NDEO's "Teaching Dance Online" Webinar Series:

College Dance and The Fall Semester -
Administrative Challenges Due to Covid - Q&A
This session was presented live on Wed. 5/20/20.
Free Webinar

This panel of dance professors, chairs and administrators are here to share their insights and answer your questions about planning for the Fall semester and beyond due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Frederick Curry - Rutgers University (NJ)
Rebekah Davidson Hathaway - Cerritos College (CA)
Nicki Flinn - Hope College (MI)
Kelly Lester - University of S. Mississippi (MS)
James Robey - Radford University (VA)
Karen Schupp - Arizona State University (AZ)

Bios of Presenters for 5/20 Webinar
Frederick Curry is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director of the Ed.M. Program in Dance Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where his focus is on dance pedagogy and Somatics. He is also director of the Rutgers Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program. Frederick has served on the NDEO Board of Directors, and currently serves on the NDEO Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee. He is Assistant Editor for Dance Education in Practice journal, and is on faculty at the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory. As a Laban/Bartenieff specialist, Frederick has led workshops and presented scholarship internationally including throughout the United States and in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Nicole Flinn (MA) is an Associate Professor of Dance at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She specializes in dance pedagogy, curriculum development, arts integration, assessment, and advocacy. She developed a K-12 dance program and worked as a public-school teacher for 15 years. Nicole is the director of StrikeTime Dance Theatre, a pre-professional student company that promotes dance outreach for children, engaging over 10,000 youth each year. She is an active member of NDEO and is a member of the board for several organizations including Dance for the International Child (daCi) USA, SHAPE Michigan, and Michigan Dance Council. Nicole was a leading member in the dance portion of Michigan’s Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project.

Rebekah Davidson Hathaway is a modern dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the Los Angeles area. She is currently the Chair of the Cerritos College Dance Department in California, and teaches Modern Dance, Choreography, Pilates, Dance Appreciation, and Dance Conditioning. She received her BFA in Dance at U.T. Austin, her MFA at CSULB, and was certified as a Pilates Instructor with Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Sciences, International. Even before the pandemic, she built online dance lecture courses in her department from one to thirteen sections offered each semester, which she is extremely grateful for now. And she has also spent the last three years building curriculum for her department, which she hopes will serve as a springboard for a fast recovery when students are allowed back on campus.

Kelly Lester , MFA , is President-elect of NDEO and the Director for Faculty Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a Professor of Dance, Lester teaches modern technique, somatic practice, choreography, and music for dance. Lester is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and certified trainer for the Eastwest Somatics Institute of Dance, Yoga, and Movement Studies. Lester is a Certified Evans Teacher and an ACUE Credentialed Educator.  

James W. Robey joined Radford University in Virginia in 2018 as Chair/Associate Professor for the Department of Dance, coming from Webster University in St. Louis where he also served as Chair, received the 2015 Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Faculty Award, and graduated from the Global Leadership Academy in 2017. James serves on the NDEO Cultivating Leadership Committee; as a member of NASD; on the Board of Directors for the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation in Geneva, Switzerland; and served on the national board of directors for the American College Dance Association. He presented the keynote speech  Leadership and Innovation in Arts Education for the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation and collaborated in presentations with Dr. David Pendleton on  Leadership Jazz  in the UK at the Henley Business School at Reading University and the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.
Karen Schupp , MFA, is an associate professor of dance and associate director of the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. Her research interests include dance competition culture, dance curriculum and pedagogy in tertiary education, and equity across the spectrum of dance education. Her books include Studying Dance (author), Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship (editor), and Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education (co-editor with Doug Risner). Professor Schupp is the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Dance Education . For more information, please visit http://www.karenschupp.org

Next Higher Education SIG Virtual Meeting on 5/27
Following the 5/20 Webinar above, we are also offering the opportunity for you to participate in our SIG Virtual Meeting to continue the conversation about the future of the Fall semester for dance in colleges and universities.

SIG Virtual Meetings allow NDEO members to connect virtually with fellow members in their sector to share ideas, discuss concerns, and support one another through this challenging time. Conversations mainly conducted in Zoom breakout groups of 10-20 people. One-hour long sessions; very informal; no recordings available.

Higher Education SIG Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, May 27 from 4-5pm EDT
Free for NDEO Members

More about the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts for people of all backgrounds. NDEO provides dance artists, educators, and administrators of all backgrounds a network of resources and support, a base for advocacy and research, and access to professional development opportunities that focus on the importance of dance in the human experience. You will find NDEO members teaching in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges, performing arts organizations, and community centers.

As your national service organization,
NDEO is here to support you through these challenging times.
We have been working diligently to provide high-quality resources relevant to the needs you have right now. Please visit our Covid-19 Online Resource webpage .

Learn about the benefits of NDEO Membership at www.ndeo.org/membertypes

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