This last Friday the 29th of January the California Dance Education Association had its annual conference, this year entitled “I am California Dance.” Bringing together 60 dance educators from all across the state, and beyond, CDEA was thrilled to spend the day getting to know what California Dance was all about from the perspective of its wonderful teachers.
Following this was a Master Class with Latanya D. Tigner on the “Vernacular of Dance” where the teachers were met with the idea of meeting newer dance students where they are at and breaking down the boundaries of language in our teaching practices.
After a warm welcome to our dance educators we visited the inner workings of CDEA in our business meeting.
After lunch participants engaged in a panel discussion, moderated by Nancy Ng on cultural competency and advocacy across sectors of dance education and beyond.
“Circle and link your connections”
“Where do you teach in CA?”
This led into a series of workshops such as developing interest in your dance program (especially when your department is isolated); establishing professional development in topics of dance for non-dancing k-8 teachers; starting a dance alliance; an input session for a CDEA position paper on equity and access in Dance Education.
Before the day’s concluding wrap-up, participants Skyped with California State Senator Allen about his sponsored Theatre and Dance Act (Bill SB916) and how dance educators will need to assist in advocating for the Bill in the coming weeks and months.
It was a thrilling day and we hope to continue the momentum of advocacy, connection making, professional development, and efforts to strengthen dance education for all of California.
Photos by Zackary Forcum & Beth Megill
…A member of CDEA’s Greater Board, Zackary Forcum works as a Dance Teaching Artist and is a MFA Dance Candidate at Mills College…