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A smiling woman with long dark hair and wearing a purple sweater over a green top stands before an NDEO background facing a video camera.Welcome to our Latest News webpage. This is a place where you can get information quickly about what is going on right now with NDEO's programs, services, and upcoming deadlines. It is typically a summary of recently sent e-Blasts / emails.

In addition, you can easily check the Member Events / News Online Forum to see what types of events, programming, and services our Members are offering.


Updates about NDEO Programs and Services


May10 Become a Board or Advisory Council Member
Created by Kaitlynn Schultz on 5/10/2024 10:26:00 AM

Nominations Period: April 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024

Open Positions:Nominations Guidelines

Treasurer/Board of Directors 
Board of Directors (North Central, South Central regions)
Advisor of Advocacy
Advisor of Awards
Advisor of Development
Advisor of NHSDA
Advisor of State Affiliates
Graduate Student Representative
Undergraduate Student Representative

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May08 2024 National Conference - Register at the Early Bird Rate by 5/31!
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 5/8/2024 2:48:00 PM

REVITALIZE: Breathing New Life into Your Dance Programs and Teaching Methods

Sunday, September 29 - Tuesday, October 1, 2024
Pre-conference intensives on Saturday, September 28th
Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle's Eastside (WA)

Click here for registration fees | Click here for hotel and travel info | Click here for presenter info

Register Here

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May06 Upcoming Webinar: Ungrading / Contract Grading in Dance Classes
Created by Kaitlynn Schultz on 5/6/2024 11:27:00 AM

May 14, 2024 from 5pm-6pm ET

Ungrading / Contract Grading in Dance Classes - Click Here to Register

Presented by: Nicole Perry

Are you a dance instructor in an academic setting wanting to encourage students to have more ownership of their learning? Then some form of ungrading practice can support this!

While training to be an Intimacy Director and Coordinator, I recognized that grading was a perfect example of how power dynamics influence consent and personal agency, affecting students’ trust in me, each other, and their own creativity. I began co-grading with middle and high school students in 2018 in both technique and composition classes. In 2020, I carried these formulas over to higher education. In 2022, I went fully to contract and ungrading practices in both dance technique and lecture courses.


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Apr30 May 2nd is #ThankaDanceTeacherDay
Created by Melissa Greenblatt on 4/30/2024 3:13:00 PM

May 2nd, 2024

#ThankADanceTeacherDay is a global movement to shine the spotlight on dance education and the teachers who make it possible. It was started in 2014 by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) to raise awareness of the benefits of dance education through social media. A quality dance education can have a life-changing impact on students, providing physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and psychological benefits.

How can you help advocate for the power of dance and dance education and promote #ThankADanceTeacherDay?

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Apr24 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - What is Somatic Movement?
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 4/24/2024 8:52:00 AM

By Shannon Dooling-Cain, NDEO Special Projects ~~

As a dance educator, you might be familiar with the term somatic movement. You may have seen social media posts extolling the benefits of trendy somatic workouts, you may even have some experience with somatic movement practices, like Alexander Technique. However, you may be curious about what the term “somatic movement” actually means, or how to incorporate somatic movement practices into your dance lesson plans or personal practice...

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Apr11 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - Why (Even) Veteran Teachers Need a Mentor
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 4/11/2024 1:52:00 PM

By Gina D'Antonio-Spears

When I first began teaching in Chicago Public Schools, dance positions were few and far between. One day, I was at a conference and I met this amazing elementary dance teacher. I latched onto her like a lost puppy, asked if we could have lunch together, and *boom* I had a mentor. Suddenly I was not alone in my work, no longer teaching dance in a bubble. Over the years she advised me and inspired me, and if I am being honest, she kept me from giving up on myself. She introduced me to dance organizations, shared her teaching strategies, and shared how she grew her dance program from the ground up. I felt like I could take on the world because she lifted me up and helped me see the dance educator I could be...

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Apr09 Apply for a 2024 Professional Development Scholarship
Created by Kaitlynn Schultz on 4/9/2024 10:44:00 AM

NDEO is pleased to offer Professional Development Scholarships to recognize excellence in the field of dance education, support students in their training, and help educators achieve their career goals through professional development. NDEO is pleased to offer THIRTY - NINE (39) scholarships in 2024. NDEO acknowledges the generous support of Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation. Their visionary support has helped make this increase in our scholarship fund possible!

2024 Application Now Open - Apply by June 3, 2024

Click here for application instructions

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Apr09 Student Conference Scholarship Applications Open - Apply by June 7th
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 4/9/2024 9:28:00 AM

NDEO is proud to offer annual scholarships to dance or dance education college students pursuing an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree in dance or dance education to help defray the costs associated with attending NDEO’s 2024 Annual National Conference in Bellevue, WA. For more conference information please click here.

For the 2024 National Conference, NDEO will offer TWO undergraduate students and TWO graduate students a scholarship package consisting of one year of NDEO student or young professional membership, free conference registration, and a $300 check. NDEO Members and Non-Members are eligible to apply.

Learn More and Apply Here!

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Apr02 2024 National Awards - Submit Your Nomination by 4/30
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 4/2/2024 3:21:00 PM

Do you or someone you know deserve to be recognized nationally for their contributions to the field of Dance Education? The National Dance Education Organization recognizes the achievements of outstanding dance educators and dance organizations through the annual awards program.

This Quick Nomination Form asks for contact info of nominee, what award they are applying for, and a 200-word Bio for individual nominees and a 200-word Mission or Vision statement for dance organziation nominees.  You can apply for yourself or for someone you know!

Deadline to Submit is 4/30/2024!

Learn More and Submit Nomination Here

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Mar29 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - The Case for a Dance Teacher Training Special Interest Group
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 3/29/2024 3:15:00 PM

by Betsy Maloney Leaf, PhD, MFa, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota ~~

The following blog was written by NDEO member Betsy Maloney Leaf. She is proposing a new Special Interest Group for Teacher Trainers in Dance Education, the educators who prepare the next generation of dance teachers. We at NDEO recognize and support the need to bring this group of dance educators together to cultivate support and leadership within our community. This blog sets forth why our community needs this special interest group, and how it will help build a stronger future for dance education...

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