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How NDEO Advocates


As an advocate for dance and dance arts education, NDEO seeks to influence policy and resource allocation decisions within the federal government. Along with liaisons and partnering organizations, NDEO participates in setting the national agenda for arts education, defining the significant issues, developing strategic plans,and drafting legislation and policy recommendations. NDEO's commitment to dance education has launched systematic change at local, state, and national levels.

 NDEO Members on Capitol Hill
NDEO members advocating on Capitol Hill in October 2016


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NDEO's recent and current initiatives include:

  • Every March, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education, NDEO recognizes  "Dance In Your Schools Month" by celebrating the artistic and academic achievement of exceptional students through the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). 
  • Working closely with Americans for the Arts to develop advocacy training materials and legislative recommendations as Co-Sponsors of Arts Advocacy Day.
  • Researching and publishing vital information in support of dance education, including Evidence: A Report on the Impact of Dance in the K-12 Setting (click here to view) and Research Priorities in Dance Education: A Report to the Nation (click here to view), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Defining and refining the role of dance in Higher Education through the Dance 2050 program.
  • Writing the new National Core Arts Standards for Dance, in partnership with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) and State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education(SEADAE).
  • Working with over 150 liaisons and partners to develop, deploy, and conduct field training for dance assessments as members of the advisory board of the Arts Education Partnership.