It’s time to move dance research into transformative education policy.
Together, we will push the field forward and improve access to
high quality dance learning for all children in K-12 public education.
— Jody Gottfried Arnhold
The Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy & Leadership envisions a world in which the art of dance and opportunities for high quality dance education are accessible, equitable, and excellent for all learners. Our mission is to conduct and translate policy-relevant dance education research that transforms educational environments for children, families, and communities. The Arnhold Institute champions research that provides a strong basis for public policies that can eliminate disparities in availability to high quality dance education stemming from lack of access to the arts and opportunities for embodied learning, with a particular focus on forging new paths within PreK-12 public education.
Established in 2019 with a $6 million endowment from the Arnhold Foundation, the Institute is situated within the Department of Arts & Humanities, Dance Education Program, and serves as a core training ground for doctoral students who connect with faculty, fellows, affiliated and visiting researchers, policy makers, and leaders while engaging in real-time projects. In the coming years the Institute will serve as a convener for the field of dance education through sponsored research, creating institutional partnerships, presenting consortia, translating international research findings, training post-doctoral fellows, and offering teacher advancement as well as summer leadership institutes.
Combining the resources of Teachers College, Columbia University, the nation’s premiere teacher education institution, with the vibrant landscape of New York City’s leading dance education resources, the Arnhold Institute provides unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with the surrounding community of dance, partner cultural organizations and PK-12 public school dance programs to transform the future of the field. Connect with our dynamic research community and receive updates here.