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The 22nd Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference

Developing Community, Empathy, and Understanding through Dance

October 23 - 25, 2020
Virtual Conference

Conference Registration

Registration is open!


Final Registration Deadline: October 14, 2020

A full schedule will be available in September. You can see the list of over 100 conference sessions here.

NDEO is committed to making the 2020 NDEO Virtual Conference accessible to as many people as possible. In addition to our Regular Registration fee, we are offering several discounted rates. All registration options are for the full conference and open to all members; there are no one-day or student registration rates. Discounted rates are not available to non-members. All registration rates bestow the same full conference access to the registrant.

NDEO has been challenged financially by the COVID-19 crisis like so many organizations. As you consider what payment option to use for registration, we ask you to please consider the full Regular Registration payment if you are either in a supported situation where an institution will cover the cost, or in a financial situation where you can afford the cost yourself.

As this year’s conference costs are dramatically reduced overall, due to the omission of expenses associated with an in-person conference, such as travel, hotel, and food, we thank our members for considering what they can do to support NDEO. For those who are able to give more and support the cost of making this conference more accessible, there is a Registration + Donation option. If you are able to support NDEO to a greater amount, please make a donation to NDEO Works! or contact staff to discuss. If you are unable to afford any of the registration options at this time and wish to attend conference, please contact NDEO at

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), all conference registration options include all sessions during the duration of conference and pre-registration is not necessary for individual sessions. Registration deadlines are also payment deadlines.

  • Regular Registration (full access): $195 available to non-members
  • Reduced Fee Option 1 (full access): $120
  • Reduced Fee Option 2 (full access): $85
  • Reduced Fee Option 3 (full access): $50
  • Registration + Donation (full access): $295

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 went out at the end of May.

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?

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


Due to the covid-19 pandemic, NDEO has made the difficult decision to go virtual with the 2020 National Conference. As such, conference will look a little different this year.

Friday 10/23 Saturday 10/24 Sunday 10/25
10:00 AM "Early Bird Warm Ups" (movement sessions)
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Session Blocks
2:30 - 3:30 PM Break, Performances, Time to Visit Vendors & View Poster Presentations
3:30 - 7:00 PM Session Blocks
after 7:00 PM Evening Events
For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email