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NDEO's Birthday Fundraiser to Support Scholarships for Teachers  | Donate by 3/14/21

NDEO's Birthday is March 6th and this date is our Day of Giving. Donate to support scholarships for dance teachers. In 2021, NDEO is offering 14 professional development scholarships to deserving teachers!  Your donation, in honor of NDEO's Birthday, will help increase the amount of scholarships NDEO can offer in 2022 to ensure that even more dance educators have access to a variety of NDEO programs and services, including our Virtual Dance Education Conference and courses through the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI).  Learn More and Donate

Call for Committee Members (Research and State Affiliates)  | Apply by 3/17/21

Two Board Committees, Research and State Affiliates, are looking for 3 members each. The Research Committee partners with NDEO to develop short-term and long-term Research synergy and advocacy. The committee members collaborate with NDEO members and external stakeholders gathering tools and resources to address the Dance Education Research National and local needs and issues of the discipline and to move dance research forward across all sectors.  The State Affiliate Committee partners with NDEO to help connect and build knowledge among the State Affiliates and cultivate leadership within State Affiliates. The State Affiliates committee advises and assists the Affiliates director with developing information and projects to assist State Affiliates further the goals of NDEO and strengthen their organization.  Learn More and Apply

Connect & Network with other Dance Educators in March  | Register Today

Join us in March for free Virtual SIG 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. These meetings are conducted in zoom breakout rooms of 10-20 NDEO members. Participants can utilize the audio/video capabilities of this platform to actively participate in discussions. One-hour long session; informal; no recording or notes. Upcoming meetings:  K-12: Monday, March 8 at 4:30PM EST; Higher Education: Wednesday, March 10 at 4PM EST; Dance & Disability: Saturday, March 13 at 12PM EDT; and Private Sector: Wednesday, March 24 at 12PM EDT.  Learn More and Register

Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award | Application Deadline 3-15-21

NDEO is pleased to invite nominations for the newly established NDEO | Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award, honoring outstanding book-length publications in dance education and recognizing authors who conduct an exemplary inquiry that advances the field. In recognition of Ruth Lovell Murray (1900-1991), a pioneer in the field of dance education, the annual award honors books published in the English language during 2020 and 2021. The Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award, NDEO’s inaugural book recognition honor, contributes significantly to the visibility of dance education professionals and their work, as well as the vitality of outstanding scholarship and publication excellence in dance education. Learn More

Call for Session Proposals: NDEO's 2021 Virtual National Conference | Submit by 4-1-21

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. We invite all dance educators interested in presenting at this virtual conference to submit applications for panels, paper presentations, movement sessions, and workshops for the 2021 conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday April 1, 2021.  Learn More about the Call for Proposals

Call for Guest Bloggers - NDEO's Behind the Curtain Blog | Rolling Submissions

We accept posts on most topics directly related to dance education or that are relevant for dance teachers, however, at this time, we are especially interested in blog posts related to: 1) Promising practices and new ideas for teaching online or in hybrid and/or socially distant class settings, 2) Increasing and maintaining student engagement in online or in hybrid and/or socially distant class settings, 3) Justice, inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in dance education, 4) Strategies for supporting students’ social-emotional growth and wellness through dance education, 5) Culturally relevant pedagogy and trauma informed teaching practices, 6) Innovative ideas for presenting choreography, such as dance recitals and concerts, in the COVID-19 era, and 7) Student success stories that demonstrate the value and power of dance education. You must be a current NDEO member to be published in our Blog.  Blog Submission Information

Arts ARE Education - Webinar | Recorded Live Tuesday 2-9-21 

As we look ahead to next school year, multiple challenges will face dance programs in K-12 settings. Learn how to make use of the tools in this new advocacy campaign to support your school’s dance education programs and hear from NDEO members on how they have continued to offer high-quality standards-based dance programs this school year. We’ll celebrate what’s gone well, learn what to expect for the next school year, and begin the steps needed to ensure dance education for all students.  Free webinar for NDEO members and non-members.  View Recording Here 

Studio Spaces: Getting it Right with COVID-19 Protocols - Webinar | Recorded Live 2-19-21

Success at Innovating and Transitioning. Dancers do know how to transition! This panel of NDEO members will share their successes with protocols that have kept their studio doors “Open for Business”. A myriad of combined protocols for dance spaces from different regions, states, counties, and countries will be discussed. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. Dance educators teaching in any environment or sector are welcome and encouraged to come with their questions. Free webinar for NDEO members and non-members.  View Recording 

Call for Papers - Dance Education in Practice | Submission Deadline 5-1-21

Special Issue - Virtual Dance Education
March 2020 saw a dramatic pivot for most dance programs to online delivery of classes and choreographic experiences in response to widespread stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This experience required educators to be inventive in navigating ways to meet the challenges of virtual dance education. Many of these strategies will be with us well past the pandemic and may become part of the landscape of our field for the foreseeable future. Dance Education in Practice (DEiP) seeks articles about your experiences with developing choreography, teaching technique classes and methods classes with a studio component, holding rehearsals, auditioning dancers, and creating performances online. For more information please contact the Special Issue Editor,  Miriam Giguere at Learn More about the Call  

Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Education Researchers | Submission Deadline 6-1-21

The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers recognizes excellence in dance research and emerging scholars who conduct outstanding dance inquiry. Unpublished scholars submitting original empirical research study manuscripts to the Journal of Dance Education are eligible for prize consideration. The successful article will be published in JODE, along with information identifying the author as the prize recipient. The recipient also receives an honorarium that may be used for NDEO membership, conference costs, Online Professional Development Institute fees, and other professional services. Submission Information  

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