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Submit a Proposal for the Fall 2021 MDEA Conference:
MOVE AGAIN! A Day of Dance & Reconnecting

Friday, October 15, 2021


CCBC Essex Campus

7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

8:00am-3:45pm EST

The 2021 Conference Proposal Window has closed -- if you are interested in submitting an asynchronous               (pre-recorded) session please email

Information about submitting a proposal:

The MDEA Conference Planning Committee requests that each potential presenter completes a Session Proposal Form.  The Conference Planning Committee will review all proposals and contact all who have submitted a proposal as to the acceptance of the proposal. Submissions will receive a confirmation upon receipt and a response by September 15, 2021.  Proposals are due by Tuesday September 7, 2021  at 5:00 pm.    


For the 2021 MDEA Conference, we are hosting both live in person/virtual sessions and asynchronous sessions that will be available to attendees for 60 days following the conference.  In person sessions will be streamed to attendees joining virtually, with assistance from a tech person.  Asynchronous sessions will need to be created and uploaded in advance to MDEA by the session presenter.


  • One presenter per session will be compensated with a complimentary conference registration for a session proposal that is accepted by the planning committee and presented at the conference.  If a session has multiple presenters, compensation will be determined by the lead presenter who submits the session proposal.

  • All presenters must complete the registration process. 

  • Presenters and co-presenters must be current and up to date with their MDEA/NDEO membership through the MDEA Conference date.

  • No honoraria are paid to MDEA members. 

  • Presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses; unless otherwise specified and agreed.

  • Presenters are responsible for providing all shareable presentation materials in electronic format to MDEA by the established deadline. 

  • Please communicate those tech needs if your proposal is accepted.  For in-person presentations, MDEA will provide: desktop computer, projection screen, projector, and speakers.  It is recommended that presenters provide their own wireless headset microphone and a laptop/device.  For asynchronous presentations, the presenter will be responsible for recording and uploading a video file by the established deadline.

  • The presenter is responsible for room set-up, introducing themselves and reminding attendees to complete the evaluation tasks.

  • Lead presenters will be responsible for informing all co-presenters of the Conference Planning Committee's decision regarding their submission.

  • For in person attendees masks will be required at all times.  Presenters need to agree to follow all COVID protocols that are put in place including, but not limited to wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times while indoors during the conference. No neck gaiter/handkerchief/or masks with valves.


Your proposal will be reviewed based on the criteria below:

  • Relevance to MDEA conference theme, mission, and vision

  • Clarity of intent, description, and design

  • Clarity of presentation objective(s) and description

  • Degree of participant engagement, such as hands on learning and interactive discussions

  • Practical usefulness to participants and demonstration of best practices in fine arts dance 

  • Innovation and creativity


CONFERENCE THEME: MOVE AGAIN! A Day of Dance & Reconnecting

For the 6th Annual MDEA Conference, the selected theme provides an opportunity to reconnect through dance after over a year of a global pandemic. Presenters will have the opportunity to reconnect our community through holistic approaches in Dance education and other related fields such as social-emotional learning, arts integration, technology and dance, somatic practices, etc. In a medical setting, holistic refers to addressing the whole person, including their physical, mental, and emotional health, while taking social factors into consideration.

  • How do dance educators reconnect with students as we begin to come out of a virtual connection? 

  • How can we, as artists, deepen our understanding of other art forms in order to make reconnections?  

  • How does the teacher-student relationship benefit from a holistic approach to dance education?  

  • How can we address social-emotional needs in the dance classroom?    


Additionally, we ask you to consider the guiding initiatives that have been created by NDEO to help shape the future of dance education nationally and through the work of the state affiliates.  The  initiatives/priorities are:

  • Connect the Field

  • Build Knowledge

  • Cultivate Leadership

  • Promote Inclusiveness


In addition to contact information, you will need to submit the following:

  • 100 word biography for each presenter

  • 1 mb or smaller headshot/photo and photo credit for each presenter. Label the file with name and year. For example: msmith2021.jpg

  • Session Title

  • Session Description: 100 words or less (this will appear on the Registration form)

  • Session Objective(s): Describe your session objectives/goals.  What do you hope participants will gain from attending your session?

  • Describe how your proposed session addresses the conference theme: "A Day of Dance and Reconnecting" Provide specific details.  See the description of the conference theme in Section I for more information.  



For Inquiries: Contact us at (646) 522-3028 or


Proposals are due by Tuesday September 7, 2021  at 5:00 pm.

Submit your proposal using this form.

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