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.

2014-15 Dance Professional Development

2014-2015 Short Courses

Engaging the Young Male Dancers

Registration Deadline:
Friday, November 7, 2014

Dates November 21, 2014
December 12, 2014
January 9, 2015
Time 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
Cost Free!
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details
Online Registration

This course will introduce you to three approaches of working with male students of all ages. Explore and discuss various ways of differentiating instruction to support the needs of the male physicality, motivation to move and thematic interests. The instructors will share lessons and strategies through specific movement exercises and improvisational activities designed to engage the young male dancer while enhancing the experience of the entire class.  Course resources will enable you to apply the work in your dance classroom.

Dance Partnering

Registration Deadline:
Friday, March 12, 2014
Note: Registration may close early if course reaches maximum capacity.

Dates March 27, 2015
April 17, 2015
May 8, 2015
Time 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Cost Free!
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details
Online Registration

This course explores a wide range of techniques to introduce K-12 students to dance partnering. All sessions involve both active dancing and choreographing, and will provide age-appropriate lesson activities for elementary through high school students designed to encourage students to include partnering work in performance as well as in original compositions.

Ongoing Workshops

Professional LEarning for Teachers of the Arts: Teacher Effectiveness

Registration remains open for December and February. Email Heather Powell at to register

Eligibility Assigned Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts Teachers, Grades PreK-12
Dates Bronx Series: October 20, December 8 and February 9
Manhattan Series: October 21, December 9 and February 10
Staten Island Series: October 27, December 11 and February 4
Brooklyn Series: October 28, December 10, February 11
Queens Series: October 29, December 4 and February 5
Time 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Cost FREE!
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details

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.

2014-2015 Citywide PD Series

THE ART OF TEACHING DANCE: IMPACTing arts teacher practice to improve student learning

Workshop is at maximum capacity.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of dance, grades PreK-12

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway (at 19th Street)
5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Cost FREE!
Maximum Enrollment 150 Participants
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details

All participants will explore teaching practices that engage and excite 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 experiences. Teachers will explore dance instructional strategies inspired by social issues, historical events, and other societal themes. Workshop activities will address developmental Blueprint goals for building students’ ability to make meaning in dance creating, performing, responding and connecting.

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