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"Online Teaching Tips from OPDI Professors"
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The OPDI Professors & Their Handouts
Jane Bonbright , Ed.D. is Founding Executive Director of NDEO (1998-2012). She dedicated fifty years to dance performance, education, research, administration, and dance/arts advocacy at national and state levels. She began her career as a professional ballet dancer and toured the U.S. and Europe with major ballet companies. She taught for thirty-five years in professionally oriented ballet training academies, K-12, and postsecondary education before focusing on U.S. policy, legislation and funding for dance art education at the federal and state levels. As Founding Executive Director of NDEO, she spearheaded NDEO networks, programs and services. Upon partial retirement in 2012, she assumed the directorship of the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) with the goal of establishing a cutting-edge professional development institute for dance educators in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of NDEO’s Lifetime Achievement award (2009), CODA’s Alma Hawkins award for Excellence in Dance Education (2007), and CORD’s Outstanding Research in Dance Research award (2003).  OPDI Courses: OPDI-117: Developing Strategic Leadership in Dance and Life and OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals.
Patricia Cohen , MA is an adjunct faculty member in NYU/Steinhardt’s MA dance education program, where she mentors student leadership to promote enhanced understanding of diversity and equity. Cohen develops and teaches courses for NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute, including the  Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations , and two mini courses. She presents regularly at NDEO and other national and international conferences. Cohen contributed two chapters to the 2014 book,  Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches,  Guarino and Oliver, editors. She co-created NDEO’s 2016 and 2019 special topics Jazz Dance conferences, which were based conceptually on the book and on contemporary issues in jazz dance. She contributes to and serves on the editorial board of NDEO’s Dance Education in Practice journal. A founding member of NDEO, Cohen has served on the NDEO Board of Directors. She received the 2011 NDEO Leadership Award. OPDI Courses: OPDI-101: Intro. to Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts, OPDI-111a&b: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations, OPDI-M2: Elements of Movement, and OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains.
Lynn Monson completed Hartford Ballet’s Teacher Training Program, and earned a BA in Dance at ASU. She taught dance to all ages for over 30 years and is a certified Labanotation teacher. She managed an arts-based charter school, and performs administrative duties for arts organizations. Lynn helped revise the Arizona Dance Standards, and worked on developing SLOs and state assessments for dance. Lynn is a member of the Dance Notation Bureau, International Council of Kinetography Laban, and National Dance Education Organization. She served as Secretary and President of AzDEO and is currently the Executive Assistant. Lynn also serves as the State Affiliate representative on the NDEO board. OPDI Courses: OPDI-107: Creative Dance in Early Childhood and OPDI-M6: Introduction to Creative Dance for Early Childhood.
Lori Provost earned her master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre (ABT) ballet pedagogy. While studying in the program, Lori received her certification in ABT’s National Training Curriculum (NTC) Levels Primary thru Level 7 and partnering. She has implemented the ABT curriculum into several teaching environments to include private studios, middle schools and high schools, as well as conservatory, pre-collegiate, and university dance programs. In 2012, Lori presented research on a panel at NDEO’s national conference on integrating the NTC into a university dance course. She currently teaches for Towson University and has worked as Manager of the Towson Community Dance at the Owings Mills JCC Community Center program and Dance Company Manager for the Towson University Dance Company, as well as adjunct professor and Towson University Community Dance instructor. Along with her work as an educator in the field, Lori also served the National Dance Education Organization as a staff member in Special Projects and as a board member for the Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization (CREDO). OPDI Course: OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory & Composition.  
Marty Sprague has over 45 years of experience in dance education (early childhood through higher education), holds an MA, in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory. She has been involved in program, curriculum, professional, and policy development. She has written and reviewed standards at the district, state and national levels. Marty is co-author, with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, of six dance text and resource books (including online content for the textbook). Marty has served on the editorial board for Arts Education Policy Review and JODE. She served on the Dance Writing Team for the NCCAS Dance Standards. Currently, Marty is a course writer and an instructor for NDEO’s OPDI, a Moving For Life Certified Instructor (pending), and is President of Dance Alliance of RI. She has joined the Rhode Island Arts and Health Network Steering Committee to advance the role of Arts in the well-being of all Rhode Islanders. OPDI Courses: OPDI-115: Dance Integration - Re-envisioning the Creative Process, OPDI-M13: Modern Dance Theory and Composition, OPDI-M18: Intro to Choreography in Dance Education, and OPDI-119: Dance Stagecraft and Production.
OPDI Summer 2020 Courses

Online Dance Education Courses for Dance Teachers

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OPDI-102: Dance History - 1800 to Present
May 18 to August 9, 2020 - 12 weeks
Professor: Dr. Doug Risner; Tuition $520; 3-NDEO Endorsed CEUs
OPDI-112: Implementing the National Core Arts Standards in Dance
May 18 to August 9, 2020 - 12 weeks
Professor: Marty Sprague; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs

OPDI-120: Music Theory & Applications for the Dance Teacher
May 18 to August 9, 2020 -  12 weeks
Professor: Jon Anderson; Tuition $520; 3 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs

OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy - Learning Styles and Theories
June 8 to July 5, 2020 - 4 weeks
Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols; Tuition $200; 1 NDEO-Endorsed CEU
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition
June 8 to July 19, 2020 - 6 weeks
Professor: Lori Provost; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs

OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing & Explorations –
School, Studio, Personal
June 8 to July 19, 2020 - 6 weeks
Professor: Naima Prevots; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-endorsed CEUs
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice
June 8 to July 19, 2020 - 6 weeks
Professor: Lindsay Guarino; Tuition $295; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed CEUs

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