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The 23rd Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference

The Essentiality of Dance Education in Changing Times

October 7 - 10, 2021
Virtual Conference
NDEO will not hold an in-person conference in 2021

Register Here for Conference

Call for Poster Proposals

Submissions are now open through August 15, 2021. To read more and submit, click here.

Session Proposals

Submissions are now closed. NDEO contacted all who submitted in June. If you did not receive notice regarding your proposal, please contact

Want to learn from seasoned conference presenters?Watch the on-demand webinar recording: So You Want to Present at NDEO Conference: Advice on Crafting a Successful Conference Session Proposal

To prepare your session proposal, please read:
Call for Session Proposals
Style Sheet
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Definitions
Proposal Scoring Rubric


The last year has irrevocably changed the landscape of dance education. While the pandemic has challenged the ability to teach dance in familiar ways, we remain certain that dance education is essential to students’ physical, social, cognitive, and emotional health. As dance educators, we must not only continue to deliver the highest quality dance education under challenging conditions, but also stand up for our students and the value that dance education adds to their lives. 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. Some questions to consider as you craft your presentation proposal:
  • Who tells stories in and about dance and dance education? Who benefits from the telling of those stories? Who is missing from those stories?
  • How have the stories told in and about dance education affected how the field is perceived by the public? How does this perception influence the field and our work as dance educators?
  • How can we include and uplift different perspectives within the field, and create welcoming spaces where all feel empowered to share their stories? For example, how can we better support BIPOC dancers, dancers with different body types, dancers with disabilities, LGBTQ+ dancers, and the aging population?
  • What tools can we use to help dance students, families, administrators, schools, and communities better understand and advocate for the value of dance education, even under difficult circumstances? How can we use dance to serve our home communities, empowering those we live and work with to experience and value dance as an important part of their own lives and a vehicle for change?
  • How can emerging and existing technology help us reimagine what dance education looks like? How can we use technology to our advantage to better serve our students and our communities through dance?
  • How can trauma-based pedagogy and social-emotional learning support all students as they navigate current world events and changing circumstances?
  • How can we respectfully embrace and appreciate non-Western dance styles and dance history in our studios and classrooms? How can we help our students to recognize that they belong to a powerful legacy of artists, scholars, and culture-bearers, while also acknowledging the flaws, shortcomings, and injustices that also make up our stories and those of other dance genres?
  • How can we honor the synergy of the field and support other dance educators outside of our primary work environment, realizing that we are all dependent on one another to create a vibrant and vital dance community? How can we come together as a dance education community, listening to and honoring one another as we embrace our shared stories, and work to elevate stories and experiences that are different from our own?



Registration Deadline: September 30, 2021

NDEO is committed to making the 2021 NDEO Virtual Conference accessible to as many people as possible. In addition to our Regular Registration fee, we are offering several discounted rates. All registration options are for the full conference and open to all members; there are no one-day or student registration rates.  All registration rates bestow the same full conference access to the registrant. Discounted rates are ONLY available to current NDEO members with membership current through conference dates.

NDEO Member Registration Rates:
Registration (full access) - $195
Registration (full access) with donation - $295
Reduced Fee Option 1 (full access) - $120
Reduced Fee Option 2 (full access) - $85
Reduced Fee Option 3 (full access) - $50

Non-member registration
(full access) - $195

NDEO has been challenged financially by the COVID-19 crisis like so many organizations. As you consider what payment option to use for registration, we ask you to please consider the full Regular Registration payment if you are either in a supported situation where an institution will cover the cost, or in a financial situation where you can afford the cost yourself.

As this year’s conference costs are dramatically reduced overall, due to the omission of expenses associated with an in-person conference, such as travel, hotel, and food, we thank our members for considering what they can do to support NDEO. For those who are able to give more and support the cost of making this conference more accessible, there is a Registration + Donation option. If you are able to support NDEO to a greater amount, please make a donation to NDEO Works! or contact staff to discuss.

If you are unable to afford any of the registration options at this time and wish to attend conference, please contact NDEO at

RESERVE YOUR 2021 Commemorative T-shirt!
Must order and pay by September 1, 2021

Order a t-shirt with your registration to secure special discounted pricing and have it to wear during conference. Please note that you must select to add on the t-shirt with your registration; it is not automatically included.
  • $295 Donation + Registration Rate: FREE  t-shirt available with registration
  • $195 Registration rate: $15 t-shirt available (shipping & handling included)
  • Discounted & non-member registration rates: $25 t-shirt available (shipping & handling included)
If you'd like to reserve more than one t-shirt, please contact for pricing and information.

We will be releasing more detailed schedule information closer to the event. Below is an overview of the schedule (subject to change). ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN.

  Thursday 10/7 - Sunday 10/10    
10:00 AM   "Early Bird Warm Ups" (movement sessions)
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM   Session Blocks
2:30 - 3:30 PM  Break, Time to Visit Vendors & View Poster Presentations
3:30 - 7:00 PM  Session Blocks
after 7:00 PM  Evening Events

For any questions, please call 301-585-2880 or email