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2018 Elections for the NDEO Board of Directors

 
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Voting Deadline: Friday, June 29th at 11:59 PM ET.
 

2018 Nominees

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Policy Board of Directors (vote for TWO)

 
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Tina Curran
Tina Curran
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: As a founding member of NDEO, I have experienced the evolutionary growth of the organization, expanding membership and service-driven initiatives. My commitment to fostering holistic dance education, grounded in the fine arts, has been at the heart of my professional practice as an artist, educator, mentor and administrator. My professional work as a dance educator included the private studio, community organization, interdisciplinary arts, K-12, and higher education sectors. I have served at city and state levels to build knowledge and promote quality dance education as a contributing writer for the New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance and a review consultant for the Texas Dance Teacher Certification Examination. I have participated in non-profit arts management since co-founding the Language of Dance Center (USA) in 1997. Through this work, I have served dance educators nationally and internationally. As the Director of the UTeach Dance education program at the University of Texas at Austin, I have built new course curriculum and community initiatives to connect our program and students to the field. Opportunities for community service, field experiences, and internship placements with community partners have served to build knowledge, cultivate leadership in dance and foster artist citizenship. This last year, I served as the Site Coordinator for NDEO National Conference in San Antonio, TX, which provided a greater opportunity to connect with dance educators across the state and to build our community through shared knowledge. As a member of the policy board, I am committed to serving in ways that anchor the NDEO priorities through policies and in practice that “connect to the field, build knowledge, and cultivate leadership in dance.”

BIOGRAPHY: Tina Curran (PhD, MFA, BFA) is the Director of the UTeach Dance Education program at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Theater and Dance. She oversees the professional preparation and mentorship of BFA and MFA students including those pursuing Texas dance teacher certification. She is committed to community engagement and has developed educational initiatives with Body Shift, Creative Action, Dance Ability, Forklift Danceworks, and Power for Parkinson’s. Dr. Curran also serves on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory - 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City where she teaches LMA and LOD Fundamentals for Dance Educators with Frederick Curry and the Language of Dance. As co-director of the Language of Dance (LOD) Center she conducts LOD certification courses devoted to developing dance literacy as in integral aspect of holistic and inclusive dance education. Her research focuses on dance literacy, living legacy and transformational pedagogy. She is currently pursuing her certification as Dynamic Embodiment practitioner with Dr. Matha Eddy. With Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, Curran is co-author of Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance (2nd Ed.).

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Yoav Kaddar
Yoav Kaddar
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: As a dance educator with a career that spans 3 decades, I truly believe in NDEO as an organization and in its mission. As a dedicated member of NDEO I have contributed in a variety of ways. I have attended the national conferences and have presented at least one if not two sessions at each conference. I have served on the Awards Committee, the NHSDA Selection Committee and the Resources Review Committee. I am a member of the organizing committee of Men in Dance and was host to its first symposium at West Virginia University. Since my initial conference I have been and continue to be impressed, inspired and motivated by the breath, creativity and humility of our organization’s members, their commitment to dance education and their passion for teaching. In academia, there are a variety of organizations and conferences that vie for our attendance and membership. None come close to what this organization stands and advocates for and what it gives to its members. From stimulating workshops, to inspiring performances by young generation of dancers, from the NDEO SIG’s to the ongoing online professional opportunities, NDEO is the organization that just keeps on giving. Now is the time for me to give back to this organization. I believe that my experience and expertise as an active dance educator, advocate, administrator and leader allow me to take on a position on the board. With my tenure as an active and contributing member of this organization, I believe that I have a grass-roots understanding of what NDEO stands for and what we, its members, look for in its leadership. It would be an honor to serve this essential dance organization and the members it represents.

BIOGRAPHY: Yoav Kaddar (PhD, MFA) is the Director of Dance at West Virginia University, where he helped establish the first Dance major. He is the founding member and president of the WV state affiliate of NDEO and the Director of the WVU Summer Dance Academy. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has been a member of the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. His doctoral research and interest is in leadership and education focusing on the performing arts. He has choreographed over 60 works for dance and theater and has taught nationally and abroad. He is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar. He currently serves or has served on several committees including the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, the ACDA Board of Directors and the US National Screening Committee (NSC) for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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Ilana Morgan
Ilana Morgan
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I apply to serve on the NDEO Board to contribute to policy related decisions that direct NDEO’s path in advancing dance education at a national level. My breadth and depth of knowledge in dance education (community dance practices, university dance programs, and teacher preparation) pull me to engage in discourse that considers dance education at many levels and for diverse communities. I am highly organized, an equal listener and speaker, and I work to develop consensus while offering avenues to give less represented populations a voice in the conversation. I value promoting dance education to shape public policy on the national and state level, and I center my own research and teaching on the idea that every citizen deserves access to dance education regardless of status and location. I also consider NDEO’s mission of supporting advocacy and dance teachers through professional development an important branch of NDEO’s activities, and one that should be encouraged in its further development. My experiences in serving on or leading university committees, developing programming at the community and university level, coordinating a BA and MA in dance education, and researching through engaged community dance practices in senior homes, detention centers, and public schools, make me a viable candidate for this position. I have particularly found NDEO’s forums, journals, and conferences supportive to my own work. I often pass this information on to students and colleagues, encouraging them to become members, especially my students who are members of the NHSDA chapter I helped establish in 2016 at Texas Woman’s University. I look forward to the possibility in serving as a Policy Board member, and, if elected, I will lead with a responsible and collaborative approach.

BIOGRAPHY: Ilana Morgan, Ph.D. and BFA in Dance, is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the BA in Dance with Teacher Certification at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. In addition to teaching dance pedagogy and dance theory courses, she mentors and supervises students who are working towards Texas certification to teach dance in public schools for grades 6-12. She is also the Director of TWU’s Community Dance Center which provides low-cost high quality dance classes for local Denton community members. Her research investigates dance pedagogy, preparing pre-service teachers, community-engagement practices, and internet/social media as a kinesthetic and pedagogical community experience. Her scholarship pulls from overlapping theoretical areas such as feminist theories, education, community arts practices, posthumanism, dance studies, and popular culture. Her work, whether in performance or in written form, seeks to strengthen teaching and learning in the arts through community-engaged arts research practices to contribute to the field of dance and the wellbeing of diverse community groups.

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Heather Trommer-Beardslee
Heather Trommer-Beardslee
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am looking forward to the possibility of serving on the NDEO Policy Board because of the opportunities that this position will provide me to continue my work in dance education advocacy as both a teacher and arts administrator. I have a strong record of arts leadership, strategic development (grant writing and development campaigns), and providing experiential learning opportunities for my dance students. I want to use my strengths as a dance education leader to serve NDEO toward continued growth and longevity. In my current role as Dance Program Coordinator at Central Michigan University, I work hard to find funding and experiential learning resources to provide my students with an expansive breadth of opportunities both in and outside of the traditional studio classroom. However, this advocacy did not start with my current position in higher education. Before working at CMU, I managed two private dance studios and was the executive director for Billy Siegenfeld’s Chicago-based company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. In all of these experiences, I look to serve the present organization while also moving toward big-picture awareness including responsible growth and sustained longevity. One of my current projects includes writing and advocating for CMU’s Dance Studies Major. As chair of the Dance Studies Major Development Committee, I wrote the proposal narrative and new courses. I am now in the process of ushering this program through the university system while advocating for dance education at CMU. Collaboration is a continuous theme in my work as an educator, artist, and administrator. I create partnerships that support interdisciplinary structures of working. I have developed a reputation for my collaborative spirit and I have built a foundation of support and student engagement opportunities for CMU’s dance program students. Thank you for your consideration. I am looking forward to serving NDEO in this role.

BIOGRAPHY: Heather Trommer-Beardslee, MFA is the Coordinator of the Central Michigan University Dance Program and Artistic Director of the University Theatre Dance Company. Heather has had articles published in the Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice and presented three times at the NDEO annual conference. In addition, she worked for the Emmy-Award winning, Chicago-based dance company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project as their Booking Manager and Executive Director. Heather used many of these experiences and her work as a manager and teacher at two dance studios in writing her textbook, Dance Production and Management (Princeton Book Company, 2013).


Advisory Director of Awards (vote for one)

 
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Ali Duffy
Ali Duffy
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: My interest in serving the National Dance Education Organization stems from my years of investment in the organization through presentation and attendance at conferences and my work on the Resources Committee over the past year. I believe in NDEO’s mission and hope to support the many facets of dance education the organization serves through work as the Advisory Director of Awards. This advisory board position is of particular interest to me because I believe it is hugely important to honor those in our field who have made significant impact through their teaching, leadership, research, and service, and I would love to contribute to and support such a meaningful initiative. I believe I am a good fit for this board because of my teaching and administrative experiences in higher education, my work in the community through my dance company, and my service on other boards. I am a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University and am also the founding Artistic Director of a nonprofit dance company, Flatlands Dance Theatre. My work in the university includes a service component in which I strive to participate nationally; this board position would encourage me to broaden my view of dance education and would support my growth in this area. As a director of a dance company, I work very closely with a board of directors and have learned much about staffing, event planning, marketing, budgeting, and writing. My work on other arts boards and in higher education has included being responsible for recruitment, organization, and presentation of awards and scholarships, which has prepared me well for work as the Advisory Director of Awards for NDEO.

BIOGRAPHY: Ali Duffy is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University, where she also teaches in the Honors College. Dr. Duffy is the founder and Artistic Director of Flatlands Dance Theatre (www.flatlandsdace.org). She holds a PhD from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and a BA from UNC Charlotte. Dr. Duffy has been published in Research in Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, World Dance Reviews, Ballet-Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Classical Voice of North Carolina, The World and I, and The Longwood Guide to Writing. Her scholarship has been presented internationally in Australia, Northern Ireland, Hungary, and widely at national conferences. Dr. Duffy has been commissioned or invited for national choreography presentations and teaching residencies including at Virginia Tech, Lindenwood University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Detroit, Austin Dance Festival, and Danca Nova Dance Company, among others. She is on the founding team of the Institute for Dance Journalism and Advocacy and has sat on the board of the Dance Critics Association. Prior to her work in higher education, Ali performed internationally with Stiletto Entertainment, Holland America Line, and several contemporary choreographers, and taught on staff at the National Dance Alliance.

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Mary Fitzgerald
Mary Fitzgerald
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am an Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), where I have served on the dance faculty since 1998. During my tenure at ASU, I have taught a wide range of courses that focus on contemporary dance practices. My research centers on contemporary modern dance choreography, socially engaged arts, and more recently, dance film. From 2012-2017, I served as Assistant Director of Dance in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Some of my key responsibilities included oversight of the BFA curriculum, artistic direction, guest artist programming and student advisement. I also served in an advisory role to the Director of the School. Since transitioning out of my administrative position, I am keen to engage more with national organizations. I have had the privilege to attend and/or present my research at NDEO conferences on several occasions, and have been impressed by the camaraderie and sense of community created at these events. NDEO exemplifies some of the core values in socially engaged arts in terms of its broad membership, celebration of diverse pedagogical practices and expansive vision for the future of dance education. With over thirty years of experience as an artist, educator and administrator, I believe that I have much to offer to the position of Advisory Director of Awards. I have a great desire to contribute to the advancement of our field, and my administrative experience in particular has allowed me to refine my communication, organizational and problem-solving skills. In addition to regional boards, I have served on several ASU teaching awards committees and as an adjudicator for numerous local dance festivals. I bring fair-mindedness and collegiality to these situations, which is so critical to any type of selection process. I would be thrilled to contribute my experience and energy to the NDEO board.

BIOGRAPHY: Mary Fitzgerald has been active as a performer, choreographer, and educator since 1984. She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, has danced with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Fred Darsow Dance, and several independent choreographers throughout the US. Her choreography has received funding from the Ministry of Culture in Mexico, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA). Prof. Fitzgerald’s research and teaching focuses on contemporary movement practices, choreography, and socially engaged arts. She has received two Distinguished Teaching Awards from HIDA, and two ASU Professor of the Year nominations. From 1998-2007, she co-directed ASU's Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), the student community dance company. DART’s program excellence was recognized with funding from Dance/USA, ASU/Motorola, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Target. The company received the President’s Award for Social Embeddedness in 2004, and for a second time in 2007 as a partner to the ASU Art Museum. In collaboration with local artists and ASU faculty, Prof. Fitzgerald continues to engage in youth projects funded by ArtSpace and the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Advisory Director of Honor Society Engagement (vote for one)

 
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Denise Cochran
Denise Cochran
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: As a public dance educator and administrator for over 33 years in the state of Texas, I have a true passion for advocating for dance at every level. I grew up dancing in private studios where I had incredible dance instructors that fueled my love for Dance. As I continued my dance career in high school and at the college level, I gained the respect for the power the art of Dance has on all those involved. I have served the State of Texas and my current school district by writing dance curriculum, accepting and serving on the state review board for the TEKS and current certification exams. My experience on the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA) board of directors and serving as President for the Texas Dance Education Association, afforded valuable experience in integrating Dance into cross-curricular education and professional development. My greatest strength is mentoring and building community with dance educators. I also currently serve as the Dance Field supervisor for pre-service teachers. In this position I supervise and help prepare our future dance educators before they step into the field on their own. As an administrator, I have been able to advise, consult, and advocate for further growth of dance programs. I am specifically interested in this position as I see a great need for advocating for National Dance Honor Societies in all districts and studios where dance education is present. It is an outstanding program and needed for all dance students. As I enter a new chapter of my life, retirement, I am excited that I will have more time to invest and serve NDEO and help continue to build the legacy where Dance has the power to change lives.

BIOGRAPHY: Denise Maxwell Cochran currently serves as Round Rock Independent School District’s Dance Coordinator for the Fine Arts. Denise has been a dance educator and administrator in the public school system for 32 years. Denise holds a Bachelor of Art is teaching Dance degree from Sam Houston State University. She currently serves as Past President of Texas Dance Educators Association where she was awarded Texas Dance Director of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award for TDEA. She most recently was honored by National Dance Education Organization with the Outstanding Service and Leadership award for her work in Round Rock ISD. She also served as a member of the Executive Board for the Center for Educator Development for the Fine Arts and was appointed by the State Board of Education to serve on the TEKS revision committee. Denise also enjoys her supervisory role with Texas State University and preparing the Student teachers for their future as educators. She also enjoys supporting many of the state dance programs with staff develop training for their dance educators. As an educator, she simply loves the art of dance and takes immense pride in spreading that passion to all of her teachers and students.

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Jessica Lewis
Jessica Lewis
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: NDEO provides continuing education and workshop opportunities for dance educators around the country to share resources, research, and experiences that are unique to educators of all levels in dance education. I would like to serve as the Advisory Director of Honor Society Engagement. I have been the president and vice president of my Graduate level NHSDA chapter at Hunter College. I successfully charted our NHSDA chapter and established an official university club to secure funds and activities. I also have run several Middle School and High School chapters for my dance students, both in the private sector and in school settings. Because of my many roles working with NHSDA, including my role as Student Representative from 2015-16 on the NDEO Board, I truly understand all facets of the NHSDA program at both the secondary and collegiate levels. I have a track record of mentorship of students of all ages and levels, and establishing and running programs affiliated with NHSDA, making me an ideal candidate for the role. My leadership skills are refined and noted within my local community, as well as within the NDEO from my experience as a student member of the Board. I would like to continue to grow within the NDEO as a leader, and dance educator. I have been an active member of the NDEO, and have supported student growth at all levels through scholastic and artistic achievement. During my term in office I would like to grow the NHSDA program, and create meaningful connections between chapters from all levels and sectors. I will continue my work mentoring, providing community support, at (proposed) NHSDA conferences, and/or break out groups within conferences to gain a community of dance educators who want to collaborate to grow the NHSDA into a cohesive and integrated program that supports students of all levels.

BIOGRAPHY: Jessica Lewis (MA) MFA Candidate in Choreography (Wilson College) is an NYC based dance educator, choreographer,producer and dancer. She is a full-time Dance Educator with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), and Founder and Artistic Director of Jessica Lewis Arts (501c3 non-profit). Jessica has taught dance, theater, and music for the past 9 years. Performance &Choreography: Gibney Dance, DTW, 92nd Street Y, BAX, DUMBO Dance Festival, The Duke, Hunter College, NYU, IRT, DanceWave, Cunningham, Westfest, Spoke the Hub, University Settlement, and throughout the NY area, with Andrew Jannetti & Dancers, and Jessica Lewis Arts. Honors: 2015-16 NDEO Student Representative to the Board, Chapter President NHSDA at Hunter College. Grants: LAUSD, NYSDEA, AGDEP, Bronfman Center, & NYU.

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Kaye Witting
Kaye Witting
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Dance is by definition passion. Having grown up in a culture in which dance is inherent in the way we walk, talk, gesture, worship, play, and learn, dance is naturally, for me, more than an avocation or vocation, but a way of life. My passion for dance informs everything I do in the classroom, which is of paramount importance. With high expectations, I encourage students to meet and exceed their own goals. As an educator, my goal is to transfer my knowledge of dance and life, and motivating my students to gain further insight into the dimensionality and complexity of dance. Each quarter I look forward to the Dance Education in Practice which allows me to further examine my methodologies, provides excellent ideas and inspires me to publish someday soon. My vision as an educator has always been to strive forward with determination, desire, drive, discipline, and dedication. This vision will inform my term on the NDEO Board, as I plan to contribute towards the many facets of the position. My leadership roles include Company Manager for the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble (New York), tenured Professor at the University of Utah (Utah), Performing Arts Camp’s Founder & Director (Utah), Dance Company Director and Teacher at the Severna Park High School (Maryland), and Company Director for the Anne Arundel County Public School Dance Ensemble (Maryland). I am excited to serve in the capacity of Advisory Director of NHSDA. This important position is ultimately responsible for generating new members and patrons of the Arts and represents an exciting challenge to serve in new and meaningful ways. My school, Severna Park High School, has been a member of NDEO for many years and has an NHSDA chapter. Each year we celebrate students’ successes as they graduate and become ambassadors for the Arts.

BIOGRAPHY: Kaye Witting is a dancer, educator, and teacher. She is a certified instructor in the Pilates Method and in the Martha Graham technique. Mrs. Witting has taught at the Martha Graham School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. She was both dancer and tour manager for the Martha Graham Ensemble. Mrs. Witting received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, before joining the dance faculty at the University of Utah, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses. Witting has taught in England, Guyana, Guatemala, Spain, Mexico, and several universities nationwide. She was the founder and director of the Performing Arts Camp that introduced children to the arts in a fun and safe environment. The annual camp attracted many children in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area and lasted nine years before she moved to Maryland, where she teaches dance at a public school. Her mission is to promote equity and positive change through dance. She believes in the importance of dance in schools as it offers an educational component that contributes towards lifelong learning.


Advisory Board Director of State Affiliates (vote for one)

 
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Beth Wright Fath
Beth Wright Fath
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Having worked on the boards of two state service organizations and having taught in both studios and higher education, I believe I am well-qualified to be the Advisory Director of State Affiliates for NDEO. I served on the (working) board of the North Carolina Dance Alliance (statewide service organization for dance) from 2004-2008, and on its Advisory Board from 2009-2011. While working with this long-established group, we were able to diversify our focus and funding to better serve all geographic locations and types of dance in the state. In 2014, I became one of the founding Board members for the new state affiliate of NDEO, NCDEO. We are now in the planning stages of our fourth state conference, have had hosted a few smaller professional development events, and have advocated for the Arts in NC. As an educator, I’ve taught in studios and in higher education, in a small private women’s college and at a large, R1 STEM institution. In two very different contexts with very different needs, I partnered with colleagues to create new courses and curricula, specifically dance minors where none had previously existed. From reimagining longtime organizations to creating from the ground up, I will leverage my breadth of experience of state organizations and navigating higher education to advocate for and assist NDEO’s current and new state affiliates.

BIOGRAPHY: Beth Wright Fath earned her MFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She is faculty at NC State where she teaches Dance and Somatics and serves as Department Head. Prior to NC State, she was faculty and Director of Dance at Peace College. Selected performance and choreographic experience include: Movement Research, Danspace, and The Field in NYC; the American Dance Festival’s Opening Acts; the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Rick McCullough, Christal Brown, Code f.a.d., Rhynard and Dancers, NichWalk Dance Project, 2 Near the Edge, Jackie Hand, and Urban Gypsies; and ACDA conferences, Five Chick Posse Productions and NC Dances. Her work has received support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, United Arts Council, the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA), and the Council on the Status of Women, among others. Beth has been selected to present nationally and internationally at conferences such as: National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and the International Conference for Teaching Somatic-Based Dance. A former officer and Board member for NCDA, Beth currently serves an officer and founding board member of the North Carolina Dance Education Organization (NCDEO).


Graduate Student Representative to the Advisory Board (vote for one)

 
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Dozje Brown
Dozje Brown
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am a first-year graduate student in the Dual Degree MFA/MA Program with Tisch School of the Arts and Steinhardt. I am also a United States Army Veteran. I love dancing, choreographing, and teaching dance. I want to become a touring dance educator who travels domestically and international within private and public government organizations, also within the primary and secondary educational institutes, and community centers sharing Dance. My mission is to create an interdisciplinary diverse cultural experience in dance that will nurture, train, and educate addressing social issues. I am applying for this position because I want to become more involved with the dance community and learn about other conferences, teaching jobs, and performance opportunities. I can provide organization tools, creative ideas as well as make sure all issues brought to me by the student body are addressed and shared to the community. I believe this experience will allow me to make more connections with another dance advocates and educators. As well as updated me on current events, books, workshops and conferences in the dance community. I want you to vote for me because I can share information about upcoming events to both of my two schools within NYU expanding the audience base on information expose. I am an advocate on sharing knowledge despite any discrimination due to mental or physical illness. I want people to learn all they can especially if the resources are provided. I believe the more opportunities you are made aware of, the more you can choose what will be right for you.

BIOGRAPHY: Dozje Brown is a first-year graduate student in the Dual Degree MFA/MA Program with Tisch School of the Arts and Steinhardt. A United States Army Veteran and a Paratrooper receiving over 30 Airborne Operation jump. 2012 alum of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance program. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Art in 2012. Alum of Washington, D.C. Duke Ellington School of the Arts high school in 2008.

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Jeeseon Chung
Jeeseon Chung
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I have been a member of NDEO since 2016. My experiences at the NDEO conference in Washington D.C is one of my motivators to continue developing my knowledge in dance education. I find it essential to build relationships with people who have the same passion. NDEO has become one of the strongest support systems for dance educators nationally. I would be honored to serve as a graduate student representative to the NDEO Board of Directors to help organize professional development opportunities for my fellow students. In addition to NDEO, I also have pursued professional development through other organizations including DanceNYC, DanceNJ, NYSDEA, and DEL at the 92nd Street Y. I consistently seek opportunities to be active in the dance field to grow as a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. In my student-teaching experiences at Rutgers, I’ve experienced how essential it is to advocate for dance in public schools. The recent NDEO forum thread about advocacy helped me to find and think about various ways to approach advocacy in my teaching. NDEO provides the knowledge and practical resources that help us to share our love for dance with fellow teachers and students. I’ve gained many practical teaching insights from reading the Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice journal. I frequently gain relevant resources from the articles to support my theories in teaching and building lesson plans. Since the 2016 NDEO conference, I have immersed myself in NDEO resources. At Rutgers, I am fortunate to have faculty, including Barbara Bashaw and Frederick Curry, who are active leaders in NDEO and our state affiliate, DanceNJ. We also have an NHSDA Chapter, through which I participated in initiatives including Love Your Body Week, where I wrote prompts to encourage my peers to share their personal tips for body pride and self-care.

BIOGRAPHY: Jeeseon Chung, BFA, is originally from South Korea and came to United States at a young age. She spent most of her life dancing in New Jersey. She currently is a second-year EdM in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She began her training in Seoul, South Korea, at the Cecchetti Ballet School. She continued her training in dance at South Jersey Ballet Theater, performing in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. During her university career at Rutgers University, she has worked and performed with Keith A. Thompson, John Evans, Chien-Ying Wang, Jodi Melnick, and Pam Tanowitz.

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Ashley Jones
Ashley Jones
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I have been a dancer for over 3 decades and an educator for over 17 years. I have continued to remain a student and a teacher simultaneously giving me a unique and wide perspective of dance and dance education. I am as experienced as they come; I perform, choreograph, and instruct all ages and levels of all styles of dance and also specialize in dance for disabilities. I recently founded and wrote the curriculum for Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance for Disabilities program and make inclusion in dance a pillar of my instruction no matter what population of dancer I instruct. I am passionate about creating resources for graduate students and specifically helping my peers create options for themselves in the field of dance. I am an experienced leader serving on a variety of boards previously as well as continuing to pursue not only dance, but leadership education in recent years as well through Leadership Long Beach and Dale Carnegie. I regularly seek out opportunities to attend dance conferences and educational opportunities both through NDEO and outside organizations like Boston Ballet, Axes, and Expressive Therapies Summits. My undergraduate degrees were in Business Administration and Political Science at USC. Though a creative at heart, I am also very logical and focused on "the bottom line". I am a results oriented and organized individual with an extreme passion for dance and the arts. I hope to advocate for graduate students needs and share my passion for dance with other like minded individuals within this great organization.

BIOGRAPHY: Ashley Jones’ primary training was under the tutelage of Anthony & Terri Sellars at Orange County Dance Center. She rose to principal ballerina with Ballet Repertory Theatre transitioning in a full time instructor and choreographer.Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious University of Southern California in Business and Political Science. After 6 years in the aerospace industry, all the while still training, Ashley left and opted to pursue dance as a career. Since this departure, Ashley has both performed and choreographed for Good Day LA, Marriott, Robbins Brothers, and numerous other corporate clients as well as being named one of Long Beach’s 30 under 30 performing artists. Ashley is a current CSULB graduate student studying dance education with the goal of becoming a professor. She is the founding instructor of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance for Disabilities School and recently became adaptive dance certified through Boston Ballet. In addition, Ashley serves as the Jazz Company Director for the School of Dance and Music and the Dance Program administrator of Marina High School. She is a sought after educator within Orange and Los Angeles Counties and currently dances professionally for Kenneth Walker Dance, Nannette Brodie Dance, and Contempo Ballet.

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Nitya Seshadri Vedantam
Nitya Seshadri Vedantam
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance at SUNY Buffalo, and I would like to submit my nomination to be the graduate student representative to the National Dance Education Organization Board. I would be a great fit for this position because of my love and passion for dance, strong communication, leadership and organizational skills and my drive towards commitment and hardwork. I am confident that my past experience and volunteer work will help me fulfill this role to the best of my abilities. My experience includes being the guest artist liaison, welcoming and organizing visiting artists as part of my graduate teaching assistantship, being the cultural secretary during undergraduate study, organizing and managing collegiate dance festivals, managing and teaching movement and somatic based classes at private studios, teaching undergraduate master classes, and voluntary work organizing various conferences, fundraisers and community festivals. Being an active member of NDEO, I have taken full advantage of many of its services and programs. I often use the multiple online forums to keep in touch and gain insight into the current happenings of the dance world, and use JODE and DEiP articles to further my graduate research. This year, I will be presenting and attending NDEO’S 20th Annual National Conference 2018 in San Diego. Additionally, I presented my research work at the New York State Dance Education Association’s 3rd conference in 2018 in Rochester. I am confident that with my diverse background in the dance education community I will add value to the Board of Directors, while gaining an educational experience working with eminent artists, scholars and educators in the dance field.

BIOGRAPHY: Nitya Seshadri Vedantam (MFA in progress, MFA, BA) a graduate student of dance studies at SUNY Buffalo, is a performer-teacher-choreographer of the Indian Classical dance Bharatanatyam. She holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra and a MFA Dance from Hyderabad Central University. She is an empaneled artiste of the Broadcasting Ministry of India. She has conducted several performances, master classes and workshops across the globe, including University at Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, Purdue University, Hyderabad Central University and MGI Mauritius. Her recent conference presentations include ACDA North-East Regional Conference 2018, NYSDEA Rochester 2018, DSSE Buffalo 2018, NDEO Sand Diego 2018 (upcoming). Her dance collaborations span across varied genres of dance including Sattriya, Chau, Kathak and Modern dance. Nitya’s research explores the mind-body connection through dance and the symbiotic links between Bharatanatyam and Modern dance, gender constructs as foregrounding patriarchy and the potential of dance as a site to confirm, subvert, challenge and re-conceptualize these gender norms. Nitya is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor.

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Pamela Vlach
Pamela Vlach
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I’m a graduate student in Dance Education at New York University, and I’m very excited about the possibility of serving in a student leadership position for NDEO. I spent ten years teaching dance in private studios before transitioning into schools, first as an afterschool teaching artist in public and private schools in New York City, and now, on dance faculty at Grace Church School in Manhattan for lower and middle school students. In addition to my graduate school studies, I’ve spent the past year attending the Foundations course at Dance Education Laboratory, and I’m currently on faculty at the 92Y, teaching adults. I believe in dance education as a tool for helping children build a strong sense of self, and an avenue for expression. I’m committed to equity and access; providing movement opportunities for children in as many communities as possible. In addition to my New York teaching, I’m the founder of Tap Uganda, a dance education program that benefits children in Kampala, Uganda. I began the program a year and a half ago, after participating in the NYU Uganda study abroad program. I’ve attended NDEO and NYSDEA conferences over the past two years, and I’ll be serving on the NDEO student chapter board at NYU Steinhardt for 2018-2019. I’m organized, I love to multi-task, and I’m excited about the idea of creating new opportunities for students in NDEO. I would be honored to have the opportunity to represent the student population!

BIOGRAPHY: Pamela Vlach is a graduate student pursuing her MA in Dance Education at New York University. She’s been teaching various styles of dance for fifteen years. She’s currently on dance faculty at Grace Church School in Manhattan, and is the founder of Tap Uganda, a dance education program benefitting children in Kampala, Uganda. She’s a 2018 graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory Foundations course, and is on faculty at the 92Y. Pam has been recognized in Dance Studio Life Magazine for her innovative approaches to teaching tap, and her choreography has been performed throughout the United States, in Germany, and Uganda. Recently, she’s taught internationally in Portugal and Uganda several times, and will present in Summer 2018 at Dance and the Child International in Adelaide, Australia. She’s been a guest teacher at Steps on Broadway in New York City, and has taught at Astoria Dance Centre, United Nations International School, Spence, Horace Mann, Friends Seminary, Dalton, Trevor Day, Town, Sacred Heart, and PS 5. She was Director of the Riverdale YMHA Dance Program in Bronx, New York, where she grew a thriving program over eight years. Pam performs regularly in New York City.
 
Undergraduate Student Representative to the Advisory Board (vote for one)
 
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Kailey Schneider
Kailey Schneider
CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I have grown to realize that being a leader isn’t about the title you are given; it’s more about your genuine desire and want to help. In my opinion leadership is more about the influences and relationships you form with others, than it is about control, and this is something I truly value. I currently attend Bridgewater State University and am studying Dance as well as Elementary Education, with he hopes of one day teaching in a school system incorporating movement into the curriculum, as well as opening up a private dance studio. I also plan on continuing research in both of my fields of study. I have received multiple grants to continue her research through BSU. I attended the 2016 NDEO Conference in Washington D.C. to continue my research on the social and emotional benefits of a dance education. I was also able to collaborate with both faculty and students on a research project about the Benefits of Undergraduate Research within a Dance Department. I presented this research on a panel at the 2017 NDEO Conference in San Antonio, Texas. I am currently working on research that will result in the creation of a leadership initiative program that I plan on presenting at the 2018 National Dance Educations National Conference in California. I am a member of the National dance education organizations student chapter at BSU and have served as event coordinator for two consecutive year, creating and planning programs and event for students as well as the community. I served at the BSU Dance Company president, managing and organizing rehearsals and performances. I am also a member of BSU Curriculum Committee and the BSU Dance Team. I also teach dance at a local dance studio and work at an Arts camp in Tanglewood during the summer.

BIOGRAPHY: Kailey has been dancing since the age of three and has had a passion for dance ever since. She is currently double majoring in dance education and elementary education at Bridgewater State University. She teaches at a local dance studio for children of all ages as well as teaches at an arts camp in Tanglewood called Day in the Arts for Middle schoolers. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization at BSU and has been the event coordinator for two consecutive years. She is the current president of the BSU Dance Company. In addition to being a part of the BSU Dance Company she is also a member of the BSU Dance Team, where she has the opportunity to compete at the regional and national level. She has presented nine choreographed pieces at BSU and has been the stage manager for BSU’s Winterdance production. She hopes to continue experiencing the ways in which dance can impact her own life as well as others through continuing to learn and teach about the art of dance.