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Dance teachers wear many hats. We are educators, choreographers, mentors, directors, artists, coaches, coordinators, decision-makers, advocates, and LEADERS. As dance educators, we may not always identify as leaders. We may think that only those with certain job titles, qualifications, or in select sectors qualify for this title.
At NDEO’s 2023 National Conference, Teaching is Leading: Embracing Our Impact and Opportunity as Dance Educators, we invite you to explore the diverse ways you lead in the classroom, the studio, your communities, and elsewhere. Regardless of which setting we teach in or where we are in our career, dance teachers are constantly guiding, managing, developing, advocating, directing, creating, and communicating. We set the tone for our classes; we build relationships with students, parents, and administrators; we overcome obstacles for the sake of our programs; and we advocate for dance and demonstrate its tremendous impact through our teaching. This year in Denver we come together to explore and embrace our impact as leaders. Join us as we raise respect for the field of dance education and make the implicit explicit. If you are a dance teacher, you are a leader.
Denver, the Mile-High City and gateway to the Rockies, is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Its rich history and diverse cultural heritage are honored through the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival, a Scottish Irish Festival, the Denver PrideFest, the Black American West Museum, the Museo de las Americas, and the annual Dragon Boat Festival, honoring the area’s Asian community. Denver is also home to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), engaging the public through artistic, cultural, and historical performances and exhibits. Denver is home to major dance companies and a multitude of smaller ensembles located in the city and outlying communities.
In 2014, the Colorado Board of Education approved a dance endorsement, which has encouraged the placement of qualified dance teachers in public schools. The University of Denver is home to The Dance Archive, the largest dance library in the central United States. The Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO), a NDEO State Affiliate, presents an annual conference open to teachers and their students as well as other events supporting dance education in Colorado. CoDEO and NDEO are excited to welcome dance teachers to Denver in 2023!