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Behind the Curtain
Insights and reflections on the world of dance and dance education
from NDEO and our Members

Submissions are Accepted on a Rolling Basis
from Current NDEO Members

Do you have information or a story to share?
Are you a dance educator with a strong vision for the future of dance education? 

Do you have a powerful story about the impact of dance education that others should hear? 

Can you inspire other dance educators by sharing your innovative teaching practices and strategies for teaching dance in meaningful ways?

Do you have expertise with social-justice oriented, culturally relevant, or trauma informed teaching practices that will benefit other dance educators? 

Are you a dance therapist, dance medicine specialist, studio management professional, dance filmmaker, dance historian, arts integration specialist, or choreographer who wants to connect and share information with dance educators? 
NDEO wants to hear from you! We are now accepting submissions for our Guest Blogger Program.
We are seeking Blogs on these topics....
We accept posts on most topics directly related to dance education or that are relevant for dance teachers, however, at this time, we are especially interested in blog posts related to: 

  • Promising practices and new ideas for teaching online or in hybrid and/or socially distant class settings

  • Increasing and maintaining student engagement in online or in hybrid and/or socially distant class settings

  • Justice, inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in dance education

  • Strategies for supporting students’ social-emotional growth and wellness through dance education

  • Culturally relevant pedagogy and trauma informed teaching practices
  • Innovative ideas for presenting choreography, such as dance recitals and concerts, in the COVID-19 era

  • Student success stories that demonstrate the value and power of dance education
Blog Details......
The Guest Blogger Program is a member benefit, and writers must be NDEO members at time of submission and publication. Posts are generally published in the order they are received, within 1-2 months of submission, however NDEO reserves the right publish on our own schedule. In addition, NDEO reserves the right to make or suggest edits or to not publish a blog post.

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Our readers are dance educators, dance professionals, and supporters of dance education working with students of all ages, abilities, skill levels, backgrounds, and learning environments. They work in dance studios, Pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community centers, and performing arts organizations.

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A Sampling of Recent Guest Blog Posts
Dancing while Aging
By Glenna Batson

Dance has been a primary mover in shaping my life. Some of my earliest memories are of dancing at my mother’s school, the Modern School of Dance Education. Between the years 1935 and 1950, she danced with Ruth St. Denis and Hanya Holm, dancers whose legacies I carry with me to this day. In the 1960s, when I was considering a dance career, the field was strictly defined and proscribed: You could be a dance artist, teacher, or choreographer. Lacking the talent and psychological wherewithal to become a dance artist, I still needed to find ways to weave dance into my life. Four decades later, I’ve managed to carve out a trans-disciplinary career as a scholar/educator at the interface of dance, science, and Somatics. The phenomenon of the “older dancer” surfaced sometime in the middle of the twentieth century. Read More
The Power of the “Dream Ballet” in Film
By Dawn Davis Loring

I have often used the dream ballet in Oklahoma! to connect choreography students with aspects of de Mille’s artistry and to demonstrate how she crystallizes the heart of the movie – Laurey’s choice – in dance. De Mille’s knack for storytelling is further bolstered by her ability to solve problems using dance, in particular, substituting dancers for singers, using movement to indicate horses, and creating compelling choreography for dancers and non-dancers. She seamlessly combined ballet and modern dance elements in her choreography, demonstrating the influence of early modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham, and her training in both techniques. Read More
Flamenco offers tools for teaching all techniques
By Bridgit Lujan

Flamenco is a global dance form that offers many important concepts to teachers who are educating students in today’s inclusive dance programs. As a dance style that is often mislabeled and boxed into the category of heritage or narrative dance, flamenco is often overlooked as a traditional dance, rather than an evolving technique offering excellent teaching models for the diverse classroom. Flamenco’s endemic protest of injustice and liberation of the individual is a key way for dance teachers to examine global social issues, while facilitating self-expression, self-empowerment and creativity. Flamenco is conceptually based on no two people learning or dancing alike; it is the embodiment of differentiated lessons and learning. Read More
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