Dancers at the Dance Education Laboratory Summer Institute 2019

Are you a Dance Major interested in Dance Education?

Letters of intent for the 2021 Dance Education Laboratory Summer Institute will be accepted through Monday, March 8, 2021.

Approximate dates of the 2021 Institute (TBA) are June 23 – July 23, 2021.

Each year, there is an opportunity for the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis Dance program to send one student to the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Summer Institute, a four-week intensive experience focused on dance education.  “DEL is a safe place for new and experienced dance teachers to enhance their skills, develop sequential curriculum, and learn from one another. For over twenty years, DEL has been training and supporting the work of dance educators, equipping the teachers of today with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.” (DEL Website)

This year’s courses will include: 

  • DEL FUNdamentals: An Introduction to Dance Education Laboratory 
  • Early Childhood Dance  
  • Hip-Hop: Return to the Sypher  
  • Tracing Footsteps: Honoring Diverse Voices Through Dance History in New York City 

For specific information regarding funding for this opportunity, please contact Cecil Slaughter at

Eligibility: Washington University in St. Louis rising Junior/Senior or May 2021 graduate. 

Application Process:  Interested Students should submit their headshot and a one-page letter of intent answering the question, “Why do you want to attend the DEL Summer Institute?” 

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 8,2021.

Submissions should be emailed to: Cecil Slaughter at

All submissions will be reviewed by the PAD Dance Faculty, after which, one student will be selected as our DEL Nominee. 

For more information about the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Summer Institute  visit

Here is what some of our DEL Alums have to say about the program:

Emily Duggins (LA '18)
“At DEL, I was able to spend a summer deeply delving into teaching dance to kids in public schools. Throughout the summer I studied lesson plan structures, dance notation tools, specific approaches for working with students of different age groups, and ways to incorporate academic work into the lesson.”
“The most important take-away was certainly to allow myself to learn from the students: pay attention to what they really need and work to give that, rather than giving what you think they probably need. And be a student. Always.” 

Gabrielle Samuel (Senior, Dance Major)
“[The] Laban Movement Analysis and Language of Dance [classes] helped me identify all the facets of movement I neglect.”

“The Early Child Adult Education course has equipped me with the tools I need to teach young children.”