy: The Power of Movement and was the Dance Therapy Program Chairperson for the 1985 Joint Creative Arts Therapy Conference.
Dr. Duggan is currently an Arnhold Mentor for beginning dance educators and is on the editorial board of the National Dance Education Organization journal Dance Education in Practice. She is a member of the Dance/NYC Task Force on Dance and Disability. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Dance Education Association in 2016.
Dance with Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: Therapeutic and Educational Approaches
Catherine Gallant, MFA (choreographer) has been creating work for more than 30 years. Ms. Gallant’s work often explores themes of chance, doubt and the body as a source of comfort and torment ...
Catherine Gallant, MFA (choreographer) has been creating work for more than 30 years. Ms. Gallant’s work often explores themes of chance, doubt and the body as a source of comfort and torment. She was the assistant director at 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96 just as DEL was beginning. She has presented work at 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, WestFest and at Inwood Hill Park sponsored in part by the Partnerships for Parks. Catherine is also the director of Dances by Isadora which, since 1989, performs, teaches and collaborates with dancers throughout the world, most recently at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series and with French choreographer, Jerome Bel on his new work, Isadora Duncan which Ms. Gallant will perform in the 2021-22 season. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan in 1982 with Julia Levien and is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee duncanarchive.org. Catherine is a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Eli Kababa’s dance career began when he discovered his love of hip-hop culture while earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts helped hone his skills of mental discipline, focus and ...
Eli Kababa’s dance career began when he discovered his love of hip-hop culture while earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts helped hone his skills of mental discipline, focus and dexterity. When Eli combined those with passion, devotion, and experimentation, he was on his way. Learning how to break-dance from local crews in Bayonne, New Jersey was his first form.
Studying under Souljerz Crew he explored other techniques like gliding, waving, popping & locking. In a dance battle at his local college Eli was spotted by the dance professor, which launched his studies in Fine Arts. Soon after graduating he was hired by New York City Ballet's Education Department where he worked as a Teaching Artist for 11 years in their Nutcracker, Ballet Bridges and Project Ballet Programs.
During this time Eli co-founded Garden State Dance Project, a successful dance company devoted to cultivating community through various arts and entertainment projects. As the company in residence at the Y in Wayne New Jersey from 2007 to 2011 Eli and his dancers hosted school assemblies and taught in their School of Dance. Along with instruction they would meet weekly to create fusion dance works. Mixing fine arts like ballet and modern dance with street styles to create new works. They hosted annual dance performances and performed at venues such as 42nd Street Port Authority, Grounds for Sculpture, Ceres Art Gallery, Bickford Theatre and the County College of Morris, his alma-mater.
For the past 5 years Eli has been working for the 92nd Street Y. His company performed for students in the Dance Introduction Series. He taught hip-hop for Harkness Dance Center students in their School of Arts and was a student and graduate of DEL, the Dance Education Laboratory. Eventually becoming a DEL Facilitator, he learned ways to share his work within CALL, the Center for Arts Learning and Leadership. For the past three years he has developed, pioneered and is refining the curriculum he co-authored for them titled "Hip-Hop to the Top" which now serves over 1,000 students in New York City public schools annually. Eli loves to share the power hip-hop has to transform the lives of his students, schools, and communities. You can read more about his work in Dance Teacher Magazine and if you want to join his hip-hop community you can find him on the "Eli Kababa YouTube Channel".
Randi Sloan (MA/NYU) is the Director Of Arts at The Dalton School in NYC and has served as Chair Of The Dance Department for the past 32 years. She has been on the faculty at New York Univers ...
Randi Sloan (MA/NYU) is the Director Of Arts at The Dalton School in NYC and has served as Chair Of The Dance Department for the past 32 years. She has been on the faculty at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Dance Education since 2007, an adjunct Professor in the Hunter College Graduate Dance Program since 2015, Randi has been on faculty at DEL (Dance Education Laboratory) at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center since 1996. She has served as consultant and teacher of dance pedagogy, as well as advisor for the Blueprint for Teaching & Learning in the Arts for the New York City Department of Education. Randi serves on the Exam Committee for NYCDOE under the direction of Ana Nery Fragoso. In 2017-18, Randi directed a project in Senegal where the objective was to create collaborations (in the form of workshops, ateliers, and culminating performances) to reveal the genuine interest of American artists in Senegalese cultural practices, and for each group to train each other in alternative forms of dance making. Randi has taught teacher training workshops for the Office of Arts and Special Projects NDEO, SASI (Center for Arts Education and workshops and consultant in the Public Schools), taught workshops for The Philadelphia Arts Projects, headed by Madeline Cantor at Bryn Mawr College, and presented at NDEO and at the International Dance Council CID. In prior years, she taught in academic venues both nationally and internationally, including Milan, Oakland University, University Of Detroit Mercy, and The Desisto School in Stockbridge, MA. Randi Sloan is a Fellow of The Academy for Teachers in NYC.
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