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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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Upcoming Live Webinar on NCCAS Standards
Deconstructing The NCCAS Dance Standards: Responding
NDEO is offering its 4th webinar designed to introduce teachers to the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance.  On Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 7-9pm EST, NDEO will go in-depth on the "Responding" Artistic Process of the new dance standards in its webinar "Deconstructing The NCCAS In Dance: Responding."  Presented by Dr. Rima Faber and Karen Bradley. The cost is $15 for members, and $25 for non-members. To register, click here
Webinar Recordings Available
Deconstructing The NCCAS Dance Standards: Connecting
Presented by Lynette Overby and Marty Sprague. $15 for current NDEO members and $25 for non-members. To learn more and register, click here.
Deconstructing The NCCAS Dance Standards: Creating 
Presented by Mary Harding and Shana Habel. $15 for current NDEO members and $25 for non-members. To learn more and register, click here.
Introduction to The National Core Dance Standards 
This two-hour introductory webinar gives insight into the development and design of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in Dance. Viewing this webinar is recommended before attending webinars on the individual NCCAS Standards Processes. To learn more and register, click here.

NDEO Announces 2015 Award Recipients

This year, NDEO has bestowed the honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award upon Maxine DeBruyn, Professor Emerita of Dance at Hope College in Holland, MI. Other NDEO award recipients include Amanda Kinnaird (Outstanding Dance Educator: K-12 Award) and Dr. Mila Parrish (Outstanding Leadership Award). All recipients will be formally honored at NDEO’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 7-11, 2015. Other awards to be presented at conference this year include the President’s Commendation for Excellence in Service to the Field, which will be conferred to Karen Hubbard and Myron Nadel, and the NDEO Student Awards, which will be presented to Hannah Anderson and Mary Elizabeth Stickney. For more information on the awards, visit

A Call to All NDEO Members: Your Assistance Needed in Contacting Congress
From the Desk of Susan McGreevy-Nichols... 

Your help is needed but first let me share the good news received from some of our partnering arts organizations the other day. On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed its bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal, the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177), by a margin of 81 to 17. Under this legislation, the "arts" are recognized as a core academic subject and would receive their rightful place in the main instructional day. Read more...


Register Now! 2nd Annual 5K run to support NDEO!
NDEO is happy to announce that our friends at Discount Dance Supply are sponsoring the 2nd annual 5K Charity Run/Walk - called the Run De Jambe on 9/12 in Long Beach, CA benefiting NDEO.  Learn More!

Dance 2050: What's next?
READ:  The vision document for Dance 2050- The Future of Dance in Higher Education You may ask, what is next? Dance 2050 past participants will gather at NDEO's National Conference in Phoenix to further discuss this vision and explore ways to put the vision in motion. For more info, go to

 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.

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