As part of the National Dance Education Organization’s conference this year in Miami, Nigel Lythgoe announced a new partnership between his Dizzy Feet Foundation and NDEO to support dance education standards. Lythgoe, the co-creator of television dance powerhouse “So You Think You Can Dance,” co-founded Dizzy Feet in 2009 to increase access to dance education in the United States, mainly by exposing children in low-income areas to the artform via local organizations and dance study scholarships. It’s no surprise, then, that he was eager to partner with NDEO, a fellow nonprofit devoted to advancing dance education through advocacy, professional development, standards and support services. The two organizations will now combine their considerable powers and outreach to keep dance education on the up-and-up—in all genres of dance and in every institution where it is taught.
“We are honored to earn the respect of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which recognizes NDEO for its work in advocating for quality dance education across the US,” says Susan McGreevy-Nichols, executive director of NDEO. “The partnership with DFF will help NDEO reach a broader audience.”
This year’s conference, which began on October 23 and will continue until the 27th, is focused on “The Art and Craft of Teaching.” Hundreds of dance teachers were present to hear Lythgoe’s announcement.
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