Dafna Soltes Stein

Dafna Soltes Stein

Performance Artist of Original Works, Teaching Artist, Arts Integration in General Ed. and Jewish Education settings

Greater New York City Area
Performing Arts

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Dafna Soltes Stein's Overview

  • USDOE C3 Project: Theatre Teaching Artist at Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Curriculum Design and Teaching Artist at Great Neck Arts Center
  • Curriculum Design and Teaching Artist at Tilles Center

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Dafna Soltes Stein's Summary

Solo performing artist integrating theatre, storytelling, dance and song through Kinesthetic Intelligence Plus, Inc. Creates original works of art. Curriculum designer and teaching artist in the schools, summer camps and intergenerational settings of all sorts. Co-creator of Pass-Around Storytelling: The Shared Storytelling Game.


Storytelling performances, arts integration projects using drama, dance and storytelling with students and their teachers K-12, Arts integration in Jewish educational settings and family events, Tutoring and Custom Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies

Dafna Soltes Stein's Experience

USDOE C3 Project: Theatre Teaching Artist

Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

June 2011Present (3 years 4 months)

theatre teaching artist design arts integration units of study. Professional Development with classroom teachers and school specialist, workshops in the general and special education classroom.

Curriculum Design and Teaching Artist

Great Neck Arts Center

2008Present (6 years)

Everyone has a story tell, even if they don't yet know it. Intergenerational storytelling workshop residencies with school children and senior citizens leading to culminating performances where students act out key moments in senior's lives.

Curriculum Design and Teaching Artist

Tilles Center

2002Present (12 years)

Professional performances are enhanced by in-school workshops and residencies, professional development workshops for educators and intensive school partnerships.Modeled on Lincoln Center's highly acclaimed Aesthetic Education program.

Performing Arts industry

September 2001Present (13 years 1 month)

Kinesthetic Intelligence Plus creatively integrates Dance, Drama and Storytelling with core curriculum concepts in the design and delivery of school residencies for students in grades K-12. Our units of study focus on activities that engage student's kinesthetic intelligence as an inroad into content area learning goals that address National and New York State Standards. Because both Dance and Dramatic Arts develop interpersonal and critical thinking skills, their integration with core curriculum naturally provides holistic, whole brained learning experiences for student learners.

Kinesthetic Intelligence Plus is often asked to design units of study in cooperation with school faculty and administration. These partnerships support classroom teachers in discovering new and meaningful ways of engaging student learners through the arts. Whether coming into a school with a set program design or creating one together, Kinesthetic Intelligence Plus is known for delivering top quality in the field of education.

Co-Owner of Pass Around the Magic

Pass-Around the Magic

Publishing industry

January 2000Present (14 years 9 months)

Pass-Around the Magic is a company whose mission is the creation of educational games and products that put the power and magic of "Interactive Storytelling" into the hands of educators, mental health professionals and parents to support the enhancement of communication and connection between people. To be experienced as an artistic undertaking, play activity and stimunlating learning experience the goal of each of our games and products is to reinforce and integrate emotional, cognitive and creative intelligences.

Jewish Education

92nd Street Y

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Civic & Social Organization industry

19841996 (12 years)

Principal and Head Teacher of the Connect Jewish Afterschool program. Curriculum Design and Designer of intergenerational family holiday workshops. Storytelling.

dance educator

92nd Street Y

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Civic & Social Organization industry

19751983 (8 years)

taught modern dance technique and composition to children k-12

Dafna Soltes Stein's Skills & Expertise

  1. Playwriting
  2. Choreography
  3. Arts Integration
  4. Teaching
  5. Theatre
  6. Drama
  7. Art
  8. Curriculum Design
  9. Dance
  10. Staff Development
  11. Performing Arts
  12. Classroom
  13. Stage
  14. Acting
  15. Arts Administration
  16. Composition
  17. Storytelling
  18. Art Education

Dafna Soltes Stein's Education

Laban Institute for Movement Studies

CLMA, Movement Analysis


Bard College

BA, Drama and Dance


Dafna Soltes Stein's Additional Information


Storytelling: author and performer Kinte's Tale and Escape to Freedom on the Underground Rail Road. Playwright: Author and solo performer in BLESSED IS THE MATCH; THE TRUE STORY OF HANNAH SENESH and IRINA: THE STORY OF A SOVIET JEWISH REFUSENIK, Dancer/Choreographer: Global Water Dances, Libaynu Dance Co., Teaching artist/Curriculum designer integrating arts education with core curriculum subjects.

Groups and Associations:

Board member New York State Dance Educators Assoc.,member National Dance Educators Org., NYSAEE, Teaching Artist for Kinesthetic Intelligence Plus, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Great Neck Arts Center

Honors and Awards:

Target Foundation Grant for Arts in Education Curriculum Designs 2011 and 2013
JPMorgan Chase Grants for Choreography in the Community 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012
New York State Council on the Arts - Local Capacity Building Grants 2003, School Arts Partnership 2004, 2005, 2006 Empire State Partnership 2007, 2008, 2009 Creative Curriculums Grant 2011, 2012, 2013
Pass-Around Storytelling: The Shared Storytelling Game awarded as a Dr. Toy's Best Pick 2010

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