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Mentoring Program

The AGDEP Mentoring Program brings our students together with certified dance education specialists who encourage and support them to meet the high academic and artistic expectations of the program. Our mentoring program includes a wide variety of perspectives that support the varied backgrounds, interests, and goals of our students. As a student, your mentor will meet with you on an ongoing basis, both individually and in small groups, to assist you in finding the resources you need to successfully connect your studies to your current teaching contexts and plans for future teaching.


Jeffrey Dobbs

Jeffrey Dobbs, dance educator at P.S./M.S. 164Q since 1990, holds a B.A. in Theater Communications from Wake Forest University, a Certificate in Broadcast Announcing from The Center for Media Arts, and an MA.Ed from Lesley University in curriculum and instruction. As a choreographer, his repertoire is included in several dance companies, as well as the Hula Bowl and Aloha Bowl halftime shows. As a facilitator, Jeffrey has lead workshops and taught graduate courses for the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, CSD 25, and The NYC Summer Arts Institute. Jeffrey is a current member of DELTA (Dance Educators Leadership Team Alliance), of the NYCDOE as well as a contributing author of the NYCDOE Dance Blueprints.

Kelly Garcia

Kelly Garcia is a native New Yorker. She holds a B.F.A from Mary mount Manhattan College of the Liberal Arts and a  Dance Education Master degree from Hunter College.Ms Garcia is a K-12 certified dance teacher. She began her formal training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Ballet Hispanico. She is currently teaching/ Dance director for M.S 308 Bronx Dance Academy.

Elisabeth Gosselin 

A California native, Elisabeth has lived in New York for four years. Having danced on college teams and independent companies, she has dedicated her life to the teaching profession. Elisabeth is in her ninth year teaching and has taught all grades K-12. Currently she works for Succcess Academies, a Charter School in Harlem servince 2nd - 7th grades. A recent graduate of Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate dance Education Program, Elisabeth is dedicated to creating high quality and rigorous dance education programs in New York City schools. She looks forward to supporting the students in the Arnhold Program throughout their course work and professional endeavors.

Ana Inés Rubinsten 

Ana Inés Rubinstein is the licensed dance specialist at the Manhattan School for Children (PS 333), where over the last nine years she developed a mixed ability dance program that includes children with gross motor challenges. Prior to her work with children with special needs, she specialized in dual language education and teaching language through theater and dance. Ms. Rubinstein has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at City College of New York (CUNY), and SUNY Empire State College in Dance Education and Bilingual Education. She holds Master's Degrees from New York University and Brooklyn College, and completed coursework for her Bilingual Education credentials at Bank Street College. She has also served as both an assessment developer and proctor/adjudicator for the USDOE-funded Arts Achieve research project, playing a vital role in the creation, implementation, and scoring of dance assessments in this multi-arts, large-scale program.

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight 2018

Congratulations to graduates, Lauren Alifano, Rebecca Archer, Carmel Bernardo, Vanessa Giordano, Nicole Kadar, Laura Little & Angela Reid.
This AGDEP cohort, celebrates after recieving their Arnhold graduation pins. Jody Arnhold presented a pin to each graduate, signifying his/her induction into the Arnhold LEAD initiative as each promise to live up to the Hunter College motto, "Mihi Cura Futuri," The care of the future is mine. Joining the celebration are Hunter College President, Jenifer Raab, Hunter Dance Department Chair, Carol Walker, Dean Andrew Polsky and AGDEP Director, Kathleen Isaac.As artists, educators and scholars, each AGDEP graduate enters into a never ending commitment to lifelong learning and leadership in dance.

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