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Upcoming OPDI Coursesopdi

 

 
This page lists all upcoming Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ courses open for enrollment. To see all courses in the OPDI course catalog, click here. To see the list of projected courses for upcoming semesters, click here.   

Summer 2020 For course descriptions, click here or scroll down.

12-week Courses:
OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present (5/18-8/9)
OPDI-112: Implementing the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) in Dance (5/18-8/9)
OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher (5/18-8/9)

4 and 6-week Mini Courses:

OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (6/8-7/5)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6/8-7/19)
OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing and Explorations - School, Studio, Personal (6/8-7/19)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (6/8-7/19)


How to Enroll in Courses

To register for courses, login with your NDEO member username and password. Proceed to your Member Profile and click on the Access OPDI button. Under the Upcoming Courses tab, click on the appropriate enroll link for the course you wish to take. If you are not yet an OPDI student you will need to complete the OPDI Application before you can register for a course.
   
Registration and Tuition Payment Deadline: Thursday before course start date.
Fees: OPDI Tuition & Membership Policy

Summer 2020 Course Descriptions & Information

12 Week Courses



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OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present
OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present
Professors: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

This course investigates the ways in which dance in Western Europe developed through various cultural influences from the romantic ballet scenario in the nineteenth century to American artistic compositions of the twenty-first century in the present day. It is intended to expand students’ understanding of dance as both an art form and as a social and cultural artifact. Study includes concert dance forms (ballet, modern, jazz/musical theatre) and numerous social and ballroom dances from 1800 to present. Particular attention focuses on developing students’ ability to become highly-qualified dance educators and to assist them in developing their own students as informed and literate audience members for dance and related dance arts performances. Required Book: History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach (1st Edition) by G. Kassing. Available on Amazon.

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OPDI-112: Implementing the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) in Dance
OPDI-112: Implementing the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) in Dance
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols and Marty Sprague; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

This course will delve into the new National Core Arts Standards in Dance that were created as part of a collaborative effort with all the major art forms including dance, music, theater, visual arts and media arts. These dance standards focus on the 4 artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting. Participants will go in-depth with the standards and learn how to apply the standards in their own classrooms or studios. During this course participants will develop curriculum and lesson plans based on the new standards.

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OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher
OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher
Professor: Jon Anderson; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks

Understanding music is an essential tool for a successful dance teacher. In a classroom setting, it is beneficial to be able to articulate to your students where rhythmic patterns lie, and where specific accents of movements occur. The first half of the course will raise awareness of the relationship between music and dance, covering the concepts of Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, Dynamics, Articulation, and Phrasing. The student will be given an opportunity to explore and apply to dance the concepts learned and write a short musical score to demonstrate overall comprehension. In the second half of the course, students continue to examine the symbiotic relationships that exist between music and dance finding meaningful ways to express those relationships in their teaching. Based on newly acquired musical knowledge and aided with a cadre of tools, students identify musical resources that support teaching and choreography needs. Participants will learn how to make effective music choices reflecting choreographic intent, build personal music libraries, and how to effectively communicate with live musicians in class and performance. In practicums, participants deconstruct a musical score and build a choreographic study derived from the musical structure. Finally, each student works collaboratively with the instructor in a composer/choreographer project with the instructor composing music for each student based on the student’s articulated choreographic intent. By the end of this course, students have a very organic understanding of their relationship with music. No textbook required.
 

Mini Courses: 4-6 Weeks Long



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OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories
OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $200; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU; 4 weeks

This Mini Course explores some of the educational theories that dance educators apply in the classroom and studio. A working knowledge of this material allows students to develop a tool kit of teaching approaches, which serves the educational needs of the students in their studios and classrooms. Each theory is accompanied with specific applications, usable in all teaching environments. In succession, this course will explore the work of Muska Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Bloom's Taxonomy, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind, and Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.

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OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
Professor: Lori Provost; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course examines the diverse and multilateral Western training systems of the French, English, Russian, Italian, Danish, and American schools. By examining historical approaches, students will compose their own syllabus for classroom training. Due to its emphasis on ballet technique and teacher performance, the course relies heavily on visual learning (viewing videos), video recording of classroom teaching, and video conference feedback. This course is beneficial for university students, dancers who are making the transition from a performance career to a ballet-teaching career, and current teachers who want to brush up on theory with online flexibility. It is recommended that students have at the minimum, an introductory knowledge of ballet terminology and technique. It is helpful if students enrolled in this course are currently teaching a ballet class or have instructional access to a group of students, in order to apply assignments that require student demonstrations. If you do not have access to students during this course, you can complete alternate assignments, just make sure to inform the instructor of your situation. Book required: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by G. Grant. (2014) New York, NY: Dover Publications.  Required Book: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by G. Grant. (2014) New York, NY: Dover Publications. 

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OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
Professor: Lindsay Guarino; Tuition $295; 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). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

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OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing and Explorations – School, Studio, Personal
OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing and Explorations – School, Studio, Personal
Professor: Naima Prevots; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks

This course is designed to encourage participants to share and explore choreographic projects created by them and others with the goal of expanding their own ability to create new material, review choreography already produced, and envision new creative possibilities. In the process, students will understand more deeply how to look at the work of others, and how to best explore and review their own methods and results. The course is designed for dance teachers and artists who create choreography for their students in concerts and workshops, as well as for those who create original choreography independent of work environments. Through sharing and exploring work and process with peers and faculty, dance teachers and artists will have opportunities to make their choreography stronger and more meaningful, and enhance the power of dance for themselves and audiences.


Information for All Courses

Required Materials and Commitment

Computer and high speed internet access is mandatory for successful completion of these courses. It is expected that students will spend up to 8 hours each week completing assignments.

General Prerequisites

Before registering for these course, students must be formally accepted into OPDI and have a current NDEO membership. If you have an individual membership (Professional, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, PhD/EdD, Young Professional, or Retiree), you will be able to complete the OPDI application and register for courses from your member profile. If you are the contact name on an institutional membership with NDEO, please call 301-585-2880 or email opdi@ndeo.org and we will set you up with a complimentary OPDI membership.

Grading and Credits

Students will receive a Pass with Distinction or Pass and the appropriate number of NDEO-endorsed continuing education units (CEU) upon the successful completion of the course. Students who do not complete the course will receive an Incomplete. Alternatively, students can register to audit the course, allowing them to participate as much or as little as they want with no consequences. The professor most likely will not grade or review work of auditing students. Students with an audit status will not receive a grade or CEUs, and the course will not count towards to completion of a Certificate in Dance Education. Students have until the end of the fourth week of the course to inform NDEO of their intention to audit, although we prefer you register at the beginning as an audit if that meets your needs. It is up to the student to notify NDEO of their audit status by emailing opdi@ndeo.org.

 

Information on Additional Course Credit
Select OPDI courses (indicated above in course description) are available for either undergraduate or graduate college credit through our partner, the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), at $495 per course. Please note that you cannot audit the course if taken for UNCG college credit, and you will receive a letter grade and can order an official transcript from UNCG after the course is over. During course registration, you will have the option to add UNCG credits to courses where available. Courses with College Credit


Refund Policy

For 12-week or 8-week courses:
In order to be eligible for a refund or credit, the student must notify NDEO by email at opdi@ndeo.org and confirm that the email was received. The $50 administration fee is subtracted from all tuition refunds. If the request is received before the start date of the course and before the student has accessed the course, 100% refund or credit of all tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 7 (end of the first week) of the course, 75% refund or credit of tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 14 (end of the second week) of the course, 50% refund or credit of tuition is granted. No refunds or credits after the end of the 2nd week of the course. Refunds will be sent to the student in the form of a check or credit card depending on mode of initial payment, while credits will be placed in the student’s NDEO membership account and can be used against future NDEO transactions. There are NO refunds of college credit fees from University of North Carolina/Greensboro.

For 4-week or 6-week Mini Courses:
In order to be eligible for a refund or credit, the student must notify NDEO by email at opdi@ndeo.org and confirm that the email was received. The $50 administration fee is subtracted from all tuition refunds. If the request is received before the start date of the course and before the student has accessed the course, 100% refund or credit of tuition is granted. If the request is received by day 7 (end of the first week) of the course, 75% refund or credit is granted. No refunds or credits after the end of the first week Mini Courses. Refunds will be sent to student in the form of a check while credits will be placed in the student’s NDEO membership account and can be used against future NDEO transactions.

Online Course Disclaimer: Online courses are delivered and completed solely through online means (computer; Sakai site; and email). There are no face to face class meetings. Students should be proactive, motivated, and fully responsible for their own coursework and assignments in a timely way. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to work ahead of schedule and anticipate/plan for future assignments.