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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, click here.

Upcoming Webinars

Extrinsic Variable Considerations When Dancing from Home: Creating a Safe Space
rescheduled for Wednesday, June 3 from 4-5pm EDT | Register

NYU Langone Health’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries will define and discuss extrinsic considerations when teaching or dancing from home and how these relate to injury prevention. Topics covered will include environmental factors such as flooring, temperature, and space; footwear; and conditioning modifications. Educators, parents, and students can gain tools readily applicable to dancing at home as well as useful in preparing for post-pandemic return to the studio.

Joshua Honrado, MS, ATC, CSCS, RYT, Athletic Trainer at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Mr. Honrado provides backstage care to Broadway shows and elite dance companies as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. Mr. Honrado as well performs administrative tasks related to continuing education courses and marketing for the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Mr. Honrado completed his BA in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, and received his MS in athletic training from Seton Hall University. Mr. Honrado is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered yoga teacher.

Kristen Stevens, MA, Program Coordinator of Education and Marketing at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Ms. Stevens coordinates education programs and marketing. Previously, she worked as a professional ballet dancer in companies including Norwegian National Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, and she is now on faculty at the American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School Children’s Division. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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 Education:  Wednesday, May 27 @ 4PM EDT

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