2015 NYSDEA Winter Conference Reflections: Cultural Diversity in the Dance Class
Attendees from all over New York State and New Jersey joined us last weekend for the 2015 NYSDEA Winter Conference, Cultural Literacy in the Dance Class. The conference, held at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, offered master classes in Flamenco with JoDe Romano, Capoeira with Todd "Carcara" Russell, Chinese traditional dance with HT Chen and Dian Dong, and Hip Hop with the Wondertwins, Billy and bobby McClain. These master classes were mixed with a variety of workshops and panels that explored the topic of "culture" in and through dance. These sessions provided an exciting platform for dance educators of all levels to exchange ideas on how to encourage students in a self-exploration of their own heritage, how to incorporate world dance curriculums into the dance class, and how to navigate cultural differences. Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and contributed to such an amazing learning experience!
More coming soon on the highly anticipated 2016 NYSDEA Winter Conference.
Vision Document for Dance 2050: The Future of Dance in Higher Education
completed Vision Document was presented to DANCE 2050 participants at
the 2014 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) National
Conference in Chicago, IL. Those attending, along with those
contributing electronically, reviewed the document and voted to accept
it as a shared vision of those participating in the blind reviewed DANCE
You can find the whole document here:
Vision Document Dance 2050 (190 KB)
NYSDEA is proud to present a Thumbs Up! recognition to Marissa Adams! Marissa graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 with a BS in Dance Education, and received her MA from New York University for Theater Education in 2012. She is currently working in a District 75 school where she created a dance and theater program for students on the Autism Spectrum at PS4@ Skillman in Queens. She was also recently appointed to be a union delegate for her school and for the other sites that make up PS4. She is currently studying Dance Therapy at the 92nd Street Y and with Dance Education Laboratory. She also volunteers at Co/Lab, a theater company that creates original work with adults who have special needs. She is the co-founder of Shining Studios, a place for actors, singers, and dancers of all ages and developmental abilities to come together to create and explore as an ensemble. She still performs through various companies, but her most rewarding experience as a performer was at the First Annual Dance Educator’s Concert at the 92nd Street Y in 2015 where she felt honored to be among so many passionate and talented educators working together to create dance and history.
The New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) is growing and evolving to meet the needs of our dance community in the 21st century. The officers of NYSDEA invite you to join us as we enter a new and exciting era for dance in New York State.
NYSDEA serves dance educators who teach diverse populations in schools of dance, PreK-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and education outreach programs. Click here to see a list of our institutional members.
NYSDEA is a state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). When you become a member of NDEO, you automatically become a member of NYSDEA. Checks are made payable to NDEO and a portion is returned to NYSDEA.
We look forward to forging new creative paths in dance and dance education. We thank you in advance for your consideration in joining NYSDEA.
Benefits of membership include:
- Networking for dance educators across the state and nation
- Membership in the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
- The Journal of Dance Education, a national peer review publication
- National NDEO Conferences
- NYSDEA Workshops throughout the state
- NYSDEA Website: Information sharing, Dance events and calendar, Program announcements
- National Honor Society for Dance Arts
- A major voice in developing NYS dance policy and curricular issues
Dance educators are defined as, but not delimited to, those teaching or administering dance programs in K-12, higher education, performing arts organizations, private studios and schools of dance, cultural/community centers, etc. It includes dance specialists, teaching artists and choreographers, artists-in-schools, studio teachers, and generalists teaching dance or movement education.
To become a member of NYSDEA, go to the NDEO website at www.ndeo.org/membership.
You can register online and pay by credit card or print an invoice and mail in a check to the NDEO home office. This process automatically registers you as a member of our organization. If you do not have internet access and wish to join our organization, please call 301-585-2880 and your registration can be taken over the phone.