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.

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 Tisch alumni, current Tisch faculty, and professional choreographers
  • Supplementary coursework in theory, composition, improvisation, history of dance, music, dance & technology, and more

Program Instructors

Pamela Pietro

Co-Founder and Director

Pamela Pietro is an Independent Artist and Educator. She received her BFA/Dance from Florida State University and her MFA/Dance with a minor in Biomedical Ethics from University of Washington. She is an Associate Arts Professor and Acting Associate Chair at New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Department of Dance where she received the prestigious David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012/2013. She is Director of Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival, Tisch Dance in Berlin Program, and Future Dancers and Dancemakers. 

Pamela has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival from 1997-2016. As a dancer and performer, she has worked with Gerri Houlihan and Dancers; Anthony Morgan Dance Company; Michael Foley Dance; RaceDance; bopi’s black sheep/dances, Mark Haim; and Jennifer Nugent. She has international exposure throughout Asia and Europe for both her teaching and solo performance work. Most recently she has been nominated to be on the Bessie Awards Search Committee for 2019-2020. 

Pamela was a gold medal winner at the Asiagraph Video/Choreography competition in Shanghai, China. She has presented original research at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki and at an ACM Multimedia Conference in Santa Barbara.  

Her choreography has been presented both nationally and internationally - in New York by Dancespace Food For Thought, Dancespace Draftworks, Dance New Amsterdam, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange; Dancespace in Miami, Florida; Booker School for the Arts in Sarasota, Florida; Fuzion Dance Artists in Sarasota, Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, Sarasota, Florida; Momentum Danza Company/Panama, Meredith College/Raleigh, North Carolina; dulcedanceco, Phoenix AZ, James Madison University; La Salle Academy/Singapore, ASWARA Dance in Malaysia, Dance RoundTable in Taipai, Taiwan, Fridays at Noon 92nd St Y, The New Beijing Dance Festival, the JD Festival in Korea and Triskelion in New York.

Indah M. Walsh

Assistant Director

Indah M. Walsh is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and administrator. She has danced in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and across the US. Indah earned a BFA in dance from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in 2008 and an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. As a choreographer, Indah Walsh was awarded a Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2017. Indah has showcased work at venues including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Lawrence University, Danspace Project, The Watermill Center, Seattle Asian Art Museum, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, and many others. Indah has taught and choreographed works for high schools, colleges, and dance conventions in New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, including: Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Greenwich Academy, Lawrence University, Gibney Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Taipei American School, Singapore American School, Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators, Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia Schools Cultural Convention, Southwestern College, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Indah is currently an Adjunct Instructor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Jessica Mantell

Program Coordinator

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. 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 she received a Media Fellowship from Tisch Dance and New Media.  Since 2016, Jessica has been serving the Tisch Community as the Events Manager in the Office of Dean Allyson Green.

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 2022 

The program meets weekly on Saturdays from February 5, 2022 through May 14, 2022. 

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.

The spring 2022 application will open on August 2, 2021.

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.