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Professional Development



NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)™ offers online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, history, assessments, research and much more. OPDI will benefit the vast majority of dance educators, teaching artists and administrators who are working in private studios and schools of dance, community and cultural centers, higher education, and K-12 education seeking professional development. The courses are designed to appeal to those professionals who want to learn more, enhance domains of knowledge, learn new content areas, and strengthen their own teaching and learning skills. Click here for more information.

Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment (DELTA)

Funded by two successive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), DELTA is a collaborative endeavor between the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), to codify crucial Pedagogic Content Knowledge (PCK) in dance education with the intent of inculcating commonly held values into the nation’s dance teacher preparation programs. The intent of DELTA is to serve as one measure of allowable proof of subject-matter competency. DELTA is not envisioned to supplant other measures of readiness such as portfolio reviews.

Read more about the DELTA Project here.  (Status report at of 11/8/17)​

Language Of Dance Center

2022 Courses: Foundations Online Part 1 and 2

Foundations Part 1 Online: July 5-17, 2022

Asynchronous Work July 5-8, 2022
Synchronous Sessions: July 9-10, 13, and 16-17, 2022


Foundations Part 2 Online: July 18-31, 2022

Asynchronous Work: July 18-22, 2022
Synchronous Sessions: July 23-24, 27, and 30-31, 2022



The Maryland Dance Education Association offers and promotes professional development opportunities in order to connect dance educators across the state of Maryland.  

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