Professional Development in Dance
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Introduction To Dance Blueprint Professional Development (PD)
The Office of the Arts and Special Projects provides citywide professional development in the implementation of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance. Professional development sessions are led by master teachers—outstanding public school dance teachers identified by the DOE—and teaching artists—professional artists from local cultural organizations. During these sessions, teachers explore the five Blueprint strands of dance education and learn strategies for lesson plan building and engaging children in dance. Teachers participate in hands-on projects, allowing them to directly apply the lessons learned at training sessions to their classrooms.

2015-16 Dance Professional Development

2015 Winter Short Course

Developing Comprehensive Curriculum in Dance K-12

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2015

Course Description

Dance educators participating in this course will learn more about effective lesson planning and implementation in the dance classroom by presenting, explaining, justifying, assessing and evaluating their work and the work of their peers, using concepts and skills gained during these three sessions. Analysis and inquiry will revolve around the NYCDOE Dance Blueprint, developing clear criteria, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), embedded classroom management strategies, and developmental needs of students. All sessions involve active dancing, discussions, and small group collaboration, and will provide age-appropriate lesson activities for elementary through high school students. This course will be focused on the relationship between standards, curriculum design, instructional choices, and assessment evidence. All teachers are required to bring a laptop computer to every session.


Assigned teachers of Dance, Grades PreK-12

Dates Thursday, October 1, 2015
Thursday October 29, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Time 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway, NY NY 10007
Entrance at 53A Chambers Street

Cost FREE!
Workshop Details Workshop Flyer

2016 spring Short Course

Dance For Every Child: Strategies for Teaching Dance to Diverse Learners K-12

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

Course Description

This course introduces participants to a wide range of strategies to address the needs of students with cognitive and physical disabilities. Participants explore and discuss ways of differentiating instruction to support students’ growth as productive members of the dance classroom. The instructors will share their expertise through movement experiences that match the needs of diverse learners and improvisational explorations designed to engage students of all abilities. The course resources are practical and ready to be applied in your dance instruction. Participating teachers will create a sample dance lesson that includes modifications for students with disabilities to be included in their professional portfolio.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of Dance, Grades PreK-12
Dates Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway, NY NY 10007
Entrance at 53A Chambers Street

Cost FREE!

Workshop Details Workshop Flyer


Professional LEarning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness

Registration Deadline Friday, October 2, 2015.

Eligibility Assigned Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts Teachers, Grades PreK-12
Dates Bronx Series: October 13, February 23 and May 3
Manhattan Series: October 14, February 24 and May 4
Staten Island Series: October 22, February 25 and May 5
Brooklyn Series: October 15, March 1 and May 9
Queens Series: October 19, February 29 and May 2
Time 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Cost FREE!
Workshop Details Workshop Flyer

This workshop series will implement a new social learning platform as well as offer targeted support grounded in standards-based instruction and quality teaching practices through the continued interaction with the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the Blueprint for Teaching in the Arts.

2015-2016 Citywide PD Series

Enhancing our Artistry and Teacher Practice: DANCE
This series is for dance teachers at every level of experience and will focus on:

• Blueprint-aligned instruction based on developmental benchmarks
• Qualities of highly effective teaching that build independent learners
• Making connections between dance and literacy

All participants will explore teaching practices that engage and encourage students to learn and develop dance related skills. Guest performers, teaching artists and DOE dance specialists will facilitate and collaborate throughout the series. The focus will be on interactive dance making and improvisational experiences. Teachers will expand their understanding of movement abstraction and will explore dance instructional strategies to develop characters from narrative sources. Workshop activities will address developmental Blueprint goals for building students’ ability to make meaning in dance creating, performing, responding and connecting with literacy.

During the final session, teachers will craft and share original dance unit plans inspired by literary sources. It will include movement experiences targeted to building students’ ability to explore

• How historical and fictional narratives are interpreted through dance
• Abstraction in movement
• Character development
• Movement material that reflect the characteristics of cultural archetypes

Participants will receive tangible instructional resources at each session.

Registration Deadline Friday, October 16, 2015.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of dance, grades PreK-12

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Monday, February 1, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Gibney Dance Center (Note: two different locations)

November 3rd: 280 Broadway, Entrance at 53A Chambers Street

February 1st and June 9th: 890 Broadway, 5th Floor. Manhattan @ 19th Street

Cost FREE!

Dance and Literacy: From Concrete to Abstract

Session 1: November 3rd
Martha Graham: Looking at Characters and Archetypes
Dance educators study the development of characters and archetypes in the following Martha Graham master pieces guided by the expertise of teaching artists from the Martha Graham Dance Company. The second edition of the Dance Blueprint will be unpacked in the afternoon.

PD 2: February 1st
Exploring Narrative Sources: Historical, Mythological, and Fictional
Master dance educators/facilitators present various dance units that are inspired by literary sources and explore movement abstraction and character development. Teachers actively engage in movement experiences designed to further understand the movement interpretation of literary ideas. This session continues to build upon the content and skills presented in session one. Formative assessment will be part of the small group work in the afternoon.

PD 3: June 9th
Dance Educator Community Shares
Dance educators are invited to share lessons and units of studies that address the themes of the year with our learning community. Ample time will be provided to for participants to present their work and discuss it in small and larger groups.

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