Dance Education Laboratory

In 2012, under the direction of PVPA Dance Department Leader, Ann Biddle, the dance department entered into an exciting partnership with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) which emphasizes a creative approach to teaching dance and choreography to students by making connections to literature, social studies and science. Founded by Jody Arnhold with Ms. Biddle as Founding Faculty, DEL is based in NYC at the Harkness Dance Center at the 92
nd ST Y .  Thanks to a generous grant from Jody Arnhold, the PVPA Dance Education Laboratory was created to train middle and high school dancers to become dance mentors for elementary aged students in local public schools.  

PVPA DEL was designed to help middle and high students broaden their understanding of dance and dance education while acting as a mentors and role models for younger students.  This unique combination of community service, mentoring, collaborative teaching and learning has proven to be highly successful with both the PVPA students and their younger mentees. PVPA DEL students also have opportunities to travel to NYC to attend dance performances and participate in choreography workshops led by established New York City choreographers. Our PVPA DEL dancers also have an opportunity to perform in the Dance for Kids show at the Academy of Music in the Spring.

For more information about the Dance Education Laboratory in NYC visit:

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See pictures from DEL Field Trip to NYC during Paideia

Haitian Dance Class with NYC Students and Teacher