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The CDEA Family
As the year comes to a close CDEA is hosting two regional gatherings for our California dance family to come together and make great plans for the year to come. So, please take the day to join us (December 6th or 13th)! As the semester concerts come to a close, and we find ourselves busied with Nutcracker tutus and holiday celebrations, CDEA reminds you to enjoy how the arts make this time a special time. The holidays offer us a chance to share what we do with the larger community. It is a celebration!
Wishing you merriment and joy this holiday season!
On Behalf of CDEA, Beth Megill (SoCal President)
Expanding Horizons at NDEO 2014
by Renee Cacchi
The time had finally come, the year that I was able to attend NDEO’s National Conference. It had been on my wish list for 5 years and I was finally making it happen. Even though I never attended a conference myself, I had heard stories of the wonderful experience gained from attending an NDEO conference. As I made my way to Chicago I expected to reconnect with colleagues, see my past professors and make new connections in addition to taking meaningful and interesting sessions. What I didn’t expect was the vibrant energy, love, and dedication that exuded from each and every dance educator that I encountered. It didn’t matter if they were from California, Florida, Ohio, or New York, each teacher had a story to tell and listened intently to mine. We shared common experiences while brainstorming together on strategies to clear common hurdles.
Additionally, no one told me that I would meet and share stories with celebrities of the dance world. The only way to describe the feeling was that of being surrounded by greatness. Meeting the veteran performers and educators and hearing their personal stories was a jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring experience. I felt like a star-struck fool asking the celebrities of our world to pose for pictures with me, to tell me about their personal experiences with Jose Limón and Twyla Tharp, and what it was like to be the son of Doris Humphrey. In addition to meeting artists who are so closely linked to The Greats of the Modern Dance world, I was fortunate enough to break bread with the pioneers of dance education, the men and women who paved the path that I am traveling down now.
Another thing I did not expect was to feel so rejuvenated in my practice after five long days of intense learning. The power of community and camaraderie had the ability to inspire a momentous wave of energy within me that will carry me forward as I return the continued work of shaping my program. Lastly, I especially did not expect to leave with the sense that not only do I want to do more for Dance Education in California, I need to do more. I’m returning to California with a Mission and a plan to increase dance in my district on the K-8 level and join the fight to advocate for the dance credential in our state.
If you are an educator that hasn’t attended a conference or many years have passed since your last experience I urge you to take the leap, register for the conference and carve out the time to connect and grow in the field that we all love. The experience will be like no other. I hope to see you in Phoenix, AZ in 2015.
Are you giving on Tuesday?
Where did #GivingTuesday come from? What is it about? And, what are we to do?
by Beth Megill
It seemed to me that #GivingTuesday came out of nowhere this year. All of a sudden it was everywhere and everyone was hashtagging #GivingTuesday and encouraging donations right and left. So, I made myself a cup of tea, went to my internet machine and googled it. It turns out that #GivingTuesday is a global movement with many active countries and companies across the globe. Interesting. I kept investigating …
The 92 St Y with the help of the United Nations Foundation is credited with the start of #GivingTuesday in 2012. It started as a response to the massive consumerism and spending that we see on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (now adding Small Business Sunday to the list as well). The idea was to jump start people’s giving spirit by reminding them that “stuff” is not always the most valued gift we can give. We can give so many ways and for so many causes!
This year #GivingTuesday falls on December 2, 2014. Many non-profits are jumping on the bandwagon including the National Dance Education Organization, and with good reason. The idea behind #Giving Tuesday is both philanthropic and financially practical. End of the year tax deductible donations pair nicely with this social media movement for greater awareness of the things we value. #GivingTuesday is just a way to make this process fun and playful using our twitter, instagram, and facebook platforms.
How do you get involved? You start by posting your #UNselfie which is an image that conveys the spirit of giving and/or your reason for giving. It could be a picture of yourself or someone else (or perhaps even the thing itself), and it must be hashtagged with #givingtuesday and #unselfie. Like the icebucket challenge we all saw go viral this summer, posting an #unselfie is a creative challenge and something we artists can embrace with joy. How can we create an #unselfie that is playful, meaningful, powerful, and motivating? How can we use our #unselfie to generate interest and awareness in dance and dance education?
NDEO decided to piggyback on #GivingTuesday by using it as a spring board for what they are calling #Thankadanceteacherday or #NDEOthanks. The goal is to get dance education to go viral on December 2nd. And, it could happen if we all participate and put out the word by posting our own #unselfie on December 2nd. The second goal is for NDEO to raise $2500 in the process. Their recommended donation is $10 in the name of your dance teacher. Check out their website www.ndeo.org/givingtuesday to learn more about how you can post a video or picture and donate to the NDEO mission.
Social Media Shout Outs
- I am ______ (teaching, dancing, etc.) because a great teacher (insert name) inspired me. Today is the day to give back. 12/2/14.
- I am giving in memory of my teacher and mentor, (insert name). Not a day goes by that I don’t hear your voice.
- If you danced, thank your teacher! If you are still dancing, thank your teachers! 12/2/14
- Because all young people should have a chance to dance. 12/2/14
- Because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Thank you (insert name(s) of dance teacher).
- The thing I cherish even more than the ability to dance is the (insert life skill) they instilled in me.
- Because a dance teacher is more than someone who teaches steps. Thank you (insert name) for teaching me (insert) and (insert).
- If it weren’t for my dance teacher, I wouldn’t be where I am today (insert occupation). Thank you (insert name) for discovering me and helping me…(insert).
IMPORTANT Remember to hashtag your post! #NDEOthanks #GivingTuesday #unselfie AND Link to NDEO’s donation page http://www.ndeo.org/givingtuesday