Professional Development

Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action 5-day Summer Study
Strategies To Improve Dance Technique & Dance Wellness Functional Awareness® Anatomy in Action 5-day Summer Study

When: Monday, August 3 – Friday 7, 2020
Time: 10am - 2:30pm 

Optional - 8:45-9:45 a.m.  Yoga (Tuesday and Thursday)

                   2:30-3:45 p.m. Ballet with Catherine Horta-Hayden integrating FA into ballet technique
Where: Towson University Center for the Arts

Spend a week with Nancy and Allegra Romita invigorating your teaching practice, learning more about anatomy and current research in movement function for dance, and moving through explorations that encourage ease in action and self care.  Functional Awareness®: Anatomy in Action explores the relationship between the skeletal structure, the muscle structure and the myofascial tissue to sustain a dynamic elasticity and to promote efficiency of movement. It provides strategies to ease tension in daily movements as well as improve one’s practice in movement skills such as dance, yoga, running, and other physical training.  

Attend for a day, attend for the week, attend as part of the certificate program to become a Functional Awareness® Movement Educator.   

For more information, and to register click HERE



Monday, August 10th — Friday, August 14th, 2020

Classes/workshops run from 9:30am – 4:30pm.


Join dance educators from across the state/region/country at UMBC for a week-long summer dance education experience like no other!


Early Bird Registration is Open:
Receive $100 off by registering before June 15th!


$350: Full week registration
$90: Single day rate  
$25: Single workshop rate
(Workstudy options available.)

Click HERE for more information.  

MC3 by MSDE Professional Learning

MC3 Summer 2020 TBA


For more information and to register, please click HERE


JULY 13-25, 2020
Weekdays 9am-5:30pm & Saturdays 9am-12noon

The Intensive will be held at:
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department of Dance
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

For more information and to apply, click here

For printable flier, click here

MD Arts Summit
MD Arts Summit: June 14th and 15th 2020

The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland

The 2020 Maryland Arts Summit is the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.


The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:

Arts Advocates
Arts Educators & Teaching Artists
Independent Artists
Arts Organizations
Community Stakeholders


For more information, please click HERE




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)



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

© 2015 Maryland Dance Education Association, Inc. 

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