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"The OPDI course more than exceeded my expectations. It offered several levels of learning. I learned more about contemporary dance history than I had previously known. I gained a clear idea of how I want to frame this history. As a teacher, I was very impressed, and learned a lot, from [the professor's] teaching in this course."
- recent OPDI student
 
Students in the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ will benefit from the instruction of dance education experts from across the nation. The following biographies are an introduction to some of the wonderful teachers brought together for the Institute.
 
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Jane Bonbright, EdD
Jane Bonbright, EdD
Jane earned her doctorate in education at Temple University. Dr. Bonbright dedicated fifty-five years to the field of dance specializing in performance, education, research, administration, and dance/arts advocacy at national and state levels. She began her career as a professional ballet dancer and toured the United States and Europe with major ballet companies. She is founding director of the Maryland Youth Ballet (MD), home school of artists Susan Jaffe, Julie Kent, Cheryl Yaeger, Roger Plaut, Joanne Danto, and hundreds of other professional ballet dancers .She taught for thirty-five years in professional-oriented training academies, K-12, and colleges and universities before focusing on national issues involving policy, legislation, and funding for arts and education. Dr. Bonbright served as President and Executive Director for the National Dance Association before joining NDEO as Founding Executive Director in 1998 where she worked to establish NDEO as the national service organization for dance arts in US education. Dr. Bonbright served as Project Director for Research in Dance Education (2001-2005) and Professional Teaching Standards for Dance in the Arts (2005) and many national task force commissions. As Founding Executive Director of NDEO, Dr. Bonbright worked with over 100 federal/state government agencies and arts/education associations to ensure dance arts is included in the national agenda in U.S. education. She is the recipient of CORD’s Outstanding Leadership in Dance Education Award (2005), CODA’s Alma Hawkins Award of Excellence in Dance in Education (2007), and NDEO’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). Jane teaches OPDI-109: NDEO Conference Research Study and OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals.

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Patricia G. Cohen, MA, RDE
Patricia G. Cohen, MA, RDE
Pat is a faculty member in the New York University / Steinhardt Dance Education Program where she has created and instigated innovative academic programs in various aspects of dance and dance education. Cohen was a contributing writer and co-editor of a special topics issue of the Journal of Dance Education devoted to dance in the private sector and serves on the editorial board of Dance Education in Practice. She is a past member of NDEO’s Board of Directors and a recipient of NDEO’s Leadership Award.  A certified teacher of Simonson Technique, she studied extensively with jazz legends Luigi and Matt Mattox. She is active in UNITY, an organization that brings together varied dance and dance-related communities. Pat teaches OPDI-101: Introduction to Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts, OPDI-111a&b: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations, OPDI-201: PTSDA Portfolio Development, OPDI-M2: Elements of Movement, and OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains.

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Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD
Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD
Theresa is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Rowan University. Cone received her Ph.D. from Temple University in Dance Education. She taught and choreographed for the American Repertory Ballet Company Children’s program for 20 years and after a wonderful 33-year career as an elementary Physical Education and Dance teacher in South Brunswick, New Jersey, where she also had a children’s performing dance company, she enjoyed a second career teaching at Rowan University. She taught the Adapted Physical Education and Dance in Physical Education courses, she was director of the Rowan University-Kingsway Learning Center Physical Activity program and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Special Olympics New Jersey. She continues as a member of the planning team for the Beijing Sport University Inclusive Physical Education Online project. She has published over 100 articles and 8 books. Her husband, Dr. Stephen L. Cone, was a frequent collaborator and their books, including Assessing Dance in Elementary Physical Education, Teaching Children Dance, Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Physical Education, and Interdisciplinary Elementary Physical Education, have been published in numerous countries. Further, she was co-author of Learn.Practice.Play.UNIFIED: Guide to Inclusive Physical Education and Sport Activities. Theresa teaches OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities.

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Anne Dunkin, PhD, MA
Anne Dunkin, PhD, MA
Anne has coordinated NDEO’s DELRdi for several years. Her background includes extensive studio teaching in the private sector in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, providing K-8 dance education programs throughout several states, and teaching pre-service teachers at California State University, Fullerton for ten years. She recently self published a dance history book for young readers, How They Became Famous Dancers: A Dancing History, an auxiliary resource for her earlier book, Dancing in Your School: A Guide for Preschool and Elementary School Teachers, published by Princeton Book Company in 2006. Her Ph.D. in dance history and theory is from the University of California, Riverside, and she earned her M.A. in human development education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Anne teaches OPDI-M11 Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi.

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Rima Faber, PhD, MA, BA
Rima Faber, PhD, MA, BA
Rima returned to academia after a full career as performer, choreographer, director of several performing companies, and founder and director of the Primary Movers Dance School and Company (1979-2000). Her thesis focused on kinesthetic learning for primary school age children and centered on cutting edge research in cognitive and brain development. Her dissertation researched the philosophic and pedagogical principles of the National Standards for Dance Education. She taught in DC Public Schools from 1980-1997. In the mid- and late 1990s, Rima worked with National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on developing, facilitating, and implementing the national assessments in arts education. Rima is the founding President and Executive Director of the National Dance Education Organization, where she served as Program Director for 12 years. At NDEO, she chaired task forces to develop Standards for Dance in Early Childhood, and newStandards for Dance Education in the Arts. She served as Research Director in NDEO’s research initiative Research in Dance Education and co-editor for Priorities for Research in Dance Education: A Report to the Nation. She has presented her research regularly at conferences since 1996. In 2002, she received the NDEO Visionary Award, in 2004, was admitted into the American University Performing Arts Hall of Fame, and in 2006 received the MetroDC Dance Award for Excellence in Dance Education. She is currently teaching an online course on assessment for Rutgers University, is President of Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization (CREDO), and is on the Advisory Boards of Dance/Metro DC, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and the Dance Notation Bureau. She received a grant from Hands On Science to direct a dance integration program with Baltimore County Public Schools called “Science With Dance in Mind,” and has created a professional development program for CREDO that promotes the full depth, scope, and joy of dance education. Rima teaches OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance, OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research, and OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy.
 
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Lindsay Guarino
Lindsay Guarino
Lindsay is the director of the dance program at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. There, she has facilitated the dramatic growth of the dance minor program while founding and directing Extensions Dance Company, which has performed in concerts and festivals throughout New England. A native of Buffalo, NY, she has taught and choreographed in jazz and contemporary styles at schools including Providence College, University at Buffalo (SUNY), University of Arizona, and over twenty private dance studios, in addition to jazz dance master classes at conferences and festivals across the country. Lindsay published the textbook Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches with co-editor Wendy Oliver in 2014, and later planned and hosted NDEO’s “Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches in Practice” conference in the summer of 2016 at Salve Regina. She holds a BFA in dance from the University at Buffalo and an MFA in dance from the University of Arizona. Lindsay teaches OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice.
 
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Thomas Hagood
Thomas Hagood
Thomas K. Hagood is recognized for his writings on the history and policy for dance in American higher education. Texts and original research examine the life and work of Margaret H’Doubler and Alma Hawkins, the organization and sociology of dance in American education, curriculum design for dance, and kinesthetic potentials in dance education. At the University of Utah he was TA to Sally S. Fitt (1978-1980) and assisted in the development of her text, Dance Kinesiology. At Wisconsin he delved into the teaching legacy of Margaret H’Doubler and consolidated the data that would lead to his dissertation and 2000 text A History of Dance in American Higher Education: Dance and the American University, the first comprehensive history and analysis of the development of dance in the American academy. In 2006 he was invited to be founding editor of the Cambria Press’s book series in dance, a series he currently edits with Dr. Luke Kahlich. He served as convening president and 1st past president of the National Dance Education Organization, founding past president of the Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO), PI and content area chair of the NDEO’s Research in Dance Education Project. Awards include the 2002 NDEO Special Honors Award, 2005 NDEO Visionary Award, and the 2005 FDEO Leadership Award. Currently serves the NDEO’s OPDI, and directs URBANEediting, “an editing, text development, and coaching service for those who bring creativity to life, work, and communication.” Thomas teaches OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance.

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Joshua Honrado, MS, ATC, CSCS, RYT
Joshua Honrado, MS, ATC, CSCS, RYT
Mr. Honrado, an athletic trainer at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, provides backstage care to Broadway shows and elite dance companies as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. He received his MS in athletic training from Seton Hall University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University. Mr. Honrado is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered yoga teacher. Joshua teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention.

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Robin Kish, MFA
Robin Kish, MFA
Robin earned her MFA in kinesiology and pedagogy from the University of California/Irvine and her MS in exercise physiology and biomechanics from California State University/Fullerton. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified in Pilates. Since 2006, she has been on the faculty of Chapman University where she teaches Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention, Movement Anatomy and Exercise Physiology, Dance in World Cultures, Pilates Conditioning, Ballet for Non-majors, Ballet Technique, Conditioning, and a Pilates Certification Course. She guest lectures for Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and Education Departments. She has authored numerous publications and has given extensive presentations on anatomy, kinesiology, and original research. She is an active member in the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medicine Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Pilates Method Alliance as well as NDEO. Robin teaches OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practices.
 
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Suzanne Knosp, BM, MA, DMA
Suzanne Knosp, BM, MA, DMA
Dr. Suzanne Knosp is a Professor/Music Director for Dance at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. As a pianist and composer, Suzanne has collaborated with many choreographers and master teachers. She has created numerous scores and recordings for dance class. Dr. Knosp is a specialist in the research, education and training of dance musicians. She created the curriculum for the MM in Dance Accompaniment in both piano and percussion performance. Dr. Knosp has lectured and performed at many national and international festivals and conferences most recently at Il Corpo nel Sueno in Rome. She is an active member of NDEO and past President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. Suzanne teaches OPDI-M14: Music Fundamentals for the Dance Teacher.
 
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Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, ATC, PT, CSCS
Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, ATC, PT, CSCS
Dr. Liederbach, Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who holds a doctoral degree in biomechanics and ergonomics. She has provided backstage therapy for hundreds of dancers, dance companies, and Broadway shows and has published numerous papers and lectured internationally. Dr. Liederbach formerly danced professionally and worked as a critically acclaimed choreographer. In 2010, she was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame. Marijeanne teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dance Health and Injury Prevention.
 
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Susan McGreevy-Nichols
Susan McGreevy-Nichols
Susan is Executive Director of the National Dance Education Organization and a national arts education consultant. Susan provides professional development in assisting teachers in designing and documenting student work that meets standards and in helping teaching artists understand educational reform efforts and how to make their work in schools more relevant to reform. She coaches districts in Los Angeles County as part of the Arts for All initiative and in Northern California in Alameda County as a part of the county’s initiative Revitalizing Classrooms Through Arts Learning: Strategic Plan. These initiatives provide strategic planning, technical support, curriculum development, assessments, survey development, and data collection. She supports districts in identifying local advocates and strategies for providing equity and access to the arts. Susan founded and directed the dance program at the renowned Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island from 1974-2002. Every student at the school participated in a program that treated dance as a core subject and emphasized the creating, performing and responding processes as they link to the arts and other disciplines. She is the developer of a cutting edge reading comprehension strategy that uses text as inspiration for original choreography created by children. In 1995, Susan was honored as the National Dance Teacher of the Year. Susan co-founded the Professional Development Institute (PDI), a partnership with Rhode Island College that offered teachers the dance education course work needed to obtain state dance certification. She also collaborated on developing and coordinating Alameda County’s Arts Integration Specialist Program (CA). Susan is the co-author of five books: Building Dances (1995), Building More Dances (2001), Experiencing Dance (2004), Dance About Anything (2006) and Exploring Dance Forms and Styles (2010). Susan teaches OPDI-104: Dance Integration, OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Dance Standards in Your Classroom and Studio, OPDI-M1: Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories, OPDI-M3: Assessment Concepts, and OPDI-M8: Designing Model Cornerstone Assessments.

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Lynn Monson
Lynn Monson
Lynn Monson trained at Hartford Ballet in Hartford, CT, completing their Teacher Training Certificate Program in 1975, after which she co-directed a branch school for Hartford Ballet. For over 30 years, she taught Ballet, Creative Movement, Modern, Jazz and Tap to all ages, pre-school to adults, at a variety of venues with a particular focus on creative movement for early childhood and elementary aged children. Lynn studied Labanotation at the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City and is a certified Labanotation teacher. Lynn completed a BA in Dance at Arizona State University and performed with the Thursday in the Dark Dance Co. For 11 years, she managed multiple campuses for Carmel Community Arts & Technology Charter School (K-12). Her responsibilities included developing the dance and integrated curriculum, conducting staff training, writing federal and state grants, directing school accountability, and teaching dance classes. Lynn also served as a trainer for the City of Phoenix Artspace program. Lynn was a member of the team that wrote the Performance Objectives for the Arizona Dance Standards in 1997. In 2005-06, she worked on the writing team to revise the Arizona Dance Standards and is currently working on developing state assessments for dance. Lynn is a member of the Dance Notation Bureau, International Council of Kinetography Laban, National Dance Education Organization, a board member of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, and served on the board of the Arizona Dance Arts Alliance. She was instrumental in the formation of the Arizona Dance Education Organization and has served as Secretary and President and is currently Executive Assistant. Lynn teaches OPDI-107: Creative Dance in Early Childhood and OPDI-M6: Introduction to Creative Dance for Early Childhood.

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Rachel K. Palermo, MA
Rachel K. Palermo, MA
Rachael is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Amherst, Ohio. As a performer and choreographer, she has enjoyed working with area dance companies, schools, and productions throughout Northeast Ohio. Rachael worked as a dance studio Owner/Director for 10 years, and has taught in the greater Cleveland area for over 15 years. While attending New York University, she worked as a researcher to identify articles for inclusion in NDEO’s DELRdi. Following graduate studies, Rachael joined Baldwin Wallace University as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Rachael holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Akron, and a M.A. in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions from New York University. Rachel teaches OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi.

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Naima Prevots, PhD, MS
Naima Prevots, PhD, MS
Naima Prevots, BA Brooklyn College, Phi Beta Kappa, MS University of Wisconsin, PhD, University of Southern California, is Professor Emerita from American University, where for 34 years she was Director of Dance and for three years was Chair, Department of Performing Arts. Recipient of six Fulbright awards, an NEH fellowship and other honors, she is the author of three books, numerous monographs and articles. Her most recent award was from American Ballet Theatre, to research their State Department international touring. She has taught dance history for over forty years, has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally. She has been on boards of Fulbright Association, CORD, ADG, SDHS, NDEO and served as panelist for National Endowments for Arts and for Humanities, Department of Education, and Arts and Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. Her book “Dance for Export: Cultural Diplomacy and the Cold War” is now on kindle available at Amazon. Naima teaches OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953.

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Lori Provost, MA
Lori Provost, MA
Lori earned her master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre (ABT) ballet pedagogy. While studying in the program, Lori received her certification in ABT’s National Training Curriculum (NTC) Levels Primary thru Level 7 and partnering. She has implemented the ABT curriculum into several teaching environments to include private studios, middle schools and high schools, as well as conservatory, pre-collegiate, and university dance programs. In 2012, Lori presented research on a panel at NDEO’s national conference on integrating the NTC into a university dance course. She currently teaches ballet, tap, and jazz in the Washington DC metro area for Towson University Community Dance, BalletNova, and Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. Along with her work as an educator in the field, Lori also serves the National Dance Education Organization as a staff member in Special Projects and as a board member for the Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization (CREDO). Lori teaches OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory.

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Doug Risner, PhD, MFA
Doug Risner, PhD, MFA
Doug is Professor of Dance at Wayne State University where he teaches courses in dance history, pedagogy, professions, and choreography. His research focuses on social issues and gender in dance, curriculum design and pedagogy, dance in higher education, and online learning. He is widely published throughout the U.S. and internationally in the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Research in Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Teaching Artist Journal, and Dance: Current Selected Research. His service and teaching have been honored with awards from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Mentoring Award from Wayne State University, and NDEO’s Visionary and Presidential Award. Risner served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dance Education from 2006-2012 and is the author of Stigma & Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (2009) published by Mellen Press. His forthcoming book, Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader is co-authored with Mary Elizabeth Anderson and published by Cambria Press. Risner is a senior program consultant for NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute. Doug teaches OPDI-102: Dance History 1800 to Present, OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research, and OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy.

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Marty Sprague, MA, BFA
Marty Sprague, MA, BFA
Marty is a dance educator with over 40 years of experience. She has taught all levels from early childhood through higher education. Sprague is teaching dance at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex High School in Providence, Rhode Island and has been an instructor and Clinical Supervisor for Roger Williams University Education Department. She has been involved in program and curriculum development, professional development, policy development and advocacy support for arts education in Rhode Island. Marty holds an MA in dance education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. She has written and reviewed standards at the district, state and national levels. She is co-author, with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, of five dance text and resource books. Marty has been honored by Dance Teacher magazine as 2004 Dance Teacher of the Year, K-12 and by NDEO as the 2005 Dance Educator of the Year, K-12. Marty is currently serving on the executive editorial board for NDEO’s Journal of Dance Education and editorial board for Arts Education Policy Review. Marty teaches OPDI-104: Creative Process for Dance Integration and OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition.

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Kristen Stevens, MA
Kristen Stevens, MA
Ms. Stevens coordinates education programs and marketing at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health. Previously, she worked as a professional ballet dancer in companies including Norwegian National Ballet and BalletMet Columbus. She is now on faculty at the American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School Children’s Division and is a Teaching Artist for the New York City Ballet. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Kristen teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention.

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William Zinser, ATC
William Zinser, ATC
Mr. Zinser, an athletic trainer at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, holds a dual bachelor’s degree in athletic training and health promotion from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently seeking his master’s degree in exercise science, with a concentration in strength and conditioning from the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. Mr. Zinser has a gymnastics background, having competed in high school and college. He also studied circus aerials and acrobatics at CircoArts, a division of Christchurch Polytech in New Zealand. William teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention.