Felice Santorelli

Felice Santorelli (EdM Dance Education, BFA Dance and Choreography) is a full time dance educator at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in Western Massachusetts. Santorelli’s teaching experience ranges from K-12 to higher education and in various styles of dance. Santorelli designs dance curriculum that blends skill-building in technique, creative dance making, improvisation, and dance history, and draws connections between dance and the world and other art forms. Santorelli is the Artistic Director Catalyst Dance Company, offering mentorship to student choreographers whose work has been celebrated at the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals. At PVPA she also leads the DEL PVPA dance mentoring program, established by DEL Founding Faculty Ann Biddle with generous support from the Arnhold Foundation. Santorelli is featured in the upcoming film PS Dance! The Next GENeration made by Nel Shelby to be premiered in 2021. Santorelli co-facilitates workshops for the DEL at Jacob’s Pillow program, leading professional development for dancers and dance educators (DEL Essentials, Dance for Social Justice, and the Delving into Dance History series). Additional work includes Pilot Teaching for the National Core Arts Standards for Dance as well as contributions to various curriculum writing projects, including a contribution to Ann Biddle’s “The Essence of Cool: West Side Story” for the NYC DOE.