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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.


Dina Denis 

Dina Denis holds a BA in Dance from Hofstra University and an MA in Dance Education from NYU. In 2003, she founded Dance Into Light, Inc., which produces original modern dance works of an interdisciplinary and multicultural nature. The company seeks to utilize dance as an avenue for personal healing and self-expression as well as an approach toward building confidence in young performers.  Dina is currently a dance educator at the Long Island High School for the Arts. Dina has several years of experience teaching in New York City public schools including the High School for Medical Professions and the East Bronx Academy for the Future, where she developed a “Literacy Through Creative Dance” program that was featured on

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.

Traci Hinton Peterson

Traci Hinton Peterson is a Professional Workshop Facilitator, with expertise in mentoring new teachers, arts assessment and curriculum writing, dance technique, and choreography. Traci teaches at Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented (I.S. 383) and facilitates staff development workshops for the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Peterson's credentials include: a MA in Dance and Dance Education from Columbia University, a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Educational Administration Certification from the College of St. Rose, and training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Martha Graham Contemporary School of Dance, and the Canadian National School of Ballet in Toronto.

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 2016

Congratulations to graduates Halley Gerstel, KristiAnne Francis, Keryn Lundgren, Lauren Serrano and Liliana Molina here with Jody Arnhold, Dean Andrew Polsky, Director of Dance Department, Betsy Cooper and Director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Kathleen Isaac. These inspiring, passionate educators will be inducted into the Arnhold Alumni LEAD Initiative, demonstrating Leadership in Education and Artistry through Dance! At a special pinning ceremony held in Hunter's Faculty Dining Room, Jody Arnhold presented each graduate with a pin to induct them into the alumni society.

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