Feb 14 - 17, 2021

FEBRUARY INTENSIVE: Dance for Students with Special Needs

Date: Feb 14 - 17, 2021
Time: 1-5PM
Pricing: $300

Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT

This intensive course is designed for dance educators, dance/movement therapists, and dance teaching artists.  Other participants should have a background in dance and comfort expressing themselves in movement. The course will integrate concepts of development, positive behavior support, best practices in dance education and dance/movement therapy theory to teach participants how to create dance activities that engage the strengths and meet the needs of children and adolescents who have emotional, behavioral, learning, sensory and/or physical challenges. Participants will learn group and individual strategies to promote positive behavior and will be guided in applying these strategies in their own dance education or dance/movement therapy settings. Class sessions, held via Zoom, will include lecture, discussion, movement experiences, small group work, and audio-visual media.  Participants will have assigned readings and those who take the course for college credit via Empire State College or alternate route dance/movement therapy training will be required to write a short, focused paper on the implementation of concepts from the course in their own practice or theoretically in dance with children or youth with a disability.

Mar 2 & 9, 2021

DEL Virtual Choreography Part I & II

Date: Mar 2 & 9, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 7:00PM EDT
Pricing: $68 each or $100 for both Part I & II

Catherine Gallant, MA, Francesca Harper, MFA, Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director of Keigwin + Co, Nel Shelby, and Taryn Vander Hoop, MFA

Part I:

Choreographing on Zoom can be a playful, collaborative and imaginative experience for everyone involved. Join Larry Keigwin and Taryn Vander Hoop who will guide you through a creative process that mirrors the practice you have in the studio and elicits the excitement of showtime. We will explore and exercise theatrical devices while we collaboratively create a short dance that you can use to inspire your students in the classroom.

Part II: 

Join choreographer Francesca Harper and filmmaker Nel Shelby in a 3 hour workshop exploring virtual filmmaking.  In this workshop Francesca and Nel will help you think through all aspects of making a dance film on zoom and with your iPhone.  You will open up your mind to what is possible in our digital world. This workshop is interactive and will help you walk away with new skills to enhance your dance filmmaking.



Mar 6 & 13, 2021

DEL Dances from Uganda

Date: Mar 6 & 13, 2021
Time: 2-5 PM
Pricing: $135

Deborah Damast, MA and guests

Exploring Dances of Uganda with DEL will introduce participants to dance, music, and teaching strategies from Uganda, East Africa through a contextualized framework, embodied learning, and creative practice through the DEL model. 

Participants in this 2-session course will gain insight into the diverse cultures of Uganda and will develop their own pedagogic vision that builds on the material presented. Through engaged practice, critical thinking, multi-modal instruction and guided exploration, participants will learn dances, songs, and stories from Uganda and will connect the DEL model to consider multiple entry points into guided discovery. Master teaching artists from Uganda will provide content both synchronously and asynchronously and will be supported by facilitators and educators who are teaching in NYC schools, communities, and colleges. The course will take place synchronously over Zoom. This course is open to dancers, teachers, musicians, administrators, and people who are interested in this work.


May 15 - 23, 2021

Dance with Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: Therapeutic and Educational Approaches

Date: May 15 - 23, 2021
Time: See description
Pricing: $350

Catherine Gallant, MFA, Dr. Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, Tina Erfer, MS, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, Dr. Suzi Tortora, Ed.D, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC

This course is aimed at dance educators, dance/movement therapists, dance/movement therapy students, and others who want to learn how to use dance and movement activities to support toddlers, children, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In this didactic and experiential course, participants learn about characteristics and identification of autism spectrum disorder. Four experts in the field of dance / education and dance / movement therapy present a variety of educational and therapeutic approaches to engage the strengths of children with ASD and address relationship, behavioral and learning issues through dance.

For those seeking DMT Alternate Route credit, a minimum of one introductory DMT course is a prerequisite.

Saturday, May 15 12-6pm

Sunday, May 16 12-4pm

Saturday, May 22 12-4pm

Sunday, May 23 12-6pm