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Student Programs

The National Dance Education Organization strongly supports its collegiate student members who are the future professionals in dance and dance education. As such, NDEO offers the following programs to support students in their studies, artistry, and professional preparation.

Meet the Student Initiatives Advisory Members

Undergraduate Representative | Caitlyn Haslam |

Caitlyn Haslam trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Pointe and is certified in Acrobatic Arts. Haslam is a three-time Maryland All-State Dancer and choreographer for Meade High School dance company. Caitlyn’s performance credits include soloist/principal roles in Maryland Festival Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, and Charm City Ballet’s A Christmas Carol. Caitlyn produced a benefit concert in 2017. Teaching her 4th season at Artistic Movement Academy of Dance, Caitlyn has twice had the honor to intern with Adrienne Canterna-Martinez at the Sweetbird Productions Summer Intensive. While working on her BFA, Caitlyn serves as the Dance Major Student Representative for the Class of 2024 and is a leader for Freshmen Dance Majors.

Graduate Representative | Makayla Rosenberger |

Makayla Rosenberger is an artist, choreographer, and educator. As a current MFA in Dance candidate at Texas Woman’s University, she works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Recruitment Coordinator for the Dance Division. She has taught public middle and high school dance across the high country and piedmont of North Carolina. Her research involves interdisciplinary dance making, pedagogy, and community. She has presented research at TWU’s Creative Arts and Research Symposium, Charlotte Research Scholars, and The National Dance Education Organization Conference. Some of her recent notable awards include the Jane Lonon Legacy Grant from Ashe County Arts Council, TWU's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Scholarship, and Artist Micro-Grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council. Makayla currently serves as the Graduate Student Representative for NDEO's Advisory Council.

Student Initiatives Co-Advisor | Bradford Chin |

San Francisco native Bradford Chin (he/they) is a dance artist/methodologist, DEIJ/accessibility consultant, and audio describer for dance based in San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Formerly a company member with AXIS Dance Company, his creative research interests are disability in dance, critically inclusive pedagogy, improvisation and/as composition, and creative process and aesthetics in Western concert dance culture. His work has been recognized and funded by over $35,000 in support from the California Arts Council, The Actors Fund, Arts Council for Long Beach, and the UCI Center for Medical Humanities, among others. He is currently on the Advisory Council for the National Dance Education Organization.

Full bio and additional information are available at BradfordChin.

Student Initiatives Co-Advisor | JC De’ Marko V. Burnett-Gordon |

JC De’ Marko V. Burnett-Gordon, from Nashville, TN, received Bachelors degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee State University and in Dance Education from the University of Memphis. He works for Metro Nashville Public School and served for the National Dance Week for the State of Tennessee, the National Honor Society for Dance Art Chapter Sponsor, and the Tennessee Educators Association. JC is also the CEO & CFO of the Dare 2 D.R.E.A.M. Foundation 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. He received a Masters in Education in Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Schools with an emphasis of Curriculum Design from Tennessee State University, for Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida, and for Arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Student Conference Scholarships

NDEO offers annual sholarships to college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in dance or dance education to help defray the costs associated with attending. Recipients receive complimentary conference registration, one-year complimentary (individual) NDEO membership, and a $300 check mailed after conference. View Student Conference Scholarship Info

NDEO Student Organizations (NSO)

NDEO supports an NDEO Student Organization (NSO) program at the postsecondary level. Colleges and universities that have a current Institutional Membership can establish an NDEO Student Organization at their institution. NSO's encourage students to participate in activities affiliated with the national organization, including conferences and governance, and to unite on a local level to address important issues and concerns, host activities, and recognize the outstanding accomplishments of one another.  Learn more about setting up an NSO at your college or university.

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The NDEO internship program offers remote internship opportunities. Please click here to view availble internships.

NDEO offers internship opportunities for highly motivated, independent, and mature graduate and undergraduate student members of NDEO who seek to understand dance arts education in relation to the national agenda of educational reform. Internships offer practical and challenging experiences in dance education, research, legislation, policy and funding, advocacy, arts or business administration, marketing and publications, conferences, and membership.

National Honor Society for Dance Arts Chapter (NHSDA)

The NHSDA Collegiate Program is designed to honor the accomplishments of outstanding undergraduate or graduate students studying dance in a dance major, minor, or elective program at a postsecondary institution. An NHSDA Collegiate Program Chapter can be implemented in any postsecondary institution that supports accredited dance coursework. The institution is required to maintain an NDEO Institutional Membership - Higher Education for as long as the institution hosts an NHSDA Collegiate Program. The chapter can be set up as a one-time honor, as a program of an existing student organization, or as a stand-alone student organization or club with officers, regular meetings, and planned activities. Students must become members of NDEO at either the Undergraduate Student or Graduate Student level in order to be inducted and to receive Graduation with Honors. Click here for more information about starting a NHSDA Collegiate chapter.