As director of the dance education master's degree program at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Deborah Damast is responsible for shaping the next generation of dance teachers. To do that to the best of her ability, she stays curious—and busy. On top of her full-time job in higher ed, she's currently working part-time toward her doctorate in dance education at Columbia University's Teachers College.
But perhaps even more telling about her passion for the field is that she still finds time to teach creative movement three mornings a week at Manhattan's Little Red School House and to direct a summer workshop at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard. "Teaching young children keeps me relevant," Damast says. "Kids change. Pedagogy changes. When I'm teaching educators, I want to have real stories to tell."
Chianan Yen, courtesy NYU Steinhardt
Joseph Bukenya, courtesy Damast