JOIN CDEA AT CALIFORNIA STATE DANCE CONFERENCE 2017
The CDEA State Conference has become an annual touchstone for dance educators across California to come together to reinvigorate their teaching practice, while connecting with their amazing professional network of fellow CDEA members, and of course, their own creativity. While our host site for the conference alternates between northern and southern regions of California to better serve our members who cannot travel great distances, this year our 2017 State Conference, “I Am California Dance,” will be held at UC Irvine on January 28th, with closing Master Classes on the morning of the 29th at Irvine Valley College.
This year in particular, CDEA is questioning the equity of pathways to dance teaching as a career, probing what and how we teach when we teach dance, and investigating strategies to make dance education more equitable, accessible, and relevant. Striving to meet our mission and renewed commitment to work intentionally with our membership to expand cultural competencies, we are delighted to offer dynamic master classes, panels, and “Ignite” sessions.
To tackle today’s pedagogical strategies, our master classes will utilize dynamic techniques and styles to not only beautifully move us through space, but also provide tools on how to reach increasingly diverse learners with varying levels of interest in what our dance programs may be offering. Latanya d. Tigner (whose fortés are many: Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Congalese and New Orleans Second Line) and Dante Puleio (who enlivens Limon with a contemporary approach) will offer master classes during the first day of the conference.
We will also feature an extraordinary panel, “Diversifying the “Face” of Dance: Changing the Diversity of Dance from the Ground Up” featuring Nicole Robinson, Amy Schiffner, Rosa Rodriguez Frazier and Michelle Riggs. This panel offers both breadth and depth with regard to cultural competence, through a sharing of practical, yet nuanced insights concerning teaching underserved students, while also providing strategies to create constructive, inclusive and sustainable dance communities. Additionally the panel will highlight how dance education in these communities can shore up achievement gaps, increase engagement, and facilitate advancement in higher education.
Since we received such excellent feedback on our “Ignite” Sessions from last year’s conference in Berkeley, we will be continuing them this year: various CDEA members will present key ideas on pressing topics, in which they have expertise, in small groups for about 15 minutes. Then our CDEA member-presenters will facilitate a 10-15 minute discussion with their group. We will hold multiple ignite sessions concurrently and offer a few rounds so you can literally customize your conference experience taking part in the dialogues that most interest you. CDEA encourages all interested members to become involved in this process by submitting an “Ignite” Session proposal by December 1 via www.cdeadance.org.
We also will hold our annual business meeting to give a sketch to our members of the advocacy and outreach efforts of 2016, fiscal updates, share news of the credential task force and credential coalition, and welcome our newly elected board members.
And how could we not mention the amazing historical passage of SB916 (TADA!) in all of this? We are very pleased to announce that Senator Ben Allen has agreed to attend our conference in person and will be our guest to receive an award from all of us at CDEA. Saturday evening at the conference CDEA is hosting a special celebration that members can register for online; more details will be issued closer to the event.
Sunday morning at 9 a.m. we will be offering two options for a post-conference, master class experience to tend to everyone’s expressive-needing-to-move-dancer selves before we depart at 11 a.m. Sunday, with plenty of time for return travel. Dante Puleio will offer a technique class and we will also have a restorative class. We do hope you will join us this January!