NDEO's 2020 "Virtual" National Conference

DANCE and SOCIETY: Developing Community, Empathy, and Understanding through Dance

Tips for a Successful Experience
It all starts TODAY, Friday 10/23/20 at 11am EDT

Access the Conference Sessions

You will access the Online Portal with your first name, last name and email address that you used to register for conference: . It will then send you a verification code to your email (be sure to check your spam or junk folders) and then you will enter that code in order to get access to the conference online portal.

Note: Each person will need their own personal Zoom account as all sessions inside of the Online Portal are being run on Zoom. If you don't have a Zoom account, see instructions below to set up one for free.

Need Help?
Make sure to figure out how to access the conference Online Portal (hosted by CrowdCompass/Cvent) BEFORE 11am EDT.

Do not wait until the last minute as we will have hundreds and hundreds of people all trying to get access at the same time and it will create a virtual line of people if they all need help figuring out how to get access.

If you need help as an ATTENDEE figuring out how to get into the conference you can:

EMAIL us at conference@ndeo.org

TEXT us at 240-242-7164

Master Schedule
The Master Schedule PDF File is current as of 10/21/20 and subject to change.

Check Conference "Online Portal" for any changes after 10/21/20
and to see the schedule in your time zone.

Zoom, Zoom
Each registrant will need to have their own Zoom account. If you don’t have one, you can set it up for free. Caution: Do not use a friend or family’s Zoom account. Zoom does not like it if more than one person tries to use one Zoom account at the same time. Our special conference website is where you will go to access the Zoom link for each session.

Go to https://zoom.us/ and click on the orange “Sign Up, It’s Free” button in the top right hand corner to set up your free account if you don't have one. 

Each virtual session can only hold 300 people. So if there is a must-attend session for you, don't be late.
Live vs Recorded
The majority of the sessions are being presented LIVE and are being recorded. What does this mean for you? 

  1. NDEO will be recording conference sessions for the purposes of sharing with attendees asynchronously for a limited time after the conference. Because of this it is possible that your likeness may be captured during the recording. Only a few are not being recorded at the request of the presenter.
  2. You always retain the option to turn off your camera and audio if you do not want to be recorded for privacy reasons.
  3. We hope to have the recordings available several weeks after the conference.
Know your Time Zones
All session times listed in the schedule are in EDT which stands for Eastern Daylight Time. This follows the time zone of the NDEO home office which is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Eastern Standard Time (EST) does not start until November 1, 2020.

You can change the Time Zone in the Online Portal to match your Time Zone by visiting the My Schedule tab in the left hand menu column.

Main Conference Overview & Special Evening Events
The Main Conference is 3 full days -- all day Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday - October 23 - 25th. Your registration gives you access to the entire conference. Session presentations run from 11am EDT to approximately 7pm EDT each day with special events in the evening.

  • Friday 11am EDT - Welcome Event - Join to meet other attendees and kick off conference with some movement!

  • Friday 7pm EDT - Danny Lewis Dance Sampler - Virtual Performances - Free for all conference registrants! Featuring: Arts Ballet Theater, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Dance NOW! Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Karen Petereson and Dancers, Kyra Jean Green, Momentum Dance Company, New World Dance Ensemble, Sandra Portal Andreu, and Pioneer Winter Collective.

  • Friday at 8pm EDT - Virtual Happy Hour with Dance Ed Tips, the NDEO Conference Sponsor! You’re invited to hang out with Dance Ed Tips at our Virtual Happy Hour! During this time, you'll get the opportunity to connect and network with dance teachers from all over the United States. So, grab your favorite beverage or snack and join us for an hour of fun! See you there!

  • Saturday 9pm EDT - Dance Party - informal gathering to let loose, dance and jam the night away, at home of course!

  • Sunday 7pm EDT - Closing and Goodbyes
Each day we will have approximately 7 sessions running at the same time with 15 minute breaks between sessions.

  • 11am to 2:30pm EDT - First block of sessions
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30pm EDT - Break Time - Lunch, Poster Sessions, Vendors
  • 3:30pm to 7pm EDT - Second block of sessions
Poster Sessions
There are approximately 20 Poster Sessions that will be happening both Asynchronously and Synchronously. All Posters can be viewed at any time during the conference and each presenter will have a designated date and time where they will be available to answer questions and talk about their work. These sessions are happening from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm EDT each day. To find out when a specific presenter or poster will be available be sure to check out the schedule in the conference Online Portal and their Session Page.
Sponsor and Vendors
We are grateful for the support of our Conference Sponsor as well as all our virtual exhibitors and advertisers. 

NDEO's 2020 Conference Sponsor

Be sure to stop by our virtual exhibit hall and engage with some of our vendors! Some have designated special times to meet with potential customers and will do so via Zoom. The link and their hours of operations will be notated on their vendor profile in the conference Online Portal. If they are not hosting a live meeting, you can always visit their website or send them an email!
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access
IDEA Sessions for Everyone - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access. The IDEA committee is presenting 3 sessions during this conference that are open to all attendees.

  • Friday 3:30-4:30pm EDT - IDEA Workshop: Intersectionality: The Complexity of Identity and Oppression

  • Saturday 3:30-4:30pm EDT - IDEA Workshop: Power and Privilege in EDUCATION

  • Sunday 3:30 - 4:30pm EDT - IDEA Workshop: A Praxis toward Racial Literacy - Building a Culture of Anti-Racism

Learn more about IDEA Definitions - Click Here.

Explore resources compiled by IDEA committee - Click Here.
Dance & Disability

Dance & Disability Sessions for Everyone. Courtesy of a grant from the Theresa Foundation, NDEO’s Dance & Disability committee is presenting 1 pre-conference intensive mentioned above and 3 sessions listed below.

  • Friday 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm EDT- Disability 101: Community & Professional Dance

  • Saturday 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm EDT - Disability 101: K-12 Applications

  • Sunday 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm EDT - Disability 101: Aging Across the Life Span

ASL/CC interpretation will be available for attendees each day on specially designated sessions. Please check the schedule to find out which sessions are being interpreted or closed-captioned.
Presentation Exchange
We are excited to announce our presentation exchange with International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). This is an opportunity for NDEO Conference attendees to watch a presentation from the IADMS iConference 2020.

NDEO members will have access to the IADMS Dance Educators’ Guest Speaker, Kuniko Yamamoto-Morimoto PhD, AT presentation Reducing physical stress through breathing kinematic approach. Search for this special session in the NDEO conference Online Portal to view the on-demand session.
Network and Connect
Network and Connect. We will have virtual “breakout rooms” available during conference if you would like to connect with others and take a break from attending sessions.

Certificate of Attendance (COA) or Continuing Education Units (CEU)
You can purchase a CEU Certificate or a Certificate of Attendance (COA) for $25 each. An order link will be emailed to all registrants after the conference for those would like to order a CEU/COA certificate. This is entirely optional and only necessary if your school or employer requires proof you attended. The CEU certificate is worth 1.5 CEUs. The COA certificate will reflect the number of hours you participated in sessions. Make sure you keep track of all the sessions you attend and count up your hours so that you have it handy when you place your order for these items. Payment will be due at the time of registration by credit card or Paypal. The certificates will be emailed to you in a PDF format about 2 weeks after your purchase.
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