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Coming Together as a Communitydancer within heart during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities, K-12 schools, community programs, and dance studios across the country are shut down, with several states on stay-at-home orders. It is our fervent hope that the world will emerge from this crisis stronger, kinder, and more connected than ever before. The reality is, of course, that we don't know what will happen in the next few months. One thing we do know is that the dance community has been setting an example of persistence, generosity, and care for one another that should serve as a model for the rest of the world. As your national service organization, NDEO is here to support you through these challenging times. We have been working diligently to provide high-quality resources relevant to the needs you have right now: free webinars, blog posts, discounts on professional development, and more. We are striving to stay abreast of the field's changing needs, and will respond in every way that we are able.

NDEO offers two ways to connect with other dance educators virtually around the new landscape of online dance education - Live & On-Demand Webinars with experts in the field, and Virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings. Scroll down to learn more and see what is upcoming.

Webinar Series: Teaching Dance Online
These webinars offer the opportunity for dance educators to learn from leading experts in areas related to teaching dance online during COVID-19. Panelists will offer best practices, tips, and strategies related to the webinar topic. Attendees can submit questions for panelists prior to and during the session. Webinars are an hour long with recordings available on-demand. FREE - available to Members and Non-Members. Registration required. To see on-demand recordings of prior webinars, visit Teaching Online for general webinars on teaching dance online and Dance Sectors, Ages, & Populations for webinars targeted toward teaching specific sectors, ages, and populations online during covid-19.

Upcoming Webinars

Undoing White Supremacy and Responding to Trauma in Dance: How One Community Dance Program is Adapting

Monday, August 3, 2020 from 4pm-5pm EDT | REGISTER NOW

Hear from staff and teaching artists of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet as they share their experience in adapting the HeART with Lines integrated residency dance program to focus on undoing white supremacy and responding to trauma, all while transitioning to a distance learning format this Fall. The HeART with Lines program is currently serving PreK-8th grade in the San Francisco Bay area, California area.

Mary Carbonara (Associate Director, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Community Programs) has been teaching for nearly three decades, working with aspiring and seasoned professionals, teens, adult beginners and children. She has been on the faculty of Alonzo King LINES Dance Center since 2002 where she teaches modern dance to absolute beginners through professionals, and pedagogy through the LINES Ballet Training Program since 2010, where she launched the first LINES Ballet Teen Program and where she is currently the Associate Director of Community Programs, where she directs the HeART with LINES, Kids at LINES and Dance for PD programs. Mary has taught on the faculties of Bates Dance Festival, San Francisco Ballet, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), ODC School, UC Davis, Mills College, San Jose State University, East Carolina University, Santa Clara University, and around the world, including New York, Chicago, Tallahassee, Tokyo and Kolkata, India. She has danced with Robert Moses' Kin, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Liss Fain Dance and Project Bandaloop. She is the founder and artistic director of Hamster Dance Academy and Mary Carbonara Dances, and Studio 200 with Robert Moses. She earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College and her BA in English Literature from Barnard College.

Kyle Limin is an educator, choreographer, and performing artist with a focus on contemporary and hip hop dance. He continues to contribute over a decade’s worth of work to his hometown, San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area. He directs his own company, Call It Art, and teaches at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and Nor Cal Dance Arts. Limin teaches dance in elementary through university-level classes through SFartsED and Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s HEART with LINES program.

Becky Robinson-Leviton (Teaching Artist, HeART with LINES/Kids at LINES) graduated from CSU Long Beach with a BA in Dance and has performed all over the Bay Area and Berlin, Germany. She taught dance in various private studios and since 2019 with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Becky has performed with Berkeley Playhouse, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Tim Rubel Human Shakes, and many others. She is also the co-artistic director and founder of the site-specific dance and comedy duo, The Phenomenal Anomalies.

Jordan Wanderer (Teaching Artist, HeART with LINES/Kids at LINES) is a dancer and educator. Primarily trained in classical ballet then contemporary and modern forms, Wanderer holds Bachelors degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology and Dance from Mills College where she received the Outstanding Performer Award in 2017. Under the direction of Amber Lamprecht, she worked as an educational therapist offering multi-sensory, research-based literacy remediation at the former Literacy and Language Center of San Francisco. A two-time participant in the LINES Ballet Summer Program, she is currently a contemporary teacher for the Teens at LINES program, a teaching artist with the HeART with LINES program, and a LINES Dance Center Coordinator. She has performed works by Kara Davis, Molissa Fenley, Zackary Forcum, Aisan Hoss, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Stephan Koplowitz, Dexandro Montalvo, Sheldon B. Smith, and Merce Cunningham (staged by Holley Farmer). She is also a member of Cat Call Choir, which uses humor and storytelling as a response to gender based harassment. In 2017, Wanderer helped found pateldanceworks with Bhumi B. Patel and is currently a choreographic collaborator, dancer, composer, and administrative assistant for the company.

Widening the Dance Circle: Envisioning a Collaborative Future

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 1pm-2pm EDT | REGISTER NOW

This panel will highlight the trajectory and recent work in Dance 2050: A ThinkTank for Dance in Higher Education. The themes and values of the Dance 2050 Vision Document will be connected to the current landscape in higher education and the challenges faced in 2020. The discussion aims to be a stepping stone of connection to all sectors as we drive progress and positive change in dance education. The Dance 2050 annual meeting of the Think Tank will take place in November 2020 with the goal of reconsidering our primary values, recognizing the transitions we all experienced in 2020, and building action plans that include all sectors of dance education.

Donna Davenport, Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS), is a performer, writer, and choreographer from Upstate NY. She received her Doctor and Master of Education from Temple University and undergraduate degrees in dance and psychology from UMASS-Amherst. She has served four times as Chair of the Dance Department; coordinated Social Justice Studies since its inception; was Associate Dean of Faculty 2007-2010; Dean of Faculty for St. Peters Community Arts Academy 2016-2020, and was awarded the Potter endowed professorship 2013-2018. She contributed Chapter 5 to Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History, Revisiting Impulse 1950-1970 by Hagood & Kahlich, Eds. With NDEO, she is a frequent conference presenter; ongoing participant in the Dance 2050 initiative; the first Book Review Editor for the Journal of Dance Education and a founding member of its Editorial Board. She co-founded Artists Coalition for Change Together (ACCT) in Rochester, NY.

Luke C. Kahlich, EdD, holds degrees in Latin American Studies, Theatre, and Dance. He served as a critic for the NYC tradepaper Showbusiness, reviewer and consultant for state arts councils, governmental agencies and professional organizations. He was the first full-time Executive Director of the National Dance Association, founding board member of the National Dance Education Organization, and is Past President of the American College Dance Festival and the Council of Dance Administrators. Dr. Kahlich taught at Kansas State and Temple Universities, Nova Southeastern University and Indian River State College. He was founding editor of two professional dance journals and hosted the first DANCE2029 meeting. His current research is the efficacy of telematics choreographic pedagogy with which he has completed 16 projects with his colleague Dr. Pauline Brooks, John Moores University in Liverpool and others. The latest project was adapted to Zoom following the Covid 19 crisis onset.

Kelly Lester, MFA, is President-elect of NDEO and the Director for Faculty Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a Professor of Dance, Lester teaches modern technique, somatic practice, choreography, and music for dance. Lester is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and certified trainer for the Eastwest Somatics Institute of Dance, Yoga, and Movement Studies. Lester is a Certified Evans Teacher and an ACUE Credentialed Educator.

Jessie Levey is the founder and director of Barefoot Dance Center in New York’s Hudson Valley where she teaches three-year-olds through adults and directs a teen dance company. She creates curriculum to educate the whole person through somatic education, creativity and identity. In addition to teaching at Barefoot, Jessie works with schools and senior centers as a dance artist-in-residence and leads professional workshops for classroom and dance educators. Originally from NYC, Jessie is a contemporary post-modern dancer who has been teaching for thirty years. She has taught in New York City public schools through Lincoln Center Institute, several independent schools and after-school dance organizations. In addition to making her own work, Jessie performed with many independent choreographers throughout the New York Metropolitan area, Wisconsin and Lebanon. She is a Registered Somatic Dance Educator, Certified Yoga Instructor, and holds an MFA in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Stephen Ursprung (MFA) is an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at Dean College. He holds an MFA in Dance from Smith College and a BA in Economics and Italian Studies from Brown University. His choreographic work has been presented globally, most notable by Triskelion Arts, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Green Space, the Boston Center for the Arts, with the Boston Touring Group in London, UK, and at APAP|NYC with Tracks 2017. He currently performs with Dancing Legacy and creates work with Reject Dance Theatre and NilsSprung Dance Project.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Virtual Meetings

SIG Virtual Meetings allow you to connect with fellow dance educators to discuss the important concerns and issues of your sector of the dance field. Learn from other teachers currently working in the field and support one another through this challenging time. Registration is limited to 100, with conversations mainly conducted in breakout groups of 10-20. One-hour long sessions; no recordings available.

FREE - NDEO Members Only. Registration required.

Upcoming Virtual SIG Meetings: click to register

Dance & Disability : Friday, August 7 @3PM EDT

Private Sector - Dance Studio Teachers: Tuesday, August 11 @ 4PM EDT

K-12 Dance Educators:  Thursday, August 13 @ 4PM EDT

Higher Ed Professors: Tuesday, August 18 at 4PM EDT

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Resource Documents

As we look toward the Fall of 2020, NDEO has been facilitating online discussions about teaching dance online during the Covid-19 pandemic and possible implications for returning to the school/studio in the Fall. These discussions were held via a series of ongoing Virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings and 16 Webinars featuring NDEO members and invited guests that began in late March and continue today.

Two sessions, in particular, focused on a potential return to the studio in the fall 2020: The NDEO Cross-Sector Brainstorm Virtual SIG Meeting on May 14, 2020 and College Dance and The Fall Semester, a webinar hosted on May 20, 2020 that yielded significant member input. The content of the document below summarizes the questions and potential practices raised by NDEO members and panelists during these two events.

NDEO's Teaching Dance in Fall 2020

In addition, Dance New Jersey, NDEO's State Affiliate for New Jersey, was recently part of a task force of K-12 educators that collaborated with Arts Ed NJ to create the following document:  September Ready: Fall Guidance for Arts Education