DEL Staff

Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Founder


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


John-Mario Sevilla, BA, MA, MFA, directs the Dance Education Laboratory at 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and teaches at New York University Steinhardt and Gallatin. 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. He hails from Maui, is a dance student of Betty Jones and has studied the hula with Kumu Hula June Ka‘ililani Tanoue and Hōkūlani Holt.