DEL at Jacob’s Pillow connects dance educators, college dance students, classroom teachers, and professional dancers to the DEL model of dance education—situated alongside Jacob’s Pillow’s year-round resources as a center for dance research and development.


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

DELving into Dance History

Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator), in this online workshop series highlighting the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site. Re-envision dance history as embodied inquiry using the extensive video and multimedia resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. DELving into Dance History is an ongoing series and is designed for K-12 dance educators and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. Each course investigates different dance artists through multiple contextual lenses in order to gain a holistic understanding of dance history. Each course can be taken on its own.

DELving Mini-Workshop

Join us in the Zoom room as we explore a choreographer’s voice through the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) model, which emphasizes a comprehensive and inclusive approach to embodied learning. Highly experienced DEL facilitators will guide you through an exploration and investigation of a choreographer’s work through multiple entry points in order to design accessible lessons and activities for all dance learners.

In this interactive, virtual workshop participants will

  • Learn about the DEL model and discover possible applications of the workshop content to one’s own teaching context
  • Explore different approaches to looking at a choreographer’s work including movement analysis, embodied research, improvisational exploration and collaborative choreography

DEL Mentoring Program

The DEL Mentoring program connects emerging dance educators with experienced mentors and provides one-on-one coaching sessions focused on a range of areas of dance education (including lesson and curriculum design, instructional practice, classroom organization etc). The mentor and mentee develop an individual mentorship plan tailored to meet the individual professional needs of the mentee. There are currently two options for DEL mentoring: 5 hours or 10 hours to be completed over a two to three month period. Sliding scale: $15 – $25 per hour.

Mentors currently available:

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.