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The 22nd Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference

Developing Community, Empathy, and Understanding through Dance

October 2020
Virtual Conference

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, NDEO has made the difficult decision to cancel the in person 2020 National Conference, originally scheduled to take place in Denver, Colorado. In its place, we will hold a virtual conference and are making plans to bring you the quality professional development and engaging networking opportunities that are a hallmark of NDEO National Conference. More information coming soon. If you submitted a proposal for the Denver conference, we will be contacting you by the end of May with updates on your proposal and opportunities to present at the virtual conference.

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 by 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?

Conference Registration

Registration will open in early July 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 duration of conference and pre-registration is not necessary for individual sessions. Pre-registration and additional fees do apply to pre-conference intensives. 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 9/9/20)
  • Regular (9/10/20 - conference dates)

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. As we have updates to share publicly, we will update this page.

For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email