A week long opportunity for dance teachers to immerse themselves amongst fellow educators, share best practices, and further their teaching artistry. All educators are welcome, from seasoned faculty to new teachers, community dance practitioners, dance education undergraduates/graduates, dance studio owners, and K-12 teachers.
"This is my first Professional Development experience, and I have been blown away!" - Margaret
"This week has been a work for the mind.” - Lynette
"I can now provide my students with tools that I didn't have in my own dancing.” - Dandara
Summer 2023 Registration Open
1-Week Program: July 10-14, 2023
Both in-person and remote attendance options available.
- Observe in-person and/or virtual class offerings at Ballet Hispánico headquarters, led by seasoned School of Dance faculty addressing varied age groups and dance genres.
- Discuss and reflect on class observations and presentations with an emphasis on application for each teacher’s individual practice.
- Engage with Ballet Hispánico pedagogy and curricular design through the lens of culture and repertory.
- Challenge narratives of collective dance histories, curriculum, and archives.
- Identify cultura and other teaching identities, and their implications for pedagogical and choreographic practices.
- Receive a Certificate of Completion and additional documentation of participation as needed for institutional support.
Enrollments for December 13, 2022 - December 12, 2023
|Jul 10 2023 - Jul 14 2023||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri||Register||IN-PERSON Professional Development for Dance Teachers|
|Jul 10 2023 - Jul 14 2023||9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri||Register||VIRTUAL Professional Development for Dance Teachers|
Previous Professional Development Guest Faculty & Presentations
Guest Presenter: Yebel Gallegos
Session Title: (Re)imagining Dance Curriculums: Valuing Non-Western Histories in Dance.
Yebel Gallegos is a multi-faceted dance artist from El Paso, Texas. He played an important role in the founding of.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Mariana Ranz
Session Title: Interactive Classroom Management Techniques for Different Ages and Settings.
Mariana Ranz (Community Arts Partnerships Program Manager) is originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she began her ballet training under... Read More
Guest Presenter: Gregory Youdan
Session Title: Using Motor Learning Principles to Make Your Students Learn.
As a dancer, Gregory Youdan Jr. performed with the NY Baroque Dance Company, Sokolow Theatre/Dance and Heidi Latsky dance.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo
Session Title: Decolonizing Assessment in Dance Education: Ubuntu as an Evaluative Framework in Indigenous African Dance Education Practices
Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo is a Ugandan dance researcher, scholar, performer, educator, Afro-optimist and co-founder of AFRIKA SPEAKS.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Elisa De La Rosa
Session Title: Building Bridges & Overcoming Borders: Generating Authentic Narratives as a source for Dancemaking
Elisa De La Rosa, daughter of migrant farmworkers, and granddaughter to Mexican immigrant grandparents; a first generation college graduate is originally from a small border town located in.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Kiri Avelar
Session Title: Descubriendo Latinx
Kiri Avelar (she/ella) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and scholar based in New York City. Fronteriza de El Paso, TX/Cd. Juárez, Chih., México, her teaching philosophy employs an intersection of teaching practices through a Latinx... Read More
Guest Presenter: Victoria Vargas
Session Title: Core Elements of Body Awareness and Language that Supports Student Learning.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Victoria Vargas has more than 40 years of experience as a professional dancer. She is a former faculty member of the Joffrey Ballet.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Natalia Mesa
Session Title: The Trickling Effect: Centering Equity and Inclusion by Empowering Teaching Artists.
Natalia Mesa Higuera is cultural advocate, arts administrator, and dance educator dedicated to build social cohesion through the expression of arts.... Read More
Guest Presenter: Rebecca Tsivkin
Session Title: Reflections from a Ballet Teacher and Early Childhood Program Associate on Racial Implications Between Teacher and Student Identity Dynamics.
Rebecca Tsivkin is a graduate and licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and is an Associate of the Imperial Society of... Read More
Guest Presenter: Michelle Manzanales
Session Title: Defining Success in our Practice as Dance Educators.
Michelle Manzanales is a choreographer, dedicated dance educator of 30 years, and co-founder of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance. The Director of Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance... Read More