As a college student majoring in dance or dance education, making connections is vital. Meeting and learning from other educators can help to broaden your perspective and expand your knowledge. NDEO’s National Conference provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded students, network with potential future employers, and meet leaders in the field. To help make Conference accessible and relevant for students, we offer a student discount, scholarships for students, and special programming just for students.
Katherine Tavolacci with Professor Yoav Kadaar and a colleague at the 2018 National Conference
The connections made at Conference have been a highlight for many past student attendees. According to Kailey Schneider, a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University and four-time Conference attendee, “I was able to meet so many people, who all have unique backgrounds and involvement within the field of dance. They offered insight into the possibilities that the field of dance has to offer, beyond what I had experienced in my undergraduate education.” The warmth and openness of Conference attendees leads to a sense of community that is almost immediately felt by students and professionals alike. “My favorite part of the Conference experience is the spirit of generosity and camaraderie that exudes from the attendees. Whether you have been in the field for one year or sixty years, everyone learns from each other and graciously shares their passion, knowledge, and resources,” says Daria Fitzgerald, an alumna of NYU Steinhardt.
Learning and sharing are hallmarks of the NDEO conference experience. As a student, you will have the opportunity to choose from over 200 sessions, including movement classes, workshops, papers, and panel discussions. Sessions are conducted by NDEO members, many of whom are leading experts in the field. Katherine Tavolacci, a recent West Virginia University alumna, remembers one particularly impactful session: “Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance session at the 2018 Conference stood out for me because we got to participate, take notes, take videos, and fully immerse ourselves in what we were learning. I am now focusing on a lot of these concepts and incorporating these ideas into my lesson plans.” Several special student-only sessions are included on the schedule as well. “The student movement sessions are always amazing. The students bring a lot of positive energy to the conference, and it is such a wonderful feeling to share and dance with students from all over the country,” notes Fitzgerald. For the 2019 Conference in Miami, students can look forward to sessions on movement practices for self-care, finding a job, and applying for graduate school, as well as a meeting of the Students special interest group.
Daria Fitzgerald leading a warm-up during a student session at the 2018 National Conference.
Students also have the opportunity to share their research at the Conference. Often, students will assist a professor from their institution with the research process and then serve as a co-presenter at the conference. Students are also invited to submit proposals for their own sessions or poster presentations. Many students find the research and presentation experience invaluable preparation for their professional careers. Presenting can also provide an avenue for funding, as Schneider explains: “Many colleges and universities have grants or scholarships available to help you pay for the costs of traveling to and attending conferences to present or work on your research. This support has helped me to be able to attend National Conferences for the past 4 years.”
Students at the 2018 National Conference.
To support student attendance at conference, NDEO offers two scholarships annually, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. Recipients receive conference registration and one year of NDEO membership. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be current NDEO members and currently enrolled as a full-time student in a dance or dance education degree program at an accredited degree granting institution. The deadline for the scholarship application is September 10, 2019. Learn more and find the scholarship application here.
To take advantage of the discounted student rate of $225, be sure to register for Conference by October 9, 2019. If your school holds an active Institutional Membership with NDEO, you are eligible for an additional $50 discount. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you have any questions. See you in Miami!