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Cultural Literacy in the Dance Class

January 31 - February 1, 2015

Join the New York State Dance Education Association for its annual winter conference in 2015, a two-day event dedicated to learning effective ways to introduce your students to the contributions of various cultures and the influence that they have on the world of dance. Through workshops, panels, and master classes, attendees will learn how to:

  • Incorporate a world dance curriculum into the dance class at all levels
  • Integrate cultural studies in the dance class
  • Direct self-guided exploration and investigations of the student's own background
  • Implement exchange programs for enhanced learning experiences
  • ...and much more!
CLICK HERE for more information or to register for this year's conference!


Congratulations to 2014 NYSDEA Award Recipients

Thank you all for your commitment to dance education! 
For descriptions of awards, visit the Awards page or click here.

Outstanding Leadership: Pat Cohen and Joan Finkelstein

Outstanding Dance Educator - Post Secondary: Bill Evans

Outstanding Dance Researcher: Elizabeth McPherson

Life Achievement: Elsa Posey

Diana Domorocki-Kisto: Traci Hinton-Peterson

Undergraduate Awards for NDEO conference: Teresa Schmitt and Victoria Shadle

Graduate Awards for NDEO conference: Minami Hara and Jessica Marshall

K-12 Dance Educator Scholarship: Kerianne Cody and Rachel Wurman


Thumbs Up!

Thumbs Up to Cynthia Angarola!

Cynthia has been dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing for most of her life. She received her first dance teacher certification in 1994 at age 24 from Dance Educators of America, and currently a registered dance educator in NYS. This year she celebrates over 30 years of educating and training students all over the country in the art of dance. Her students have gone on to professional careers in television, film, broadway, NBA and NFL dance and cheer teams. They have been accepted to the Joffrey, ABT & Philadelphia Ballet schools, as well as receiving scholarships to the countries leading college dance teams including Towson University. Her own teams have brought home numerous world, national and regional titles, scholarships and trophies. She has judged and taught for the leading National and Regional talent organizations, as well as coached and judged various National beauty pageants. In 2007 she was named and awarded "Teacher of the Year" and over the years received numerous accolades and recognition for her technique and choreography. This current year Cynthia was honored with the "Outstanding Teacher of Excellence Award" by the Star Dance Alliance and her team was named 2014 World Dance Champions. World Class has consistently been ranked one the top ten dance studios in the Northeast region by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Cynthia continues to educate and train dancers of all ages who thrive and pursue a passionate and fulfilling career of their own.

Thumbs Up to Denise Brown! Ms. Brown teaches dance in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City where her students are exposed to the diversity of dance.

Originally from Rhode Island, Ms. Brown studied Modern Dance with Elizabeth Spatz, Kathy Nicoli, and Heather Ahern as well as dramatic and comedic acting with Wendy Overly and Constance Crawford.

Ms. Brown holds a B.S. in Consumer Studies, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she continued her study of dance and theatre with professors Billbob Brown, Ching Hosier and Julie Nelson. She later traveled to live and study the Spanish language and Spanish dance forms in Seville, Spain. In 2004, Ms. Brown began graduate study and received an M.A. in Dance Education/K-12 Certification at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2006. She has been employed with RI Dance Alliance as a dance educator for the outreach program Chance to Dance, under the direction of Helene Scheff and Marty Sprague and has worked extensively with Rhode Island Youth Theatre, a non-profit theatre company, as a choreographer and/or performer.

Ms. Brown has performed in the works of Deborah Damast and Andrea Markus, the New Music and Dance Ensemble in Genoa, Italy and New York, in collaborations with New York composer/musician Jonathan Zalben., Benny Simon, Te Perez, SHEmotion (directed by Julie Klein), with the Movement of the People (directed by Joya Powell), and with Moore Dance Collective (directed by Sarah Moore). In addition, Ms. Brown has performed in NYU Masters/Faculty concerts, at the Apollo theatre, and presented her own choreographic work entitled (B.O.D.Y) Bordering on Destructive Yearnings. Ms. Brown continues to develop her pedagogy and training in both dance and yoga, finishing her 3rd Anusara 36 hour yoga immersion and completing the "Teaching Contemporary LImon" two week intensive in NYC, the Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at the Ailey School, and the Luigi Jazz Technique Intensive in NYC. She has also presented at National Dance Education Conferences throughout the country and has begun a chapter of the National Dance Honors Society.


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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