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New Guest Post on NDEO’s Behind the Curtain Blog

For the love (and pedagogy) of BETI:

Turning to BETI Pedagogy for Grounded Teaching and Living During COVID-19

By Heather Acomb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, Nazareth College

“When I reflect on how BETI Pedagogy is serving me now, I realize just how grounded I am within our current situation. The natural world around me is changing as spring emerges, and I am comforted by that.  I am doing a lot more improvisation in my virtual technique classes, allowing my students, and myself, to be guided by the inner impulses that are speaking most clearly. I approach each day like a new and ever-changing structured improvisation. … I have every faith that we as a greater community will get through this and many of our bridges will be stronger than they were before COVID.”

In this guest blog post, Heather Acomb reflects on the support and stability she finds in the teachings of her mentor, Bill Evans, and how she is using the Bill Evans Teaching Institute (BETI) pedagogy to ground herself and her students during the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more here

About the Author: 

Heather Acomb is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She has performed and had her work shown in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Core Project/Going Dutch, Rochester Fringe Festival, WAX Works, and Midwest RADFest. She has danced and toured nationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company and is a Certified Evans Teacher, well versed in the Laban/Bartenieff framework. Heather teaches with Evans annually in his summer workshops, and is a founding member of the Evans Somatic Dance Institute ( She is also a hatha yoga instructor registered through Yoga Alliance, a Pilates mat instructor, and a certified holistic health practitioner, specializing in nutrition and natural healing. Heather holds an MFA in Dance from The College at Brockport, SUNY.

Call for Guest Bloggers:

We are currently seeking guest bloggers, with a special call to those who can provide insight into teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak: online teaching methods, emotional learning and support through dance, wellness and stress-reduction practices for teachers and students, injury prevention for at-home learners, and more. If you are interested in learning more about the guest blogger program or submitting an article for consideration, please email Shannon Dooling-Cain at
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