Vote Today for your CDEA 2018 Executive and Greater Board Positions
Polls are open November 1st -20th.
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Polls are open November 1st -20th.
Please fill out form below to vote.
For more information email us: email@example.com
Executive Board Nominations & Greater Board Interest
building ADVOCACY | engaging MEMBERS | cultivating LEADERSHIP
Over the course of the last three years, the California Dance Education Association has been in the forefront in leading the state towards a credential in dance as well as providing strong relevant professional development and advocacy for dance education. Our continued success depends on a strong, engaged, dynamic, informed and inclusive Executive Board and Greater Board.
And that’s where you come in! Please help us identify outstanding, strong innovative leaders in dance education so that the California Dance Education Association may continue to grow and prosper in its work. Nominate individuals or yourself to serve as Executive Board or express your interest in our Greater Board.
Help guide our direction during this critical time in dance education.
The California Department of Education is now accepting applications for VAPA Standards Advisory Committee.
To learn more and apply visit:
Applications due by October 30, 2017
Have your voice heard!
CDEA CA Dances Festival
Festival location: El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater
540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito CA 94530
(10 minute walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART Station)
Please research the reviews on these hotels before booking to ensure your comfort during your stay. There are also many, low-priced, high-quality AirBnB homes in the direct vicinity of the Festival Site.
6009 Potrero Ave, El Cerrito
Tel: (510) 232-0900
Reservations: (877) 476-6674
Fax: (510) 231-0209
Close to Del Norte BART Station– just one stop from EC Plaza Station
1.8 miles from Festival Site at ECHS (~7 minute drive)
2001 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Tel: (510) 843-4043
Fax: (510) 843-4046
Close to Downtown Berkeley BART station– just two stops from EC Plaza Station
3.7 miles from Festival Site at ECHS (~15 minute drive)
1538 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel: (510) 548-9930
Near Downtown Berkeley BART station– just two stops from EC Plaza Station
2.9 miles for Festival Site at ECHS (~11 minute drive)
371 13th St, Oakland
Tel: (510) 279-1700
Fax: (510) 279-1701
Close to 12th St/Oakland BART Station — six BART stops from EC Plaza Station (17 minute ride)
10 miles from Festival Site (~20 minute drive)
Attention CDEA Members – we know you are all leaders and can engage an audience! Please consider proposing an Ignite Session idea for our upcoming conference, drawing on the wisdom that you have developed in your career, no matter if you are emerging, established or a master/veteran teacher. This is a short-format presentation, conversation or experiential time, usually 20-30 minutes and is generally low-tech, done in conversation circles and exploratory in nature. Concurrent sessions happen in different areas of the dance spaces and attendees shift to the next ignite session with a new set of themes to choose from.
Topics can include: Your curricular choices, your site’s solutions to various arts education challenges, your pedagogy, your outreach, your use of standards, your ways of building equitable programs, your research, your choreographic process, your approach to issues of equity, diversity, social justice, ableism, gender, cultural breadth and language acquisition. We are interested in your discoveries about funding, flooring, flexibility, and your ways of navigating the career and your business partnerships. We want all presenters to be open to bringing in the widest array of ideas, we only ask that you consider the way bodies move and minds change or transform in light of the work, the findings, the practices and the questions you are presenting.
Ignite proposals are due October 1.
Presenters will be notified by October 15.
We will announce all Ignite sessions in November.
Call for Volunteers: If financial hardship makes conference registration prohibitive for any of our members, please let us know by emailing us at CDEAdance.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider what work-study options we have. We ask that potential Volunteers contact us by October 1. Thank you!
Join CDEA as we celebrate the wide variety of CA dance! We are excited to announce our first all sector dance festival performance showcase. We intend to represent all 9 dance education sectors on the stage. The performance is March 10, 2018 at 8pm at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater in East Bay Area. CDEA is seeking pieces from a variety of genres containing family friendly content and no nudity. There will be 18 performance slots available with a time limit of 7 minutes per piece. On going technical rehearsals will take place throughout the day on March 10.
Submission fee of $15 Acceptance Fee of $30
Open to all CDEA individual or institutional members!
Submission Form Due by Oct 1, 2017
Acceptance Announcement by Nov 1, 2017 (CDEA Notifies Applicants)
Confirmation of Acceptance by Nov 15, 2017 ( $30 Participation Fee Paid)
All Piece Information Due By Feb 1, 2018
Tech Schedule & Show Order Posted by Feb 24, 2018
In response to the 2016 passage of SB 916 (the Theater and Dance Act), CDEA convened a task force of members representing a wide spectrum of dance education sectors to focus attention on the next steps for the future Dance Credential in California. This group, led by Melissa Bramham (Greater Board member and Task Force Developer) and Jessy Kronenberg (CDEA Past President) spent the first half of 2017 researching specific questions surrounding the new credential and reaching out to experts for consultation on CDEA’s role in the creation of the credential.
The group’s research investigated the following questions: What do the CA single-subject credentials in Visual Art and Music look like right now? What do the credentialing systems in dance look like in other states? And, regarding both of these questions, how can we use these structures to inform the development of the dance credential in CA? In addition to the group’s research into these topics, it also worked on plans for communication, outreach, and support to the universities and junior colleges in California that host departments of dance.
Members of the task force also met with arts education and credentialing expert Eric Engdahl who is chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Cal State East Bay and is also a theater educator. Eric later participated in a recorded video conference on ZOOM that focused on general credentialing in CA and CDEA’s potential role in developing the new dance credential. These meetings helped us better understand the landscape of CA credentialing systems and what the dance-specific elements may look like for the new credential.
The information gathered by the task force helped us understand the need for a single repository of information regarding the dance credential in California. As 2017 moves along, CDEA and the Credential Task Force look forward to launching CADanceCredential.com, a website that will act as a major resource for current and prospective dance teachers in our state. If you’d like to be a part of the coalition that will inform the contents of the new site, please contact CDEA at email@example.com. In the meantime, read on to learn about the potential timeline for the Dance credential and CDEA’s role in its development and implementation.
Note: Steps 1 through 5 above will take 3 – 4 years. Please reference the Post-TADA FAQ produced earlier this year for additional information on the Dance Credential.
With this timeline in mind, what can CDEA, the Credential Taskforce, and Credential Coalition do to support this process?
What will CDEA not be able to do in this process?
CDEA, as an organization, will not be writing the curriculum for the new credential programs. We hope to have members on the Standards Advisory Committee to revise the VAPA standards, and members as faculty at the host universities that work within those institutions to create the methods coursework. We will act as a resource to the CTC, the CDE, and our membership throughout this process to the best of our ability.
If I already have a PE credential, what do I do to get this Dance Credential once it exists?
In CA, to add a credential to an existing credential, a teacher must pass the CSET in the subject area. Once the Dance CSET is developed, any PE-credentialed teacher (or any other subject, or multiple subjects, for that matter) can take and pass the test and pay the fee to CTC to have “Dance” added to their credential.
What is the difference between the CDEA Credential Task Force and the Credential Coalition?
The Task Force is a specialized working group that conducts research and strategizes around the development of the dance credential. It consists of 10 – 15 members from the CDEA community and it is guided by Melissa Bramham (Task Force Developer, Greater Board) and Jessy Kronenberg (Past President, Executive Board). The Coalition is an informed advocacy group that is kept abreast of the activity of the Task Force and, from time to time, is asked to partake in activities to support the work of the Task Force (i.e. taking surveys or reaching out to local dance education networks).
Want to join the Coalition? Please contact CDEA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name will be put on the list and we’ll be in touch in the fall with next steps!
How do I help write the curriculum for the new Dance Credential?
Apply and be accepted to the VAPA Standards Advisory Committee through the CDE (application date TBA), and/or be on faculty at department of education or the department of dance at the universities where the credential will be offered.
Learn about teacher credentialing in CA and the specifics around the future of the Dance and Theatre Credentials with CDEA and Eric Engdahl – Chair of the Department of Education at Cal State East Bay, and theater educator. Zoom conference call that was recorded on May 1st, 2017.
Happy May Day! Whether you are celebrating the arrival of spring or marching for workers’ rights (the 8-hour work day and fair labor conditions, where they exist, were generally hard won victories) we hope you enjoy your celebrations and that you get a chance to dance today.
Spring is about making plans for renewal and the NDEO and CDEA conferences in fall and winter are meant to renew and refresh you throughout your busy, committed years.
CDEA is once again pleased to announce our scholarship application process for members only. Awardees of the NDEO scholarship have their early bird or regular conference registration fees paid for. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee.
You might already be thinking about NDEO, the nation’s largest dance education-focused conference bringing the field of the art of dance and dance teaching forward with progressive movement, research and discussion sessions on all aspects of your program. Conference strands include PreK, Elementary, Middle/Secondary, Higher Ed, Studio and Dance Organization.
This year’s conference will span Sunday through Tuesday: Nov 12-14, 2017 with a pre-conference array of workshops all day Saturday. Get your rehearsal and teaching schedule covered for those days now!
The application process involves one click and answering six questions.
Deadline for NDEO Scholarship Applications is
Wednesday, MAY 31, 2017 at midnight.
Click here to be taken to the application, or read on for more details!
If you plan to attend NDEO and would like to take advantage of the early bird registration discount, please register for the conference with NDEO by MAY 31. If you are then awarded a CDEA scholarship, your registration will be refunded.
Students are welcome to apply.
We typically award 3-4 scholarships per year.
Deadline for consideration for the CDEA Scholarship to NDEO is May 31 at midnight.
Please click on this online application link where you will answer the following questions after putting in your contact information:
Are you presenting at NDEO? If yes, please tell us the name of your presentation and a brief description of the content.
How long have you been a member of CDEA?
Have you attended NDEO before? If so, how many times/which years?
You, the dance educator: What is your work in dance education at present and how would attending NDEO this year with its focus on advocacy, analysis and advancement of dance benefit your work and your community?
Financial need To what degree does financial need for registration costs determine your ability to attend NDEO? a. I potentially have funding from other sources available; b. I might have some funding available; c. I would have no funding for registration fees and would not attend without a scholarship.
Tell us what is unique about your work! For example: What different facets or sectors of the diverse California dance landscape does your work contribute to? Do you work with unique, underserved populations? Do you represent a dance style, or culture that brings new perspectives to CDEA & NDEO? Do you have a pedagogical practice that helps you stand out as an arts educator? Have you developed programs, coalitions, partnerships or led companies or advocacy efforts for dance in California? We want to know!
Thanks for sending in your applications. We generally ask previous recipients to wait three years before applying again but contact us if you have a question about that. We know some of you have funds available from your workplace, institution or district to cover conferences but many of our members do not. We want to encourage all interested members to apply.
All the best to you and Happy Spring!
Your CDEA Executive Board:
Kristin, Jenn, Nicole, Virginia, Meredith and Jessy
Our Spring Edition of CDEA’s Quarterly Newsletter looks ahead by featuring the call to important conversations, sustainable teaching practices, innovative lesson plans, and summertime professional development opportunities in California and beyond.
Feel free to print the newsletter out, explore with your students or share with colleagues.
Special thanks to CDEA Member-Contributors Nicole Robinson, Christy McNeil Chand, Cherie Hill, Susan Gingrasso, Avilee Goodwin, Zackary Forcum, and CDEA’s Executive Board.
Best regards in your Spring season!
California Dance Education Association
PO Box 8616
San Jose, CA 95155
California Dance Education Association is a state affiliate of NDEO. This special affiliation offers joint membership to both organizations with dual benefits.