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By Katrena Cohea, Different Drummer Dance ~~ #ballerinafeet, #flexibilitygoals, Under Armour athletic wear campaigns and voting rights. These are just a few of the ways dancers have created buzz in the social media world, drawing attention to not only the wider dance industry and community, but to important missions, ideas and change inspiring movements. The pervasiveness of social media, viral videos and hashtags of the past few years have seemingly done the dance world good. Instagram, YouTub...
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By Rebecca Santone, Student at Bridgewater State University ~~ Other dancers, however, deflect to teaching dance solely as a way to pay the bills or as a fallback plan after their professional aspirations fall short. Others are forced to retire from dancing professionally, whether it be because of age, injury, or settling down with a family, and feel that teaching dance is the next step in their life. Teaching dance is not something that dancers should simply default to. As the professional danc...
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By Lisa D. Long, California State University Fullerton ~~ As physical and energetic creatures, dancers spend endless hours training their minds and musculature into optimally functioning, art-making instruments. But just as one must change a car’s oil, lubricate bicycle chains and snake clogs out of a drain, bodies, as instruments, need the same kind of maintenance. Remembering to take the time to pause, and unblock the knots and energy that are congealing...
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By Lisa Barker ~~ I have been hurled forward to thinking differently about dancing in my environment thanks to the work of Efva Lilja. Lilja is a choreographer, artist, researcher and author. She writes beautifully about her experiences. At one point in time, she was awarded the opportunity from the Swedish Royal Academy of Science to be part of an expedition to the North Pole. She went to explore movement...
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By Maria Daniel, Founder and Artistic Director of iDance Ministry and mentor for the Youth Dance Ambassadors ~~ t was in this lowest moments that my Dance of Healing story began. On Christmas Eve, I would take a leap of faith and attempt a Liturgical dance performance. Completing the performance would be a miracle, as I could not even perform a walk-through of my dance without severe pain. Since my body was failing me, I practiced the dance...
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By David Alexander, BS, MEd ~~ A wise, close friend shared that adage one day and I believed her. A well defined, persona sense of what it is that informs your teaching personality or style today is critical to being able to shape the continued development of that personal pedagogy, regardless of what you teach. Finding words which represent thoughts, ideas, and experiences...
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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 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 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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