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2015 NYSDEA Award application/nomination forms are here!

Deadline for submission for all awards - July 15, 2015


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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 navagate 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. 


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Vision Document for Dance 2050: The Future of Dance in Higher Education

This 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 2050 project.

You can find the whole document here: 

Vision Document Dance 2050 Vision Document Dance 2050 (190 KB)



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Thumbs Up!

Thumps Up to Jessica Lewis for being the President of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program NHSDA chapter at Hunter College and for being accepted as a lead presenter for a workshop on "Dance By and For Children" at the 2015 NDEO conference in Phoenix.

Jessica Lewis is a choreographer, dance educator, and modern dancer born and raised in New York City. Jessica began dancing when she was 2 years old. She began to choreograph at the age of 5. Her work has appeared in many major dance, theater, and film festivals throughout the New York area.
Jessica is currently a Master's Degree Candidate in Dance Education at Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program and teaches throughout the New York area (all ages) in modern dance, choreography, creative movement, gymnastics, and tumbling, as well as teaching health education and P.E.
By the age of twelve Jessica was a junior member, of Andrew Jannetti & Dancers. At sixteen, she became the youngest dancer and choreographer in the company. She is still an active member of the company, spearheading new projects with Artistic Director, Andrew Jannetti.
She studied at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study; concentrating in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies Through a Cinematic Lens. There she focused on choreography and generative artistry through teaching. She also developed her own technique of choreography: “emotional character trajectory” work. Ms. Lewis creates storyline and character (in a non-linear, non-literal sense) through this combination of her theatrical training and choreographic artistry. Jessica's extensive training in theater, film, writing, and music has a deep impact on her work as both a creator and educator. She constantly weaves interdisciplinarity into her own artistic work and her educational approach.
Jessica attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She was a member of the 92nd Street Y "Young Master's Company," and has performed with the Anna Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble. Jessica is also a member of LatticeWorks Dance. 

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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.


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.
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