NDEO's Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) 
for Dance Teachers

Summer 2021 Semester

Our next 4 courses begin on June 14th - Register Today
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance
OPDI-M23: Creating an Ethics & Pedagogy of Teaching with(out) Touch
OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process, Product & Student Engagement
OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into Dance Curriculum



Courses that Begin June 14
Deadline to register and pay is Wed. June 9th, however, some courses will sell out by that date, so don't wait to register.
OPDI –M2: Elements of Dance
June 14 to July 11 2021

Professor: Patricia Cohen; Tuition $200; 1 NDEO-endorsed CEU; 4 weeks; This Mini Course explores the universal language used to describe movement, and dance in particular. This language, or elements of movement, is applicable to all dance styles, genres and techniques. Through movement and online discussions, students will examine how the body moves in space, in time, and with energy (dynamics). A working knowledge of this material allows the student to identify and describe movement with specificity and clarity which can be useful in creating dances, documenting choreography and ensuring accurate interpretation of specific styles and techniques. In addition, this knowledge can improve students’ ability to analyze, interpret and respond to dance choreography and performance.  
~~NEW~~OPDI-M23: Creating an Ethics and Pedagogy of Teaching with(out) Touch
June 14 to July 25, 2021

Professor: Nicole Perry; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; Dance teachers in every setting have long used touch as a teaching method. It is employed for correction or support, to provide a goal, impart kinesthetic feedback, or other reasons. With disclosures of sexual misconduct at top artistic institutions, the rise of the #MeToo movement, startling statistics regarding young people who have experienced trauma, and ongoing concerns around coronavirus, we now have an excellent opportunity to address the pedagogy of touch. Different approaches, such as imagistic language, prop work, or other types of touch may provide for safer learning environments, empower students, and/or provide new depth to the creativity and teaching practices already employed. This course combines knowledge of best practices of physical contact in dance and theatre performance with Laban/Bartenieff Touch-for-Repatterning practices. It examines consent and power dynamics in the studio, creating an ethics of touch for movement classes, and low-touch/no-touch teaching options. Those enrolled in the course will be encouraged to strategically offer opportunities for students to practice consent and exercise agency when touch is employed. The course encourages personal reflection and choice-making for effective teaching. The material is applicable to dance teachers in any environment. Photo by Scott Shaw. Courtesy of Gina Gibney Dance.
OPDI-M21: Building an Online Dance Course: Process, Product and Student Engagement
June 14 to July 25, 2021

Professor: Beth Megill; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; COVID-19 and social distancing have heightened the need for all dance educators to develop skills needed to teach online, to develop a comprehensive online course, and to implement strategies to keep students engaged. This course takes the dance professional (OPDI student) through the process of planning, designing, and implementing an online course and explores commonly used online Learning Management Systems (LMS). Participants learn how to develop course modules, identify resources, and design assignments, student work, and assessments. Student engagement strategies will also be explored. Whether you are teaching dance technique or the academic side of dance, this course will help you develop a rigorous, well-constructed online course that can work across multiple teaching environments. Participants should have an idea for a course outline that they would like to design by the end of this course. Photo by Savannah Lee. Courtesy of Louisburg College.
OPDI-M20: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into Dance Curriculum
June 14 to July 25, 2021

Professor: Margot Toppen; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; With an emerging evidence base connecting dance to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes, it’s important for dance teachers to understand and be able to articulate this connection. Additionally, any kind of dance teacher can strengthen their pedagogy and student outcomes with a more intentional and explicit focus on SEL. This course provides strategies for aligning dance curriculum to CASEL’s “Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning.” CASEL stands for the Collaborative For Academic, Social, And Emotional Learning. Participants will learn about the CASEL framework and the research showing the strong connection between dance and SEL. The five broad SEL competency areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. The course will wrap up with participants mapping out an action plan for how they can integrate explicit and intentional SEL approaches into their teaching. Photo by Nicole Caracia. Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Courses that Begin on July 12
Deadline to register and pay is Wed. July 7th, however, some courses will sell out by that date, so don't wait to register.
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
July 12 to August 22, 2021

Professor: Lori Provost; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; This course examines the diverse and multilateral Western training systems of the French, English, Russian, Italian, Danish, and American schools. By examining historical approaches, students will compose their own syllabus for classroom training. Due to its emphasis on ballet technique and teacher performance, the course relies heavily on visual learning (viewing videos), video recording of classroom teaching, and video conference feedback. This course is beneficial for university students, dancers who are making the transition from a performance career to a ballet-teaching career, and current teachers who want to brush up on theory with online flexibility. It is recommended that students have at the minimum, an introductory knowledge of ballet terminology and technique. It is helpful if students enrolled in this course are currently teaching a ballet class or have instructional access to a group of students, in order to apply assignments that require student demonstrations. If you do not have access to students during this course, you can complete alternate assignments, just make sure to inform the instructor of your situation. Book required: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by G. Grant. (2014) New York, NY: Dover Publications.  Photo by NewYorkDrew.com. Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet School.
OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition
July 12 to August 22, 2021

Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 6 weeks; In this course, students will engage in research and reflection on the following questions: As a teacher, what long term dance learning or enduring understanding do you wish to pass on to your students regarding modern dance? As a choreographer, do you know the lineage, from where your personal expressive style is rooted and developed, of your modern dance style? As a performer, how can an understanding of modern dance styles aid in clarity of execution in repertory pieces? From where do we develop our personal movement preferences and expressive capabilities? What or who has influenced these preferences and capabilities? Even if you are a “rebel”, as opposed to one devoted to passing on a legacy, you need to know from what or whom you are rebelling. By applying a known family genealogy, one is given a deeper sense of identity and so knowing the modern dance historical genealogy gives a deeper sense of one’s place in the modern dance world and thereby improve one’s dance products and students’ training experience. Required Book: Legg, Joshua. (2011). Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton Book Company Publishers. Optional additional text: Strauss, Marc Raymond with Nadel, Myron Howard. (2012). Looking at Contemporary Dance: A Guide for the Internet Age. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton Book Company Publishers. Photo by Asher Swan. Courtesy of Southern Utah University Dance Program.
OPDI-M22: Using Dance Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) to Drive Programmatic and Self Growth
July 12 to September 5, 2021

Professors: Dr. Elizabeth McPherson & Dr. Dale Schmid; Tuition $350; 2 NDEO-endorsed CEUs; 8 weeks; This course provides students with a useful conceptual framework to inspire thoughtful and informed curricular decisions about the allocation of instructional time and focus in K-16 dance education (elementary school to college) and to reflect on and renew one’s personal teaching practice. The conceptual framework explored is the 10 Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) Skills Clusters that comprise the DELTA (Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment) stemming from the National Core Arts Standards for Dance. These clusters include: 1) Performing Dance as an Intentional, Expressive Art Form (guiding principles), 2) Choreography (exploring, planning, revising), 3) Integrated Approaches to Historical, Cultural & Contemporary Dance Studies, 4) Dance Language, Literacy & Critical Analysis, 5) Pedagogical Theory & Practice, 6) Knowledge of the Learner, 7) Assessment Literacy, Evaluation & Reflective Practice, 8) School-based Policies, 9) Dance Classroom, and 10) Technical Production. Anyone with an interest in dance education and dance teacher preparation would benefit from this course, from new teachers to seasoned dance education professionals from any teaching environment. It is designed to support and extend dance education content knowledge while expanding personal and professional expertise. Photo by John Evans. Courtesy of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
OPDI-120: Music Theory and Applications for the Dance Teacher
July 12 to October 3, 2021

Professor: Jon Anderson; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs; 12 weeks; Understanding music is an essential tool for a successful dance teacher. In a classroom setting, it is beneficial to be able to articulate to your students where rhythmic patterns lie, and where specific accents of movements occur. The first half of the course will raise awareness of the relationship between music and dance, covering the concepts of Beat, Pulse, Meter, Tempo, Dynamics, Articulation, and Phrasing. The student is given an opportunity to explore and apply to dance the concepts learned and write a short musical score to demonstrate overall comprehension. In the second half of the course, students continue to examine the symbiotic relationships that exist between music and dance finding meaningful ways to express those relationships in their teaching. Based on newly acquired musical knowledge and aided with a cadre of tools, students identify musical resources that support teaching and choreography needs. Participants will learn how to make effective music choices reflecting choreographic intent, build personal music libraries, and how to effectively communicate with live musicians in class and performance. In practicums, participants deconstruct a musical score and build a choreographic study derived from the musical structure. Finally, each student works collaboratively with the instructor in a composer/choreographer project with the instructor composing music for each student based on the student’s articulated choreographic intent. By the end of this course, students have a very organic understanding of their relationship with music. No textbook required. Photo by Lynn Willis. Courtesy of Appalachian State University. 
Steps to Secure your Spot in a Course

1) Complete the OPDI application at www.ndeo.org/opdiapply if you are not a current OPDI student or have not previously completed the application.

2) Sign-Up for an NDEO Membership (if you are not already a member) at www.ndeo.org/membertypes

3) Register and Pay for a course by logging into your NDEO member account at www.ndeo.org  and proceed to the drop down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click on the Profile link. Once in your Member Profile click on the Access OPDI link to find all the Summer 2021 courses that are open for enrollment. Click on the Enroll icon and proceed to register and pay for the course with a credit card or Paypal.

Questions? Email opdi@ndeo.org

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