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Invest in Yourself in 2019!
By Susan McGreevy-Nichols
Posted on 1/7/2019 11:23 AM

Teaching is a selfless act. As a dance educator, you put your students’ needs ahead of your own. You give your time, talent, and resources to ensure their success, in and out of the studio. While your passion and dedication makes all the difference for your students and for the field, it is important to take time to care for you, as well! 

Make 2019 the year that you invest in yourself. NDEO has the resources and opportunities you need to find inspiration, refresh your teaching practices, get support, and advance your career. Take advantage of all that NDEO has to offer in the coming year, including in-person and online opportunities to further your knowledge, refine your teaching skills, and connect with dance education professionals internationally.

Photo by Ryan Orion Beck

This year, we are offering two Special Topic Conferences in additional to our annual National Conference. Each of these events provides attendees the chance to continue their education, share their knowledge, and network with fellow dance educators:

If your New Year’s Resolution is to stay up to date in latest in dance education research, The Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice should be at the top of your reading list! A subscription to these NDEO journals are included with most member types; visit for more information. This year, we are excited to introduce new one-click online access to these publications. Members can now navigate to the publication from the NDEO website after logging in with membership username and password, no need to remember a second login for the Taylor and Francis website.

If online learning is more of your style, NDEO offers courses* year-round through the Online Professional Development Institute. Spring 2019 offerings include:

  • OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance (1/21-4/14)

  • OPDI-106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (1/21-4/14)

  • OPDI-101: Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA) (2/4-4/28)

  • OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention (2/4-4/28)

  • OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance (2/18-5/12)

  • OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories (2/4-3/3)

  • OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Dance Funding Proposals (2/4-3/17)

  • OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (2/18-3/21)

If you are not yet a member of NDEO, this is the perfect time to join! When you join NDEO, you get connected to a national network of dance educators working in every sector of the field, and get access to member benefits including online forums, job postings, awards and scholarships, publishing opportunities, and more. More importantly, you become a part of a dedicated community working for the advancement of dance education and access to quality dance arts education for all, regardless of gender, age, race or culture, socio-economic status, ability or interest. This year, invest in yourself, and find the support and inspiration you need to take your career to the next level.

*Separate fees apply for conference registration and online courses.

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