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PreK-12 Dance Ed Virtual Summit

Announcing a new NDEO Virtual Summit

CONNECTIONS: PreK-12 Dance Education Summit

January 20, 2024



Deadline to Submit: October 27, 2023

Click here for instructions on online submission

PreK-12 dance educators reach students in ways general educators may not. We connect with our students' bodies and minds holistically - socially through the learning process, emotionally as we consistently provide affirmation and feedback, physically by sharing dance skills, and mentally when we share our vast knowledge and build confidence in our youth.

PreK-12 dance educators have the unique opportunity to build college and career ready students by capturing their attention through shared experiences, a multitude of technological integration, as well as collaborative and self-directed learning tasks allowing them to experience music and culture, new ideas and perspectives, and personal growth that they may not otherwise have the chance to enjoy.

It is not enough for us to reach the whole student by just communicating with the student. Education is a journey for all, and dance is a unifying force. Engaging with your school community, local community, and most importantly the students’ families helps develop more connection and support for not just the dancer’s body but also their mind.

For our virtual Summit for PreK-12 dance educators, we invite you to consider all the ways you connect with students through curriculum, performance, environment, technology, advocacy, and community engagement to enhance their learning. You may consider using the following guiding questions to help you frame your proposal.

Guiding Questions for your Session Proposal

  • How do you grab your students' attention and maintain that connection while guiding them to participate in new learning?
  • How does structured improvisation foster engagement?
  • What aspects of the academic curriculum can be enriched through dance?
  • What new dance learning can be directly linked to social studies, science, math, literacy, etc. curriculum?
  • How do you advocate for your dancers, your program, dance education, yourself, etc.?
  • How do you use communication and collaboration in your program with your students in class, your students' parents/guardians, your administration and colleagues, or your community?
  • How do you use technology to offer diverse opportunities to learn for all students?
  • How can you use movement to teach life skills?
  • How does working in a partnership strengthen your teaching and the experience for our students?
  • By engaging students in learning, how are student relationships developed? 


What to Expect

What is a Virtual Summit?

A 1-Day mini-conference packed with live 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. 

Following the success of our Virtual National Dance Education Conferences in 2020 and 2021 and subsequent Virtual Professional Development Days, and in line with our commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is excited to continue our Virtual Professional Development (PD) Days for Dance Teachers under a new name, Virtual Summit!

In addition to our annual in-person NDEO Conference, our Virtual Summits are an accessible professional development alternative for those who are not able to attend the in-person NDEO Conferences.

What Is Included?

  • 10+ live virtual sessions for dance teachers delivered across 5 different session blocks, including movement sessions, panel discussions, and paper presentations on various topics concerning Prek-12 Dance Education.
  • 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned after attending the full day of sessions.
  • Access to all recorded sessions for 1 month after the event


If you require any accommodations please note this on your registration.

  • All sessions will feature either AI generated Closed Captioning or captioning provided by a CART (communication access real-time translation) specialist.
  • A session in each time slot will feature ASL interpretation.
  • All accessibility measures will be noted on the final schedule.

NDEO Member Pricing

  • $95

Non-Member Pricing

  • $160