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The 20th Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference
Connections, Knowledge, and Leadership:

Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7, 2018
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine | San Diego, CA

Conference Registration

Online registration is open!


Unless otherwise indicated (for special sessions), your full conference registration includes all sessions during the three days of conference and pre-registration is not necessary for individual sessions. Pre-registration and additional fees do apply to pre-conference intensives. One-day and student conference registration fees are available. Registration deadlines are also payment deadlines. Any unpaid registrations after rate deadline will be automatically increased to the next and current registration rate.

  • Early Bird (ends 5/30/18): $380
  • Regular (5/31/17 - 8/8/18): $430
  • Late (8/9/18 - 9/19/18): $480
  • On-Site (9/20/18 - 10/4/18): $530
  • Student* (ends 9/19/18): $215

One-day conference registration rates are available starting with an Early Bird rate of $195.
*$50 discount on student registration for students of institutional NDEO members.

What to Expect at Conference

Held annually in the fall, a typical NDEO National Conference includes three full days of over 150 workshops, master classes, panel and paper presentations, social events and performances. A full day of pre-conference intensives precedes the official start of conference. The full conference schedule is generally released online over the summer before that year's conference. To view the 2017 Conference schedule, click here.

Conference 2018 Schedule of Events

  • Thursday, October 4th ~ Pre-conference intensives and Student Programming
  • Friday, October 5th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Opening
  • Saturday, October 6th ~ Conference sessions and Membership Meeting
  • Sunday, October 7th ~ Conference sessions and Grand Closing

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Online Submission: February 1, 2018
online submissions are closed, presenters will be notified in March
Call for Proposals | Style Sheet


San Diego has long been called the birthplace of CA. The city is known for its mild year-round climate, beautiful beaches, military ties, and vibrant arts and culture community. San Diego is home to a very active and diverse dance ecosystem comprised of numerous dance companies and dance makers working in forms rooted in local cultural traditions. Dance education is flourishing in San Diego with courses offered in five community college districts, two state universities, and dance is also found inside a robust accredited public high school system. San Diego’s dance scene also boasts community programs that add enrichment based dance instruction in the K-12 public and private classrooms. San Diego has deep artistic roots that provide the foundation for new growth in artistic creation and education by forging new pathways in the dance. 

California's legacies of activism, creativity, and diversity have fostered a unique climate where progressive ideas in the arts and education can thrive. In this new era, it is essential that we as dance educators make mindful connections, deepen our knowledge, and lead with purpose in the classroom, the studio, the stage, and beyond.

  • Connection: In your teaching, how do you connect to your students with relevant, engaging practices that respond to differences in ability, socio-economic status, religious practices, body image, gender-identity, culture, etc.? How are you building connections with other dance programs across sectors, genres, geography, and cultures? How can we use dance as a vehicle to connect communities during shifts in economics, politics and demographics?
  • Knowledge: How do we expand and disseminate experiential, embodied, and scholarly research to reenvision how knowledge informed by dance can impact civic engagement, systems, and identity in a new era? 
  • Leadership: How do we model, grow, and develop leadership that inspires innovative programming, political engagement, and local/global advocacy while advancing dance as an art form?

Join NDEO for our 20th annual National Conference to advance the NDEO Priorities for Dance Education:

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