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The 21st Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference
The Creative Process:
Choreography, Choice-Making, and CommuniCATION

Wednesday, October 23 – Saturday, October 26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Miami | Miami, FL

Call for Posters!

Conference Registration

Registration is Open! Special Early Bird rate available through May 29, 2019.
Registration Brochure


You must be a current NDEO member to register for conference and membership must remain current through conference dates.
Unless otherwise indicated (for special sessions), your full conference registration includes all sessions during the three days of conference and pre-registration is not necessary for individual sessions. Pre-registration and additional fees do apply to pre-conference intensives. One-day and student conference registration fees are available. Registration deadlines are also payment deadlines. Any unpaid registrations after rate deadline will be automatically increased to the next and current registration rate.

  • Early Bird (ends 5/29/19): $395
  • Regular (5/30/19 - 8/28/19): $445
  • Late (8/29/19 - 10/9/19): $495
  • On-Site (10/10/19 - 10/26/19): $530
  • Student* (ends 10/9/19): $225

One-day conference registration rates are available starting with an Early Bird rate of $200.
*$50 discount on student registration for students of institutional NDEO members.

Call for Proposals

The submission period has closed. Presenters were notified of acceptance April 5th. If you did not receive a notification, email


Miami is a mecca of finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In this vibrant city, nicknamed “Capital of Latin America” and embracing an international culture, dance flourishes through a unique blend of diversity, support from government institutions, and funding for innovative, extraordinary creativity. More than 290,000 children are reached through cultural programs, and over 16 million people attend Miami-Dade Cultural events each year. Dance education is robust, encompassing dance departments in community colleges and state universities, accredited programs in K-12 private and public schools, and community enrichment programs. The dance commonwealth of Miami is a colorful and rich one that carries cultural traditions and heritage that are unique to this youthful city.Dance companies, choreographers, and creative thinkers embody a well-established dance environment in Florida. This atmosphere is ripe for innovation, and the community is hungry to expand the conversation about dance creativity. As dance making plays an integral role in dance education, it is our responsibility as dance educators to share, expand, and imagine possibilities that the creative process can manifest through encompassing conversation and experiential communication.

You are invited to consider the multiple facets of the creative process when devising your proposal. Some questions to consider as you put together your proposal:
  • What impacts the choices one makes as a creator, performer, or educator? How can these roles interplay in one’s professional career?
  • As a choreographer how do you engage dancers in a process that addresses issues of gender, culture, socio-economic status, and challenges or concerns in today’s ever-changing communities? How do we encourage inclusivity in the creative and performative processes, especially in dance forms where participation has traditionally been limited to dancers who fit a certain aesthetic?
  • As an educator, how can you inform, guide and mentor students to develop their own personal creative processes as they take the next steps in their careers and in their lives? How do we make the creative process safe and developmentally appropriate for all participants? How do we encourage growth mindset, critical thinking, personal empowerment, and community engagement through the creative and performative processes?
  • How do we embrace our complicated and at times challenging societal and dance histories through the teaching and restaging of masterworks?
  • In what ways can dance be utilized as a vehicle for communicating, expressing emotions, telling stories, conveying information, and igniting passions in both performers and audience members? How do we, as a dance community, become more unified, more connected, and provide shared resources that can be of service to the dance commonwealth? In what ways can we reach beyond our own dance community to serve as an advocate and voice in the larger global arena?

What to Expect at Conference

Held annually in the fall, a typical NDEO National Conference includes three full days of over 250 workshops, master classes, panel and paper presentations, social events and performances. A full day of pre-conference intensives precedes the official start of conference. The full conference schedule is generally released online over the summer before that year's conference.

Conference 2019 Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, October 23rd ~ Pre-conference intensives and Student Programming
  • Thursday, October 24th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Opening
  • Friday, October 25th ~ Conference sessions and Membership Meeting
  • Saturday, October 26th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Closing
For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email