All DEL workshops, events, and courses are virtual until further notice.

**All registrations for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) are handled through the 92Y website. When you enroll in a course, you will be redirected to sign up on their website!

Jun 28 - 30, 2021

DEL FUNdamentals

Date: Jun 28 - 30, 2021
Time: 2-5pm EDT
Pricing: $210

Jody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Ann Biddle, MA, and Catherine Gallant, MA

DEL FUNdamentals provides an introduction to key components of the nationally acclaimed DEL model of teaching dance to children and teenagers. Course content is derived from the highly popular DEL Essentials course taught at DEL 92Y and at DEL at Jacob’s Pillow.  

Within this course, participants will receive an overview of the DEL model and explore Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a framework for dynamic and scaffolded lesson planning and dance making. If you are a first year teacher or seasoned dance educator who wants to refresh your practice, DEL FUNdamentals is the course for you! Join the  DEL community network and gain access to a wide range of dance education best practices and resources. #danceforeverychild 

Course learning will include virtual learning (via ZOOM), independent and collaborative dance making (via ZOOM breakout rooms), video viewing, and access to online materials and resources via DELCOR (accessible on DEL’s website).

Empire State College credit is available for a separate and additional fee.


Jul 6 - 10, 2021

DEL Early Childhood

Date: Jul 6 - 10, 2021
Time: 2-5pm EDT
Pricing: $350

Deborah Damast, MA, and guests

The 92nd Street Y DEL Early Childhood Dance Curriculum encourages learning through play, providing a stimulating, multi-sensory and nurturing community for diverse young learners to discover their innate movement capacity.

Participants in this course will gain experience in creating developmentally appropriate dance lessons and activities for children ages 3-7 years old. Interactive and participatory, this course will cover the following topics: developmentally appropriate lessons and content for early childhood, developmental patterns and the sensory system, games and short activities, basics of early childhood dance lesson planning, LMA vocabulary as a springboard for dance learning and lesson plan organization, strategies for effective teaching, working with children with disabilities, teaching children online, using video prompts, and collaborative lesson planning with peers. The 2021 DEL Early Childhood course will take place over zoom in a synchronous model. 

Empire State College credit is available for a separate and additional fee.


Jul 12 - 16, 2021

Hip-Hop to the Top Part 2: Return to the Cypher

Date: Jul 12 - 16, 2021
Time: 2-5pm EDT
Pricing: $350

Shakia Barron, MFA, and Eli Kababa

Hip-Hop to the Top Part 2 – Return to the Cypher will take a deep dive into the worlds of hip-hop through the lens of the five elements: Knowledge, Deejay (DJ), Emcee (MC), Street Dance, and Graffiti Art. Each day of this advanced hip-hop course participants will explore one of these elements and draw a through-line from the early diasporic historical roots of hip hop in America to today’s 21st-century global stage. Each day will begin with a developmental hip-hop warm-up and a “thought of the day” to guide a practice towards embodying each hip-hop element as a vehicle for personal and community expression. Special guest artists will join the course throughout the week and share their artistry to provide additional ideas and extensions for bringing hip hop learning into the classroom. The culminating ‘open jam session’ will fuse the five elements of hip hop together to create a virtual performance to be shared with the dance community and beyond.

*A cypher is an informal gathering of rappers, beatboxers, and/or breakdancers in a circle, in order to jam musically together. The term has also in recent years come to mean the crowd which forms around freestyle battles, consisting of spectators and onlookers.

Empire State College credit is available for a separate and additional fee.


Jul 19 - 23, 2021

DEL Tracing Footsteps: Diverse Voices Through Dance History

Date: Jul 19 - 23, 2021
Time: 2-5pm EDT
Pricing: $350

Ann Biddle, MA

In this weeklong intensive, participants will delve into the DEL Tracing Footsteps curriculum, created in response to the need to provide free high-quality, ADA compliant remote learning dance education instruction and materials to all NYC public school students K-12. DEL’s Tracing Footsteps curriculum consists of three modules which focus on New York City dance history: 

1) Native American dance and history – Roots to Branches

2) The History of Tap Dance – Soul Rhythms

3) Into the Heart of Chinatown – Hidden Voices

In this course, participants will receive an overview of each module, explore components of the grade-specific dance units, engage in culturally responsive pedagogy practices, identify innovative remote learning instructional practices, and apply the DEL model to collaborative dance making and lesson plan design. Through embodied practice, collective inquiry, and exposure to a wide range of resources (guest dance artists and facilitators, video tutorials, and visually stimulating teaching materials), participants will learn how to bring dance history to life in their dance classrooms. 

Note: The Tracing Footsteps curriculum project was made possible by funding from the NY Community Trust and the Arnhold Foundation with administrative support from the OASP in partnership with the NYC DOE.

Empire State College credit is available for a separate and additional fee. 


Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2021

DEL LATINX SERIES Volume 1: Salsa Stories: Entering into the Clave

Date: Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2021
Time: 6:30-9pm EDT
Pricing: $145

Clara Bello, MA and guests

This course takes place on three consecutive Thursdays: Sept 23, 30 and Oct 7

“Y canto a la vida
De risas y penas
De momentos malos
Y de cosas buenas”
…Hector Lavoe “El Cantante”

Known as “The Voice of Salsa,” Hector Lavoe’s lyrics describe the ability of Salsa to encompass multiple facets of life with stories that “sing to life, of laughter and sorrows, of moments that are bad, and things that are good.” Collaborating with dynamic guest artists, this workshop aims to present a global understanding of the cultural and societal phenomenon of Salsa. Each day of the workshop presents a unique perspective on Salsa through movement experiences, discussions, and creative explorations. No matter the place: the streets, a stage, the screen, a salon… Salsa speaks. This workshop explores the personal, communal, and societal stories told by and through salsa.

From learning about the roots of Salsa to seeing the dance form as an act of resistance, participants will:

Explore the cultural and historical roots of Salsa.
Embody styles of Salsa from different locations around the world.
Unearth common misconceptions and stereotypes related to the dance form.
Examine how personal, communal and societal struggles are presented and resisted through Salsa.
Deepen understandings of how diverse communities connect to Salsa through the clave (the pulse), relationships and storytelling.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS THROUGH THE 92nd STREET Y. You will be redirected to their site to enroll. 

Sep 25, 2021

DEL PANEL: Dance, Ableism, Voices and Choices: Stories of Advocacy from the Field

Date: Sep 25, 2021
Time: 2-3:30pm EDT
Pricing: $30

Deborah Damast, MA and Ruby Frink, MA, and guests

92Y presents a panel of distinguished artists and educators in conversation on accessibility and inclusion in dance facilitated by Deborah Damast and Ruby Frink. We will listen, and engage in meaningful dialogue regarding appropriate dance class environments and pedagogical skills surrounding accessibility and inclusion in dance. Join us to hear directly from artists with disabilities and leave the panel fueled with new information to apply to your classroom.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS THROUGH THE 92nd STREET Y. You will be redirected to their site to enroll. 

Oct 23 & 24, 2021

Dorrance Dance: Developing Fundamentals of Music and Movement through Body Percussion

Date: Oct 23 & 24, 2021
Time: 2-5pm EDT
Pricing: $145

Ann Biddle, MA and guests

Our goal is to engage with audiences on a musical and emotional level, and to share the complex history and powerful legacy of this American art form throughout the country and the world. Rooted in protest and transcendence, improvisation and innovation were paramount to its survival and are innately embedded in its very foundation. We strive to honor this legacy.

…Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance Artistic Director

Join DEL Founding Faculty, Ann Biddle and Nicholas Van Young, Associate Artistic Director, of the award winning Dorrance Dance tap company, in this interactive online course focused on sharing components of the newly created Dorrance Dance Body Percussion curriculum (4th & 5th grade) written by Nicholas Van Young in partnership with DEL. 

Within this online course, participants will have opportunities to engage in multi-modal learning, rhythmic exploration and improvisation, collaborative movement and music making, and critical inquiry related to gaining a deeper understanding of the diasporic roots of tap dance as a universal language combining rhythm and dance.

In this interactive and hands-on workshop, participants will gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of music and movement through body percussion and learn a series of body percussion rudiments that will be used to build both linear and polyrhythmic patterns and phrases. Students will learn how to create grooves, explore improvisation within song forms, and explore a collection of passport patterns representing distinct rhythmic patterns from around the globe. In addition, participants will collaborate in small groups to create original compositions which include improvisation and accompaniment (scatting). 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS THROUGH THE 92nd STREET Y. You will be redirected to their site to enroll. 

Nov 2 - 16, 2021

DEL Dance Film 2.0

Date: Nov 2 - 16, 2021
Time: 7-9pm EDT
Pricing: $145

Andrew Chapman, and guests

This course takes place on three consecutive Tuesdays: Nov 2, 9, and 16

After a year of quick pivoting from stage to screen, we ask: how can we keep the momentum for Dance Filmmaking in our classrooms?

Zoom in to DEL Dance Film 2.0! In this 6 hour course, facilitator Andrew Chapman, along with guests – filmmaker Donald C. Shorter and dance film editor Shayla Benoit – will take a deep dive into the compositional structures which make Dance Film an artmaking experience that is here to stay! Participants will learn how to integrate choreographic methods with filmmaking essentials such as story-boarding, subject / camera relationships, and editing.

From rolling to cut, participants will leave this course with the specifics of the Dance Filmmaking process. 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS THROUGH THE 92nd STREET Y. You will be redirected to their site to enroll. 

Nov 6, 2021

DEL Dance and Ableism: Breaking Through Barriers

Date: Nov 6, 2021
Time: 1-6pm EDT
Pricing: $145

Deborah Damast, MA, Ruby Frink, MA, and guests

This one-day workshop on Dance and Ableism is designed to give dancers and dance educators the tools to create accessible and inclusive dance classes. Distinguished guest teachers will lead various dance explorations and discussions to develop your movement vocabulary, pedagogy, and critical thinking skills. Each participant will take away best practices for their classrooms and strategies to build advocacy for all bodies. 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS THROUGH THE 92nd STREET Y. You will be redirected to their site to enroll.