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Professional Development for Dance Teachers
July 5-9, 2021

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.


  • 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.
  • Examine Early Childhood curricular bridging points and other developmental benchmarks for instruction.
  • Exchange ideas about online and hybrid learning models and experiences.
  • Engage with Ballet Hispánico pedagogy and curricular design through the lens of culture and repertory.
  • Interact with tools for social-emotional learning and addressing the diverse student-learner.
  • Challenge narratives of collective dance histories and dance archives through plática as critical pedagogy
  • Identify cultura and other teaching identities, and their implications for pedagogical practices.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion!


  •  The Growth Mindset in Dance: How the Pandemic has Inspired us to Keep Questioning Inherited Beliefs and Practices as Dance Educators led by Michelle Manzanales
  • Teacher Identity in the Dance Classroom led by Frederick Curry
  • Early Childhood and Beyond: Examining How Developmental Stages – Emotional, Social, and Physical – Guide our Teaching Practices, Ensuring Safe, Engaged, Healthy, Supported, and Challenged Dancers led by Rebecca Tsivkin
  • Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of All StudentsThrough Dance led by Dr. Diane Duggan
  • Plática as Critical Pedagogy: Challenging Narratives of Collective Dance Histories led by Kiri Avelar
  • Centering Indigenous Dance Knowledge and Cultures as Valid Pedagogies in the Age of Rapid Global Shifts led by Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo
  • Bridging Cultures...Finding Identidad in the Dance Class led by Elisa De La Rosa
  • Behind The Body: Deepening Interdisciplinary Approaches to Dance Instruction to Understand the Fullness of the Art Form led by Thea Grier
  • Lunchtime Pláticas: Facilitated Conversations Around our Teaching Practices led by Joshua Winzeler

click here to read presenter bios


Professional Development will be offered in-person and virtually. Registration is limited for both options. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only residents of the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) are permitted to attend the in-person program. Participants outside of the tri-state area may not attend the in-person program. The virtual program is open to students in any location.  Read the full letter from Michelle Manzanales (Director, School of Dance) for more information on our safety measures and protocols this summer. Ballet Hispánico is unable to provide housing for those participating in the in-person program.


For more tuition details, please visit Mindbody. Early Bird tuition pricing for Summer Programs is available through April 30, 2021. Tuition discounts are available for NDEO, EFSD and NASD members.

Financial support is available for our Professional Development particpants. E-mail the School of Dance at for more information.


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