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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access

To learn more about how NDEO defines Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access and related terms, please see this working document created by our IDEA Committee: IDEA Definitions and Terms.

Featuring Sydney Erlikh. As studios and schools practice social distancing dance teachers now need to create virtual classes that continue to support their communities from a distance. Dance is an opportunity to keep people moving while at home, but teachers now face new challenges on how to best support students with disabilities through remote learning. This webinar will propose best practices, consider remote accommodations, and explore the opportunities of virtual dance to examine disability dance. Finally, we will share the different tools the community is using. This workshop is created with K-12 educators in mind but everyone is welcome to join and consider the accessibility of virtual dance.

Featuring Mary Carbonara, Kyle Limin, Becky Robinson-Leviton, and Jordan Wanderer. Hear from staff and teaching artists of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet as they share their experience in adapting the HeART with Lines integrated residency dance program to focus on undoing white supremacy and responding to trauma, all while transitioning to a distance learning format this Fall. The HeART with Lines program is currently serving PreK-8th grade in the San Francisco Bay area, California area.

Featuring Kawika Alfiche, Phil Chan, Jessica Chen, and Joel Jacinto, moderated by Cory-Jeanne Murakami Houck-Cox and Daniel Gwirtzman. Now, suddenly, a year into the pandemic, the longstanding discrimination toward the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities is being discussed outside of these communities. The silenced struggles, all too real, are being amplified. The voices largely not at the table are being heard. The myth that the AAPI is a model minority is being dismantled in a broader light. The reality is that AAPI communities include some of the most economically and educationally distressed in the United States and were among the highest mortality rate of Covid-19. Systemic implicit bias has been woven into the fabric of US culture for far too long. According to the Asian Pacific Institute, a definition of AAPI includes "all people of Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander ancestry, who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions." NDEO is proud to present an exceptional panel of Master Teachers within the Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Come hear these educators talk about their perspectives, and personal and professional journeys. This session will focus on creating cultural awareness, sensitivity and accountability and bringing to the forefront thoughtful conversations on equity from world dance.

Featuring Kiri Avelar, David Herrera, Michelle Manzanales, Kennyth Montes De Oca, Sandra Rivera and Milteri Tucker, moderated by Deanna Lynn Martinez. NDEO is proud to present an esteemed panel of educators and artists within the Hispanic and Latinx/o/a communities. This panel prioritizes the voices of artists of color with an importance on intersectionality of identity as we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. Come hear these educators talk about their perspectives, and personal and professional journeys. They will discuss the embodiment of Latinidad in their diverse dance practices within pedagogy, scholarship, choreography, authorship, advocacy, and arts administration. This session will focus on creating cultural awareness, sensitivity and accountability and bringing to the forefront thoughtful conversations on equity in dance. Join us for this conversation as we continue exploring what it means to provide Dance Education for ALL.

In this webinar our esteemed panel of presenters will discuss their experiences as LGBTQIA+ identifying educators/artists and how they work to disrupt assumptions in their respective dance spaces. These panelists come from a range of backgrounds and will speak to different experiences based on their specific work environment. Topics covered in this webinar include; anatomy-first language, creating inclusive dance spaces and protocols for all dancers, challenging norms in the casting/audition process, and utilizing inclusive pedagogy throughout the learning process, in both K-12 and University settings. They will each share their perspectives and highlight work that is already being done in the field to address these contemporary issues. There will be a brief Q&A at the end to answer any questions submitted by the audience!

Click here to view a PDF version of the Disrupting Gender Assumptions presentation

This session will feature a rotating movement workshop where each presenter will demonstrate a 20 minute guided movement in their respective dance techniques. Before the movement portion of the panel, audience members will meet each panelist as they share their perspectives and an overview of each style of dance they’ll be demonstrating. Time permitting, there will be time at the end for a Q&A.

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Join our esteemed panelists as they discuss the plurality of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American identities, traditional cultural dance practices, and balancing between struggles and finding joy! Presented by: Kawika Alfiche, Sumana Sen Mandala, Kori Wakamatsu, and Waeli Wang

Presented by Joy Friedlander, Naomi Jackson, Daniel Lewis, and Naima Prevots. This panel will introduce and celebrate the diverse contributions of Jewish Americans to dance in the United States. It will cover some of the historical influences as well as consider the ways in which issues of concern to Jewish Americans impact our teaching, creating and scholarship within the field of dance education today.

Presented by Michael Montoya This session will a screening of the film “Out From the Wings” and a Q&A talk back with the films' creator Michael Montoya. "Out From the Wings" is a documentary film which analyzes the strictly defined and segregated binary gender roles most often enforced in dance, the roles biological female and male dancers are expected to play, and how the expectation of adhering to these roles affects LGBTQIA+ dancers. Consisting primarily of interview footage of lesbian, gay, nonbinary, and transgender dancers ranging in age from 18 to 72, the film addresses how rigid, unrealistic stereotypical images permeate dance training, auditioning and performance. The dancers share not only how this affects them professionally, but how it affects them in their personal relationships with other dancers, choreographers, and company directors as well. My goal in presenting this film is threefold: to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ dancers, to provide support for young dancers who are currently experiencing such discrimination, and to provide suggestions on ways to create a safer and more inclusive environment for these dancers.