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Attention Dance Teachers, join NDEO to advance your career and benefit your students. Become part of a community that shares your passion for excellence in teaching the art of dance. Our members teach multiple dance genres in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges, and community centers.


The National Dance Education Organization:

  • IDENTIFIES and ACTS in constructive and strategic ways to positively shape public, social and education policy about and for dance in education;
  • PROMOTES greater knowledge, appreciation, and support of the processes of dance education and promotes excellence in practice, performance, and presentation;
  • PLANS and provides stimulating and forward looking professional development opportunities for dance teachers and educators; and
  • ACTS as a clearinghouse for issues directly related to the quality of dance arts education in dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and outreach programs of performing arts organizations.

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Webinar Recording Available - Deconstructing The NCCAS Dance Standards: Creating 

This recording of our recent two-hour webinar digs deep into the CREATING process, identifying the core components that provided the basis for the standards. The session concludes with ideas for assessments that meet these standards. This webinar recording is $15 for current NDEO members and $25 for non-members. To register, click here.

Presenters: Mary Harding, Shana Habel
Introduction to The National Core Dance Standards Webinar Recording Still Available! 
This two-hour introductory webinar gives insight into the development and design of the recently released 2014 National Core Arts Standards in Dance. Viewing this webinar is recommended before attending upcoming webinars on the individual NCCAS Standards Processes. You can register to view the recording here.

NDEO Launches New Journal: Dance Education in Practice
Focused on practical approaches to dance education and teaching, Dance Education in Practice is filled with new model ideas, strategies, and content that dance teachers can apply to improve their own practice. Targeted toward dance studio teachers, P-12 dance educators, postsecondary teacher education professionals, teaching artists, and dance education undergraduate and graduate students, the journal welcomes a wide range of contributions. For more on the journal and submission guidelines, click here.
For a limited time, check out the full text inaugural issue FREE online here!


Summer 2015 - NDEO's OPDI Online Dance Education Courses now available for registration!
5 great courses to choose from!  Satisfy your desire for life-long learning while honing your teaching skills and networking with other teachers. There is something for everyone - teachers from all environments are welcome!  We have OPDI students who are dance teachers in private studios, K-12 schools, colleges, community centers and performing arts organizations. Learn more about the Summer courses!

OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research

OPDI-112:  Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance OPDI-113:  Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments

OPDI-M7:  Ballet Theory and Composition

OPDI-M4:  Developmental Domains in Dance

K-12 Dance Education: Standards in Action Conference 
April 17-19, DoubleTree Hotel BWI Airport, Baltimore
Registration Deadline is April 8th
Join NDEO and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)Dance Writing Team in Baltimore, Maryland April 17-19, 2015 a Special Topic Regional Conference: National K-12 Dance Education: Standards in Action. The Writing Team and selected guests will present on the content of the new Standards and share strategies for implementing them in the classroom and studio. For Master Schedule and Registration, click here.  



  NDEO Receives National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant to Support Professional Development for the New Core Arts Standards in Dance

  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on November 24th that the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) received an Art Works Arts Education Grant to support professional development workshops and online training to implement National Core Arts Standards in Dance for teachers around the United States. Dance teachers will have wide
access to training workshops through the NDEO Online Professional Development Institute, and a webinar series on how the standards are framed, as well as in-person intensive workshops around the country that will provide educators detailed examples of how to implement the standards. Workshops will be led by individuals from the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and the National Core Arts Dance Standards Writing Team, as well as others with extensive dance teaching experience, familiarity with writing or working with standards and assessments at the state level, and familiarity with Understanding by Design, a tool used for educational planning focused on teaching for understanding.
Join NDEO at the Standards in Action regional conference in Baltimore, Maryland April 17-19, 2015 to learn how to implement the new standards in your classroom. NDEO is grateful to the NEA for their support of this needed professional development.
Read the press release here. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

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