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The New DEL Institute

DEL's Year-Long Teacher Certificate Program for Dance Educators Dedicated to Ongoing Professional Learning and Advancement in Dance Education.

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The DEL Institute provides high-quality professional learning in dance education:

Across the career continuum: for everyone who teaches dance, from public school dance educators and college dance professors, to professional dancers and choreographers with an interest in community engagement, and dance studio teachers

From top experts in the field: with years of experience teaching and facilitating professional development courses using the DEL model

With extensive programming: offering a comprehensive approach to dance education with an emphasis on culturally-responsive pedagogy

In a customized pathway: where participants design a DEL teacher certificate program that meets their professional and personal needs


DEL reaffirmed my beliefs and supported my framework of learning and teaching. Working with adults helped me to place my structures in a new situation and watch how my peers successfully adopted and adapted the structures to develop their own learning. Watching them in process allowed me to develop flexibility in my planning. I was able to successfully incorporate the class outline provided by DEL into my framework and to work within the DEL structure.

– Carole Saunders, Dance Educator, Hong Kong

Earn a DEL Teacher Certificate

DEL’s new year-long hybrid program is 200 course hours, and participants can earn up to 32 SUNY Empire State College credits. You do not need to live in NYC to participate.

As a DEL Institute Teacher Certificate Participant, you will:

  • Receive extensive training in all aspects of the DEL Model
  • Discover and refine your unique voice as a dance educator and artist
  • Engage in an immersive laboratory learning experience
  • Design dynamic dance lesson plans and units that engage all learners
  • Receive personalized one-on-one coaching and mentorship from experts in the field
  • Connect to a dedicated and passionate community of dance educators
  • Complete a teaching practicum and final project to add to your professional portfolio
  • Enjoy DEL’s nationally acclaimed and expertly designed courses at a discounted rate
  • Apply the DEL Model to your distinct teaching interests and contexts

Required Credits & Courses

The DEL Teacher Certificate’s hybrid program combines DEL’s diverse course offerings, individual coaching and peer cohort model with a customized practicum experience. Participants may choose from a wide variety of synchronous and asynchronous courses and workshops to fulfill all DEL Teacher Certificate requirements.

All DEL Teacher Certificate participants are required to complete DEL Foundations of Dance Education, an asynchronous course.

Participants must complete 12 hours in each Core Content Area:

  1. Dance Making & LMA
  2. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  3. Supporting Diverse Learners
  4. Dance History & Culture
  5. Making Connections
  6. Lesson & Curriculum Design

DEL Teacher Certificate participants will engage in six 2-hour cohort seminars, including Orientation & Graduation. DEL Faculty visit the cohort seminar to share expertise in specialized topics related to dance and dance education.

DEL Teacher Certificate participants will all enjoy six 45-minute coaching sessions with master dance educator and DEL Institute Director, Ann Biddle. Cohort seminar and coaching sessions alternate months.

The DEL Teacher Certificate program will culminate in a customized teaching practicum and final project designed to enhance one’s professional portfolio in the field of dance education. The DEL Practicum and Final Project experience will be scheduled during the Fall of 2022 and will apply the DEL model to innovative instructional, choreographic or curricular design in the dance classroom. Each student will design their final project and then implement it in the classroom with students. Documentation, gathering and assessment of student work, and self-reflection on the success of the final project will be required. Some possible Final Projects which have curricular focus might include:

  1. an elementary dance educator who designs and teaches a dance unit inspired by the poetry of Maya Angelou
  2. a college dance professor who designs an introduction to dance education course for non-dance majors
  3. a private studio dance teacher who designs a choreography class that integrates the DEL model

Customized Certificate Pathway

Educators will have options to create a schedule that works best for their professional and personal commitments.

DEL Teacher Certificate students will work closely with the Institute Director to design their hybrid learning course schedule to meet their personal and professional. In many cases, students will have the option of taking required courses synchronously (zoom or in person) or asynchronously.

The culmination of the DEL Teacher Certificate program is a professional portfolio project which combines a supervised teaching practicum with a curriculum writing project. Bi-monthly cohort seminars and individual coaching sessions are scheduled throughout the year, to provide ongoing support and specialized content.

DEL Teacher Certificate Perks

  • One-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions with the DEL Institute Director, Ann Biddle, who will guide the student through the entirety of the certificate program and provide valuable professional support and expertise
  • Access to high-quality curricular materials such as lesson plans, dance units, and extensive resources for the dance classroom
  • Peer feedback/cohort engagement during the entirety of the DEL Teacher Certificate experience
  • Customized DEL practicum and supervision (synchronous via zoom or in person) either at the participant’s home school or at a designated site with a DEL dance mentor
  • Ongoing professional learning and support and 20% discount to future DEL workshops, courses, and webinars
  • Opportunity to continue to earn advanced professional learning certificates such as DEL Facilitators in Training (DEL FIT) which focuses on adult learning facilitation

This course has been instrumental in giving me more tools to better understand and use LMA. In fact, with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down our ability to gather physically together in spaces, the education that I have received throughout this course has directly impacted the way I’ve been able to translate the work that we do in the classroom into an e-learning platform.

DEL has challenged, encouraged and inspired me to invest in myself, while also providing me with applicable lesson ideas and structures to enhance the work I currently do.

– Michelle Modrzejewski

Invest in Professional Advancement

Space is limited in our DEL Institute 2022 pilot year, and we are offering a one-time discounted rate for all students in this cohort (a $550 scholarship).

Join us for $2,500 $1,950


**Payment plans available. For additional financial assistance, please contact Erin Lally at [email protected].

An Opportunity for Extra Instruction & Support

To engage with DEL on a course-by-course basis for one year could cost upwards of $3,400 in individual workshop fees. By enrolling in The DEL Institute, you are committing to 12 months of DEL programming with additional 1:1 coaching, cohort support, and guided practical application in the classroom.

Many school administrators maintain a professional development budget for educators in their district.

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Meet the DEL Institute Director

Ann Biddle

Director of The DEL Institute

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 St 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.

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