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Coming Together as a Communitydancer within heart during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities, K-12 schools, community programs, and dance studios across the country are shut down, with several states on stay-at-home orders. It is our fervent hope that the world will emerge from this crisis stronger, kinder, and more connected than ever before. The reality is, of course, that we don't know what will happen in the next few months. One thing we do know is that the dance community has been setting an example of persistence, generosity, and care for one another that should serve as a model for the rest of the world. As your national service organization, NDEO is here to support you through these challenging times. We have been working diligently to provide high-quality resources relevant to the needs you have right now: free webinars, blog posts, discounts on professional development, and more. We are striving to stay abreast of the field's changing needs, and will respond in every way that we are able.

NDEO offers two ways to connect with other dance educators virtually around the new landscape of online dance education - Live & On-Demand Webinars with experts in the field, and Virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings. Scroll down to learn more and see what is upcoming.

Webinar Series: Teaching Dance Online
These webinars offer the opportunity for dance educators to learn from leading experts in areas related to teaching dance online during COVID-19. Panelists will offer best practices, tips, and strategies related to the webinar topic. Attendees can submit questions for panelists prior to and during the session. Webinars are an hour long with recordings available on-demand. FREE - available to Members and Non-Members. Registration required. To see on-demand recordings of prior webinars, visit Teaching Online for general webinars on teaching dance online and Dance Sectors, Ages, & Populations for webinars targeted toward teaching specific sectors, ages, and populations online during covid-19.

Upcoming Webinars

Dancing with Canvas: Helping Teachers Build Performance-Based Lessons in Distance Learning

Presented Live by Meghan Price-Wlodarczyk 
Tuesday, October 6 at 4pm EDT
 Register HERE
Has your district switched to the Canvas Learning Management system, but you aren't sure how to leverage all the possibilities it has to offer? This session will overview some of the tools and integrations available within the Canvas learning management system to create dynamic and engaging lessons for dance educators and their students. Attendees will see how to create peer-review assignments, student journals, collaborative assignments and so much more.

Bio of Presenter: Meghan Price-Wlodarczyk grew up in Greenville, South Carolina where she began dancing at The Fine Arts Center and The Greenville Ballet School. She went on to attend college at Columbia College, SC and earned both a BFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography as well as a BA in Dance Education with certification to teach K-12. Meghan went on to complete her MFA in Dance at Arizona State University before moving with her husband to the DC Metro area. In 2012, Meghan, briefly, worked at the NDEO national office to help to launch NDEO's Online Professional Development Institute. This experience laid the foundation she would need to transition her dance classes online during COVID and the required distance learning. After helping launch OPDI Meghan taught at a Loiederman Middle School in Maryland before again moving with her husband to California. Meghan has taught in various High School Programs across the country but is currently in her 5th year at Ontario High School.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Virtual Meetings

SIG Virtual Meetings allow you to connect with fellow dance educators to discuss the important concerns and issues of your sector of the dance field. Learn from other teachers currently working in the field and support one another through this challenging time. Registration is limited to 100, with conversations mainly conducted in breakout groups of 10-20. One-hour long sessions; no recordings available.

FREE - NDEO Members Only. Registration required.

Upcoming Virtual SIG Meetings: click to register

Higher Ed Professors: Thursday, September 24 at 7PM EDT

Dance & Disability:  Monday, September 28 at 7PM EDT

PAO (Dance Companies / Choreographers): Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM EDT

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Resource Documents

As we look toward the Fall of 2020, NDEO has been facilitating online discussions about teaching dance online during the Covid-19 pandemic and possible implications for returning to the school/studio in the Fall. These discussions were held via a series of ongoing Virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings and 16 Webinars featuring NDEO members and invited guests that began in late March and continue today.

Two sessions, in particular, focused on a potential return to the studio in the fall 2020: The NDEO Cross-Sector Brainstorm Virtual SIG Meeting on May 14, 2020 and College Dance and The Fall Semester, a webinar hosted on May 20, 2020 that yielded significant member input. The content of the document below summarizes the questions and potential practices raised by NDEO members and panelists during these two events.

NDEO's Teaching Dance in Fall 2020

In addition, Dance New Jersey, NDEO's State Affiliate for New Jersey, was recently part of a task force of K-12 educators that collaborated with Arts Ed NJ to create the following document:  September Ready: Fall Guidance for Arts Education