Dance education

Dance education documentary PS DANCE! Is nominated for a New York Emmy

NEW YORK, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — PS DANCE!an inspiring film about teaching dance in New York City public schools, was nominated for a New York Emmy in the Documentary category. The New York Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

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PS DANCE! presents the profound effects of coherent and sequential dance education programs in five new York public schools. He made his public television debut on THIRTEEN/WNET, WLIW21 and NJTV in May 2015 and was broadcast on public television channels across the country, including radio stations. denver, Tampa, Rochester, Miami, Boston, Albany, Orlando, Detroit, San Francisco, Phoenix, Cleveland, NY and New Jersey.

After the initial broadcast, the full film became available for online viewing at PS DANCE! was screened at Dance Films Association’s 2016 Dance on Camera Festival and discussed on panels during Dance/NYC 2016 Symposium, 2015 National Dance Education Organization Conference, and more.

Hosted by a seasoned TV journalist Paula Zahn and filmed in classes of five new York full-time certified dance teachers in public schools, this film reveals the impact of teaching dance on the aesthetic, artistic and expressive development of students. While every child is born with the innate inclination to create, imagine and dance, PS DANCE! highlights how the Master plan for teaching and learning dance, PreK-12, accompanies dance teachers in the development of these qualities. the Plan, used by dance teachers across the city, frames this documentary created by executive producer Jody Gottfried Arnhold, director and producer Nel Shelby and dance education consultant Joan Finkelstein. The film was developed in collaboration with the new York Office of Arts and Special Projects of the Department of Education.

The documentary captures a typical day in the classrooms of five extraordinary master dance educators: Catherine Gallant (Pre-K-5), PS 89 from Battery Park City; Ana Nery Fragoso (K-5), the current NYCDOE Dance Director, PS 315 in Midwood; Michael Kerr (6-8), from Brooklyn New Voices School of Academic and Creative Arts; Patricia Dyeing (9-12), Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts in Downtown Brooklyn; and Ani Udovicki (9-12), Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in City of Long Island.

After the film’s release, Arnhold, Shelby and Finkelstein started an organization with the mission: Dance for Every Child. Dance education enthusiasts can submit their details at and join in promoting more dance in schools. The movement will enable the implementation of quality dance programs in schools across the country.

PS DANCE! is available on DVD distributed by First run features and to rent or buy on Vimeo. All proceeds from the sale of the film will go to the Public Schools Fund for Dance Education Programs at new York Public schools.

To visit join the movement to bring dance to every child and follow the social media discussion at Facebook, Twitter and instagram or using the hashtags #psdancenyc and #danceforeverychild.


Jody Gottfried Arnold is a passionate dance advocate and educator. She taught dance to new York public schools for over twenty years, founded the 92Y Dance Teaching Laboratory (DEL), supports the dance curriculum at new York Dept. of Education, established the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program in Hunter College, and has supported and mentored countless dance teachers many of whom are now leading the field. She defends and supports new York dance companies including the Ballet Hispanico of which she is the honorary president. Arnhold sits on the board of 92Y, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Hunter Collegechairs Hunter’s Dance Advisory Committee and is a member of Dance/NYC Consultative Committee. She received the Visionary Award from the National Dance Education Organization, the Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, the New York State Dance Education Association 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award, Dance Films Association 2016 Dance in Focus Award, and was honored with the new York Arts in Education Roundtable and Lincoln Center Education for its commitment to dance education. She holds a BA from The University of Wisconsin-Madisonand a master’s degree in dance education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Motion Analyst. Arnhold continues these efforts as executive producer of the NY Emmy nominated documentary, PS DANCE!, to raise awareness and champion her Dance for Every Child mission. It’s not just a movie. It’s a movement – ​​and Arnhold is leading it!

Nel Shelby, director and producer of PS DANCE! and founder and director of dance film production company Nel Shelby Productions, is deeply dedicated to preserving and promoting dance through live performance documentation, creative video marketing and original filmmaking. His new YorkNew York-based video production company Nel Shelby Productions has grown to encompass a long and diverse list of dance clients, and its team has filmed performances at venues across the great new York region and beyond. Shelby is a festival videographer for the internationally acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival each summer and is also a resident videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival. His longer half-hour documentary on Vail’s festival, The Altitude of Dance, debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS in May 2013. In 2016, she will have a first screening of a new half-hour dance documentary featuring Nejla Y. Yatkin which she filmed in central America in 2010. Shelby created four short films for by Wendy Whelan Restless Creature, and she collaborated with Dance by Adam Barruch on a short film entitled “Folie a Deux”, which was selected and screened at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She has a long personal history with the movement – in addition to her broadcast video degree, she holds a bachelor’s degree in dance and is a certified Pilates instructor.

Joan Finkelstein, dance education consultant for PS DANCE! and executive director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, has performed professionally in modern dance, ballet and Afro-Caribbean companies and in rags on Broadway, choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and taught children and adults across the country. She ran the 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1992 to 2004, overseeing classes, the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) teacher training program, performances, workshops, lectures and social dances. As director of dance for the New York City Department of Education from 2004 to 2014, she led the Blueprint for teaching and learning dance PreK-12 and the ongoing professional development of dance teachers. A member of the Dance Writing Task Force that created the new National Standards for Basic Arts in Dance, she received the 2009 Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization and the New York State Dance Education Association 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award. Finkelstein holds a BFA (Dance Performance) and an MFA (Choreography) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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