Biography

Kathleen Isaac is the Director of the Arnhold Dance Education Programs at CUNY Hunter College. She has been a leader in dance professional development, advocacy, K-12 teaching practice and dance assessment in New York City, New York State, nationally and internationally.  She authored, provided professional development for and was lead facilitator and trainer for Revelations – An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater from 1999-2010.  She wrote Read My Hips® for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, worked as a mentor with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Education Director through the DELCAP program, in the creation of the Firebird Curriculum.  Ms. Isaac continues to learn about and share best practices in student-centered integration of dance and technology, student-to-student dance mentoring and interdisciplinary models of learning.  Her work with dance students in public schools for over 25 years has been recognized by President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as a paradigm for the nation and featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, NBC News, CNN and Bravo.  Her choreography for students has been performed at Hunter College, the Alvin Ailey Studios, Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City Center Studios and at Mayor Bloomberg’s 2008 State of the City Address at Flushing Meadows Park.  Kathleen is a New York State Dance Education Association Board Member.  She received a BA in Dance at SUNY Brockport, a MA in Dance from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, began her doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has completed post graduate work at NYU and Empire State College.