Jul 11 - Aug 8, 2020

DEL at Jacob’s Pillow

Date: Jul 11 - Aug 8, 2020
Time: 2:30 - 5PM
Pricing: $89

Ann Biddle, Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow, and Felice Santorelli, MA

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.


An online workshop series exploring the virtual resources of Jacob’s Pillow. Each course is held on two consecutive Saturdays.

Dates & Times
July 11 & 18, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Roots to Wings
August 1 & 8, 2:30-5pm Eastern | Divergent Voices

Join Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Ann Biddle and DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli in a NEW online workshop series, DELving into Dance History with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. Re-envision embodied dance history using the extensive video and multimedia resources of Jacob’s Pillow. Designed for K-12 dance educators, and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. With special guest Norton Owen, Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow.

DELving into Dance History is designed as an ongoing series. Each two-week course explores different aspects of the Pillow’s Dance Interactive site. Each course can be taken on its own.


DELving into Dance History provides an opportunity to design dynamic and meaningful dance learning activities for students. Together we will explore diverse dance artists, genres and eras with a critical understanding that dance exists in a cultural, historic, and social context. 

During this unprecedented time, dance educators are seeking new ways to connect with their students through digital and remote learning. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive documents hundreds of artists who have appeared at the Pillow from the 1930s to the present day and is an invaluable resource for dance educators seeking to expand their video and multimedia resources for remote and in-person teaching. 
Over the course of the two sessions, participants will DELve into the rich materials archived on Dance Interactive and explore a wide range of innovative and multi-modal teaching strategies including LMA analysis, re-construction practices, embodied research, and collaborative dance making. In addition, Norton Owen, Director of Preservation, will guide us on a personalized virtual tour of the Pillow Interactive site.

Learning will occur via Zoom, independent and collaborative work, video viewing, access to online materials and resources, group discussion and feedback, curriculum design activities, independent research and one-on-one mentoring. Participants will walk away with concrete tools and resources in order to utilize the extensive collection of catalogued dance videos, podcasts and lectures/articles to design lesson plans for elementary through college level learners.


Fee: $89 per course (includes access to Dance Education Laboratory resources and materials.)

Register for both courses and receive a 20% discount off the second course.

For more information or questions, please email [email protected]


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 [email protected].

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.