Erin Strong

The Pingry School

Erin Strong, K-5

The Pingry School

Not for school, but for life we learn.

Erin was first introduced to this motto in 7th grade and her mindset was forever changed. Her focus as an educator is rooted in the belief that the arts are a way of knowing, understanding, and communicating about one’s world. Erin has developed numerous interdisciplinary, collaborative dance making experiences for more than 20 years to students PK-adult. Erin is currently the Lower School Performing Arts Coordinator at The Pingry School, Short Hills, NJ. Whether she is leading 3rd grade students through their study of Jazz, swaying on the floor with Kindergarteners as they embody a story about mermaids, or teaching a contemporary class to adults of mixed abilities, Erin is devoted to developing dance literacy in a learning environment rooted in empathy and inclusion. At the heart of all her classes is a celebration of each other, curiosity, and joy!

Erin E Strong has taught and performed for over two decades throughout New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Presently, she is the K-5 Performing Arts Coordinator at the Pingry School in NJ. She has developed dance curriculum in a variety of dance genres including, but not limited to, creative movement, contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, musical theater, and choreography. Additionally, she has developed interdisciplinary offerings, global education experiences, and social-emotional programming for children, teens, and adults. Erin graduated Skidmore College as the first recipient of the Margaret Paulding Award for Excellence in dance and earned an MA with PK-12 certification in Dance Education from NYU as a Susan Hersh Scholar. She has furthered her education through many of DEL’s offerings, including their Facilitator Training. Erin has performed with the Ellen Sinopoli Company, Deborah Damast, Renata Celichowska, and Ipswich Moving Company. Her early training with the renowned jazz master, Luigi, continues to inform her as a dancer and teacher. In addition to her work as a dance educator, Erin served for many years as an administrative assistant for Skidmore’s Summer Dance Workshops. A seasoned performer, teacher, and administrator, Erin believes in the power of the arts to transform, ignite, and build community.