Skip to main content
Home2017 Board Elections

2017 Elections for the NDEO Board of Directors

 
Welcome to online voting for the 2017 NDEO Board Elections!
 
All current NDEO members in good standing are entitled to vote in the election. Voting will be ONLINE ONLY and you must be logged in with your user name and password in order to cast a vote. All votes are anonymous.
 
VOTE
Voting Deadline: June 16 at 11:59 PM EDT.
 

2017 Nominees

Click on white arrows next to each name to read their bios and candidate statements.
 

President-Elect

 
Accordion Widget
Suzanne Henneman
Suzanne Henneman
Suzie retired from Baltimore County Public Schools having served as a dance teacher, consultant, and resource teacher. Suzie's tenure in BCPS included responsibilities such as writing and implementing K-12 dance curriculum, supervising dance teachers, identifying and procuring resources for instruction, and planning professional development. Suzie has presented at the local, state, and national levels. Her work with the Maryland State Department of Education in an advisory and writing capacity for dance is extensive. She is the founding co-chair of the Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase, now in its 29th year. She is a charter member of the National Dance Education Organization. She is most currently serves NDEO on the Mentorship Pilot Program and the Delta Project as a writer’s coach and item reviewer. She was the Program Coordinator for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Suzie received the 2010-11 award for Outstanding Service to Dance in Maryland from the Maryland Council for Dance. In 2009, Suzie received the William Burdick Award for pioneering leadership and service to the profession in Maryland from Mahperd. Suzie received the Outstanding Visionary Leader Award from the NDEO in October 2013. She is currently owner and sole proprietor of Bearfoot Dance Consulting, LLC.

Serving the national organization has been a professionally stimulating and rewarding way of giving back to my profession of 40 years. As a charter member, member- at- large, and then the National Coordinator of the NHSDA, with a subsequent appointment as interim-secretary to the board (while transitioning to the new structure), as well as a Policy Board member, it has been a joy to work with the caliber of professionals who steer this organization. What a privilege to be a part of this process at such a crucial time in history. I would like to continue to serve the organization, as the President-Elect, having just gotten my “feet wet”, so to speak. Most recently I was part of the task force charged with conceptualizing and writing the new applied strategic plan, (aka National Priorities in Dance Education) and found I would like to continue in a role where my skills as a writer, creative/critical thinker, leader, and collaborator can be utilized for the greater good of the organization and dance education. I have served as a writer and writer’s coach for the Delta Project, and most recently as a committee member for the NDEO Mentorship Program. Rick Southerland and I are working this spring on the update and alignment of the NDEO bylaws to the new national priorities. My work at the state level is extensive, as both the president of our new State Affiliate and consultant to the State Department of Education on various projects over the years. NDEO’s resources have continued to provide me with information, data, talking points, advocacy fuel and food for thought throughout my 40-year career as a dance educator and administrator, for which I am most grateful. The networking, friendships, and collaborations formed through our national organization are a personal and professional treasure.


Executive Committee: Recording Secretary (vote for one)

 
Accordion Widget
Nancy Moses
Nancy Moses
Dr. Nancy Moses is a retiring member of the Bridgewater State University Dance Faculty after serving for 33 years developing and nurturing dance at the institution. Taking a scattered group of dance classes in Physical Education and in Theater, she crafted an academic program that has evolved into a Dance Major. Through the years she was able to create a curriculum that led to licensure for teaching dance in the public schools, a service that no other public institution in Massachusetts has provided. Although the single dance professor for 20 years, in the following 10 years she was able to add three additional faculty lines, new studios and rehearsal facilities, an official major and a stand-alone Department of Dance. Through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and the New England Foundation for the Arts, she has been able to secure additional funding for expanded dance programing. As a life-long advocate of dance education, Dr. Moses has promoted dance through many professional organizations where she has served as officers and on multiple boards She has been a member of the National Dance Education Organization and was the founding President of the Massachusetts state affiliate, MaDEO.

I would like to be considered for the position of Recording Secretary of the Executive Board. I am eager to participate, and I think the recording role would give me a chance to learn the complete scope of NDEO and the inner workings of the organization. My academic skills will enable me to do a good job. I believe that service to a profession involves being an active member of professional organizations that provide support for the discipline and its practitioners. I have always made membership in professional organizations an important part of my academic life, and I would like to continue this through my retirement. I want to be able to keep informed of developments in my discipline, and I want to continue to make connections and be a part of a network of support for those who are in our field. I also don’t want my retirement to be the end of service to my discipline. I have always wanted to be more active in NDEO, but circumstances were never optimal. Now that I am retiring, most of the obstacles are no longer in place, and I am free to pursue an active commitment to NDEO. As an active practitioner in dance in higher education for many years, I feel I can provide a historical context to discussions and add valuable insights into many educational situations. My experience in a variety of educational settings could lend perspective to a number of areas. I have served on a variety of educational and non-profit boards and know the procedures for effective and efficient operations. My experience as chair of a challenging department has honed my diplomatic skills, which I hope would make me a positive force on the board.

Accordion Widget
Denise Purvis
Denise Purvis
Denise Purvis is founding member and Artistic Director of Shifting Velocity Dance Company in Cedar City, UT. In addition, she is Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University teaching ballet, modern, and tap technique, introduction to dance, creative dance for children, and K-12 methods. Prior to joining SUU, she designed and directed the dance program for the Chesterfield County Specialty Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA.  From 2008 until 2012, Denise danced with Starr Foster Dance Project in Richmond, VA, and she consistently works with various free-lance choreographers since.  An advocate for the arts, Denise served on the board of both the Cedar City Arts Council and the Utah Dance Education organization. She currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education, where she has published an article and several book reviews.

I am highly dedicated to NDEO’s support of high quality dance education and advocacy. A member since 2007, I understand the broad reach of the organization. Maintaining a strong network of dance educators, and supporting those educators through professional development, research, publications and student support services such as the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, is essential to establishing dance as an art form of value, and dance education as essential to the development of all humans. My extensive and varied experience prepares me to serve NDEO successfully. I taught in the private dance sector (18 years), K-12 (8 years), and higher education (5 years), thus can add valuable insight to the national discourse regarding dance education. From 2012 through 2016, I served as the higher education representative on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization. I enjoyed supporting the UDEO mission through establishing stronger connections among the state university dance programs. I also served on my local arts council board for three years. Therefore, I am very familiar with the demands of a board position and accept the responsibility willingly. I amrelocating to my home state of Virginia and pursuing a PhD from Texas Woman’s University. I wish to deepen my connection to NDEO. Through serving as recording secretary, I intend to learn more about the board’s inner workings while serving the organization. I am dependable, can handle several tasks with ease, and highly organized. If selected for this position, I will fully engage with the board and the NDEO community, and promote the organization’s mission and programs to the fullest of my ability.

 

Policy Board of Directors (vote for two)

 
Accordion Widget
Emily Morgan
Emily Morgan
Emily Morgan is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she teaches modern dance, improvisation, choreography, history, community dance, world dance forms, ballet, and dance pedagogy. Emily is interested in interdisciplinary collaborative work, site-specific dance, and community dance. She has presented her written and creative research at conferences and festivals throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Mexico and Austria. Emily has performed with members of Lower Left Performance Collective in Texas and New Mexico, with Sebastian Prantl in Krems, Austria, Daniel Ashwanden in Vienna, and in work by Stephan Koplowitz, Ellen Cornfield, Martha Connerton, Jan van Dyke, and BJ Sullivan. Emily currently serves on the boards of the North Carolina Dance Alliance, the South Carolina Dance Association, and Martha Connerton/Kinetyx Works. She has taught at the University of Texas, El Paso, El Paso Community College, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Elon University, the North Carolina Governor’s School, and at a public magnet arts high school in Winston-Salem, NC. Emily holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a BA in Dance from Denison University in Ohio. She is also a registered yoga teacher.

Accordion Widget
Kathryn Austin
Kathryn Austin
Kathryn Austin, PhD has been a long-standing member of NDEO since its inception and has actively supported its Florida affiliate, FDEO. Dr. Austin has been the director of her own dance school, the Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts, in the private sector since 1990 and held positions in higher education dance programs at three universities. After completing her dissertation research on K-12 dance in the state of Florida, it seemed a natural progression to take a position on the dance faculty of a local K-12 arts school. In addition to her own school, Dr. Austin teaches ballet full time at the Osceola County School for the Arts, grades 6 - 12. Dr. Austin is a frequent presenter/teacher for FDEO, daCi-USA, AUCEi, and the International Festival at UWI-Barbados. Dr. Austin also specializes in the teaching and training of traditional Scottish Highland dancers and is a Fellow of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. Austin was the 2005 recipient of NDEO's Outstanding Dance Educator Award for the private sector. Outside of her dance responsibilities, she is active in her local church as a lay leader and teacher.

Accordion Widget
Stephanie Thibeault
Stephanie Thibeault
Stephanie Thibeault is Associate Professor of Dance at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She holds her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland (College Park) and a B.F.A. in Dance from Southwest Missouri State University. Thibeault has taught in various settings, including private studios, K-12 dance programs, after-school programs, summer intensives, teacher workshops, professional company schools, outreach programs, Arts-In-Education residencies, university dance programs, and international guest artist residencies. Stephanie Thibeault has been actively implementing progressive dance curriculum standards since the mid-1990s, working with a team of dance educators to craft the Maryland Dance Standards during that time. Thibeault worked in the Washington DC/Baltimore area, as a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, before serving as a dance faculty member at several institutions, including University of Maryland, Dickinson College, and Wichita State University. She danced professionally for Kinetics Dance Theatre, and as a founding member of SURGE Dance Company of Baltimore. Thibeault has performed and presented work in New York, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Washington, DC; Lisbon, Portugal, and various other cities. In addition to working with such fine choreographers as Deborah Hay, Joe Goode and Doug Varone, she has also performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Parsons Dance Company.

Accordion Widget
Katie Sopoci Drake
Katie Sopoci Drake
Katie Sopoci Drake, MFA, GL-CMA is a Washington D.C. based professional dancer, choreographer and teacher specializing in Laban-based contemporary dance.  Katie's choreography has been performed by Momentum Dance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, The Florentine Opera, Lawrence University Opera, Miami Dade College and many more. As a core member of Mountain Empire Performance Collective, her distance collaborations have been performed from New York to Oregon. As a performer, Sopoci Drake is described as a "sinuous, animal presence of great power" (Third Coast Digest, 6/12). She has had a national performing career with Mountain Empire Performance Collective, RebollarDance, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Wild Space Dance Company, and Rosy Simas Danse. Katie has held teaching positions at the University of Maryland College Park, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nova Southeastern University, Miami Dade College, Carthage College, and Lawrence University. Her work on technology and distance collaboration has been published by the Journal of Dance Education, and her research into Laban’s space and effort affinities was presented at the 2015 NDEO conference and 2015 Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance. This research resulted in the evening-length show Spacetime Suite, funded by a 2016 Dance Metro DC Presentation Grant.

 

Advisory Board Director of Research (vote for one)

 
Accordion Widget
Alison Leonard
Alison Leonard
Alison E. Leonard, Ph.D. is the Assistant Professor of Arts & Creativity at Clemson University. There, Dr. Leonard designed and runs the College of Education Arts & Creativity Lab for exploration in the arts in education. Her research interests involve inter/trans-disciplinary arts education, dance, and embodied ways of inquiry. Her work has been published in various academic journals, such as Journal of Dance Education, Studies in Art Education, Journal of Literacy and Language Education, and Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Her team on one of her recent research projects—VEnvI: Virtual Environment Interactions was supported by a National Science Foundation grant to develop a virtual platform to teach computational thinking through movement choreography. Dr. Leonard has been attending and presenting at NDEO since 2011. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in dance and theatre for youth from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, a Master’s in Performance Studies from New York University, and a Bachelor's in Anthropology, dance, and Spanish from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Prior to her life in academia, she worked professionally as a teaching artist in dance in PK-12 schools and as a modern dancer.

I am applying for the NDEO Board position of Advisory Director of Research. I make a good candidate for this position due to my background in research, service, and dance education. As Assistant Professor of Arts & Creativity at Clemson University, I conduct research focused on arts/dance education and embodied inquiry. My research utilizes qualitative and mixed methods, and I have taught graduate-level qualitative methods courses. My published research showcases connections across dance education, the arts, technology, and literacy. I recently served as a PI on a National Science Foundation-funded grant project designing, developing, and implementing a virtual reality platform to teach computational thinking through dance choreography. I serve as a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education. I also serve on the board of the American Educational Research Association’s SIG: Arts & Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts and review proposals for AERA. I serve on and hold leadership roles on numerous CU committees. Prior to academia, I danced professionally and worked as a teaching artist in PK-16 schools. As an outreach specialist, I developed dance and arts curriculum. In higher education, I have pioneered courses and curriculum in arts in education, with an emphasis in dance and drama. At CU, I designed and run the Arts & Creativity Lab for arts education inquiry. I have three published articles and one book review in JODE. I have been a member of and presented at NDEO since 2011. I frequently use NDEO’s DELRdi, regularly follow forums, and utilize its journals and resources in my teaching and research. Additionally, my dissertation was featured in the Evidence report. In this advisory role, I hope to advocate for theoretically sound conceptual, rigorous empirical, and well-founded pedagogical research. Additionally, I aim to support inter/transdisciplinary research where dance education plays a central role.

Accordion Widget
Mila Parrish
Mila Parrish
Dr. Mila Parrish, Associate Professor, is the Director of Dance Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research and scholarly work has established new trends in teacher training in the digital arena. She is recognized for her work in pedagogy, movement notation and dance technology and has led over 100 professional development courses, seminars, and workshops thought the US, Canada, China, Finland, Brazil, Jamaica, Taiwan, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands and Denmark. Dr. Parrish has presented keynote presentations on technology for dance, culturally responsive pedagogy, community engagement, and children as activist. She has established numerous longstanding community engagement initiatives including Moving Inventors and Dancers Connect low cost community dance programs and pedagogy laboratory, iDance-Digital Partners, creating dance instruction at a distance, iDance touring company, and historical reconstruction initiatives. Mila has served on the board of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), dance and the Child international (daCi), the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) and is the founding President of the North Carolina Dance Education Organization. She received the 2015 Leadership Award from NDEO for her community initiatives and scholarly work that has had a significant impact on the field of dance education.

I work at the University of North Carolina Greensboro as a tenured Associate Professor and the Director of Dance Education. Previous to my university career, I was a professional dancer and choreographer in Chicago and New York performing most notably with Jean Erdman. I received a PhD. from The Ohio State University, an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University -Teachers College and a BFA with K-12 teacher certification from the University of Michigan. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in understanding how pedagogy supports creative problem solving and knowledge construction in dance. My interest in the development of dance cognition and communication, expanding a dancer’s capabilities to think, recall and interpret information. Professionally, I am the Director of Dance Education at UNCG where I mentor and guide the development of both professional dance educators seeking MA in Dance degrees with advanced dance teacher licensure, and support the growth of pre-service dance educators seeking initial K-12 dance teacher licensure. In all my professional and scholarly efforts my aim is the improvement of dance scholarship and teacher preparation with application to embodied socially constructed instruction, kinesthetic literacy, somatics and movement analysis and dance technology (e.g. interactive video, social media and handheld devices for instruction. I have served NDEO in several capacities including serving as the Director of Technology for 8 years. I currently serve as the founding President of the North Carolina state affiliate of NDEO –NCDEO and previously served as founding member of the Arizona state affiliate of NDEO, AZDEO. I believe in the importance of research to inform and advocate for the transformative power of dance. NDEO’s publications, research database and conferences have made an inestimable difference in the field. Intent on sharing research, finding inspiration and learning from others, I have attended every NDEO conference.

 

Advisory Board Director of Student Initiatives (vote for one)

 
Accordion Widget
Julie Pentz
Julie Pentz
Julie L. Pentz BFA in Dance Education, Shenandoah University and MFA in Theatre Arts, University of Arizona  Julie's contributions to the dance field have traveled in the international dance community and her credits include guest teaching and performance appearances at the Theatro Libero in Rome, Italy, Taiwan, Chinese Cultural University, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Tsoying Performing Arts, Koahsiung Performing Arts, the Interdansa in Banyoles-Girona, Spain and the National Theatre of Ghanah, and Dagra Music Center in Ghana Africa. Julie has been teaching at Kansas State University for 13 years.  Currently Julie is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Dance at Kansas State University, teaching jazz and tap dance, the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, dance appreciation, and West African dance and music ensemble. Prior to Julie's return to graduate study she performed with The National Tap Ensemble and worked with master tap teachers that include Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and Brenda Buffalino.  Julie’s current research is examining and enhancing family relationships, measuring physical movement, and looking at Parent perceptions/enjoyment/and parent-child connectedness and how they relate to physical activity.  She uses her program Tap To Togetherness to foster this research.

Accordion Widget
Theresa Schmitt
Theresa Schmitt
Teresa Schmitt, BS Ed, Dance Education (Hofstra University), New York State Certified Dance Educator, began her dancing at a studio on Long Island, and in 2010, she began her teaching career there. Some accomplishments include dancing and choreographing for Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Tilles Center at LIU Post, and Hofstra University, and being selected for numerous school companies and ensembles including Suffolk County Community College Dance Team, and Gravity Dance All-Stars. Through Hofstra, Teresa has taken extensive courses in all styles of dance, methods of teaching dance for all grade levels, and choreography and composition courses. Teresa has also led many community outreach programs that brought dance education to many students across Long Island, even those with special needs. She is a very active member of the National Dance Education Organization, was a member of the Board of Directors, and has presented work and research annually at the National Conferences since 2012. Teresa has been recognized both locally and nationally for her efforts in furthering dance education with numerous awards and scholarships. Along with teaching all levels and styles of dance at Roseland School of Dance, Teresa also teaches dance at Our Lady of Mercy Academy.
 
Student Representative to Advisory Board of Directors (vote for one)
 
Accordion Widget
Katherine Brooke Jerome
Katherine Brooke Jerome
Katherine “Brooke” Jerome is a undergraduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is pursuing a B.F.A. Dance Education and is a member of the Honors College. Brooke currently represents the Dance Department as a College of Arts and Letters Ambassador, serves on the Dance Student Advisory Council, and is the Treasurer, Service Chair, and NDEO Liaison for the Student Dance Organization. She recently presented her research on creating a dance outreach program for K12 students at the 2017 Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Creative Activity. In the fall, she will be the Teaching Assistant for Methods of Dance Education and will be the head intern at the 2017 Mississippi Dance Festival. Brooke has performed with Performing Arts of Germantown, DeSoto Family Theatre, and USM’s Repertory Dance Company, as well as at the Orpheum Theatre. She has choreographed for Performing Arts of Germantown, LRP Studios, Inc., Young Actors Guild, DeSoto Family Theatre, DFT KIDS!, and USM’s Repertory Dance Company. She has taught at Performing Arts of Germantown, LRP Studios, Inc., Young Actors Guild, DeSoto Family Theatre, DFT KIDS!, Hattiesburg High School, NR Burger Middle School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, and teaches private lessons.

I am interested in applying for the Student Representative position on the NDEO Board. As the Student Representative, my main responsibilities would be assisting the Director of Student Initiatives in creating policies related to student members, services, and programs, and helping to build new and strengthen existing Student Chapters. I would also be the voice of student membership of NDEO, and would bring recommendations from the student body to the board. I have experience in this area, as I currently serve as the Junior Class Representative on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dance Student Advisory Council, where I bring student ideas and concerns to the faculty and head of the Dance Department. I believe one of the largest and most important components of dance education is advocacy, and so I would also work to create initiatives to not only teach dance education students how to advocate for dance, but why it is crucial for them to do so. Over the past year, I have been doing research in the field of dance advocacy in creating outreach programs, so I feel like I have the knowledge to be able to do that. In my opinion, I find NDEO’s online forums particularly helpful as a dance education student because it is an excellent resource for gathering information from professional dance educators’ real-life experiences. I would be a good candidate for this position because I have experience as the Dance Department Representative of the College of Arts and Letters Ambassadors, Class Representative for the Dance Student Advisory Council, and the Treasurer, Service Chair, and NDEO Liaison for the Student Dance Organization. I believe you should vote for me because I am committed to being a lifelong advocate for dance education and would be an excellent representative for the NDEO student body.

Accordion Widget
Daria Fitzgerald
Daria Fitzgerald
Daria Fitzgerald is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education, with a focus on Pre K – 12 teacher certification, at The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. During her first year at NYU, Daria performed in the Dance Education Master’s Concert, The Distinguished Faculty Concert, The New York EdTech Conference, and in The New Music and Dance Ensemble Concert. Daria has taught dance and movement classes to adults and children in corporate offices, private studios, public schools, and community outreach programs. Combining her passions of dance and literacy, Daria often merges movement and poetry to help improve students’ fluency while working as a tutor in a New York City public school. In 2016, Daria received the New York State Dance Education Association’s Graduate Scholarship Award to attend the National Dance Education Organization’s 18th Annual National Conference for her outstanding contribution and commitment to the field of dance education. Most recently, Daria was appointed co-chair of New York University’s student chapter of NDEO and became a member of the NYU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

I am currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education, with a focus on Pre K – 12 teacher certification, at The New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and I would like to be the student representative to the National Dance Education Organization Board. I would be a great fit for this position because of my passion for dance education, my unwavering work ethic, and my strong communication and leadership skills. I have a vast variety of work and volunteer experience that will help me in this role. This experience includes three years working in the market research industry, eight years managing and teaching movement classes at private studios, and two years working in public education. Since joining NDEO last year, I have become an active member in the organization and taken full advantage of many of its services and programs. I often use JODE and DEiP articles in my graduate school research and gain insight from dance educators around the country via the forum. I attended NDEO’S 18th Annual National Conference on a scholarship from the New York State Dance Education Association for my outstanding contribution and commitment to the field of Dance Education. Additionally, as a member of the New York State Dance Education Association, I attended their first annual conference in 2016 and was a conference volunteer at their second annual conference in 2017. I often volunteer at fundraisers at my school to support scholarships for students attending the NDEO Annual National Conference. Most recently, I was appointed co-chair of New York University’s student chapter of NDEO and became a member of the NYU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.