New York City. The place where over 400 schools have integrated a dance program in their curriculum. How did they do it? And how can we do it? I’ve met up with some of the people responsible for taking dance education to a higher level, starting with the woman that started it all: Joan Finkelstein.
New York has the New York vibe and New Yorkers have it too. So enters the wonderful Joan who has, amazingly, agreed to meet with me for a short talk (which ended up being twice as long). Joan, Executive Director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, has been a pioneer in dance education for many years and has done some groundbreaking work to integrate dance in public schools. After working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, she directed the 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1992-2004 and worked as a Director of Dance for the New York City Department of Education from 2004-2014. Recently she worked as a Dance Education Consultant for the New York Emmy-nominated documentary film about dance education in public schools called PS DANCE!
1. Dance Making
2. Developing Dance Literacy
3. Making Connections
4. Working with Community and Cultural Resources
5. Exploring Careers and Lifelong Learning