Last weekend, I went on my first trip to our nation’s capital- Washington D.C.
But enough about old stony presidents, this trip was about movement. I am a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization. Here is their mission statement as described on their website:
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts. NDEO provides the dance artist, educator and administrator 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
How was it? It went like this…
A few NYU friends and I took the EARLY train down together. Lisa somehow slept the whole way (teach me your skills). Jess and I (you may refer to us as J-squared) intended to do homework…and then talked the whole way. Joanna probably did something productive. Then I got very motion sick. What kind of dancer gets motion sick?
Once we arrived at the conference, we were immediately greeted by the staff who provided us with our packets, schedules, and free stuff! Then we were guided to a room with table set-ups from various organizations, nice people to talk to, and more free stuff! NYU also had a table, staffed by students like these lovely ladies.
Over the course of the weekend, I went to a lot of presentations that brought up good topics, interesting ideas, and great demonstrations. My favorites were:
- Bylines and Bias Part 2: Teaching Dance History through Critics’ Reviews- by Karen Clemente
- Speaking with our Feet, Dancing with our Legacy, Creating with the Language of Dance : A 92Y (DEL) Workshop- by Tina Curran
Tina was actually my modern teacher and first Laban Movement Analysis teacher in 2003 at Interlochen Arts Academy. I was attempting to look nice for her presentation and wore a skirt. Bad move, as it involved movement. I should have expected that from Tina. She’s the best.
Also cool, Julie Kent was there on Friday night to receive the ‘Women in Dance Leadership Award’.
This members-only conference brought together teachers, advocates, researchers, and artists from many areas of the US. New York had the highest attendance rates- go us! Of that group, NYU (students, teachers, alumni) had the highest group representation. We had a fantastic reception for the New Yorkers on the top floor of the hotel with the NYSDEA (New York State Dance Education Association) award ceremony.
I’m looking forward to the 2017 conference in Texas! I am grateful for the chance to meet, learn, and move with so many dedicated dance professionals from around the country. Also, spending time with my amazing classmates and friends never hurts! And if it did, there’s probably some kind of injury prevention seminar to deal with that.