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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.
An Introduction to Dance Education Laboratory in Los Angeles, CA
DEL Essentials — An Introduction to Dance Education Laboratory
Catherine Baggs holds a BA in Music Theatre and Mathematics from American University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. At New York University she received the award of Outstand ...
Catherine Baggs holds a BA in Music Theatre and Mathematics from American University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. At New York University she received the award of Outstanding Achievement In Dance Education. She has performed with Disney Cruise Lines, Washington Women In Theatre, Kaleidoscope Dancers, The Smithsonian Institute and various special events for The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. As a dance educator she has had the privilege of teaching with US Performing Arts Camps (DC and MA), Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (VA), Broadway Bodies (NY), Musical Theater Workshop with Summers at LREI (NY) and American Youth Dance Theater (NY). Her choreography has been performed at New York University, American University, Dance New Amsterdam and The Player’s Theater.
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 92nd St Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to 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 Course, and Dance for Social Change. Ms. Biddle is currently the Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow.
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, and Jonah Bokaer. 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.
As a writer, her 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, and the DEL Facilitators Training Manual. She is a frequent presenter at the annual NDEO conference and was selected to pilot the Model Cornerstone Assessments as part of NCCA. 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).
Summer Institute: Dance for Social Change
Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for almost 20 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance ...
Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for almost 20 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance" and "Reading Dance" to teaching children in a mental institution via videophone. He has also taught in private pre-schools and studios. Barry was an adjunct professor at American University, in Washington, DC, where he also taught at-risk youth in a housing project as part of a HUD grant and deaf college students at Galludet University. Barry is currently on the faculty of Friends Seminary School in Manhattan where he has built their dance program over the past 10 years. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Dance from American University and is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory of 92nd Street Y; a certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; a certified yoga instructor; and a Registered Dance Educator. Barry has served on the board of directors of NYSDEA for the past 3 years as Director of Communications and is the Artistic Director of TAPFUSION, a dance company combining modern dance and tap.
Arts Integration: Dance, Architecture and Mathematics
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.
Laban Movement Analysis/Language of Dance for Dance Educators
Frederick Curry MA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. He is also on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies andDance Educa ...
Frederick Curry MA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. He is also on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies andDance Education Laboratory at 92nd Street Y. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization, the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau and is a proctor/adjudicator for the NYCDOE Arts Achieve dance performance assessments. In New York, he danced with Nancy Zendora and Rod Rodgers, among others, and performed leading roles in The Vengeance of Mami Wata by Rose-Marie Guiraud, and Owl in Love by composer Jon Deak. His choreography was presented at Dixon Place, the American Dance Guild Performance Festival, Merkin Concert Hall and La MaMa, and he was a 2006 U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy to Uganda.
Deborah Damast has been teaching in the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production and choreography, and is the Artistic Ad ...
Deborah Damast has been teaching in the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production and choreography, and is the Artistic Advisor of the program and Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers. Deborah designed and directs a study abroad program to Uganda each January. She has participated in motion capture studies with the Department of Computer Science, and Internet Arts Collaborations with faculty from Music Education. Deborah has been on the faculty of Peridance Center, New York City Ballet, LREI, 92nd Street Y, Dance Education Laboratory, Oregon Ballet Theatre and has created creative dance videos for children, Move N Groove Kids.
Summer Institute: Early Childhood Dance
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She has c ...
Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She has conducted a dance therapy program in a New York City Department of Education program for adolescents who have emotional and learning disabilities since 1992. Her students have performed in Lincoln Center, Central Park, South Street Seaport, St. Mark’s Church, NYU’s Frederick Lowe Theater and the Apollo Theater.
Dance for Students with Special Needs
Teachers Tell All: Top Tips for Effective Teaching in Dance
Catherine Gallant, has been performing, creating and teaching dance for over thirty years. Ms. Gallant is now the full-time dance teacher at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with childre ...
Catherine Gallant, has been performing, creating and teaching dance for over thirty years. Ms. Gallant is now the full-time dance teacher at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with children using an integrated approach to the arts which includes the language of Laban Movement Analysis and investigations of dance across culture and history. Ms. Gallant served on the writing committee for the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and regularly conducts dance education workshops for DEL, NYCDOE and NDEO.
Catherine was the assistant director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96 just as the Dance Education Laboratory was holding it’s first courses and workshops. DEL has been the foundation for her work with children and the source and inspiration for ongoing inquiry in dance education for all ages. Ms. Gallant’s choreography has been supported by Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC and NYFA. Catherine Gallant/DANCE was recently produced at Chashama in non-traditional venues and her group, Dances by Isadora presented performances at Green-Wood and Mount Auburn Cemeteries. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society ...
Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. Fran is also a protege of Sydney Levy, PH.D. in his pioneering work in Projective Drawing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Fran Levy has been creatively interweaving the arts into a cohesive form of psychotherapy for over 30 years.
She is the author of Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (AAHPERD, 2005) and senior editor of Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough (Routledge Press, 1995). Her books have been translated into Korean and Chinese and are used as text books for graduate and undergraduate programs in the US and abroad. Dr. Levy teaches internationally and has her private practice in Brooklyn, New York.
Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, and has performed and taught tap dance all over the world for over 15 years now to all ages from 6 years o ...
Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, and has performed and taught tap dance all over the world for over 15 years now to all ages from 6 years old to 83 years old. She has extensively studied tap dance with Sam Weber, Andreas Dänel, Sven Göttlicher and Pascal Hulin. After having danced in numerous tap dance-shows all over Europe and having been on tour with several touring productions around Europe as well as the United States (Magic Of The Dance, Dancing Feet, Dancing On Common Ground), Claudia moved to New York City in 2003 to continue her dance education and pursue a career in dance in the US.
Her performance highlights include tap dancing in Michelle Dorrance’s The Blues Project at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, on "The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon" with Andrew Nemr's CPD PLUS, the world-famous Apollo Theater alongside the fabulous Miss Mable Lee, New York City’s Cotton Club with the Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, MTV's "TRL" as part of a Happy Feet-segment with Robin Williams and Elijah Wood and singing and dancing at Joe’s Pub and the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Claudia has also had the opportunity to dance with Dianne 'Lady Di' Walker, Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, Max Pollak’s RUMBATAP, Jane Goldberg, Barbara Duffy & Company, Roxane Butterfly's WORLDBEATS, Jared Grimes' T.A.D.A.H. and many others. In 2011, Claudia has been on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine and has been featured as one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch" in 2010. Currently, she is on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York City.
Claudia has been extremely blessed and fortunate to have met and spend valuable time (on or off stage) with tap masters like the late Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Bunny Briggs, the late Dr.Henry LeTang, the late Dr. Buster Brown, the late Dr. Harold Cromer, Mable Lee, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Savion Glover among others and wants to thank them for all that they have shared. She is looking forward to keep sharing her love for music and the art of tap dancing with everyone through her teaching and performing.
Tap for Absolute Beginners
Tap Dance for Life
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.