DEL Essentials

July 5–7, 2023

10am-3pm, In-Person at the 92nd Street Y (NYC)

An introductory course that teaches the key components of the DEL Model — a comprehensive and accessible model of dance education for all learners.

By engaging with DEL Essentials, dance educators will develop their skills in:

  • Expanding students’ movement vocabulary and promoting dance literacy
  • Valuing student-centered learning and discovery
  • Encouraging students to collaborate artistically and build community
  • Drawing connections across disciplines to deepen learning and application of dance concepts in diverse ways
  • Understanding the arc of a lesson plan in order to design engaging and dynamic learning activities in dance
  • Learning strategies to promote student inclusion and engagement
  • Becoming an advocate for dance education in one’s school and community
The DEL Model can be applied across all grade levels and within a wide range of teaching contexts, making it a go-to framework for developing inclusive and engaging movement activities.
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"I am a better teacher and parent, because of this experience."

DEL Participant

Course Details

DEL Essentials will run July 5–7, 2023. The course takes place in-person at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, from 10am–3pm each day.

Facilitators Jody Gottfried Arnhold (CMA, MA), Ann Biddle (MA), and guest Clara Bello (MA) will teach the DEL Model, including how to:

  1. Apply Laban Movement Analysis to lesson planning and dance making
  2. Understand the benefits of a comprehensive dance education
  3. Explore the concept of the “movement sentence”
  4. Design meaningful lesson plans
  5. Gain an overview of how to support learners in all developmental stages
  6. Engage with current state and national dance education standards
  7. Work collaboratively to create group dances with their peers

Registration Fee: $325 until June 13 / $375 after 

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“I can now create clear lessons with easily built-upon themes and cross-curricular connections.”

DEL Participant

Open to All Dance Educators

Whether you are new to dance teaching or a veteran dance educator in the field, DEL Essentials is designed to refresh your practice and re-engage you in the powerful potential of dance education for all. 

This highly popular, interactive, movement-based course introduces you to practical and inspiring strategies and movement activities to support your professional growth across the career span.

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Reinvigorate Your Teaching Practice

DEL Essentials is for you, if you are:

  • Motivated by the positive impact dance and movement has on your students’ learning and growth
  • Overwhelmed and looking for ways to inject new energy into your teaching practice
  • Feeling too busy to incorporate new ideas and in need of a flexible framework
  • Ready to expand your ability to serve diverse learners

Come engage in the DEL community and reinvigorate your teaching practice as we collaborate, connect and rediscover our teacher’s hearts together.

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Enroll in DEL Essentials

DEL Essentials is a 3-day intensive for dance educators to immerse themselves in the DEL Model for teaching for all learners.

Participants will be able to immediately incorporate and apply innovative and dynamic dance learning activities and strategies into their classrooms. DEL’s experimental laboratory environment gives participants the opportunity to experience the DEL Model in a hands-on manner and share ideas with their peers and instructors in real-time.

Must register by Friday, June 30, 2023

Meet Your DEL Facilitators

Jody Gottfried Arnhold

Jody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92NY, is a luminary in dance education and an advocate for dance. She created DEL in response to the need for a practical and focused dance pedagogy program. Through DEL, Jody aims to inspire and prepare teachers to work with children and teens. She continues these efforts as Executive Producer of the NY Emmy nominated documentary, PS DANCE!: Dance Education in Public Schools, to raise awareness and advocate for her mission, Dance for Every Child. Teaching dance in NYC public schools for more than 25 years has provided Jody with the experiences that continue to guide her dance education efforts including supporting the dance program at the New York City Department of Education, creating the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College, and serving as the visionary benefactor behind the Doctorate in Dance Education and the Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy & Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University. Read Jody’s full biography.

Ann Biddle

Ann Biddle M.A., has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, writer, and choreographer for the past 30 years. She is currently the Director of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Institute for Professional Learning and Advancement and the Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow. As the Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to present) Ms. Biddle has designed and taught multiple courses for DEL including Foundations in Dance Education, DEL Essentials, Planet Dance-Multicultural Dance Education, Dancing in Early Childhood, Dance and Nature, Teaching from Transformation to Inspiration (Tina Curran), Dance and Literacy (Barbara Bashaw), Teaching Dance Technique, DEL: The Next Generation, the DEL Facilitators Training Program, Dance for Social Change, Hip Hop to the Top (Shakia Barron & Eli Kababa), Tracing Footsteps, and the DEL Essentials OPDI course for NDEO. Ms. Biddle has been a Dance Lecturer at UMASS/Amherst Dance Department, Mount Holyoke College, and Skidmore College. Read Ann’s full biography.

Guest Facilitators

Clara Bello

Clara Bello, MA, is the full-time Dance Educator and Arts Liaison at Dos Puentes Elementary School, in the heart of Washington Heights. Since 2006, she has been teaching elementary and middle school students as a literacy intervention teacher, classroom teacher, and dance educator. She holds a B.A. in French, a Master’s in Bilingual Childhood Education, 30 credits in Dance Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Clara is a DEL graduate and Arnhold New Dance Teacher Alumna. She holds the following New York State licenses: Common Branches, Bilingual Extension, Dance, School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) licenses. Clara is a member of the NYCDOE Office of Arts & Special Projects (OASP) Dance Transition Team and a Facilitator for the OASP and Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92Y. Read Clara’s full biography.