Professional Development

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

MC3 by MSDE Professional Learning

MC3 is a professional learning program for arts educators and arts education leaders, conducted by master teachers, artists and artist educators. MC3 offers three distinct pathways for professional learning in arts education:


Maryland Arts Education Studio - FOR ARTS EDUCATORS
Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Music/Vocal and Music/Instrumental 

Dates/Locations [all sessions are from 8:30am-4:00pm]

July 8 - 11 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.— Southern Eastern Shore Location, TBD

July 29-Aug 1 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.—Kent Island High School (Queen Anne’s County)


Maryland Arts Integration Studio - FOR ARTS INTEGRATION
Participants choose one arts discipline focus: Music, Theatre, Dance or Visual Arts

Dates/ Locations [all sessions are from 8:30am-3:30pm]

July 15-16 -North Point High School (Charles County)

July 22-23- Marriotts Ridge High School (Howard County)

July 24-25- Easton High School (Talbot County)

Maryland Arts Education Leadership Studio - FOR FINE ARTS SUPERVISORS
Maryland Visual and Performing Arts Supervisors Only 

Dates/ Locations [all sessions are from 8:30am-3:30pm]

 July 15-16 -North Point High School (Charles County)

 July 22-23- Marriotts Ridge High School (Howard County)

 July 24-25- Easton High School (Talbot County) 


For more information and to register, please click HERE


MD Arts Summit

AEMS Pre-Conference: June 6th
MD Arts Summit: June 7th and 8th 

The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland

The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be 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.

For more information and to register, please click HERE

Cuban National Ballet School - Teaching Seminar

July 29-August 1, 2019

Towson University


For the first time ever in the United States, this four-day seminar, hosted by Towson University Department of Dance and the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, will focus on the intermediate years of the Cuba National Ballet School's 8 year curriculum (ages 14-17).


Seminar participants will learn about the: History, Methodology, Cultural Traits, and Distinctive Characteristics of the Cuba National Ballet School curriculum.

$425 per participant (includes seminar fee, one lunch, and curriculum printed materials)
NDEO and MDEA Member Discount - $395


For more information, click HERE

25th Annual Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center ~ Seattle, WA


Foundational Course: July 15-26, 2019 - Anne Green Gilbert & Dionne Kamara

Refresher Course: July 7-11, 2019 - Terry Goetz & Anna Mansbridge 


Presented by the Creative Dance Center in beautiful Seattle, WA  


Join Anne Green Gilbert, Dionne Kamara, Terry Goetz, Anna Mansbridge, and guest faculty as they share the philosophy of brain-compatible and conceptual teaching and the power of the BrainDance. Experience Anne Green Gilbert's five-part lesson plan and the principles that underpin it. SDIT joyfully celebrates and nurtures creativity, self expression, collaboration, and community. Strengthen your teaching practice while recharging your batteries through embodied learning. A wide variety of afternoon workshops extends participants' knowledge and experience. 

For more information, please click HERE

Movement Exchange in Panama

 Join us this summer for a week-long international dance exchange to Panama City, Panama from July 14- 21 for the opportunity to combine your passion for DANCE - TRAVEL - & VOLUNTEERING

Join us in Panama for 8 days of community empowerment, cross-cultural understanding, and discover the beautiful country of Panama. This is an immersive experience filled with movement, music, exploration, adventure, and MOVING TO CHANGE!

During this experience, you can look forward to:

  • taking at least 3 dance classes in PANAMANIAN DANCE FORMS or popular styles

  • TEACHING DANCE to children in orphanages, at-risk youth foundations, or public schools

  • ENGAGING IN DISCUSSIONS on Panamanian history and culture, dance and social change, child development and psychology, and more

  • collaborating with peers from the University of Panama's Dance Department

  • exploring the nature and biodiversity of Panama with HIKES AND NATURE WALKS

  • relaxing at the BEAUTIFUL BEACHES of Panama

If you attend the July 14-21 exchange, you will be choreographing for our 10th ANNUAL SHOW, featuring over 70 students in Panama, and will be performing a piece set by a local Panamanian choreographer!

***Participants who register for the exchange by June 15 will receive a discount of $150 off the program donation***

For more information, please click HERE

Mystic Fountain: Legacy of Expressive Gesture Embodied from the Baroque to Denishawn

The New York Baroque Dance Company is producing The Mystic Fountain, a 4 day workshop exploring expressive gesture embodied in dance from the 18th to the 20th century. Taking place in NYC at Gibney Dance -- 280 Broadway at Chambers Street

June 20-23, 2019


The exact times are as follows:

Thursday June 20 from 10-6

Friday June 21 from 10-6

Saturday June 22 from 10-6

Sunday June 23 from 10-6

For more information or to register, please click HERE.  

MusiKinesis Summer 2019 Certificate Course

1-week course in MusiKinesis, held at UMBC, July 8-12, 9am-4pm.

Earns 2 CPD Units

$285 before May 31st, $325 after May 31st.  


Dancers will take away new perspective on using elements of timing, with or without music. Dalcroze-based rhythmic exercises, creative activities and teaching techniques will apply to each participant’s work environment. MusiKinesis is active, stimulating and fun! 


Register at

Flyer attached HERE.

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 5 – 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Optional yoga included 9-10 AM)
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. 

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, click HERE



Monday, August 5th — Friday, August 9th, 2019

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.  




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)



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