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Call for Proposals for the 2015 NDEO Conference
NDEO invites proposals for conference sessions that focus on the theme: Engaging in the Artistic Processes! How do we define and use the artistic processes as artists, practitioners, and educators? How do we combine the artistic processes to express our ideas and intent, and to bring meaning to dance? What are different approaches to using the artistic processes in dance education? Consider these and other questions as you craft your proposal. For more on Conference 2015 and submitting a proposal, click here.



Thank you to our 2014 Conference Sponsors!
NDEO is grateful for the support of the following companies. Please click on the logo to visit their websites.
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Check out all the 2014 NDEO Conference Exhibitors and Advertisers here.
Join NDEO's #ThankADanceTeacherDay Facebook Page! Click here
Social Media Day of Giving on 12.2.14 -- 7 Days Away
Facebook Guests Going: 1,000+
Facebook Guests Invited: 5,700+
Event Goal: $2,500
We have 7 days left until the BIG day, and NDEO needs your help to get the word out! Please join the #ThankADanceTeacherDay Facebook event page, and invite at least 10 of your friends. Every great dancer started with a dance teacher… honor those who helped make you what you are today! 
To visit the #ThankADanceTeacherDay webpage, click here.    
                  Photo by Immaculate Conception School, Towson, MD.
#ThankADanceTeacherDay is a social media, giving campaign to celebrate dance education. This is a first-of-its-kind effort to inspire fundraising and social action for dance education on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. NDEO is urging dance enthusiasts of all kinds (dancers, students, teachers, dance dads & moms, fans, etc.) to take the “Thank A Dance Teacher Challenge” on December 2, 2014 by (1) donating to NDEO and (2) posting a dance video or “unselfie” (the opposite of a selfie) on social media. All media shared in conjunction with “Thank a Dance Teacher Day” should include #ndeothanks.     
JODE Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Dance for Students with Disabilities" 
Deadline: December 12, 2014
Guest Editor: Theresa Purcell Cone
This special issue of the Journal of Dance Education (JODE) aims to target the needs and interests of educators in the P-12, private studio, and community teaching environments providing newly applied research, innovative pedagogical approaches and meaningful methods and programs focused on teaching dance to students with disabilities. To read the full call and author submission guidelines for JODE, click here.

  Arts Education for America's Students: A Shared Endeavor
The arts are part of a balanced education, providing America’s learners with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive, college and career ready citizens. A core academic subject of learning, the arts are supported by a rigorous set of voluntary national standards and assessment frameworks designed to improve and support arts learning. In addition, forty-nine states support sequential arts learning in their public schools with state-adopted arts standards.
To read the full statement in support of arts education, endorsed by NDEO and many national arts and education organizations, click here.
  NDEO National Conference 2014 in Chicago Master Schedule Available
Join hundreds of fellow dance educators and NDEO members at NDEO's 16th Annual Conference November 5-9th in Chicago, IL. Check out the full listing of hundreds of sessions including paper presentations, movement workshops, panels, meetings, and events here.
Never been to conference before and not sure what to expect? Check out highlights from last year's wonderful conference in Miami in the video below and get a taste of all that conference has to offer. Get more information on all things conference here!
New National Core Arts Standards Launch June 4, 2014
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, of which NDEO is a member organization, is unveiling new National Core Arts Standards. For the first time since 1994, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts have come together to develop and release new aligned arts standards for K12. To read and download the Core Arts Standards in Dance, click here. To engage with the interactive version of all the arts standards, click here.
  NDEO Receives National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant to support Field Testing of the DELTA (Dance Entry Level Teacher’s Assessment)

  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 16th that the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. NDEO was recommended for a grant to support the Dance Entry Level Teacher’s Assessment (DELTA) Phase 2 Field Testing. The NDEO in partnership with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) are collaborating to develop a    
  "praxis" type exam for dance to determine base-line competencies of entry level dance teachers applying for state K-12 certification and other licensure needs. Competencies to be tested include dance content, education theory & practice, and performance.

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

  Header Photo Credits: Courtesy of Axis Dance Company (Kevin Collins), Courtesy of San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (John Spicer), Courtesy of Gustavus Adolphus College (Stan Waldhauser), Courtesy of New World School of the Arts (Juan Cabrera), Courtesy of the College at Brockport (James Dusen), Courtesy of Barrington High School (Kelly Stachura), Courtesy of Freed Center for Performing Arts at Ohio No. Univ. (Sally Dungan), / Joan Schweitzer. Banner ad Credit: Christopher Duggan Photography.