NDEO's Newest Online Summer Course: Dance Pedagogy

If you’re a dance educator (odds are good that you are, if you’re reading this), then you know that professional development—furthering your own education—is a must. The National Dance Education Organization knows this truism, as well as another important one: Dance teachers don’t have a lot of extra time on their hands. That’s why they’ve created several online courses, many of them offered in the summer, for dance educators. New this summer is a course called OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy for All Dance Environments. It begins Monday, May 19, and the deadline to apply (formerly May 12) has been extended. The course, which requires a commitment of nine hours a week (on your own time), runs until August 10.

All Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) courses are designed for dance teachers—educators, teaching artists and administrators working in private studios, community centers, higher education and K–12—looking to learn new content and strengthen their own teaching and learning skills. OPDI-113 will give a survey of dance pedagogies and an in-depth study of the art and science of teaching. Dr. Doug Risner will teach the course, and tuition costs $450.

Interested in taking the course but not sure how to proceed? If you’ve never taken an OPDI course, you’ll need to fill out a short online application and pay a $25 application fee. If you’re not a member of NDEO, you’ll also need a membership.


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