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Upcoming Webinars

These webinars offer the opportunity for dance educators to learn from leading experts. Panelists will offer best practices, tips, and strategies related to the webinar topic. Attendees can submit questions for panelists prior to and during the session. Webinars are an hour long with recordings available on-demand and are available FREE to Members and Non-Members. Registration is required. To see on-demand recordings of prior webinars, visit the links in the left-side menu bar.

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Dance Education for All Bodies

Thursday October 6, 2022 at 5:00-6:00 PM ET

As dance educators, many of us grew up and were trained in systems that caused emotional harm to us and those around us by judging, criticizing and diminishing bodies that do not conform to the narrow traditional vision of what a dancer's body "should" be. In this webinar we will explore how these experiences shape us as educators and inform how we show up for our students. We will consider current research relating to eating disorders and body image, and discuss practical strategies for the building of safe and supportive dance environments. We will present information and also allow for discussion and reflection with opportunities for participation.

Presesnted By:

Mary Pisegna Gorder holds a BS in Developmental Psychology and Dance from the University of Oregon. Mary teaches at All That Dance (ATD) in Seattle, WA, where she has been a faculty member for over a decade. As ATD's Ballet Department Lead, Mary has written and developed the ballet curriculum, and teaches a wide range of levels and ages. She has been ATD’s NHSDA Chapter Sponsor since 2013, and is the Dance Educators Association of Washington's NHSDA Representative. Mary helped to create and continues to facilitate Love Your Body Week, now adopted as a national event through NHSDA, and mentors teen choreographers as co-director of ATD's Student Choreography Showcase. As an educator she strives to inspire community connection, artistry, and self assurance in each of her students.


Rachel Stewart is a Child & Family Therapist with a background in dance and dance education.  She received her dance training at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and taught dance in Seattle for over 15 years. In 2005 Rachel founded the Love Your Body Week program at All That Dance in Seattle Washington.


Rachel has continued to grow and develop Love Your Body Week based on experiences with diverse populations in Philadelphia - where she did dance outreach through BuildaBridge International - and in Los Angeles working with the Free Arts for Abused Children, as well as her academic background. Rachel has a Masters in Mass Media Studies from Temple University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.


Watch on Demand

Past NDEO webinars are available via the links below organized by category. You can use the search function on the collection page if you are looking for a particular webinar or topic.

Click here to view the Teaching Online collection

Click here to view the Dance Sectors, Ages & Populations collection

Click here to view the Dance and Disability collection

Click here to view the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access collection

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