In Memoriam: Ann Kathleen Shea

Special needs dance educator Ann Kathleen Shea passed away on October 10 at the age of 67, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. One of Shea’s many recognitions for her tireless advocacy for dance education in public schools was the 2009 Dance Teacher K–12...

We Need Dance in Public Schools, and This Report Can Prove It

Who could forget last May’s news story on the troubled elementary school transformed by administrators’ decision to decrease security and hire more arts teachers? Those inspiring results just scratch the surface of topics covered in the latest report from the National...

Win an Arts Teaching Fellowship

Pamela Plagge-Isaac, a 2012 NATF Fellow from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota At last week’s Dance Teacher Summit, speakers emphasized the importance of feeding your craft and nurturing your passion. Don’t let your enthusiasm for self-development fade in the wake of the...

Science Class Gets Its Groove On

Three lesson plans to teach science through movement Third-graders at Mt. Eccles Elementary School create a glacier dance. A group of third-graders gathers in the center of the classroom, ready to learn how water cycles through precipitation, evaporation and...

Boundless Enthusiasm

How Arvin Arjona took the Millburn High School dance program from zero to the Orange Bowl in six years Most of his students call him Mr. Arjona or Mr. A. “But some call me Papa Panda because they saw my Kung Fu Panda screen saver,” says Arvin Cheng Arjona. “Kids will...

New National Arts Standards: Public Invited to Give Feedback

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is hosting a public review of US arts standards in Pre-K–8 school settings, including standards in dance creating, performing, responding and connecting. According to the NCCAS, these standards—available...

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Abigail Agresta-Stratton

Bridging high school with college and beyond in Virginia Many of Abigail Agresta-Stratton’s students go on to study dance in college. When her teaching hours dropped roughly 38 percent between September 2011 and June 2012, Abigail Agresta-Stratton had an inkling. New...

Making a Safe Space for Dance

K–12 teachers go to the mat for proper floors. West Briar Middle School students now dance on aresilient surface, thanks to their teacher Lynn Reynolds. Teaching dance in a K–12 setting often means holding classes in hallways or cafeterias, sharing space with other...

Measuring Success

A Memphis arts assessment pilot program tracks K–12 teacher performance. Taurus Hines teaches creative dance at Colonial Middle School in Memphis.How do you measure a teacher’s job performance? The Memphis school district has taken on that sticky and sometimes...

NDEO Creating Master Database of K–12 Dance Programs

Earlier this year, DT invited you to register your school as part of the National Dance Education Organization’s K–12 Data Collection Project. The goal is to create a “master database” of where dance is offered in K-12 schools throughout the US. Over...

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