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Strength in Numbers | January 2011

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Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

This is the first part of a new, ongoing feature. Each issue will include a short profile of one dance teacher organization, followed by listings of upcoming events. (Since we’re just getting started, this issue includes January through March.) We’ll be relying on the organizations to help us make this feature as accurate and informative as possible.

Our goal, as always, is to help you excel as dance teachers, and the member organizations do just that. So browse our listings and see what’s here that might help you achieve your personal best. —Editor

Florida Dance Masters

Florida Dance Masters is a high-energy, “make it happen” type of organization, noted for providing numerous opportunities, venues, and possibilities for Florida’s dance studios and students for 23 years. Since branching out from Dance Masters of America in 1987, Florida Dance Masters’ goal has been to provide a more personal, easier way for dance teachers across the state to interact and share benefits.

The scholarship program provides members’ students with $15,000 in awards each season. Challenging master classes determine the students’ scores in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and overall, and the results are announced each year immediately following a formal banquet held at the Renaissance Resort in Orlando.

The annual November workshop features master classes for students ages 6 through 21 as well as teachers. Celebrity teachers come from all over the country (sometimes the world) to serve as faculty. This workshop also includes opportunities for young students to compete for the title of Florida’s “Rising Star” (ages 8 through 10) and “Twinkling Star” (ages 10 through 13).

The November workshop also includes performances. The Royal Festival provides studios with a concert atmosphere in which to present dance pieces of all genres. These events are non-adjudicated and strictly for the viewing pleasure of convention attendees, the dancers, and the general public.

At open grand-body meetings twice yearly, members decide on policies and target the direction for their progressive group, so everyone has a say. Changes are the name of the game when innovative ideas are shared.

This year’s April Florida Dance Masters workshop will be held in Coral Springs April 15 through 17 and includes master classes for teachers and students, exhibitors, and competitive events. Dancers compete for the titles Florida’s Jr. Miss and Mr. Dance and Florida’s Miss and Mr. Dance at this spring workshop. Making its debut last season at the April workshop was “Breakout!”—Florida Dance Masters’ dance competition extraordinaire, with prize money, trophies, and a great theater.

Florida Dance Masters has its eyes on the future. Its members are interested in education for both students and teachers, but its initials could just as easily stand for “Friendly Dance Masters.” It’s always hoping to interest other studio “families” in the productive, instructive, and satisfying fun that is synonymous with its name.

For more information, visit www.fldancemasters.org.

January Events

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/National Dance Association (AAHPERD/NDA) 800.213.7193; 703.476.3464  www.aahperd.org/nda
Event: BrainDance: Children to Teens
When: January 23
Where: Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA
What: Dance educators will learn how to incorporate BrainDance into their teaching and how it can lead to deeper understanding of dance technique.

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey 800.825.0933; www.associateddanceteachers.com
Event: Jazzy January Workshop
When: January 16
Where: The Bridgewater Marriott, Bridgewater, NJ
What: With master teachers Elizabeth Parkinson (traditional jazz), Zachary Prieto (contemporary), Brian Santora (hip-hop), and Scott Wise (theater jazz).

Event:
ADTNJ “Networks”
When: January 16
Where: The Bridgewater Marriott, Bridgewater, NJ
What: “How To Appear Organized (Even If You’re Not)” is a seminar, luncheon, and open discussion for dance teachers and studio owners.

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) 480.961.3160; www.azdeo.org
Event: Pink Tutu Flu
When: January 21
Where: McClintock High School, 1830 E Del Rio Drive, Tempe, AZ
What: A professional development day for dance educators featuring classes and the opportunity for teachers to share materials, issues, and ideas.

Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston 617.924.0444; www.danceteachersclubofboston.org
Event: Winter Festival
When: January 30
Where: Sheraton Colonial Hotel, Wakefield, MA
What: Open meeting for DTCB members and non-members with a performing arts program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ballroom program from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and a business meeting at noon.

Tennessee Association of Dance 423.855.7890; www.tennesseedance.org
Event: Dance Professionals’ Summit
When: January 7-9
Where: Centennial Parks, Nashville, TN
What: “Creating Work From Classroom to the Stage” is a weekend of professional development and enrichment for dance educators, studio teachers, professional dancers, college students, and others interested in the art of choreography.

February Events

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/National Dance Association (AAHPERD/NDA) 800.213.7193; 703.476.3464  www.aahperd.org/nda
Event:
Teaching Dance: Fostering Creativity in Our Students
When: February 13
Where: Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA
What: Anne Green Gilbert will share specific tools and conceptual teaching methods teachers can use to encourage, support, and excite students to reach their creative potential.

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) 480.961.3160; www.azdeo.org
Event: Arizona High School Dance Festival
When: February 26
Where: Desert Ridge High School, 10045 E. Madero Avenue, Mesa, AZ
What: A festival offering high school dance students the opportunity to take classes with new teachers and perform in a non-competitive adjudicated concert.

Cecchetti USA  805.636.9444; www.cecchettiusa.org
Event:
Regional Workshop
When: February 19-20
Where: Huntington Academy of Dance, 16601 Gothard Suites A and B, Huntington Beach, CA
What: Cecchetti syllabus classes for students and teachers, grades primary through diploma level, with guest teacher Deborah Vinton, FCUSA, FCICB, FISTD.

Dance Council of North Texas 214.219.2290; www.thedancecouncil.org
Event: Dance Student and Teacher Scholarship Application Deadline
When: February 9
What: Dance scholarships totaling more than $30,000 will be awarded to 27 to 30 individuals, allowing each to study at the summer intensive of his or her choice. Apply at thedancecouncil.org.

Event: Heart to Heart Cardiology Event
When: February 12
Where: Methodist Dallas Medical Center, 1441 N. Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX
What: This free event is a day of music, dance instruction, and demonstrations to encourage women and their families to improve their overall health and ward off heart disease.

National Dance Education Organization 301.585.2880; www.ndeo.org
Event: Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention Using Dance
When: February 12-13, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Event: February Intensive
When: February 21, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; February 22-23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
What: Intensive topics include losing dance lesson planning hangups and moving from challenge to success.

New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) 914.874.4370; www.nysdea.org
Event: NYSDEA Regional Conference: Looking Back and Looking Forward, Issues for the 21st-Century Dance Educator
When: February 5-6
Where: New York University, New York, NY
What: A two-day workshop hosted by the NYU/Steinhardt dance education program covering dancer wellness and the legacy of somatics, as well as legal implications of privacy issues in dance.

Royal Academy of Dance  661.336.0160; www.radusa.org
Event: Introduction to the New Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Examination Syllabi Teaching Course
When: February 18-21 (also held in March)
Where: Cities throughout the U.S.
What: From 2012, the Royal Academy of Dance will replace its current intermediate foundation and intermediate syllabi with two new syllabi that have been devised to challenge and inspire students technically, artistically, musically, and creatively.

March Events

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/National Dance Association (AAHPERD/NDA) 800.213.7193; 703.476.3464  www.aahperd.org/nda
Event:
Dance in Early Childhood: Movement Matters
When: March 13
Where: Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA
What: Discover how young children experience balance in body and mind while having fun exploring, creating, and responding within the framework of brain-compatible teaching.

Event:
Oceans of Opportunity
When: March 29-April 2
Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
What: The largest convention for health, physical education, recreation, and dance professionals and students featuring Avatar choreographer Lula Washington as keynote speaker.

Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston  617.924.0444, www.danceteachersclubofboston.org
Event: Open Meeting and Student Workshop
When: March 20
Where: The Lantana, Randolph, MA
What: A day of classes for both students and teachers. Non-member teachers are welcome to attend and learn about DTCB programs and activities.

New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) 914.874.4370; www.nysdea.org
Event: NYSDEA Regional Conference: Dance Medicine for Dance Educators, with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
When: March 12-13
Where: SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
What: A two-day, hands-on workshop designed to address dance educators’ concerns about the physical and psychological health and well-being of themselves and their students.

Royal Academy of Dance  661.336.0160; www.radusa.org
Event: Introduction to the New Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Examination Syllabi Teaching Course
When: March 26-28
Where: Cities throughout the U.S.
What: From 2012, the Royal Academy of Dance will replace its current intermediate foundation and intermediate syllabi with two new syllabi that have been devised to challenge and inspire students technically, artistically, musically, and creatively.

Utah Dance Education Organization  www.utah.edu/udeo 
Event:
11th Annual UDEO Spring Conference: The Child as the Artist
When: March 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
What: The conference will focus on how to release the artist within every child. Pearl Wagstaff-Garff, the founder of Life Arts Center, will be presented with the UDEO Lifetime Achievement Award.

Send your event listings to associate editor Karen White at Karen@rheegold.com.

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