Future Dancers and Dancemakers Workshop


About the Program

Course Number: DANC-NT 1

The Future Dancers and Dancemakers Workshop is a free intensive program for freshman, sophomores and juniors in high school. The program focuses on technical training, choreography, and performance.

Students take two technique classes on Saturdays from February to May: one each of ballet and modern. All students will also study dance composition, improvisation, and repertory that culminates in a final concert of student work.

The workshop is two-fold; providing exposure to the Tisch Dance Program while simultaneously reflecting an intensive environment mirroring that of the professional field through:

  • Concentration on technical training
  • Creative discussions to support the choreographic work and creative process
  • Discussions with professional choreographers and Tisch faculty

Program Instructors

Pamela Pietro


Pamela Pietro received an BFA from Florida State University and MFA from University of Washington. She is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts. Pamela has performed professionally with Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance and bopi’s black sheep/dances. She was a dancer and the rehearsal director for Houlihan and Dancers from 1991–1999, artistic director Gerri Houlihan and rehearsal director for the New World Dance Ensemble Australian Tour in 1994. Pamela served as Mark Haim’s assistant for the Saint Joseph Ballet projects (2002,2004,2007) and part of their summer faculty in 2004. She has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997 and a guest teacher with the ADF linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China) and the Dance Library summer conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pamela has been on the faculty at Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, Hollins University, New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Dance New Amsterdam and a guest artist at universities all over the country. Pamela's choreography has been presented by Dancespace in Miami, Booker School for the Arts in Sarasota, Florida, Momentum Danza Company in Panama, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and presented at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor as well as the assistant to Irene Dowd in New York City. Pamela received the first place award for academics and performance from the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1985. Her latest research was presented at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki in 2007. Pamela choreographed and performed a new solo “Down is Down” in Phoenix, Arizona at the Ice House as part of the dulcedance company’s season. 

Pamela received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence 2012/2013. She fulfilled her 18th summer as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival where she taught contemporary technique, choreographed a new piece, taught a series of somatic classes to the Durham community, mentored 3 ADF/Hollins University graduate students on their thesis performances. She also continued her work with Irene Dowd in assisting her in a Neuromuscular Workshop at the ADF, as well as developing new material for our workshop in the summer of 2014. She has been asked to be a judge for the On Your Way, talent scholarship program, which awards scholarships to winners in acting, classical voice, creative writing, dancing, filmmaking, musical theater, filmmaking, and visual arts. All participants gain valuable exposure and feedback, and create online portfolios in the process. Pamela is working on a new piece for the company Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts in Mumbai, India for 2014.

Pamela has been touring her new solo with a group of women choreographers, SOLAS to Vermont, Texas, Florida, Michigan and NYC, and will continue touring this year, 2015-2016 to Florida and Boston.

She has spent the summer teaching at the American Dance Festival where she not only taught technique, but began developing a somatic practice to teach all levels of students/teachers/practitioners. She spent two weeks performing, teaching and choreographing in Malaysia with the "Building Bridges NY-Malaysia" developed through the ASWARA Arts Culture and Heritage Academy. Pamela spent five days in Boston at the Dance Complex teaching both technique and the work of Irene Dowd within a somatic conference. She then traveled to James Madison University to create a new quartet on the JMU Repertory Company. 

Pamela is on sabbatical for the Fall 2015 and traveling to India to visit two schools fusing contemporary and classical Indian dance on their pedagogical mission involved in bringing dance to the community for the greater good. She is then headed to Tel Aviv to continue with her research in pedagogy, as well as the choreographic practices of Yasmeen Goddard and Inbal Pinto.

This past year Pamela has been on the planning committee for an Improvisation Symposium to be held at NYU Tisch Department of Dance in January 2016. She is also collaborating with her colleague Andy Tierstein with his new project, Global Institute of Music and Dance, which is a three year international project involving dance, music and community integration.

Jessica Mantell


Jessica is the Administrative Aide in the Office of the Dean at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  The Office of the Dean ensures that the school's strategic goals are being advanced and projects are implemented.

Jessica is a movement artist, born and raised in New Jersey.  She is an alumna of the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (Morris County, NJ) and received her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  Jessica's role in the arts community ranges among performance, education, administration, and event production.  She has had the pleasure of contributing to the dance works of Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Ruth Clark, Randy James, Pamela Pietro, Crystal Pite, Renee Redding-Jones, Kensaku Shinohara, and Indah Walsh, among many others.  Jessica also teaches weekly ballet technique classes to high school-aged students at Heartbeat Dance Center (Succasunna, NJ).  Since 2015, Jessica has been the Program Coordinator for Tisch Future Dancers & Dancemakers, a free dance program for high school students modeled after the Tisch BFA Dance curriculum.  As an administrator/producer, Jessica has worked for Dance Films Association (Brooklyn, NY), Freespace Dance (Montclair, NJ), Healing Arts Initiative (Long Island City, NY), Peridance Capezio Center/Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (New York, NY), project:Smith & Peluso (Jersey City, NJ), and The Power Within Healing (Oakland, CA). While a student at Tisch, Jessica worked as a Student Ambassador, Administrative Work-Study, and received a Media Fellowship from Tisch Dance and New Media.

Qualities of an Ideal Candidate

  • Strong technical foundation in dance and choreography
  • Academic achievement
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other young artists
  • A firm commitment to completing the entire workshop, which will be held on 14 Saturdays from February through May
Dance performance at Tisch

Photo by Dylan Kenseth

Important Dates

Spring 2020 Program Dates* 

The program meets weekly, from Saturday, February 1, 2020 to Saturday, May 9, 2020.

*Tentative dates, subject to change.

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.


Please read through the Spring Future Artists Program Requirements Page for more information on how to apply. You may be contacted for an audition or additional application materials.

Spring 2020 Application Deadline: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Tisch Department of Dance at 212.998.1980 or future.dancemakers@nyu.edu.