Nov 2, 2019 - Mar 15, 2020

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow

Date: Nov 2, 2019 - Mar 15, 2020
Time: Varies

Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow

The Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow is a new collaboration that brings the nationally acclaimed DEL 92Y program to New England.

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow introduces dance educators, college dance students, and classroom teachers to the DEL model of dance education—situated alongside the resources that Jacob’s Pillow offers as a year-round center for dance research and development, including state-of-the-art studio spaces, unparalleled dance ArchivesIn Process Series showings as a part of Pillow Lab artist residencies, housing, and a retreat-like atmosphere.

Directed by DEL Founding Faculty, Ann Biddle and assisted by DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli, DEL at Jacob’s Pillow provides year round dance education workshops and weekend intensives that explore Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a valuable framework for lesson planning and dance making, foundations in human development, methods and strategies for effective and inspired teaching, and the application of the DEL model to a wide range of teaching contexts.

2019 – 2020 WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

DEL Mini-Workshops | FREE

Open to all levels ages 16+ | FREE

Facilitated by Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow with Felice Santorelli

Explore dance education practices dedicated to artistry, collaboration, and dance making in workshops inspired by the work of Pillow Lab residency artists. Includes a 3-hour workshop, lunch, a tour, and In Process Series showing with a Pillow Lab artist. Comfortable clothing suggested.

DEL Workshop: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Lunch: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
In Process Showing: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Nov 2 | Pillow Lab: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Nov 9 | Pillow Lab: Didy Veldman
Dec 7 | Pillow Lab: Alice Gosti
Jan 11 | Pillow Lab: Milka Djordjevich
Feb 15 | Pillow Lab: Aszure Barton
Apr 11 | Pillow Lab: RUBBERBAND

DEL Essentials Weekend Intensive

March 14th – 15th, 2020Ages 18+
All workshops: Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm.  Dates are subject to change.
Facilitated by Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow with Felice Santorelli

Immerse yourself in this popular weekend intensive course introducing the DEL model of Dance Education.  Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), collaborative dance making, lesson planning, human development, strategies for effective and inspired teaching, and linking dance to curriculum for children and teenagers.

DEL Dance for Social Change Weekend Intensive

Jan 25th – 26th, 2020Ages 18+
All workshops: Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm.  Dates are subject to change.
Facilitated by Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow with guests

Dance for Social Change examines varied approaches for empowering dancers and dance educators to become advocates for social change. This interactive, collaborative workshop will examine different entry points for recognizing how dance can act as a vehicle to create powerful artistic statements that instigate change.  Prior experience in DEL workshops and courses highly recommended as a prerequisite for participation.


$290 with housing*/$240 without; includes workshop & training, meals, and Jacob’s Pillow programming. Please review the refund policy.


Housing is located on the Jacob’s Pillow campus, a 3-minute walking distance from the workshop location. On-site housing Pillow provides single rooms, co-ed bathrooms, and common areas that include a small kitchenette.

Directions & Travel

Jacob’s Pillow is located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts in the town of Becket. The 225-acre National Historic Landmark is within easy driving distance of Boston, New York, Albany, Burlington, and Hartford. Find more travel information here.


DEL at Jacob’s Pillow welcomes participants to experience our workshops regardless of financial circumstances. Need financial support?  Apply for scholarship support and join the next generation of dance educators.

Additional training opportunities

To learn more about DEL mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities, contact Thasia Giles, Director of Community Engagement, Jacob’s Pillow at 413.243.9919 x161 or

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow is made possible by Jody & John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation. Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) is founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold.