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 support the work of the presenters/speakers.


DancEdNJ on the Move
Professional Development
for K-12 Dance Educators

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friday, november 3, 2017

Gloucester County Institute of Technology
1360 Tanyard Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080


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Registration Deadline: Monday, October 30th


8:30am-9:00am Registration

ALL IN THE COMPANY with Samuel Pott & Nimbus Dance Works

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Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in 2005 and has brought the company’s unique brand of dance performance and community engagement to audiences throughout Jersey City, New York City, New Jersey, New England and California at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NJPAC and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Mr. Pott founded the School of Nimbus Dance Works in 2012, annually serving 130 students onsite and over 1100 throughout the Jersey City school system. Mr. Pott has received Choreography Fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council in 2008 and 2017 and a Governor’s Award in the Arts in 2012. Mr. Pott toured internationally as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where his repertoire included iconic roles in many of Martha Graham’s masterworks. Mr. Pott has performed as a lead dancer with many ballet and contemporary companies including American Repertory Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Savage Jazz Dance Company, and in the work of Marius Petipa, Jose Limon, Isadora Duncan, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and theater directors Robert Wilson and Ann Bogart among many others.

9:00am-10:20am Warm-Up Class with Samuel Pott:
Mr. Pott's warm-up class will focus on bringing awareness and identifying unnecessary tension through the whole self - special attention will be paid to the skeleton, clear initiations for movement, and equal distribution of force through the body. The class will include a floor warm-up and phrasework in center.

10:30am-11:50am Lynchtown/Thistown Workshop with Samuel Pott
This workshop draws from Mr. Pott's work building connections between the creation of new contemporary dance, the staging of historical modern dance works that explore socio-political issues, and the idea of using dance to process and engage with important social issues. Participants will learn vocabulary form Charles Weidman's seminal modern dance Lynchtown (1936) - which follows the fomentation, mob mentality, and violence of a lynch mob. Guided by the approach of early modern dance choregraphers such as Weidman, Mr. Pott will lead participants in the creation of movement material that addresses specific socio-politcal topics chosen by the participants themselves.

12:00pm-12:50 Lunch/Networking (provided by DanceNJ)

1:00pm-2:30pm - Introducing the DEL Model with Frederick Curry

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Frederick Curry is a dance artist and educator whose scholarship focuses on movement analysis, dance pedagogy, and somatic movement education. He is the Interim Graduate Director of the EdM Dance Education Program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  Curry is on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y, and was formerly on faculty at NYU Steinhardt in New York City.  He has served on the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Board of Directors and currently serves as assistant editor for NDEO's Dance Education in Practice journal.

As a Laban/Bartenieff specialist, Curry has led workshops and presented at conferences internationally including in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and throughout the US. He has taught in youth dance programs in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, England, and Switzerland, and has been a US State Department Culture Connect Envoy to Uganda. He has also been a middle school/high school proctor/adjudicator for the New York City Department of Education Arts Achieve dance performance assessments.

In New York City, Curry danced with Zendora Dance Company and Rod Rodgers Dance Company, among others, and performed leading roles in productions of The Vengeance of Mami Wata by Rose-Marie Guiraud and Owl in Love by composer Jon Deak. His choreography has been presented at the American Dance Guild Performance Festival, apexart gallery, Dixon Place, La MaMa, Merkin Concert Hall, LIMS Mosaic, the Bridge, Dance Space Center (all in New York) and at Ndere Center in Kampala, Uganda.

Curry holds a master of arts degree in dance education from New York University and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from the University of Alabama, as well as a professional diploma in community dance studies from Laban Centre London. He is also a teacher of Polestar Pilates certified by the Pilates Method Alliance.

This workshop will explore the DEL (Dance Education Laboratory) Model for Dance Education. The DEL Model encourages teachers and students to treat the dance classroom as a venue for inquiry and experimentation—a laboratory.  The DEL approach is built on Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), a language and system developed by Rudolf Laban (1879-1958). The LMA vocabulary provides a mode of clear description, in addition to guiding unit and lesson planning. The DEL Model includes a variety of LMA-based teaching resources.  This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the DEL Model and brainstorm activities for using the model to prepare, deliver, and assess dance tasks with students of all ages.  In addition, workshop participants will gain access to DEL curricular materials via the DELCOR website.  DEL is a program of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.



DancEdNJ on the Move
Professional Development
for Studio Owners &
Independent Programs

Friday, November 17, 2017

InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, LLC
987 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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Registration deadline: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Workshop Schedule:

9:30am-10:00 Registration

10:00-11:00am Navigating the Administrative and Operational Aspects of a Dance Studio/Program

Kristine Smith - Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Inspiration Performing Arts and Cultural Center. Dance New Jersey Board Member

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Originally from Oakland California, Kristine began InSpira in May 2002 with 14 kids in the basement of a church. With hard work, building the right relationships and perseverance InSpira has grown to have almost 300 students and 16 faculty and administrative team members. She has been dancing since she was age 3 and truly has a passion for impacting the lives of others through dance, music and cultural experiences. Kristine received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Arts, from Clark Atlanta University. She received her Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration from George State University. In 2010, she was the winner of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s Business Plan Competition in which she won $25,000. In 2014 she graduated from the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. 

Family, Community and Service are Kristine’s lifeblood. InSpira began their formal scholarship program in 2006 and is now in it’s fourth year of a scholarship partnership with Franklin Middle School’s Dance Program. She is proud of InSpira’s name in the community, they perform at various events including Sisters Network of Central New Jersey to Women Aware, Inc an organization that helps prevent Domestic Violence. Kristine is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was initiated at Clark Atlanta University’s Sigma Chapter and is a current member of Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter. She has received numerous honors including Woman of Achievement Award from the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pearl Award of the Arts from the, Nu Xi Omega Chapter’s Charitable Arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Citizen of the Year from the Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the 2014 Leadership Award from the Simuel Whitfield Simmons Organization. 

Kristine is the proud wife of Leon Smith and they have twin daughters Kiara and Kiana.

11:00am-12:00pm - Emergency Preparedness Worship with Ellen Korpar


I'm Ellen Korpar, and for the next year I'll be working as New Jersey's Emergency Preparedness Consultant (EPC). Simply put, that means if you're with a New Jersey performing arts organization and you want to make sure you're prepared for emergencies of all kinds, in all the ways you should be, I want to help you - for free.

My work in New Jersey is made possible by the Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR), a national initiative focused on strengthening preparedness efforts of the performing arts sector. We believe preparedness is the key to resiliency, and resiliency means our treasured cultural resources and venues can continue to contribute to communities in the vital ways we've all come to expect. 

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a founding partner in the PAR project, and my host for the year. Together we will work to support performing arts organizations of all sizes, and in all disciplines, providing one-on-one consulting and planning services, group trainings, and everything in between. If I haven't met you yet, please feel free to be in touch!

12:00pm-1:00pm - Open Discussion

Digest the workshops with an open forum of question/answer and networking with Kristine, Ellen, and other New Jersey Dance Studio Owners and Program Leaders 


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