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Embodying Latinidad: Diverse Dance Practices | Panel Discussion in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on 9/24/21 at 4pm EDT

NDEO is proud to present an esteemed panel of educators and artists within the Hispanic and Latinx/o/a communities. This panel prioritizes the voices of artists of color with an importance on intersectionality of identity as we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. Come hear these educators talk about their perspectives, and personal and professional journeys. They will discuss the embodiment of Latinidad in their diverse dance practices within pedagogy, scholarship, choreography, authorship, advocacy, and arts administration. This session will focus on creating cultural awareness, sensitivity and accountability and bringing to the forefront thoughtful conversations on equity in dance. Make plans to attend today!  Learn More and Register

Master Schedule Available for National Conference | Deadline to Register & Pay is 9/30/21

The 2021 NDEO Virtual National Conference, with the theme of Telling Our Stories: The Essentiality of Dance Education in Changing Times, will highlight the need to advocate for our field in these financially and socially difficult times. We will gather to explore stories of the power of dance education, how we tell those stories, who tells them, and how those stories have been shaped and changed over the last year.  The dates are Thursday, October 7 to Sunday, October 10, 2021.  Make plans to attend today!  Explore Session Titles & Master Schedule

OPDI Fall 2021 Semester - Last Chance to Register  | 4 Courses Start on 9/13/21 and 4 Courses Start on 9/27/21

NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ offers online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, history, assessments, research and much more. OPDI will benefit the vast majority of dance educators, teaching artists and administrators who are working in private studios and schools of dance, community and cultural centers, higher education, and K-12 education seeking professional development.   Upcoming OPDI Courses

National Award Recipients for 2021 | Virtual Awards Ceremony & Panel Discussion on 9/14/21

NDEO acknowledges the extraordinary individuals who have made vital contributions to the dance education field! Lifetime Achievement - Darwin Prioleau and Donna Krasnow; Outstanding Dance Educator (Higher Education) - Nyama McCarthy-Brown; Outstanding Dance Education Researcher - Jenefer Davies; Outstanding Leadership - Melanie George and Kim Stroud. Join us for a Virtual Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion. View Award Winners and Register for the Free Ceremony

Call for Papers - Journal of Dance Education | Submission Deadline 9/15/21

Special Collection - Asian and South Asian Dance in US Postsecondary Dance Education
The Journal of Dance Education invites manuscript submissions which discuss the pedagogies of Asian and South Asian dance in postsecondary education in the United States for possible publication. Accepted articles will be published in JoDE and may become part of a specialized collection focused on Asian and South Asian dance in US postsecondary education. Over the last few years, deep political, social, and racial fissures have surfaced in the US that necessitate a need to discuss the role that dance and its associated discourses play in academia. As more and more Asian and South Asian dance forms, dancers, and students populate the dance studios of US academia, it is time that dance education confront the racist, sexist, ableist, and colonial modes that are embedded in the way that this transition often takes place, especially as instances of racial violence are on the rise. 
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Seeking K-12 Dance Educators for Mentorship Program | Apply by 9/27/21

We will be matching 25 pairs of Mentors & Mentees for this Cohort #4 in Fall 2021. New PK-12 dance educators will be paired with experienced PK-12 dance educator mentors, basing matches on criteria such as similar job attributes, disposition and philosophical outlook, and needs. Geographical distance should not affect the relationship of the pairs, as much of their communication can be via email, phone calls, and Zoom. To be considered as a Mentee, you must have fewer than 5 years of dance teaching experience in a PK-12 school. To be considered as a Mentor, you must have more than 5 years of dance teaching experience in a PK-12 school.  Learn More about the Call

Performing Arts Orgs (free) Virtual SIG Meeting | Monday, 9/27/21 from 6-7pm EDT

Performing Arts Organizations have had to demonstrate their flexibility in determining how to best continue their programming during this uncertain time, ranging from all online, to hybrid, to continuing to teach, rehearse, and perform face to face. Together, we represent a variety of organizations, companies, and independent choreographers. Let's discuss and share the challenges we face and the range of strategies we are adopting as we head into the Fall.  Register for this Free SIG Meeting

4E Cognition in Dance Education | Special Edition of Journal of Dance Education

This Special Issue brings together research and practices in dance education that embody the idea that dance offers people the potential to think by doing, by being with, and by being in. The issue includes seven Feature Articles. Read the Special Edition Online

Social Distancing in Creative Movement Class | New Behind the Curtain Blog Post

As the U.S. slowly opens up again, creative movement teachers will crave activities that keep each little dancer in their own separate space. Here are some ideas, offered by "Teacher Terrel," who fine-tuned her curriculum over decades teaching thousands of young dancers. Sidelined by COVID-19, she partnered with her daughter—a professional ballerina—to create Once Upon a Dance, with a mission to keep housebound kids connected with movement. These are kid-tested and approved activities, mostly for use as a supporting activity after warm-up and technique sections.  Read the Blog

Call for Papers - Journal of Dance Education | Submission Deadline 11/1/21

Special Issue - Dance Education for Children and Youth: Our Future as a Field
Children (infant-adolescent) and youth (adolescent-18 years) are the future of dance education. If we look to the teaching and learning of dance for children and youth in PK-12 schools, private studios, dance organizations, and communities, we can gain insight into future dance education trajectories, such as what the needs for higher education might be and possible directions for professional dance. While this Special Issue is not specifically about the global COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on dance education, the pandemic has undoubtedly shaped research, scholarship, teaching, and learning in dance education, and therefore, manuscripts that reference the pandemic are welcome.  For more information please contact the Special Issue Editor, Alison Leonard at Learn More about the Call