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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 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 would like to congratulate Martha Eddy and Kathleen Isaac on being nominated for Thumbs Up for their sustained contributions to dance and education!
Ed.D., MA, CMA, RSMT (Founder and Director of Dynamic Embodiment SMTT,
MOC Director of Somatic Studies, Co-founder) is an exercise
physiologist, registered Movement Therapist (RSMT), also trained in
Massage Therapy, who is in private practice in NYC. She was certified in
somatic movement work with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Irmgard
Bartenieff, and was on the certification program faculty for both the
School for Body-Mind Centering® and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of
Movement Studies from 1984-1994. She founded the Somatic Movement
Therapy Program (SMTT) in 1992 and renamed it DE-SMTT in 2008. Eddy is
particularly known for somatic-movement-based contributions in the
fields of dance, dance science, conflict resolution, child development,
and vision enhancement. She completed her doctorate in Movement Sciences
and Education at Columbia University. She lives in New York City. Dr.
Eddy was the invited speaker at the National Dance Education
Organization to give the address on the state of Early Childhood Dance
Education at the 2009 national conference.
In her position as
Founder and Director of the DE-SMTT program she coordinates Moving On
Center’s somatic curriculum and works closely with our faculty and
mentors around the world. She has been involved with dance and
performance since she was eight years old. She also directs our
partnership organization in NYC – the Center for Kinesthetic Education
(www.WellnessCKE.net) where clients of all ages come for classes and
private sessions, and professional teachers and therapists come for
training. She is involved in research, arts-based educational program
designs, and educational consulting nationally and internationally. She
has published numerous articles on these subjects. She created BodyMind
Dancing© in 1987 and Moving On Aerobics © (MOA) in 1999. Many DE-SMTT
graduates are taking these somatic movement programs out into the field.
Kathleen Isaac is
the Director of the Arnhold Dance Education Programs at CUNY Hunter
College, where she instituted the iDanceEd, Mentoring the Muse and
Macaulays, Arnhold Mentors and Arnhold Alumni LEAD initiatives, and is
the Dance edTPA coordinator for the School of Education She has
presented dance education models for the inclusion of digital devises in
dance teaching practice through ACERT (Academic Excellence in Research
and Technology) and was the recipient of a FITT (Faculty Innovation
Teaching with Technology) grant. She is on the Hunter College Arts
Across the Curriculum Spotlight on Arts and Politics Committee and is an
Associate faculty member of the Roosevelt House Public Policy
Institute. She is active in the National Dance Education Organization
and is a Board member of the New York State Dance Education Association.
For over two decades, she has been a leader in dance professional
development, advocacy, Pre-K-12 teaching practice, integration of dance
and technology and dance assessment in New York City, New York State,
nationally and internationally. She is currently on the editorial board
of the Dance Education In Practice journal, and is on the Teachers
College, Columbia University Dance Task Force. She authored, provided
professional development for and was lead facilitator and trainer for
Revelations – An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Alvin Ailey Dance
Theater from 1999-2010. She wrote Read My Hips® for the Joffrey Ballet
in Chicago, and authored the Coca Cola Community Outreach Program
curriculum of the David Parsons Dance Company. Ms. Isaac continues to
learn about and share best practices in student-centered integration of
dance and technology through www.iDanceEd.com, www.kidsmakedance.com and
www.kidsmakehiphop.com, and www.flamencoole.wordpress.com,
student-to-student dance mentoring and interdisciplinary models of
learning. Her work with dance students in public schools for over 25
years has been recognized by President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts
and Humanities as a paradigm for the nation and featured in the New York
Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, NBC News, CNN and Bravo. Her
choreography for students has been performed at Hunter College, the
Alvin Ailey Studios, Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City
Center Studios and at Mayor Bloomberg’s 2008 State of the City Address
at Flushing Meadows Park. She received a BA in Dance at SUNY Brockport,
an MA in Dance from New York University, Gallatin School of
Individualized Study, began her doctoral studies at Teachers College,
Columbia University, and has completed post-graduate work at
NYU/Steinhardt and Empire State College.
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.