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The 22nd Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference

Developing Community, Empathy, and Understanding through Dance

Sunday, October 18 – Tues
day, October 20, 2020
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2020
Call for Proposals | Style Sheet
As you write your proposal, please consult definitions and terms for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity available here.

Thank you to all who submitted a proposal! Notifications on acceptance will go out in April.

Denver, the Mile-High City and gateway to the Rockies, is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Its rich history and diverse cultural heritage are honored through the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo festival, a Scottish Irish Festival, the Denver PrideFest, the Black American West Museum, the Museo de las Americas, and the annual Dragon Boat Festival, honoring the area’s Asian community. Denver is also home to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), engaging the public through artistic, cultural, and historical performances and exhibits. Denver is home to major dance companies and a multitude of smaller ensembles located in the city and outlying communities. In 2014, the Colorado Board of Education approved a dance endorsement, which has encouraged the placement of qualified dance teachers in public schools. The University of Denver is home to the largest dance library in the central United States. The Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO), an NDEO State Affiliate, presents an annual conference open to teachers and their students, as well as a community summit.

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 movement sessions, workshops, panels, and paper 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?

Conference Registration

Registration will open in Spring 2020

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 5/27/20): $395
  • Regular (5/18/20 - 8/26/20): $445
  • Late (8/27/20 - 10/1/20): $495
  • On-Site (10/2/20 - 10/20/20): $530
  • Student* (ends 10/1/20): $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. Students registering at the incorrect higher rate are not eligible for a refund. Students are encouraged to check with their professor to confirm if the school has an NDEO Institutional Membership. Students who register for the lower rate and attend a school that does not have an NDEO Institutional Membership will be charged the difference.

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 2020 Schedule of Events

  • Saturday, October 17th ~ Pre-conference intensives and Student Programming
  • Sunday, October 18th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Opening
  • Monday, October 19th ~ Conference sessions and Membership Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 20th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Closing
For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email