Fast forward to 2020, I am the secretary of the Georgia State Affiliate of NDEO, DEGAS (Dance Educators of GA Society). This leadership role has benefited me greatly. I feel that participation in NDEO and DEGAS helps me to be more reputable in my field as well as learn from others in the organization. As I am in my 11th year of teaching, stepping into leadership positions have felt like natural progressions, but to help build my leadership capacity, I am currently enrolled in the OPDI course, “Developing Strategic Leadership in Dance and Life”. My career goal is to hold an arts leadership position in the near future.
I have attended several NDEO conferences since joining, but in 2020 I presented for the first time. This is something that I always wanted to do, but didn’t think I had enough knowledge. I collaborated with other NDEO members by presenting on a panel of K-12 educators, which allowed for a unique shared experience!
NDEO is special to me because it houses many programs and is composed of members who are esteemed in the field of dance education. No one is a stranger, you can reach out to any high level executive members for advice. I don’t regret joining!