Dance education at Hunter will take an exciting leap in fall 2012. For the first time, the School of Education will offer a graduate program for teacher certification in dance, grades pre-K to 12. “The new Arnhold MA in Dance Education is designed for ambitious artists who want to be leaders in their field,” said Hunter’s Kathleen Isaac, director of The Arnhold Dance Education Programs, who is playing a central role in creating the curriculum. A broad course of study and practice will reflect Hunter’s deep ties to the city’s cultural community. Students will have the opportunity to perform, work with distinguished artists and hold internships, and will graduate with a variety of career choices. They will be able to work in the growing number of public schools that offer comprehensive dance classes, many in fully equipped studios, and they will be qualified for positions in private studios, independent schools and institutions devoted to performance, research and outreach. As students develop their skills and work toward realizing their goals, they will be supported not only by the mentoring and nurturing of a vibrant faculty, but by the laboratory of New York City itself. “We’re also looking at how dance technique and technology intersect,” Isaac said. “This program is going to be where innovation happens.”
Kathleen Isaac, Director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program joined Pedro Ruiz, Jr., Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher on a preliminary June trip to investigate possibilities for facilitating deep associations between Hunter graduate dance students and their curricula, and the schools, universities and professional dance companies in Cuba in January 2014. They also developed plans for cultural events and trips with interdisciplinary connections in Havana that would enhance Hunter graduate dance students’ understanding of Cuban culture and the place art holds within it.
We look forward to Pedro’s film screening event on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, a master class in November, and an opportunity to engage in a lecture demonstration with Danza del Alma dance company members in the spring of 2013.
Hunter College’s dance program is aiming to increase the number of certified dance teachers in public schools and colleges. The program is being revamped and updated made possible by a $1 million gift from Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband John Arnhold. In the words of Jody Arnhold “dance should be a part of every child’s education.” Kathleen Isaac, an educator with over 25 years of experience along with a 16 member advisory board will lead the Arnhold Dance Education program.
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