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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
Follow the discussion on social media at:
Facebook| Twitter | Instagram – @PSDanceNYC
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.
New Dance Tournament! $180,000.00 in Awards and Scholarships! Apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet! Full Time with Joffrey Concert Group!
JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL AND COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET PARTNER TO LAUNCH THE ÉLITE DANCE TOURNAMENT
Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, known for their complex performances that are emotionally resonant and remove dance boundaries, partner to launch the first annual Élite Dance Tournament (Élite). The new national competition, which is focused on educational empowerment through constructive evaluation, will take place in six cities with a variety of master classes and focus on ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. In its inaugural year, the tournament will provide an apprenticeship with Complexions Dance Company; a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group; and $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer.
“The Elite Dance Tournament provides participants a unique opportunity to investigate their craft while working with top dance professionals. The experiences gained from this tournament will help these dancers on their journey to achieve their goals and strengthen their craft,” says Desmond Richardson, co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Keeping true to the tournament’s foundation in education, all competitors will be required to participate in master classes of their discipline. Leading instructors and judges include, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions); Michael Blake, Jo Matos, Davis Robertson, and Josie Walsh (Joffrey Ballet School); with special guest judges Jodie Gates (Long Beach), Christina Lyon (San Francisco), Nigel Lythgoe (Finals), Adam Sklute (Texas), and Ethan Stiefel (New York).
“As the executive director of Joffrey Ballet School, I’ve had the opportunity to see how passionately young dancers are seeking training and access to the top teachers in the nation. However, top training often presents financial hurdles as well,” says Christopher D’Addario, Executive Director of Elite and Joffrey Ballet School. “We wanted to create Elite with a strong focus on education and judging so these talented young dancers can really grow to be the best.”
EDT – Press Photo by Lois Greenfield – Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet School
Élite will feature the judging system DanceComp Genie making it easy for any dancer, individual or group, to access their scores and corrections. Students will be able to listen to each judge’s notes while reviewing a playback of their performance online.
Tournament awards include; $180,000 in cash and scholarships, including $10,000 each for the ultimate dancer, studio and choreographer. Two talented dancers will also be chosen for an apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet or a full-time position with the Joffrey Concert Group, both include housing. The position with Joffrey Concert Group also includes a stipend. For more detailed information about awards, please visit: www.elitedancetournament.com/awards.
Cities and Regulations
The Élite Dance Tournament will begin on February 27, 2015 and will tour to six cities in the United States in search of the most talented students in the country. Winners from the tour will be invited to compete at Finals on May 22-24, 2015. Participants must compete in one of the first six cities, in order to be eligible to compete at Finals. For detailed information about age divisions, disciplines, and rules, please visit: https://www.elitedancetournament.com/rules-and-regulations.
EDT- Press Photo by Sharen Bradford – Courtesy of Complexions Contempoary Ballet
February 27, 2015 – March 1, 2015
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., TAR 230, Tampa, FL 33620-7450
March 13, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201
March 20, 2015 – March 23, 2015
Texas Women’s University – Margo Jones Performance Hall
1322 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76209
March 27, 2015 – March 29, 2015
3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
April 10, 2015 – April 12, 2015
Blumenthal Performing Arts Centers
Knight Theater (4/10)
430 S Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Booth Playhouse (4/11-12)
130 N Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
May 1, 2015 – May 3, 2015
Cal. State University, Long Beach – Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840
May 22, 2015- May 24, 2015
About The Élite Dance Tournament
The Élite Dance Tournament is designed to inspire greatness and cultivate passion for dance through achievement. Presented by Joffrey Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the tournament aims to cultivate an environment of educational excellence. Partnerships with more than a handful of universities nationwide, provide winners with access to college scholarships. The Élite Dance Tournament empowers studios and dancers through its programs and provides opportunities for effectual and individual feedback. The tournament boasts a great line up of judges and instructors who are masters of their craft as well as monetary prizes for the most élite.
About Joffrey Ballet School
Founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, Joffrey Ballet School maintains the vision of its founders to transform passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. With an accredited dance program that offers two core pieces of study – ballet and jazz/contemporary – Joffrey is known for its diverse curriculum as well as being the largest summer intensive training program in the country. As Joffrey celebrates its 60th anniversary, it remains at the forefront of American dance education, instilling a passion for dance in children, youth, adults, pre-professionals and professionals. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet, modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad.
About Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson in 1994, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past 20 years. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole. Complexions has received numerous awards including the New York Times “Critics Choice” Award and has performed throughout the US, including the Joyce Theater/NY, Lincoln Center/NY, the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s/NY, the Mahalia Jackson Performance Arts Center in New Orleans, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Music Center in Los Angeles, and the Winspear Opera House/Dallas.