DEL Dance to Belong: An Embodied Dance History of 92NY

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July 15 - 18, 2024


DEL Dance to Belong: An Embodied Dance History of 92NY

Date: July 15 - 18, 2024
Time: 10 am - 4 pm ET
Pricing: $450 until June 23 / $500 after
Location: In-Person at the 92nd Street Y, New York (NYC)

Ann Biddle, MA and Felice Santorelli, EdM, Kim Bears-Bailey, Linda Celeste Sims, Dr. Jessica Friedman, and Dante Puleio

In this in-person, embodied dance history course, participants will engage with 92NY’s exhibit, Dance to Belong: A History of Dance at 92NY, which explores 92NY’s historical importance as a sanctuary space in which dance history was made.

Course participants will learn about the immigrants, BIPOC, and Jewish dance artists who made 92NY home from 1874 to 2024, including pillars of American dance history like Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Jose Limón, Pearl Primus, and many more.

Through culturally responsive and inquiry-based learning, this course will include engagement with archival resources, collaborative dance making opportunities, individual and group reflection, and lesson planning activities. Dance educators will leave with a deeper understanding of 92NY dance history to bring back to their students.

Throughout the week, participants will experience expert guest workshops from:

  • Dr. Jessica Friedman, Exhibit Co-Curator and Lecturer in Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara
  • Kim Bears-Bailey, Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO)
  • Dante Puleio, Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company
  • Linda Celeste Sims, Full time Dance Professor at SUNY Purchase College

Must register by Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Course scholarships and discounts are available! Learn more about scholarship opportunities here. 

Meet Your Instructors

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 Professional Learning and Curriculum Senior Consultant for the 92NY Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). As the Founding Faculty of DEL at the 92nd St Y with Jody Gottfried...

Felice Santorelli

Felice Santorelli (Ed.M Dance Education, B.F.A. Dance and Choreography) is a full time dance educator at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in Western Massachusetts. Felice’s teaching experience ranges from K-12 to higher education and in various styles of dance. Felice brings experience designing dance curriculum that...

Kim Bears-Bailey

Kim Bears-Bailey is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) graduate of The University of Arts and Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), which she joined in 1981, retiring from the stage after a twenty-year performance career with the company.  She is a 1992 "Bessie" Award recipient, (The New York...

Linda Celeste Sims

Linda Celeste Sims (Bronx, NY) began training at Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Joined Ballet Hispanico first company from 1994 to 1996. Mrs. Sims has won Arts Recognition in 1994, Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance...

Jessica Friedman

Dr. Jessica Friedman is a Lecturer in Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara and a dance curator. Her research examines how modern dance and dance theatre respond to global crisis. Jessica’s book project, Modern Dance in Crisis: Women’s Re-Makings in 1940s American Modern Dance, focuses on women choreographers’ negotiations of...

Dante Puleio

Dante Puleio Artistic Director, Limón Dance Company A widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Puleio is the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 75-year history, a position that originated with Doris Humphrey. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company,...