NYSDEA is now accepting nominations for 2017 Dance Educators!

Applications will be accepted through September 1, 2017.  

Please see our awards page for descriptions and nomination forms.  


SPECIAL OFFER FOR NYSDEA MEMBERS… $20 Discount on a Student or Associate Membership to 

the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. 

Join us at the ISMETA's Annual Membership Meeting which includes 

a complimentary workshop and time to network  and connect with friends and colleagues.

Visit our event page for more information!


NYSDEA One Day Intensive for Dance Educators with Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and Functional Awareness


Thank you to everyone who attended our conference!  Stay tuned for more information about our February Conference!

Class Descriptions


10am-1pm:  Understanding Dance Injuries and Wellness for the Dance Educator Harkness Center for Dance Injuries will present an evidence-based, three-hour workshop for dance educators on aspects of injury prevention from a pedagogical standpoint: how can we keep our students safe and healthy across ages, levels, dance disciplines, and quality of dance facilities? Specific topics to be covered include: precautions and training considerations for the adolescent dancer;debunking common training myths through functional biomechanics; assessing pointe readiness;  biopsychosocial considerations related to the incidence of dance injuries; teaching methods for career longevity; and self-care for teachers.The workshop will be  interactive in nature, including lecture, personal movement experience, and Q&A. 


2pm-5:30pm:  Honoring Individual Differences of the Pelvis: Functional Awareness® Strategies to Improve Stability and Resiliency of the Hip Joint 

This Functional Awareness® session employs a method of movement inquiry integrating embodied anatomy and reflective practice. This workshop offers movement explorations to discover the structure and function of the pelvis. Participants learn functional anatomy principles to differentiate between skeletal limitations and muscular factors governing turnout and learn skills to enhance movement potential within each dancers unique structure. Participants acquire useful cueing strategies to improve dynamic alignment, lateral rotation, and to facilitate efficiency in action.

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Thumbs Up to Gina Marie Borden!

Gina Marie Borden is a recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in dance and completed a program in women’s leadership.  Her senior piece was a solo created collaboratively with former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Mariah Maloney. She has performed in works by Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, and Lance Gries at New York Live Arts, and in a work by Jon Kinzel at Miller Theater.  Borden choreographed Columbia University’s 119th Annual Varsity Show, performed a solo in GROUNDPLAN at La Plaza Cultural, and created work for Fete de l’Hurricane at Red Bean Studios.  Other performance credits include Ferrum by Carte Blanche Performance. Borden studied in Paris under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas in June 2012. Borden attended Amalgamate Dance Company’s BREAK OUT dance program in Italy, where she performed in works by Alana Marie Urda and Jessica Taylor. Most recently, she was cast as a part of Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase 6 in a work by Bryan Strimpel. She has been leading the Educational Programming for Jessica Lewis Arts for the past year, a non-profit Arts Education and Dance Company. As part of her duties Ms. Borden arranges all class schedules, outreach workshops, teaches with the junior company, and leads all rehearsals for Jessica Lewis Arts. Borden also balances her work with JLA against a busy schedule working with the Barnard Alumni Office, Gibney Dance, and as a freelance dance and teaching artist.

NYSDEA wants to know who deserves a thumbs up, so please send in your accolades to Allison Bohman, a.bohman@nysdea.org.

Include the following: Email subject: THUMBS UP Dance Recognition. Name of person or Institution. Job Position/Title and/or brief biography. A picture of the individual (Please limit your answer to three sentences or fewer).

The next Thumbs Up will be given next month - let us know who it should be!


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)


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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