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Breathing New Life into Your Dance Programs and Teaching Methods

Sunday, September 29, 2024 - Tuesday, October 1, 2024
Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle's Eastside (WA)

Call for Sessions

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024

How to Submit

NDEO invites dance educators to join together in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the Fall of 2024 to share stories of revitalization. Inspired by the growth and greenery of our setting, we will gather in Bellevue, WA to reignite our shared passion for dance education. As we shift from acute reaction and response to the disruptions of the pandemic and into a new engagement with dance education, we will convene to share how we are revitalizing our dance programs and renewing our personal and professional dance practices. Amidst the camaraderie of fellow dance educators, we aim to kindle the spirit of rejuvenation, fostering an environment where ideas can flourish, innovations can take root, and collective wisdom can be shared. This conference offers a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the diverse approaches taken by educators as they navigate the challenges of the past and embrace the promise of a vibrant future.

We invite all dance educators to submit applications for panels, paper presentations, movement sessions, and workshops for the 2024 NDEO National Conference. If you need guidance developing your topic, we encourage you to consider the following questions:

  • Four years out from the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, how are you transitioning from acute reaction to disruption into a new engagement with dance and teaching?
  • What rethinking from your reactions to disruptions from recent years will you be holding onto as your dance program moves forward? 
  • How are you bringing new ideas into your classrooms and studios, or reframing and re-examining trusted and true lessons and pedagogical approaches to serve students in this time?
  • How have you found success working with administrators to support the needs of your program as it shifts to meet the needs of students in a world shaped by current events?
  • How can you use your experience as a dance educator to revitalize the administration and structure of your organization or school?
  • What strategies and practices help you refresh your teaching when you find yourself growing stale or uninspired? 
  • How have you found a new relationship with dance education through a career transition?
  • How do you help your students engage with new perspectives and thinking in the dance classroom or studio?
  • How has your commitment to inclusion revitalized the content and atmosphere of your dance program?
  • How have your disability-inclusive practices revitalized your dance program? What practical tips and resources have you used to make the dance studio / classroom more accessible for everyone?
  • How has your community of dance educators helped to reignite your passion for dance education and guide you to new strategies and teaching methods? 
  • How has the revitalization of your dance program impacted your local community?
  • How has professional development empowered you to revitalize your teaching practice? 
  • How has your program’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) helped to reignite excitement for your dance students? 
  • How do you keep your own relationship to dance and teaching fresh and invigorated? Where do you find inspiration and creativity today?
  • How do you find and cultivate joy in your teaching and dance practice in the face of challenges, both personal and global?

Preparing Your Submission

Need some tips and tricks on submitting a proposal? Review the presentation below by NDEO Member Tanjarae Porter to help you get started and consider joining us on February 21, 2024 from 7:00-8:00pm ET for an interactive Proposal Writing Workshop.

Register for the workshop here

Submission Fee

Current NDEO Members

There is no proposal submission fee for current NDEO members.


Non-members are welcome to submit a proposal for a conference session. They must pay a $40 submission fee. Unpaid proposals will not be considered. If you would like to join NDEO as a member, click here for more information.

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