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“Embodying Healthy Practices” Theme of Idaho Dance Education Organization Conference

September 07, 2017

Dancers, movement professionals and dance enthusiasts can learn more about healthy dance practices during the third annual Idaho Dance Education Organization Conference Oct. 27-28 on the University of Idaho campus.


Early registration for the conference, which is being hosted by the UI Dance Program, continues until Sept. 29 at Sessions at the conference, “Embodying Healthy Practices,” will include creative learning opportunities, dance techniques and cross-training classes, lectures and panel discussions aimed at evolving movement education and the dance field in the Northwest.


A pre-conference teacher workshop from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Physical Education Building Room 110, will focus on early childhood and K-12 education. The Saturday conference begins with registration and continental breakfast, 7-8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the PEB lobby.


The conference’s keynote speaker is Mary Lou Seereiter, who created, developed and led the dance program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, from 1980 to 2003 and now aims to support professional development of movement educators through her background in whole-self education methods.


In addition to conference attendance, dance studios, school dance teams and dance companies can submit their choreography for performance. Choreography proposals are due Sept. 22. Selected choreography will be showcased during a concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Hartung Theater. A question-and-answer session will follow. Concert tickets are included in conference registration, or $5 for the public.


K-12 educators can obtain one professional development credit through UI for involvement in the pre-conference workshop and in the conference. Early childhood educators and care providers can obtain continuing education units from Idaho Stars for their involvement. A special program will be offered for high school students interested in pursuing dance education, including a college dance panel and mock audition with feedback from experts.


Registration for the Oct. 27 pre-conference teacher workshop is $25. Registration for the Oct. 28 conference is $50 prior to Sept. 29 and $65 afterward. Student registration is $35.


For conference registration and concert tickets, visit More information on the conference is available at

Media Contact: 

Melanie Meenan

Department of Movement Sciences

UI College of Education


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