Professional Development

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

MDEA CONFERENCE 2020 (Postponed due to COVID 19)


Additional Resources


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.


Maryland Arts Education Conference (MAEC)
June 1, 2017
University of Baltimore 

On June 1st, 2017 the AEMS Alliance will host the first annual Maryland Arts Education Conference (MAEC) in partnership with the Maryland Department of Education, Office of Fine Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. MAEC was formerly the Cultural Arts for Education (CAFE) Conference and also replaces the MSDE Fine Arts Spring Briefing.


The conference is titled "A Vision for the Next 5 Years: Planning and Celebrating Maryland Arts Education" and is for teaching artists, arts educators, arts integration educators, classroom teachers, arts administrators, higher education representatives, and arts organizations representatives. ALL arts education P-20 stakeholders are welcome!

Click here to register!

Freedom to Move 2017 Conference: Alexander Technique
in Action!

June 2-4,  2017 - Friday-Sunday

New York City

Take the Alexander Technique into action with the Freedom to Move 2017 conference. Movement comes in many forms and each presenter will offer their unique insights and interests into how the Alexander Technique and motion connect.  As we all continue to learn and evolve, our understanding of the AT principles deepens and grows.  We are excited that the presenters are willing to share their wisdom with us.
We will again focus on smaller groups to give more individual attention, take time to share, interact and explore new ideas. 

For more information and to register, click here.

The Connectivity Arts Integration & STEAM Online Conference

July 20, 2017 

This arts integration and STEAM conference provides a flexible and affordable learning option for K-12 classroom and arts educators seeking practical tips, resources and ideas for integrating the arts into any classroom.

Attend via live-stream on July 20th from 10AM-4PM ET or access everything on-demand anytime after the event concludes.

Click here for more information.

Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms

Various Summer Dates/Locations

Calling all arts educators, arts integration teachers, and arts administrators!  Join Maryland State Department of Education and arts educators from across the state for a summer professional development opportunity.  The 4-day (M-Th) professional development is offered in 6 locations across the state and during 6 weeks of the summer.  Location is determined by the district region represented.  

For more information, click here.

To register, click here.