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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.