DEL Founder, Jody Gottfried Arnhold, with Nel Shelby Productions, has now produced two feature-length documentary films about dance education in public schools.

PS Dance! The Next Generation (2022)

PS DANCE! THE NEXT GENERATION shows what happens when students are empowered to become teachers. When Ann Biddle, Director of the DEL Institute, moved to Northampton, MA, she was determined to bring dance education to public schools. She turned to her students at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School (PVPA) to make it happen. High school and middle school dance students are trained in the DEL teaching model and then teach dance residencies in local elementary schools.

The program’s unique combination of community service, tiered mentorship, collaborative dance-making, and leadership training is nothing short of transformational. Check out the feature in Dance Teacher Magazine. 

The documentary film features DEL Faculty: Ann Biddle, Felice Santorelli, and Shakia Barron.

Watch the 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) screening of the new documentary PS DANCE! NEXT GENERATION followed by a talkback with filmmaker Jody Gottfried Arnhold and other esteemed guests on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 5pm at Kaufmann Concert Hall. 

“PS DANCE! Next Generation is awe-inspiring! To see these children receive encouragement and confidence through meaningful storytelling through dance should be an integral part of all learning. As evidenced in this film, dance opens minds and creates leaders, and this is why it’s so vital to our education system.”
Misty Copeland
American Ballet Theatre

PS Dance! (2015)

Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and celebrate dance! Hosted by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, the NY Emmy-nominated PS DANCE! captures what happens when students have dance in their curriculum.

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