Calling educators, teaching artists, dancers and arts administrators

How are you going to revamp your dance pedagogy and avoid the dreaded educator burnout? Let us be your gateway to invigorating dance education. The 2015 Dance Educators Training Institute is your guide to awakening the kinesthesia and rejuvenating your educator spirit.

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2015 Dance Educators Training Institute (DETI)
August 3rd-7th, 2015 (10am-4:30pm)

ClancyWorks Dance Company and Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Dance co-present the Dance Educators Training Institute (DETI). This intensive professional development program facilitated by reputed leaders in the danced education field provides a 30-hour week of training workshops in August and a one-on-one mentorship program during the academic year. The DETI is suitable for teaching artists of in-school/after-school programs in public/private schools working throughout MD/VA/DC. Excellent opportunity for choreographers, performers, highly experienced dance educators and artists just beginning to work in education. Administrators/teachers from other educational arts disciplines are welcome.

Tracks of Study:
Curriculum Designs, Assessments and Considerations
Dance and Technology
Dance Science and Somatics
Dance Technique Classes- Modern Techniques and World Dance Genres
Composition, Improvisation, Partnering

DETI is co-directed by Founding Director, Adrienne Clancy, PhD, MFA and BCPS Dance Resource Teacher, Sonia Synkowski, MFA. DETI Co-founder Suzanne Hennaman received the NDEO 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award while Dr. Clancy was awarded the 2013 Dance Educator of the Year by the National Dance Education Organization as well as the 2014 Montgomery County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Education Award.

Facilitators include: Adriane Fang (MFA), Jeffery Gunshol (MFA), Rima Faber (PhD), Suzanne Hennaman, Karen Kuebler, Sonia Synkowski (MFA), and others.

Earn credits for attending DETI 2015
Continuing Professional Development Course (CPD)

This Dance Composition and Design course is an examination of the choreographic tools and processes through the development of improvisational techniques, compositional basics, the elements of compositional design, and the critical response process as well as the creation of new choreography. This course supports the mentoring of student compositions and refinement of best practices for compositional development at all instructional levels. To receive MSDE credit for attending DETI participants must register using the BCPS on-line registration system.

Credit Requirements: (1 credit, 15 hours of instruction)
Attendance to at least 15 hours of the DETI and submission of a lesson plan that demonstrates the use of dance composition and design is required. Participants respond to written reflection evaluations at the conclusion of the DETI.
Register by June 15 for early bird discount!

$300/week ($275 early bird)

University of Maryland Baltimore County- Department of Dance
Performing Arts & Humanities Building
2nd Floor, 231
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

To learn more and register visit, call 301.717.9271 or email Find us on facebook at ClancyWorks Dance Company or on twitter @clancyworks.

DETI Sponsors:
ClancyWorks Dance Company
Baltimore County Public Schools
Capital Region Educators of Dance Organization (CREDO)
Maryland State Arts Council
William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards
Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation
Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences

National Dance Eduction Organization( NDEO) REQUEST

Due to multiple requests NDEOs DELRdi seeks full text dance course syllabi and curriculum/lesson plans for all settings ? early childhood, k-12, higher education, private studios, and others. This is part of ongoing efforts to provide resources for NDEO members. If you would like to share your materials with other dance educators, please contact Additionally remember that DELRdi is always looking for theses, dissertations, and other documents to share with the field. Summer may be just the time to take a few minutes to submit your documents.

Launch of new National Core Arts Standards

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Information on the “dance-specific” standards will  be available on on June 4th.

For more information on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) please visit the wiki site at

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

NDEO, Is a wonderful resource for dance educators.

The following link on NDEO site is to “about dance education in the United States” that links to many of the key issues for today’s dance teachers.

National Common Core Dance Standards

The review time for the draft Common Core Arts Standards is over and the writing teams are at work revising the new standards using the huge amount of feedback that came from the public. Check the following link to see when the final drafts will be ready.

Dance Teacher Certification
K-12 in Connecticut

A slow but steady stream of dance professionals has been enrolling in courses leading to certification in dance. Summer and evening courses are available.

The professors who lead our “formal pathway” programs at WCSU (leading to theatre arts certification) and NVCC and CCSU (leading to dance certification) are extremely friendly and helpful. They welcome phone calls and are very willing to meet in person with any prospective candidates. You are encouraged to contact these professors directly:

WCSU (live theatre or video/film): Professor Pamela “Pam” McDaniel (203) 837-8422

CCSU (dance): Professor Catherine “Cathy” Fellows (860) 832-2167

NVCC (dance): Professor Elena DelVecchio Rusnak (203) 575-8179

Check out Scott Shuler’s link to the website at the State Department of Education
for information. For dance certification go to:

If you have trouble doing this, click here for the Dance Certification General Information (draft of March 19, 2008)

Resources for Arts Education K-12

Arts Education Advocacy Resources

  • Find arts education research!  Did you know that studies of arts education for at-risk youth show that participation in the arts can improve long-term outcomes for students, including aspirations for attending college and pursuing a professional career (Catterall, Dumais, and Hampden-Thompson 2012)? Visit ArtsEdSearch – AEP’s online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Know your state’s arts education policy!  The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts. Stay tuned for a new AEP State Policy Database coming soon!
  • Start advocating!  The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) just released new arts advocacy posters available for free download to print out and post in school as the year begins. It’s a simple arts advocacy idea that any state can adopt.

Common Core Resources