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#ThankADanceTeacherDay - Flood Social Media with Posts Thanking your Dance Teacher | Thursday, 5-6-21

Dancers and dance lovers, it’s time to mark your calendars: Thank A Dance Teacher Day 2021 is coming up on May 6! This is an annual event, created by the National Dance Education Organization in 2014, that uses social media to shine the spotlight on dance education, and celebrate the teachers who make it possible. This year in particular, we are asking all dancers, former dancers, and dance parents to recognize a special dance teacher on social media using the hashtag #ThankADanceTeacherDay. Let's flood social media with posts on Thursday, May 6th! Thank a dance teacher who had a positive impact on YOUR life and share your testimonial or story on Thursday,5/6/2021, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn using the hashtag #ThankADanceTeacherDay. Learn More

NDEO Members Thank Their Dance Teachers - New Blog Post  | Thursday, 5-6-21

Each year, NDEO celebrates Thank A Dance Teacher Day on the first Thursday in May. This annual celebration of dance education and the teachers who make it possible began in 2014. On Thank A Dance Teacher Day, we honor the special relationship between dance students and their teachers, and the lasting bond that is formed between them. We recognize the dedication, passion, and endless care shown by dance educators around the world, and the constant investment they make in their students. We raise awareness of the value of dance education and the impact that dance, when taught by a qualified and compassionate teacher, can have on students’ lives. Recently, we asked our members - who are amazing educators in their own right - to tell us about a dance teacher who touched their lives in a special wayLearn More

Save the Date:  NHSDA Day of Recognition & Senior Slideshow  | Wednesday 6-9-21

NDEO is hosting an online NHSDA Day of Recognition (June 9th) for all students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. On June 9th, we invite them, and you as their Chapter Sponsors, to post pictures of your NHSDA inductees on social media with their certificates or cords /pins / medallions and tag NDEO and NHSDA with the hashtag #NHSDA2021Dance. We will share and repost all of the photos we get tagged in. Prepare for our NHSDA Day of Recognition by giving your inducted graduating seniors a chance to be personally recognized. We will be asking that graduating senior NHSDA students submit a picture of themselves so we can put together a Senior Slideshow honoring them. The slideshow will be placed on the NHSDA website and shared with NDEO members and on our social media pages. Learn More

Call for National Awards Nominations | Quick Nomination Form Submission Deadline 5-3-21

Nominate Yourself or Another NDEO Member for a National Award: Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Leadership, Outstanding Dance Educator - Higher Education, or Outstanding Dance Education Researcher. This year we are doing nominations in two phases. The Quick Nomination Form (Phase 1) - Deadline 5-3-21 - requires contact Info, optional 200 word Bio & up to a 200 word explanation of why this person deserves an award. Then after the membership requirement has been verified (5 years) you will be sent the Full Nomination Form (Phase 2) - Deadline 6-3-21 - that asks for a Letter of Nomination, Letters of Recommendation, CV/Resume, Educational Philosophy (educator award), evidence of Research (researcher award).  Learn More about the Call

OPDI Summer 2021 - Online PD Courses for Teachers  | Registration Now Open

Learn something new, connect with other dance educators, and enhance your teaching skills this Summer!  Register for one of NDEO’s online dance education courses for dance teachers. NDEO’s OPDI Summer 2021 Online Courses are now open for enrollment. Successfully complete 33 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) of online OPDI course work and earn the Certificate in Dance Education (CiDE).  Or, just take the courses that interest you.  The deadline to register and pay is two Wednesdays before the course begins, however, some courses may sell out prior to that date so don’t delay in registering. Learn More

NHSDA Teamstore: T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and More | Make Inductions Extra Special

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Teamstore, managed on the GTM Teamstore platform, is open for business. Order your t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more! We have gear for everyone, chapter sponsors, students, and even Moms and Dads.  Please note, items ordered are shipped from GTM, a Champion company.  Apparel is not shipped by NDEO/NHSDA.  View the Teamstore

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

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