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Private Sector Challenges - Teaching Dance and Running a Studio
During Covid-19 - Questions and Answers
This session was presented live on 4/22/20 by
Kathryn Austin, Cory-Jeanne Houck-Cox, Mary Roberts, and Tori Rogoski.

This panel of dance teachers and studio owners are here to answer your questions about the challenges of teaching dance online and running a studio during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bios of Panelists
Dr. Kathryn Austin is a dance educator with 40 years experience currently working full time teaching dance in the public schools and owning, directing and teaching at her private studio of 30 years. Austin is active in the training and coaching of traditional Scottish Highland Dance and has to her credit several Champions and national contenders. Working daily in the K-12 and Private Studio setting gives Austin a unique perspective with which to approach the nuances of online delivery of dance studies and how best practices are applied in each unique setting. Austin is hands-on at every level and age of the learner population and makes daily parallels between her teaching environments in cross-referencing curriculum and delivery.

Cory-Jeanne Murakami Houck-Cox , BA, retired prima ballerina is an ABT® Affiliate Certified Teacher Levels Primary-5 ABT NTC. A Master Teacher & Coach, choreographer, she is certified in PBT & FLX. She is Treasurer for NDEO. She adjudicates & is Director of Events for ICON Dance & NexStar National Dance Competition. Her pieces have been awarded & invited to Finals of the NYC YAGP. She participated in Sundance Choreographer’s Lab and is an Aspen Institute Scholar Fellow. In 1997 she performed at the Presidential Inaugural Gala Balls. She co-created “Winter War” & “Proud Heritage”, Irvine Foundation and NEA recipients, which were presented at the Kennedy Center. Her former students have careers in ballet, contemporary & modern companies, Broadway, arts administration and advocacy.

Mary Roberts is a freelance choreographer, director, and dance educator. Roberts primarily works as a production show supervisor, director, and choreographer in the cruise line and entertainment industry. As a dance educator, Roberts focuses primarily on jazz dance and the professionalization of the emerging working dance, presenting and teaching at conferences, universities, and festivals. In addition to her work in the dance industry, Roberts has also helped nonprofits curate their social media identity, including having been part of the communications team at The Actors Fund. 

Tori Rogoski, RDE, earned a BFA and a BS in Dance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Rogoski taught in public elementary and high schools before founding Dance Education Center in 2001. She has been published in Dance Teacher, Dance Magazine and the Journal on Dance Education and her school was selected as 2019 Business of the Year. In 2016, Ms. Rogoski was honored with the Wisconsin Dance Council Margaret H'Doubler Award, she was selected as UW’s 2010 Outstanding Recent Graduate and in 2009 she received the outstanding National Registered Dance Educator Award.

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.
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