Special Guest Faculty
Patricia Dye (Arnhold Fellowship Recipient) has been teaching, advising and directing the Dance Department at Science Skills High School for Science, Technology & Creative Arts’s Jow-Ile-Bailar Dance Companies in Brooklyn for the past 20 years. She is also a dance
faculty member for Ballet Hispanico and Lincoln Center Middle School Summer Audition Boot Camp Dance Director. Dye has presented workshops for the NYCDOE Region 8 and conferences including NDEO, SDHS, NDA and CORD and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Teacher Advisory Council.Throughout her successful career of over fifty years, Patricia has taught master classes and workshops, choreographed and appeared in videos, industrial shows, Broadway shows, television commercials and movies throughout the USA and Europe, including four professional dance Companies: Forces of Nature, Ballet Schulz Beckman, Eugene James Dance Company and Passing Ancestral Knowledge Along Theater Dance Company.
For seven years, Dye was the Artistic Director of the Restoration Dance Theater at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. She has served as assistant and Dance Captain for Dr.Chuck Davis since 1988. In 1993 she became Founder and Artistic Director of Passing Ancestral Knowledge Along Theater Dance Company (PAKA’). Dye is also a member of the Council of Elders for African Cultural Heritage featured in DanceAfrica at BAM. She has received several awards, including the UFT Mini-Grants and Capezio Ballet Makers Grant 2006-2014, the Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award 2008, recipient of the Long Island University Future of Men Leadership Award 2010 and the first awardee of the Diana Domoracki-Kisto Award, in 2013, from the New York State Dance Educators Association (NYSDE) for Pre-K-12 Dance Educators.
Dye is a mentor teacher for NYU and Hunter College Dance Educators. She has been an influential member of the New York City Department of Dance Education Assessment Team, Dance Blue Print Facilitator member DELTA 2005-2018, and the Region 8 Facilitator / New York City Department Dance Exit Examination Team / Arts Achieve Dance Adjudicator/ New York City Middle School Summer Dance Audition Boot Camp Instructor / TE Arts Dance Facilitator/New York City Mentor /Brooklyn Arts Monday Facilitator / United Federation of Teachers Dance Educators Executive Committee member/NYCDOE Arts Curriculum Mapping Writer Dance Team/ Brooklyn Arts Festival Committee member, conducts dance education workshops for DEL with Anne Biddle, Jody Arnold at the 92nd Street Y and was a featured Master Dance Educator in the NYS Emmy nominated documentary PS Dance!.
Dye earned her B.F.A at Adelphi University and her M.A. in Dance Education from NYU.
Dye intends to pursue the Teacher Education specialization as a doctoral student within the Ed.D. Dance Education Program at Teachers College at Columbia University. Her research interests include examining diverse cultures as an integral part of young people’s development. ( Culture, Community, and Leadership)
Catherine Gallant, performer, choreographer and educator, is a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan where she has explored dance with students in Pre-K through fifth grade since 1998. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine served on the writing committee for the NYC Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and collaborated on the Diverse Learners Supplement to the Blueprint. She is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and has traveled in the US and abroad as a DEL Ambassador. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University. As a choreographer, she has been creating new works for Catherine Gallant/DANCE since 1999. Ms. Gallant’s work has been performed in train stations, cafes, sandy beaches, rose bushes, church balconies, city streets, cemeteries and soccer fields. Ms. Gallant performed Overlove/Underpass at Anita’s Way in Times Square (Chashama 2012) and created An Absurd Vice for the pedestrian block of E. 91st Street (LMCC 2008). In 2019 she will present a new work at Inwood Hill Park in NYC sponsored by the Partnership for Parks. Catherine Gallant/DANCE has presented works indoors at 92Y Harkness Dance Center, City Center Studios, Westbeth and most recently at Danspace Project/St. Marks Church. Dance video projects include Isadora Takes the Trainshot in the NYC subway, and Angels Walking in the Light by Nadia Lesy at Green-Wood Cemetery. Catherine is also the director and co-founder (with Patricia Adams in 1989) of Dances by Isadora which performs, teaches and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She was introduced to Duncan when she saw Annabelle Gamson perform on public television in the late 1970’s. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, (a student of Anna and Irma Duncan) in 1982. She is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee and is a contributor to the website, Isadora Duncan Archive. Dances by Isadora and Catherine Gallant/DANCE seek to bring dance to new audiences through direct interaction with the public in unexpected places supporting an expectation that dance can happen anywhere and is meant for everyone.
Michael Anthony Kerr
Michael Anthony Kerr founded DanceKerr & Dancers (a sponsored artist with Performance Zone Inc. dba The Field) in 2015. Mr. Kerr is pursuing doctoral studies(Arnhold Fellow Recipient) in the Ed.D Dance Education Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. He holds permanent NYS K-12 Teacher Certification in Dance and has been employed with the NYCDOE since 1996. Mr. Kerr was awarded the Diana Domoracki-Kisto Dance Educator Award by the New York State Dance Education Association at the 2015 NDEO Conference. Throughout his dance teaching career in the private and public sector, Mr. Kerr has performed for a variety of choreographers and dance companies in the United States and Europe including Maher Benham's Coyote Dancers, Deborah Damast, Gemini Dance Theater, Floorplay Contemporary Dance Theater, Amy Kail, Dance Consort: Mezzacappa-Gabrian and Deanna Losi while teaching dance throughout the Tuscany region of Italy for several years. Since 2000, Mr. Kerr has developed a middle school dance program at New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts (MS 443), one of five NYC public school dance programs featured in the NY Emmy nominated documentary PS DANCE. His work as a dance teacher has been featured on News 12 Brooklyn, in NY Teacher-UFT newspaper, in Dance Teacher Magazine (June 2017) and most recently in Don Rauf's book Exploring Theater: Choreography and Dance in Theater. During his tenure at MS 443, Mr. Kerr has served as Chair of UFT/NYC Dance Educators, as a cooperating teacher for Columbia University Teachers College and New York University, on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory, the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. He has conducted workshops, served as a panel speaker, teaching artist, curriculum writer, guest lecturer and on the teaching faculty for such venues as DEL, NDEO, Dance Teacher Magazine's Annual NYC Teacher Conference, American Dance Guild, NYU, CW Post LIU, The Dalton School, Nimbus Dance Works, NJAHPERD, Accademia Dance Center in Siena, Italy, Young Dancers In Repertory and Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Kerr’s dance company DanceKerr & Dancers and renowned dance artist/educator Deborah Damast will be presenting original works on a shared program in June 2019 in New York City.