Jody Gottfried Arnhold is a dance educator and advocate for the arts, with extensive experience in governance and program development for a wide range of dance and education institutions.
She is the Founder of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y which provides intensive workshops and courses in a variety of skills and methodologies for dance artists and educators who seek to improve their teaching abilities in the classroom or other settings.
She serves on the Arts Advisory Committee for the New York City Department of Education (DOE). She is committee Co-Chair for the creation of the DOE Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance and also serves as Chair of the Hunter College Dance Advisory Committee.
Arnhold held the position of Chairman of the Board of Ballet Hispanico since 1995, and has served on the Board for 26 years. During her tenure, the organization has doubled in size, commissioning 19 new works for the Company’s diverse repertory; building a substantial scholarship program for the School of Dance; and formalizing its Education & Outreach division with an innovative array of dance education programming and activities. With her husband John, the Arnholds led Ballet Hispanico’s $9.5 million Adelante! capital campaign. The campaign allowed the institution to more than double the capacity of its headquarters on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to include six fully-equipped dance studios; the campaign also provided for an endowment and working capital reserve funds. Ms. Arnhold guided the Board and the institution through the smooth leadership transition from Ballet Hispanico’s Founder Tina Ramirez to its current Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.
She also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for Arts Education, and as Chairman of the Dance Center Task Force at the 92nd Street Y, where she is a member of the Board.
In recognition of her significant contributions, Arnhold received the Spotlight in Dance Education Award presented by the DOE in June 2008. She also received the Irmy Award for Dance Education from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in November 2008. In 2009, she received the Visionary Award from the National Dance Education Organization.
Arnhold earned a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University. She is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute. Arnhold taught in the New York City public schools for more than 25 years, providing her with the practical experience which has guided her dance education efforts throughout her career.