Imagine igniting a passion for learning through the exciting exploration of history and culture as reflected in dance. Deborah Denenfeld has spent her lifetime combining interests in dance, teaching and the study of cultures. She now brings multicultural and historic dance to Kentuckians through residencies, workshops and programs.
Master’s educated, Deborah has lived and taught in Asia, Canada and Hawaii, always exploring new styles of dance. For 25 years she has been on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory, conducting hundreds of residencies and professional development workshops on dance integrated with other curricular areas. She created Dancin’ to the Core, interactive presentations on elements and styles of dance, attended by 5000 students, receiving rave reviews. Deborah helped choreograph and perform “Farblungheit: Lost and Found in Kentucky,” based on the lives of Jewish Kentucky women. She received an Appalachian Music Fellowship, researching western Kentucky play-party games from the 1920s. Through interviews with elderly players, she reconstructed many dance-like games that otherwise would have been lost. She was a major contributor to KETs Dance Toolkits. Deborah founded and runs Dancing Well: The Soldier Project, which brings traditional dance experiences to veterans and families affected by PTSD or brain injury.
Deborah Denenfeld continues to help students of all ages and levels of ability discover their own inner joy and love of life through the beauty and richness of dance.