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By Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA ~~ There are so many benefits of creative movement for young children! One of the most important is the fostering of social and emotional learning (SEL) in young children. Some of these SEL skills include...
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By Rebecca Mayer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Wyoming Community College ~~ At my current institution, the dance and theatre programs are tightly interwoven, with the music program, as part of the Performing Arts Department. Because our musical theatre majors currently outnumber our dance majors, many of the 100-level dance classes (particularly tap and jazz) are populated by a majority of theatre students. These classes are required for the AA in Musical Theatre (and rightly so)...
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By Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance. With contributions by Hannah Yeoman, senior undergraduate student in Dance and Wildlife Conservation with an emphasis in Biodiversity and Conservation ~~ Why is dance in your life, and how do you want to make a difference? How can your dance community benefit from your passion? How can you turn your dance passion and community involvement into meaningful research? Undergraduate students often search for ways to combine their love of dance with th...
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By Julie Hammond White, Dance Education Director, University of Southern Mississippi ~~ I am confident that my colleagues in academia would readily agree that our most significant and common goal in the education of our students, regardless of content area but particularly in the field of dance, is to fully prepare them to find success in their chosen profession...
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By Cara Lavallee, Dance Director at the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania ~~ “Tech” is such a buzzword these days that the title of this blog post might have made you involuntarily roll your eyes. I can assure you that the specific technology tool I will be sharing can be easily integrated into your dance classroom, and your students will have a blast...
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By Debra Guinta, Director of Design Dance in Chicago, IL ~~ Five years into running my business, Design Dance, I was still teaching 15 dance classes per week at studios in the suburbs to supplement my income. I was lucky because even though I was busy, teaching dance still fell under “doing what I loved”. The first class of Fall 2013...
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By Jenny Sehman, PhD, Director of Dance Education for National Dance Institute (NDI) at the Lighthouse Guild International, NYC ~~ I suffered tremendous insecurity right before teaching my first dance class for students with wide-ranging physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. The students quickly unburdened me of my self-doubt, however, as their instruction demanded focus, attention, and individualized responses to learning styles, leaving little room for wallowing in worry. They led me ...
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By Sonya Monts, Owner and Director of the Dancer's Extension, Saluda, NC ~~ This year has been very difficult for me, and I am grateful for the kind thoughts and support of so many NDEO members who have become my friends and colleagues in dance education. Dance, not only physically moving but also teaching happy children, has been crucial for me to work through the grief over the death of my husband, Thomas, to cancer, and also both of my maternal grandparents...
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By Susan McGreevy-Nichols, NDEO Executive Director ~~ 
NDEO joins the arts education community in mourning the loss of James Catterall, who passed away on August 23, 2017 in Los Angeles. We celebrate his life and work, which was pivotal in advancing arts education research, and acknowledge with gratitude his contributions to our 2013 publication Evidence: A Report on the Impact of Dance...
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NDEO Staff | 29 Aug, 2017 | All Sectors | 0 Comments |
By Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen, MFA ~~ Not that long ago, after teaching for almost ten years, I began to experience a minor existential crisis.

I felt like an expert in my subject area, Dance in Higher Ed, but didn’t feel like I was a very good teacher. I realized I hadn’t been taught to teach, not during my professional career in NYC or even, really, during grad school for my MFA. I wondered if, maybe, I didn’t really know what I was doing. As I looked around my college and talked to variou...
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NDEO Staff | 19 Jun, 2017 | 0 Comments |
By Susan McGreevy-Nichols, NDEO Executive Director ~~ NDEO was saddened to learn of the passing of Chuck Davis, widely considered the father of African Dance in America. Davis passed on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at his home in Durham, North Carolina, at the age 80. Davis was a Bessie-award winning dancer, choreographer, and educator...
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NDEO Staff | 24 May, 2017 | All Sectors | 0 Comments |
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