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Conference Poster Presentations

Dance and Society:
Developing Community, Empathy, and Understanding through Dance
October 2020 Virtual Conference

Poster submissions will open online soon

With escalating tensions currently facing our students, dance education can serve not only as a platform to influence kindness within communities and encourage tolerance, but also as a vehicle to teach empathy about and spread awareness of different ideas, cultures, and beliefs. Dance is a universal language that can communicate across cultures, develop a sense of connectedness within a community, and engender empathy in audience members. The art and education of dance has a unique way of developing a well-rounded dancer and overall person who becomes a positive part of society and community. There are many life skills that one develops as they take part in dance, and studying and performing this art form encourages a more global perspective, which fosters increased empathy and understanding of diverse cultures.

NDEO seeks proposals for conference poster presentations. You are invited to consider the many ways in which the development of community, empathy, and understanding can be approached through dance education. Please consider some of the following questions as you write your proposal.

  • What techniques can a dance company use to develop a community-wide understanding and appreciation of dance?
  • How might a choreographer create an understanding and appreciation of dance within their community?
  • As a dance educator, how can an understanding of dance be developed at the school, district, and community level?
  • What methods can a dance company, studio, choreographer, or educator use to promote community involvement in dance?
  • How might a dance company, studio, choreographer, or educator foster empathy for a particular culture or idea through dance?
  • What teaching strategies or techniques might be used to generate empathy among students for a cultural group or idea?
  • In what ways can dance educators create a sense of empathy among their students for each other?

General Information

All posters are required to be in large-scale printed format in 36 by 48 inch (horizontal) size. You will be provided with an easel, foam board and clips to attach your poster to the foam board. There will not be tables so please do not plan to use additional materials other than your poster (including computers) and business cards that you can hand out to individuals interested in learning more about your work. Trifold and handcrafted posters will not be accepted.

Types of Posters

posterYour poster may represent scholarship in teaching, research, or community engagement.

Community Engagement Poster should include:

  • Name, faculty advisor (for students) , name of home institution and Community Partner
  • Project title, and abstract up to 400 words
  • Purpose
  • Background information
  • Description of project
  • Description of outcomes
  • Reflections by participants
  • Photos, Drawings
  • Sample plans
  • Programs
  • Reflections by author
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

Teaching Poster should include:

  • Name, name of home institution
  • Course/class title
  • Background information/theoretical framework as appropriate
  • Course/class content
  • Student responses
  • Photos
  • Student drawings
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Teacher reflection
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

Research Poster (use APA format for references) should include:

  • Name, (for students) faculty advisor, name of home institution
  • Project title
  • Background literature/theoretical framework as appropriate
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

Poster Resources

Designing the Poster Using Power Point


Printing the Poster

Most Universities have places where you can print a poster. Check with your library or computer support center. All Kinkos print posters; however, they are much more expensive then the on-campus offices. After printing the poster, roll and carry in a bag or tube.

Presenting the Poster

For any questions on conference or poster presentations, please email
Photo Credits: Rose Eichenbaum. Taken at 2010 NDEO Conference.