Professional Development
Workshop Series 

Workshops are conceived and presented based on specific needs/concerns of the dance community. Workshops are announced via email and posted at Have an idea for a workshop? Let us know! Dance New Jersey is dedicated to developing current and pertinent initiatives that will benefit a significant number of members as well as supporting the work of the presenters/speakers.

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DancEdNJ on the Move for K-12 Dance Educators

Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ
Cost: DNJ Members- $25; Non-Members- $60


  • 8:30am-9:00am Registration

  • 9:00am-10:15am Technique class with Maxine Steinman

  • 10:20am-11:30am Experiential Exploration of Limon Qualities and Philosophy (Pedagogy) with Maxine Steinman

  • 11:35am-12:25pm Working Lunch and Networking

  • 12:30pm-2:00pm Workshop ArtsEdNJ


Maxine Steinman

Associate Professor of Dance and Program Coordinator of the BFA Dance Division at
Montclair State University

Technique class 9:00am - 10:15am
This classic modern dance class emphasizes the principles of the José Limón and Doris Humphrey. Each class is designed to explore major movement principles specific to that technique/style. Fluidity and strength are coupled with weight and gravity, producing a movement style that is spacious, dynamic, and musical. The elements of fall and recovery/rebound, suspension, opposition, gesture, momentum and breath, are used as motivating forces. Various phrases within the class will encompass dynamic, qualitative and rhythmic fluctuations, with the use of the head and torso in swings, under curves, and foot syncopations.

Experiential Exploration of Limon Qualities and Philosophy (Pedagogy)
10:20am - 11:30am

This class serves a an experiential exploration and pedagogic approach to the qualities and philosophy of José Limón using physical objects and movement games. These exercises are built to accentuate the qualities of breath, suspension, succession, fall, and use of weight, as this class aims to demonstrate how these qualities can be taught to students of all ages and abilities. The use of Limón qualities in movement, tap into a more natural and perceptive way of moving. This philosophy can be implemented as a teaching tool to allow students to find more depth and quality in their bodies and movements and to find new ways to bring a meaningful voice to their instrument. The class will begin with a discussion of the qualities inherent in the style, followed by some movement sequences, and then onto various movement games. For many educators, this class would be a fresh approach to a familiar style.

WORKSHOP LEADER 12:30pm-2:00pm ArtsEdNJ



  • Kira Rizzuto, Program Development Manager

  • Priscilla Hopkins-Smith, Programs & Communications Manager

  • Workshop topics:

    • Snapshot of Arts Education in NJ

    • Arts Ed Now Campaign

    • Call to Action for the future of Dance Education in New Jersey

DanceNJ will provide professional development hours.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9th

registration closed

If you are interested in attending the workshop, email Maggie at for more information.


DancEdNJ on the Move: All Dance Educators and Students

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: Workshops 9:30am-11:40am
Ballet Hispanico Performance (additional cost of $8 per ticket) 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location: NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Newark, NJ
Cost: DNJ Members- $25; Non-Members- $60
Students are FREE with teacher registration

Due to limited space, student registration is first come, first serve and limited to maximum of 20 students per school.


  • 9:00am-9:30am Registration

  • 9:30am-10:30am Workshop #1 TBA

  • 10:40am-11:40am Workshop #2 TBA

  • 11:45am-12:15pm Lunch

  • 12:30pm Ballet Hispanico Performance


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • Due to limited space, student registration is first come, first serve and limited to maximum of 20 students per school.

  • A link for student registration will be provided in the confirmation email.

  • DanceNJ has reserved tickets for DancEdNJ attendees for the Ballet Hispanico performance. Directions to purchase tickets will be provided in the confirmation email.

DanceNJ will provide professional development hours.

DancEdNJ on the Move
Professional Development
Workshop Series Success!

for all dance educators & students
March 2019

For the Love of Learning
Dance New jersey Festival 2019
Montclair State University

DancEdNJ on the Move
November 2018
Passaic County Technical Institute

Another exciting professional development day for New Jersey dance educators. Participants started the day learning how to get their first DonorsChoose project up & running with Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski. The day continued and concluded with exploring Espressione Corporea with Loretta Fois through taking a movement class and learning its unique teaching practices.

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