Del workshop

photo by sally cohn

photo by sally cohn


Hosted by DEL Ambassador Deborah Damast and coordinated by DEL Student and Yard Education Director Jesse Keller.

Saturday, September 17 | 10:30am-5pm
at The Yard in Chilmark
FREE Workshop

The Yard is excited to partner with New York City’s 92nd St Y- Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) to bring island teachers a workshop on how to incorporate movement and dance into their classrooms. We encourage all educators interested to attend; a background in movement is not necessary. The workshop will provide teachers with the tools to utilize dance and movement in any educational setting and with any age group. It will also give teachers an introduction to the work The Yard does in the schools here on the Island.


The mission of DEL is to bring dance into children’s and teens’ lives and education by inspiring teachers to be life-long learners, by encouraging experimentation and observation in teaching, by promoting the artistic development of teachers and by empowering teachers to give students ownership of the art form as a means of communication, collaboration and problem-solving, as a key to understanding their cultural heritage and as a medium for personal aesthetic expression.
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Deborah Damast (MA: NYU, BFA:Purchase, DEL graduate) Deborah is a long time faculty member and ambassador of the DEL Program at the 92Y, and Director of the Kids Do Dance Summer Choreography Workshops at the Yard. At NYU Steinhardt, Deborah serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Artistic Advisor in the Dance Education Program where she has taught  technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production, and choreography, and is the  Artistic Director of Dance Concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers, the performing and community service dance company.  Deborah has designed and directs a study abroad program to Uganda each January for the past 10 years and has collaborated with numerous musicians, artists, and writers.  She also has been teaching early childhood movement and middle school dance at LREI and has been on the faculty of Peridance Center, New York City Ballet,  the 92nd St. Y, Innovative Learning Centers, Paul Taylor, and others. Deborah's choreography has been shown in numerous venues regularly for the past 25 years in NYC, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has taught and presented at conferences through NDEO, CUNY, ACDFA, and NYU, and conducts professional development for the New York City Dept of Education and the 92nd St. Y, and was a contributing writer to the 2015 revised Blueprint for Dance in NYC. She has written curriculum for Peridance, NYCB, and Paul Taylor. Deborah was a 2008 recipient of the Faculty Star Award at NYU and the 2010 Outstanding Educator Award from the National Dance Education Organization, serves on the boards of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the New York State Dance Education Association, where she is currently holding the position of President of NYSDEA.