PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary *NY/NJ/Conn Airs May 15 PBS-TV, #DanceForEveryChild
PS DANCE! is a new dance documentary that steps inside the halls of 5 public New York City schools and watches what happens when dance takes its rightful place in a student’s school day along side their scholastic curriculum.
The footage is inspiring and heartfelt, the children’s point of views genuine–their enthusiasm, contagious!
Brought to us by dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,
produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY,
in collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance,
this documentary will air on Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV beginning May 15th,
NEW DANCE EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY
REVEALS TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF
DANCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Premiering on NY/NJ/Conn Public Television May 15-17,
the Eye-Opening Film Shows That Dance is for Every Child
PS DANCE!, an inspiring documentary showcasing the profound effects of dance education in NYC public schools, will air on tri-state public television stations THIRTEEN on May 15 at 10:30 p.m., WLIW21  on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., andNJTV on May 26 at 10:00 p.m. After the initial broadcast, the full film will also be available for online streaming at THIRTEEN.ORG/SPECIALS . Hosted by veteran TV journalist PAULA ZAHN and filmed in the classrooms of FIVE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL FULL-TIME CERTIFIED DANCE EDUCATORS, this film reveals the impact that consistent and sequential dance instruction has on students’ aesthetic, artistic and expressive development. While every child is born with the innate inclination to create, imagine and dance, PS DANCE! highlights how the_BLUEPRINT FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DANCE, PRE K-12, _supports dance teachers in developing these qualities.
Paul L King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts for the New York City Department of Education notes, “We are pleased to support this excellent profile of dance education in New York City Schools. The story of the growth of dance programs is a testament to the value of arts education for all students and the commitment of the DOE and dedicated partners in providing these learning experiences. Dance learning provides a creative outlet for expressing student voice, for understanding culture and societies and for true collaboration through kinesthetic learning. And we are honored to see the expert practice of some of our dance teachers shared in this innovative film.”
Two years in the making, from dance ambassador JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD,
produced and directed by award-winning dance filmmaker NEL SHELBY, in
collaboration with JOAN FINKELSTEIN, former NYCDOE Director of Dance 2004-2014,
this film exemplifies the ways in which dance can affect the trajectory of student development. The film captures a typical day in the classrooms of five extraordinary master dance educators–CATHERINE GALLANT (Pre-K-5), Battery Park City’s P.S. 89; ANA NERY FRAGOSO (K-5),the current NYCDOE Director of Dance, P.S. 315 in Midwood; MICHAEL KERR (6-8), Brooklyn’s New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts; PATRICIA DYE (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 Long Island City.
“This eye-opening film shows dance education at its best and it happens in New York City public schools,” explains Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who has been instrumental in facilitating these programs in New York’s public schools since 2004. “The settings represented in this film are unrehearsed and unscripted. Hear directly from the kids as they explain what dance has meant to them in their education.”
In conjunction with the film, Arnhold, Shelby and Finkelstein are launching the DANCE FOR EVERY CHILD MOVEMENT. Dance education enthusiasts can submit their details at psdancenyc.com  and join in advocating for more dance in schools. The movement will empower implementation of quality dance programs in schools across the nation.
Dance for Every Child will provide instructional resources developed by
NYC Department of Education (Dance Education for Diverse Learners and the NYCDOE Dance Blueprint), Dance Education Laboratory 92Y, Lincoln Center Education, and the National Dance Education Organization.
Additionally, PS DANCE! will also provide a list of colleges and universities that offer dance education with teacher certification.
PS DANCE! will be available on DVD, distributed by First Run Features –
All proceeds from the sale of the film will go to the Fund for Public Schools for dance education programs in the NYC Public Schools.
The website will also provide a link to donate directly to the Fund for Public School for those interested in increasing the reach of dance education in NYC.
AIR DATES AND STATION INFORMATION
May 15 – THIRTEEN at 10:30 p.m.
May 17 – WLIW21 at 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m
May 26 – NJTV at 10:00 p.m.
PS DANCE! can also be viewed online after May 15 at
JOIN THE MOVEMENT: DANCE FOR EVERY CHILD
Visit psdancenyc.com  to join the movement to bring dance to every
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ABOUT PS DANCE!
PS DANCE! is a documentary spotlighting the consistent and sequential dance education programs in five NYC public schools. The _Blueprint forTeaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, _used by dance teacherscitywide, frames this documentary created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and dance education consultant Joan Finkelstein. Hosted by veteran television journalist Paula Zahn, the film was developed in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects.
Master Dance Educators Catherine Gallant, Ana Nery Fragoso, Michael Kerr, Ani Udovicki and Patricia Dye demonstrate and discuss how a rich dance education develops artistic, social, academic and life skills in their students from elementary through high school.
JODY GOTTFRIED ARNHOLD, dance educator/advocate and founder of 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), taught dance in NYC public schools for over 20 years. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at NYCDOE and Co-Chair of the Committee that created the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12_. She is on the Board at 92Y, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Hunter College and Chair of its Dance Advisory Committee, Honorary Chair at Ballet Hispanico, and on Dance/NYC’s Advisory Committee. Jody has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst_._
NEL SHELBY preserves and promotes dance by filming performances and creating marketing videos and original films. Nel Shelby Productions, based in NYC, boasts a diverse list of dance clients in New York and beyond. Nel serves as Festival Videographer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance and is Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF). Her documentary about choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin will premiere in 2015, and past films include The Altitude of Dance, a documentary on VIDF, which debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS; four short films for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature; and a short created with Adam Barruch that screened at NYC’s Dance on Camera Festival and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She holds degrees in broadcast video and dance.
JOAN FINKELSTEIN, Executive Director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, performed professionally in dance companies and in _RAGS _on Broadway_, _choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and taught children and adults across the nation. She directed the 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1992-2004, 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 2004-2014, she spearheaded the _Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12 _and professional development for dance teachers. She is a writer of the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance.
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