The Teacher Training Workshop is an 6-day intensive embedded in the Festival’s Professional Training Program that offers practicing dance educators a chance to refresh and renew their passion for teaching. Dance educators will gain valuable new insights and information to enhance their classroom and creative work and fortify their core teaching values.

To qualify applicants must be currently teaching dance for grades 6-12, or be enrolled in M.Ed. or MFA program and intending to teach. Please include this information on your required resume.

The Teacher’s Training Workshop includes:

  • Teacher’s Laboratory In the daily afternoon 3-hour sessions with master teacher Mary Carbonara, participants will explore different learning modalities, appropriate age and grade-level lesson planning, student assessment, injury prevention and somatic approaches to conditioning, composition, collaboration, improvisation, and performance skills, and building community through movement practice.
  • Panel with Guest Faculty: Navigating Sexual Harassment in the Dance Studio Language, touch and content – what are the norms of teaching that may be inappropriate?  Is the student’s body off limits: can you use touch to offer corrections, is referencing body types appropriate, is it possible to personalize a student’s training without objectifying them?  Do we have different standards for male-identified students and does this perpetuate gender biases in our field?  What guidelines are provided by our companies, studios, conservatories and colleges and what protections exist for students and teachers?
  • Special Music for Dance Teachers Module Participants will work with Carbonara and master musician and accompanist, Terrence  Karn focusing on how teachers can incorporate live music into their classes and performances.
  • A Choice of Elective Classes to Attend or Observe Daily Teacher’s Workshop participants may elect to register for specific morning classes to create their own movement experience for the week, or may choose to observe any morning classes on a day by day basis.
  • Three Main Stage Performances – Rennie Harris PureMovement’s LIFTED, The Musicians’ Concert, and Claire Porter & Sara Juli’s The Lectern: rule by rule by rule. Tickets are included in workshop fee.
  • Special Teacher socials and round table dinner gatherings, Sunday master classes with BDF faculty designed especially for workshop participants, as well as guest visits from among the Professional Training Program faculty who will share aspects of their teaching practice specifically teachers during our afternoon laboratory.
  • Special AXIS Dance Company Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance. An exciting, movement-based workshop geared toward teachers and faculty working with diverse populations, with the goal of introducing inclusive dance practices and sensitivity. With AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew.

Delicious Shared Meals and On Site Housing with Workshop Attendees

Workshop Fee is $1175 including 4 classes a day, master classes, and tickets to three performances, plus meals and housing.

See Tuition & Fees for details. Application opens January 10, 2018.

To Apply

Applicants must submit the required Teacher Training Workshop application along with all required support materials (resume and video). We’ll begin accepting applications Jan 10, 2018. If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Allie at

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Teacher Scholarship

We are excited to announce that two $500 tuition scholarships will be awarded for those enrolled in the Teacher Training Workshop. Participants interested in this scholarship opportunity must submit the scholarship application form and required materials (financial documentation and recommendation form) which must be received by Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by 11:59pm EST.

Teacher Fellows in class. (Photo By Arthur Fink)

Teacher Training Instructor, Mary Carbonara

AXIS Dance Company

Comments from past Participants:

“My experience at Bates has helped reinvigorate my teaching. I have been able to introduce new concepts to my students and I have created relationships with other dance teachers from around the country who will be great resources as I strive to improve my teaching.”

“WOW. I feel absolutely recharged and ready to give my students the best year of dance in their lives. BDF was a breath of life to my dance career…”

“Coming to Bates was like a life preserver for me that lifted me up and gave me the courage, friends, support, inspiration, desire and motivation to continue on in dance. This was one of the best things I could have done for myself.”