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Last 3 Spring OPDI Courses begin Mar. 5th - Develo...

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NDEO's Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) has 3 more courses starting on March 5th.  List below are descriptions of each course. If you are not already an OPDI student, then you will need to complete the online application at OPDI Admissions - just make sure you are logged in to your membership.

Deadline to Register and Pay for Courses is Thursday, March 1st.  

If you have questions, please email  

The OPDI webpage can be access at Upcoming OPDI Courses.

OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance

Excellent opportunity for teachers who have never taken an online course! Featuring content that you can apply in your studio with a short 4 week format and low tuition!

March 5 to April 1, 2018

Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $190; 1 CEU; 4 week Mini Course; This Mini Course explores human development as it informs our teaching of students of all ages and abilities. Exploration will cover general domains including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. As dance educators, we need to be aware of our students' development in each of these domains. Participants will utilize this information in observing and identifying behaviors in each of the domains, and in creating learning environments in which all dance students can succeed.


OPDI- M8: Developing Model Cornerstone Assessments for the New Dance Standards 

March 5 to April 15, 2018

Professor:  Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 6 weeks; 

The Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are rich performance-based assessments designed in conjunction with the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance. As the title suggests MCAs are examples of how these instructionally embedded assessments can be used to assess the dance student at the end of a unit, a semester or even the year. This course will support participants in developing their own cornerstone assessments for their students.


OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice

March 5 to April 15, 2018

Professor:  Lindsay Guarino; Tuition $285; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course traces the continuum of jazz dance from its roots to its many manifestations today.  Students will explore their own jazz dance identity through a process of examining historical jazz eras and styles (authentic, vernacular, theatrical, and contemporary) and by engaging in reflection, choreographic explorations, and dialogue with classmates.  Additional course components include reading, video viewing and analysis, and writing assignments that allow students to focus their understanding of jazz dance. Whether you teach in a privately owned dance studio, in K-12, or in higher education, this course will also offer participants the opportunity to practice a historically-rooted approach for teaching jazz dance that is relevant today in contemporary jazz dance practices.  By applying essential jazz dance characteristics that are derived from the origins of jazz but are often forgotten in dance studios today, participants will be able to integrate a rich understanding of jazz dance to classroom exercises that are already in your tool box.  Feedback from classmates and instructor will open the doors to a dialogue where, as a community, one can share successes and challenges.  In turn, participants will complete this course with a series of class exercises that can be explored and integrated into regular studio classes. Book required: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. (2014). Gainseville, FL: University Press of Florida.

How to Register for a Course if you are a Current OPDI Student 

To register for an OPDI course just log into your NDEO member account at  and proceed to the drop down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click on the Profile link, then on Access OPDI link within your Profile to find all the courses that are open for enrollment. Click on the Enroll icon and proceed to register and pay for the course.


Melissa Greenblatt
NDEO Managing Director