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Pre-Conference Intensives


All available pre-conference intensives #2-#8 are included with your pre-conference day registration. The K-12 Bus Tour intensive (#1) is available at a separate cost. Please see below for pricing.

After registering, you will be sent a form to select which intensives you plan to attend to reserve your spot. When an intensive is at capacity, you may join the waitlist, and we will notify you if a spot opens.

  • Intensive #1: K-12 Bus Tour: $75 (includes lunch and transportation)
  • Intensives #2-#8 for NDEO Members: $65
  • Intensives #2-#8 for Non-Members: $80                                                                            

#1: Bus Tour Exploring K-12 School Dance Programs in Colorado

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM               

Facilitated by CoDEO

Welcome to Colorado! Educators will have the opportunity to see a variety of K-12 Colorado dance programs ranging from public, private, and charter. Please join us to witness the incredible dance education programs in the state! The tour includes bus transportation and a box lunch. Registration Deadline: August 15, 2023.

#2: Creativity & Culture: Implicit Bias & Dance-Making

8:30 – 11:30 AM

Presented by Crystal Davis 

When students develop dances in genres you are not well-versed in, how do you assist, support, and deepen learning? For students creating in a genre you know but have an aesthetic you find unappealing or inappropriate, how do you engage with students around this difference in taste? What are challenges of appropriateness, safety, and culturally relevant understandings of the dance? This workshop uses research, strategies, and activities provided in the book, Dance and Belonging: Implicit Bias and Inclusion in Dance Education, to facilitate a practice of how to disrupt the negative effects of biases when students are creating their own works. Participants will enact a choreographic process that models supporting creativity while addressing audience responses with particular care for students underrepresented, socially marginalized, or historically stigmatized in dance classrooms.

#3: Types of Stretch and When to Use Them

9:00 – 11:00 AM

Presented by Allegra Romita and Nancy Romita

This active movement session addresses myths about stretch, explores new approaches, and proposes a shift in dance training constructs about stretching. It presents leading research in motor learning on the benefits of stretching to develop resilience in muscle action and enhance movement potential. Participants learn 7 different approaches to stretching and when to use them within teaching practices for maximum benefit for students. The session uses the Functional Awareness® approach to resilience in action while investigating dynamic, static, prolonged, ballistic, PNF stretching as well as neurocognitive and myofascial release effects on muscular stretch.

#4: Are Dance Competitions Disrupting the Power and Progress of Dance Education?

Facilitated by Chasta Hamilton

Following up on a highly-engaging NDEO webinar and SIG conversations, we continue to consider the question: Are Dance Competitions Disrupting the Power and Progress of Dance Education? Divided into two, deep-dive segments, Part I will discuss The Facts and The Relation while Part II discusses The Action. Designed for anyone who believes in the power of dance education and transformative leadership, this collaborative environment will respectfully consider dance education's potential for positive, sustainable, and equitable impact as we cultivate the performers, and leaders, of tomorrow. You may attend both parts or either part.

#4A: Part 1: The Facts and The Relation 9:00 – 11:30 AM

#4B: Part 2: The Action 12:30 – 3:00 PM

#5: Moving through Parkinson’s with Integrated Teaching

12:30 – 3:00 PM

Presented by Lisa Morgan, Andrew Knight, and Kyle Wilhelm

Moving Through Parkinson's is a collaborative and integrative program bringing community members living with Parkinson’s together with faculty and students from Colorado State University’s Dance, Music Therapy, and Occupational Therapy programs. The synergy and cross pollination of science and creative practice supports wellness and reveals the value of experiential learning with multiple ages and intentions. The intensive will include an overview of the program, reviewing the dance/movement framework as well as fundamental music therapy theory and practice. We will explore HOW and WHY live music supports movement and empathetic understanding. Participants will explore how we can shift our expectations and roles, and enter into a shared learning process that is inclusive and responsive to who is in the room. These universal tools can transfer to classrooms and/or therapeutic settings.

#6: Equity Exploration

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Presented by Cleo Parker Robinson, assisted by Shelby Jarosz 

Drawing on a 52 year history of artistic excellence, and recognizing that dance is a powerful tool to help focus students’ attention on complex issues of diversity, Cleo Parker Robinson and Cleo Parker Robinson Dancers will begin this exploration with performance of an excerpt from the Ensemble’s repertoire, focusing on issues of racial equity. Attendees will have an opportunity to dive into deep conversation and will investigate ways for teachers and students to address equity issues by establishing “safe space” and open dialogue. Movement elements will encourage attendees to explore their own acknowledgement of the need for continuous healing support of mind, body, and spirit – for themselves and for their students. Dialogue will encourage attendees to present open and honest questions and concerns in a respectful and receiving way. Intensive takes place offsite at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

#7: Dancing Around Race–Deeper Dive into Racial Equity

3:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Presented by Gerald Casel 

Using tools from Dancing Around Race, Gerald Casel builds on last year's NDEO workshop that reflects his research on race and racism in dance. Through conversations and movement provocations, participants will explore their relationships to power, social position, and how they exist within systems of dance education, performance, and production. Casel writes, "With a group of BIPOC dance artists, I examine what is missing in the research/practice/literature when it comes to operationalizing racial equity. These lacunae form unique methodological tools that transform the lenses through which we explore the social constructions of race." Learning alongside dance communities/ecologies permeates this iterative and ongoing practice, with each gathering expanding what we know, what we don't know, and how to collectively envision how we will get there with collective care.

#8: The Life and Legacy of Daniel Lewis

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Presented by Daniel Lewis 

This presentation will explore the development of Lewis’ approach to dance education and choreography. His career as an educator, dancer, and administrator begins with teaching at a local dance studio in Brooklyn at age 12. From 1968-1987, he taught at The Juilliard School in New York, and then became the founding Dean of Dance at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, a high school and college dance program, for 23 years. This talk will include video and stories of performing, teaching, choreographing, and staging the works of master choreographers Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, José Limón, and his own work. Each of these aspects of dance embodies a unique approach to teaching technique and repertory. Lewis will be sharing 67 years of teaching and performing, what it has taught him, and what it contributed to the development of dance.