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NDEO National Conference 2017

Cultivating Equity and Access:
Dance Education for All

19th Annual National Conference

Sunday, November 12 - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

pre-conference intensives Saturday, November 11th

Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Lasoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Reservations open


The long multicultural history of Texas and the vibrant culture of San Antonio provide a lively setting to discuss, share, and celebrate our successes and to strategize new initiatives that provide equity and access to dance education for all. San Antonio is a community with a rich history reflective of the six flags that have flown over Texas. This history comes to life with the legacy of the Alamo located in downtown San Antonio not far from the famous River Walk with shops, restaurants and entertainment.

In the new education legislation of Every Student Succeeds Act (2015) the arts are declared a core subject important to every child’s education. New questions and challenges are raised as we seek to meet the needs of every child. As dance educators, how do we respond, advocate and innovate in our schools, studios and communities to provide dance education for learners of all ages with different backgrounds, abilities, and needs. How do we balance various cultural contexts, socio-economic conditions and the varying landscapes of our communities? In contexts where interdisciplinary instruction is promoted, how do we connect across the spectrum of teaching and learning from dance-based instruction in non-arts subjects to integrated interdisciplinary curriculum? In Texas, where everything is big and bold, we welcome you for can-do thinking, deep discussion and exchange of big ideas.

Call for Proposals

Due February 1, 2017
Online submission open! Read the full Call for Proposals here.


NDEO invites proposals for conference sessions that focus on this year’s theme, Cultivating Equity and Access: Dance Education for All. As you craft your proposal, we invite you to consider these questions: How do we define equity and access in dance? What are your best stories, both data-driven and heartfelt, of advancing equity and expanding access to dance education in your community, school or program? What tools, strategies, methodologies, technologies and approaches do we use? How do we make dance education inclusive of learners with different physical, cognitive and social-emotional abilities? How have you addressed gender inequity or gender-bias, or increased access to dance for marginalized communities? How do we shift the role economics plays in preventing equitable access to dance? What role does ESSA play in cultivating equity and access in dance education to K-12 students? What are ways that we are expanding access that moves us forward as a field on the local, statewide, and national education stages? How can the private studio, higher education, performing arts organization and K-12 sectors work together to improve dance education in their communities?


Conference sessions will include

Paper Presentations – 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A
Movement Workshops – 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.  Clear space with a few chairs around the perimeter. CD/iPod hookup only; no LCDs.
Experiential Workshops – 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. Theater seating with movement space.
Panels – 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. 3-5 panelists.

All conference proposals must be submitted through one of two avenues: a) Research; b) In-Practice. You MUST choose one or the other. If not, the submission cannot be reviewed. You MUST also decide if you want your proposal to be a) BLIND PEER REVIEWED; b) NON-BLIND PEER REVIEWED.

How to Submit

  1. Read the Call for Proposals.
  2. Consult the Style Sheet.
  3. Submit your proposal online here.
  4. Pay your proposal fee here.

What to Expect at Conference

Held annually in the fall, a typical NDEO National Conference includes three full days of over 150 workshops, master classes, panel and paper presentations, social events and performances. A full day of pre-conference intensives precedes the official start of conference. The full conference schedule is generally released online over the summer before that year's conference. To view the 2016 Conference schedule, click here.

Conference Registration

Unless otherwise indicated (for special sessions), your full conference registration includes all sessions during the three days of conference and pre-registration is not necessary for individual sessions. Pre-registration and additional fees do apply to pre-conference intensives. One-day and student conference registration fees are available.
For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email