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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


Dec01 Call for Sessions for Somatic Movement in Dance Education Conference!
Created by Betsy Loikow on 12/1/2023 4:36:00 PM

Call for Somatic movement sessions, panel discussions, current research presentations, and curriculum design workshops for a joint Special Topic Conference between NDEO and ISMETA July 19-21, 2024 at Gibney in New York, NY. Submissions due February 29, 2024.

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Nov29 Dance + Data - Special Topic Conference - Feb. 24 - 25, 2024
Created by Melissa Greenblatt on 11/29/2023 8:14:00 AM

Announcing a new NDEO Special Topic Conference - What Data Can Do for You: Data-Driven Opportunities in Dance Education

February 24 - 25, 2024, Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Rochester, MI (Detriot area)

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Nov13 CONNECTIONS: PreK-12 Dance Education Summit January 20, 2024
Created by Melissa Greenblatt on 11/13/2023 4:08:00 PM

CONNECTIONS: PreK-12 Dance Education Summit on January 20, 2024 - Registration is Now Open!  What is a Virtual Summit? A 1-Day mini-conference packed with live virtual sessions for dance teachers! Our Virtual Summit for PreK-12 Dance Educators will feature 10+ live virtual sessions for prek-12 dance teachers delivered across 5 different session blocks, including movement sessions, panel discussions, and paper presentations on various topics and for different prek-12 environments.


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Nov13 Love Your Body Week (LYBW) Nov. 12-18 for NHSDA
Created by Melissa Greenblatt on 11/13/2023 4:03:00 PM

NDEO invites all individual participants and chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) to join us in celebrating "NHSDA Love Your Body Week" - a national campaign to encourage body positivity and celebrate all the wonderful things our bodies can do.

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Nov08 Breath: Gateway to Expressivity in Movement
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 11/8/2023 12:51:00 PM

By Nancy & Allegra Romita ~~

One thing is constant from the moment we enter this world as humans until the day we leave.

We breathe.

We breathe automatically and unconsciously.

We also breathe in intricate and sophisticated ways. For example, singers, horn players, actors, and athletes often train in breathing patterns to improve technique. Breath training is a useful strategy to enhance both musicality and performance...

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Nov03 Dancing Around the Topics of Legacy and Loss: Remembering Four Dance Icons
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 11/3/2023 5:48:00 PM

By Pascal Rekoert, Assistant Professor and Dance Education Program Director at Central Connecticut State University ~~

As teachers, we spend endless time lesson planning, pondering the needs and joys of our students, and looking into our proverbial crystal ball. This process prioritizes our direct future, but what about the life learnings we implicitly share with our students? What about the distant future, the professional legacy we leave behind? My summer was a period laden with loss and...

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Oct30 Applications for President-Elect of the NDEO Board Due Nov. 5th
Created by Kari Schrade on 10/30/2023 2:34:00 PM

Submit your application to be President-Elect of the NDEO Board of Directors. Submit your application by following the directions found here.

Applications are due November 5th. 

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Oct26 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - A Reflection on the Creation and Use of Onomatopoeia in a High School Dance Class
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 10/26/2023 9:54:00 AM

By Christine Mazeppa, Adjunct Professor of Dance at University of Miami ~~

As an avid reader and writer who has spent the last eighteen years teaching dance and language arts to high school students, I have long been fascinated by the effects of language and literature on movement. The connection between the two subjects is so present for me that it is often difficult to teach one subject without drawing from the other. My approach to teaching dance is much the same way I would teach my language...

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Oct18 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - Teaching Dance in a K-12 School versus a Dance Studio
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 10/18/2023 8:43:00 AM

By Gina D'Antonio-Spears, Dance Educator, Portage Park Elementary, Chicago Public Schools ~~

When I was growing up in Raleigh NC back in the 1980’s, I did not discover that dance was taught in K-12 schools until I started high school. When I began high school, I learned that our prestigious magnet school offered dance, and I knew I had to go there. I was surrounded by high achieving students who wanted to become doctors and lawyers, but the reason I was there was because I wanted to dance...

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Oct16 New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - Cancer as Dancing Partner
Created by Shelby Bensinger on 10/16/2023 10:21:00 AM

By Wendy Masterson, MSMS/T, RSDE, MFA ~~

A few years ago, a group of women met and began sharing their stories as dance educators living with cancer. Each brought deep insight and affirmation that dance has played a significant role supporting personal and professional growth while facing the challenges of diagnosis, surgery, and recovery from cancer; and in processing the experience through artistic, somatic, and pedagogical explorations. As a collective, this group shared discussion, writing, and movement sessions within the group and with larger communities...

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