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OPDI offers online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, history, assessments, research, and much more. OPDI will benefit the vast majority of dance educators, teaching artists, and administrators who are working in private studios and schools of dance, community and cultural centers, higher education, and K-12 education seeking professional development. The courses are designed to appeal to those professionals who want to learn more, enhance domains of knowledge, learn new content areas, and strengthen their own teaching and learning skills.
While we welcome anyone to take our courses, it helps if the student has a few years of dance teaching experience as well as dance training in their specific technique or genre. OPDI courses do not teach you how to dance. OPDI courses are designed to make you a better teacher and build off your previous experiences. Dance teachers looking to pursue lifelong learning, highly qualified teacher (HQT) status, a pay raise, an endorsement in dance beyond certified K-12 area, or retaining current certification may find that OPDI courses fit their needs.