Reopening Our Schools & Dance Education


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Please use this form to provide your recommendations, thoughts, & experiences as they relate to the general guidelines & the Dance Education section (p. 6-7) of the AELC Recommendations for Reopening Schools document.

NCDEO Information Letter to Membership

January 29, 2021

Arts Ed COVID Reopening Plan Roundtable Webinar for District Leaders Meeting Information

Friday, August 7, 2020

NDEO Releases Document On Reopening in Dance Education

NDEO has released a document with questions and potential practices raised by NDEO members and panelists during meetings and webinars. In particular, the content is largely drawn from two sessions focused on a potential return to the studio in the fall 2020: The NDEO Cross-Sector Brainstorm SIG meeting” on May 14, 2020 and “College Dance and The Fall Semester,” a webinar hosted on May 20, 2020.

View the Document

Dance Aerosol Study Results to Be Released Soon

A number of performing arts organizations have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. It is important to understand what risks exist in performing arts classrooms and performance venues.  Specifically, the study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space. Soon a dance study will be relased.

For more information visit the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) Website.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

NCDEO Remote Learning Open Forum on Thursday, July 23rd

Governor Cooper has announced Plan B for the state of North Carolina and now you are trying to come up with a plan. How can NCDEO help you? NCDEO is here to help as you prepare for remote learning in the Fall. We wish to provide an open forum for you to brainstorm with dance educators in planning remote learning or hybrid environments.  This session will be Thursday, July 23rd from 9.30a – 11.00a. We will begin our session together and then break up into groups based upon teaching settings (elementary, middle, high school, higher-ed, & private studios). Participants will be e-mailed the link to the meeting Thursday morning.

For more information/to sign-up visit:

Friday, June, 26, 2020


Right now every local school district is making plans on how to reopen schools. Those plans are due to the NC State School Board of Education on July 20th. We need them to know that it is imperative to sustain the availability of Arts Education during this unprecedented time and Arts Education can continue safely in our schools. The best way to do that is to make sure that decision-makers have access to Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools.

Take a few minutes today to send emails to:

  • Your local School Superintendent
  • Every member of your District School Board
  • Principals at your local elementary, middle and high schools

You should be able to find contact information through the website of your local school district. Your message should be clear and to the point. Here is an example you can use:

Superintendent/School Board Member/Principal,

Arts Education is part of a well-rounded education that supports social and emotional well-being and promotes a welcoming school environment. It is imperative to sustain the availability of Arts Education taught by certified arts educators, during this unprecedented time.

The North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition has created Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools that will be helpful to you as you make plans for the 2020-2021 school year. These recommendations can guide Arts Education to continue safely in our schools. You can access the most updated recommendations here:

Please make sure that arts education continues safely in our schools.

Thank you for your commitment, leadership, and service.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

AELC Webinar

If you missed the AELC Webinar a recording along with other resources can be found on the Arts NC Covid-19 Resource Page.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reopening Our Schools & Dance Education

NCDEO is actively working as part of the NC Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC) to advocate for the importance of Arts Education and offer recommendations for arts education programs to safely operate in the reopening of our schools. Learn more about their Recommendations for Arts Education as NC School Open document that was sent to DPI and Task Forces last week here.

AELC Webinar

On Wednesday, June 17th at 10:00am, join Arts NC Executive Director Nate McGaha, NC Dance Education Organization Vice President Laura Stauderman, NC Music Educators Association President Carol Earnhardt, NC Theatre Arts Educators President Chuck Stowe, and NC Art Education Association Past President Rebecca Dow as they review the recommendations and take your questions about arts education safely returning to our schools.

This webinar will be featured in our summer learning exchange.