NDEO Opens in NYC

The NDEO conference officially opened on Wednesday with presentation of awards to  outstanding educators. Fitting to the NYC conference locale, awards went to several prominent New Yorkers.

“My vision is for sequential dance education for every child,” announced Jody Gottfried Arnold as she accepted the Visionary Award. A tireless advocate for dance education, Arnold may be best known as founder of the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y. Arnold taught in the NYC public schools for 25 years and has been instrumental in the creation of the NYC DOE Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance PreK-12.

Joan Finkelstein is a familiar face nationally as Director of Dance Programs for NYC Department of Education. She oversaw the creation of the now legendary NYC DOE Blueprint series: Teaching and Learning in Dance PreK-12, the Arts Education Blueprint for School Leaders, and Dance Education for Diverse Learners. Conference site coordinator, Patricia Cohen, presented Finkelstein with the Leadership Award.

Susan Epstein of Curtain Call presented Outstanding Dance Educator Awards to Nicole LaFleur Amadeo, Director of Education for the American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey, and Tori Rogoski-Rutta, founder and director of the Dance Education Center in Wisconsin.  

Congratulations to all!

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Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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Securing the correct music licensing for your studio is an important step in creating a financially sound business. "Music licensing is something studio owners seem to either embrace or ignore completely," says Clint Salter, CEO and founder of the Dance Studio Owners Association. While it may seem like it's a situation in which it's easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission—that is, to wait until you're approached by a music-rights organization before purchasing a license—Salter disagrees, citing Peloton, the exercise company that produces streaming at-home workouts. In February, Peloton settled a music-licensing suit with the National Music Publishers' Association out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Originally, NMPA had sought $300 million in damages from Peloton. "It can get extremely expensive," says Salter. "It's not worth it for a studio to get caught up in that."

As you continue to explore a hybrid online/in-person version of your class schedule, it's crucial that your music licenses include coverage for livestreamed instruction—which comes with its own particular requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about music licensing—in both normal times and COVID times—as well as some safe music bets that won't pose any issues.

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