Best Practices: We Support Learning!

Professional Development for Dance Teachers | 1-Week Program: July 10-14, 2023

Refine your teaching practices in a supportive community of dance educators!

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

Dates Times Days Class
Jul 10 2023 - Jul 14 2023 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri IN-PERSON Professional Development for Dance Teachers
Jul 10 2023 - Jul 14 2023 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 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

Ballet Hispánico is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

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