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NDEO needs your help in advocating for the field of dance education. Here are some ways you can contribute to the effort to strengthen the national voice and vision for dance and advocate for dance education centered in the arts:
Celebrate the achievements of your students and the impact dance has on their education.
Collect evidence on the value of dance education to support your programs and classes.
Follow the latest developments in advocacy news via our online Advocacy Forum. Here, you can learn about national issues as well as prompt discussions and share insights from your local experience.
Keep us informed of your advocacy needs so that we can better serve you as the largest dance education membership organization in the country.
If you have an advocacy concern that needs immediate attention, contact NDEO’s Advisory Board Director for Advocacy, Stephanie Milling, at email@example.com.
NDEO staff is available for consultations and can arrange for speaking engagements with the NDEO Executive Director to address your local and state needs. For example, the Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO) needed expert testimony in support of state dance certification, and contacted NDEO Executive Director, Susan McGreevy-Nichols to speak on their behalf. For this type of assistance and other general advocacy inquiries contact Susan McGreevy-Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a local arts organization or partner with other nearby schools and studios to create your own! At the state level, your NDEO state affiliate can provide opportunities for networking and advocacy. Click here for more info on state affiliates.
Participate annually in the National Arts Action Summit held annually in Washington, DC in early spring and hosted by Americans for the Arts. Join NDEO to urge Congress to provide more funding for dance and adopt stronger policies that support the arts. Click here for more information on the National Arts Action Summit.
Write to your elected officials to let them know you are a dance educator, and you vote! Americans for the Arts has created a simple platform from which you can easily contact your local, state, and national officials to show your support for dance and dance education funding and policies. Click here to visit the Americans for the Arts Advocacy Center.
Become familiar with dance standards and use them to advocate for effective, safe and developmentally appropriate dance education in your school or studio. Click here for more information regarding dance standards.
Top photo: Dance Project, Inc. and Zoe Litaker Photograph; Bottom photo: Gregory Reed and Thomas Armour Youth Ballet