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DEL @ Jacob's Pillow: Virtual Delving Into Dance History

Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM

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Sunday, May 16 & Sunday, May 23 | 2:30-5:30pm Eastern
Facilitated by Ann Biddle and Felice Santorelli, with guest artist Dian Dong of Chen Dance Center

For ages 16+ | Open to all levels | $99 (financial assistance available upon registration)

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Designed to re-envision teaching dance history as an inquiry-based and embodied practice, DELving into Dance History is for K-12 dance educators, college-level dance educators, and dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching and discovery.

In celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage month, join us as we DELve into discovering the rich history of Asian and Asian American dance artists from the 20th century  to the present. Learn about their contributions to a broad canon of works in early modern dance and explore distinctly Asian forms of dance presented at the Pillow throughout history.

This virtual workshop is offered through Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob’s Pillow with Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Ann Biddle and DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli. Pulling from a recently-created Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage playlist curated by Director of Preservation Norton Owen on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site, as well as a growing online collection of dance videos and multimedia essays contextualized by leading dance scholars and thought-leaders, participants will uncover an often hidden and marginalized dance history representing Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island-based artists. Special guest artist Dian Dong of Chen Dance Center will visit the course to share her expertise in Chinese American history and share the work of contemporary choreographer H.T. Chen.  

Open to all levels and those interested in embodied dance education practices. No previous dance experience required.


Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator) in this online workshop series highlighting the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site. Bring history to life as you re-envision how to teach dance history as an inquiry-based and embodied practice. Using the extensive video and multimedia resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives as entry points, DELving into Dance History explores the lives and work of diverse dance artists from the past to the present through examining multiple contextual lenses.

Courses in this ongoing series are designed for K-12 and college level dance educators who are interested in learning new instructional practices to enhance remote and in-person teaching. In addition, participants receive extensive curricular support materials and resources via Google classroom as part of each course. Guest artists linked to specific dance traditions are invited to share their expertise in many of the DELving courses.

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