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Do you need college credit in dance to satisfy professional development requirements or to satisfy a pre-requisite for another program?  If so, take a look at three of our OPDI Courses that are eligible for the optional undergraduate credit from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG).  All three courses begin on Monday Sept. 10th.

Registration and Payment Deadline is Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. If you are not already an OPDI student, please login to your NDEO membership and complete the OPDI Application

OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research (September 10 to December 2, 2018)

Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 445) for additional $495; This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research process, design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. In addition, an overview of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, descriptive, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive, and critical approaches is explored. Student learning outcomes include the ability to read research in informed and critical ways, analyze research findings, and formulate their own research question(s) and appropriate methodologies. This 3-unit course is appropriate for dance educators interested in developing their knowledge about research, using research to enhance teaching, seeing their studios and classrooms as research labs, and constructing their own research studies for improving student learning and teaching practices.


OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice (September 10 to December 2, 2018)

Professor: Robin Kish; Tuition $500; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs*; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 341) for additional $495; This course provides an introduction to the field of dance kinesiology with an emphasis on applied teaching practices. The course will provide participants with a strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology to help maximize performance and minimize potential injuries of their students.  Participants will learn how to create environments to promote healthy approaches in the training of dancers which include injury basics, developmentally safe practices, nutrition and the creation of a medical support network. The information provided in the course is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research. As an educator it is important to clearly define the anatomical potential and limitations of individual dancers in order to maximize technical training and performance. This course will provide you with the confidence that you are using safe and effective training principles to minimize injury in your students. Book required: Trail Guide to the Body (4th Edition) 2005 by Andrew Biel {spiral-bound} Boulder, collard: Books of Discovery. ISBN #9780982663400


OPDI-111ab: Dance History: Global, Cultural, and Historical Considerations (September 10– December 2) 

Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $285 for 111a & $215 for 111b; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs*; 12 weeks; 3 Undergraduate Credits available from University of North Carolina / Greensboro (UNCG course # DCE 206) for additional $495 but you must register and PAY for both 111a and 111b at same time;  This course provides an overview of dance history in cultural and historical context, from its earliest documentation (pre-historic times) to current practices, including the emergence of new dance forms through transmigration (e.g. Kathak to Flamenco, Clogging to Tap, Gumboot to Stepping). Global in its perspective, the course equally emphasizes Western and Non-Western dance forms. Using context as its primary lens, the course covers theatrical, folk and social forms of dance in socio-economic, religious, and political environments. The effects of culture on what and how we dance and the corresponding influence of dance on its society will also be explored. Among other dance forms, participants will explore examples of dance influenced by politics (e.g. Kurt Jooss' Green Table, and the trajectory of Cambodian court dance), economics (social dances of the Depression and Swing eras), religion (e.g. Bharata Natyam, as performed by the devadasis, and Sufi "whirling dervishes"), and myths and legends (e.g. Graham's Errand into the Maze, or variations on Apollo from Louis XIV through Czarist Russia to Balanchine.) The course is intended to serve the needs of a wide variety of students including: 1) dance students, professional dancers and educators who desire a global overview of dance history, 2) students, professional dancers and educators who are curious about the interconnections of dance and society, 3) students who need a dance history prerequisite for further study, or 4) danceeducators preparing for K-12 certification content exams in certain states such as New York. Two books required: Vissicaro, P. (2004) Studying Dance Cultures around the World. Dubuque, IA. Kendall/Hunt. Dils, A. and Albright, A. (2001). Moving History/Dancing Cultures. Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University Press.


OPDI-111a: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 1) (Sept. 10 – Oct. 21)

Tuition $285 for Part 1; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; This course is a pre-requisite for OPDI-111b

In Part 1 of this course the student will explore the terminology and descriptions used in the study of dance history

along with the functions that dance plays in our lives such as social, theatrical, political, religious, etc. The course will then move on to a review of Classical dance forms (e.g. ballet, Bharata Natya, etc.) and Blended dance forms (e.g. tap).


OPDI-111b: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations (Part 2) (Oct. 22 - Dec. 2)

Tuition $215 for Part 2; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeksOPDI-111a is a pre-requisite for this course. 

In Part 2 of this course the student will explore dance forms from pre-historic dance, myths and legends, transmigration, globalization and nationalism. A review of pedagogy models for teaching world dance is also explored. The course then ends with a culminating essay project. 


To register if you are already an OPDI Student:  Please login to your membership at and click on the drop down menu under your name in top right corner of homepage.  Then click on Profile, then once in your profile look for the OPDI section where there will be a link called Access OPDI. Click on that and you will see all courses open for enrollment. Then click on the Enroll icon in the Maintenance column for the course you want to take.  Follow the steps to register and pay for a course.

Questions?  Email

Melissa Greenblatt
NDEO Managing Director