Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Mentoring Program
The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education 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. We encourage our students to reach out to all of the AGDEP Mentors, as well as the faculty within the graduate dance education program, and fully utilize the available support system. AGDEP Mentors assist our students in a variety of ways, including:
- Facilitating workshops, information sessions, and seminars based on student needs and interests, on topics such as how to effectively prepare for, research, and write academic dance research papers; the creation of lesson plan modules using digital tools and media; administration and executive practices; cultural dance studies; costuming
- Prepairing students for dance certification through curricula that aligns with the new edTPA certification, Common Core State Standards, National State and City Standards in Dance
- Connecting students with the NYC artistic community
- Training students to effectively use technology inlcuding ePortfolios, software and apps, SMART Boards and other teaching tools, and AGDEP Student iPads
- Developing skills in grant writing, community partnerships, coordinating with government officials
- Discussing and helping students determine solutions for issues they are confronting, such as how to balance an artisit career with a teaching career, or how to maintain a job as a teaching artist with a cultural institution while completing a graduate degree
- Preparing students for their careers as educators through tutoring and information sessions on parent-teacher conferencing for dance teachers, professional inquiry work, current assessment practices, advocacy, action research projects, and a variety of other topics
- Assisting students with assessing their need for and allocating Hunter College resources, such as tutoring from the Writing Center, or training in research techniques from library personnel
- Guiding students in the understanding and application of resources and approaches integral to understanding the teaching of dance as art in education, including Bloom's Taxonomy; LMA; dance critiquing processes (including Lerman's and Lavender's Critical Response Processes); Webb's Depth of Knowledge; city, state, and national standards in dance and teaching; and main technique areas (ballet, modern, folk, hip hop, African, world dance foms, jazz, tap, ballroom)
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, and 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 developing a teaching program at the High School for Medical Professions that examines how dance, literacy, and community service can be jointly applied in delivering services to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals.
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.
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.
Vanessa Schneller is a licensed dance educator at P.S. 108 in Queens, NY. Vanessa attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Organge County High School for the Arts. She earned B.A. Degrees in Theater and Music from USC followed by a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU. For twenty-five years, Vanessa has performed, taught, and choreographed for private dance studios and theatre groups across the country. In 2007, Vanessa was part of NYU's first study abroad program to Uganda. She has presented several times at NDEO conferences and is currently participating in the Arts Achieve Study.