Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for 30 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from “Math Dance” and “Reading Dance” to teaching children in a mental institution via video. He has also taught in private pre-schools and studios. Barry was an adjunct professor at American University, in Washington, DC, where he also taught at-risk youth in a housing project as part of a HUD grant and deaf college students at Gallaudet University. Currently, Barry is on the faculty of Friends Seminary in Manhattan where he created and built a K-12 dance program over the past 23 years. He is an adjunct professor of dance at New York University and on the faculty of the Dance Education Lab of The 92nd Street Y, for which he co-created the app, DanceMaker.
Barry holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Dance from American University and is a certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; a certified yoga instructor; and a Registered Dance Educator. Barry has served as President of the New York State Dance Education Association and was a recipient of the Outstanding PreK-12 Dance Educator Award from NYSDEA in 2017. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization, and he wrote a monthly “Ask the Experts” column for Dance Teacher Magazine, for 8 years. Barry founded the tap/modern dance company, TAPFSION, and has choreographed numerous works that have been presented in New York, Florida, Maryland and Washington, DC. His work with the company led to him receiving a Choreographers Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.