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.

DELving into Dance History Program Description:

Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator), in a NEW online workshop series,  DELving into Dance History with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, as we re-envision and embody dance history using the extensive resources of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive 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 the Pillow interactive site 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.