Magazine article Dance Teacher

At the Crossroads of Dance Diasporas

Magazine article Dance Teacher

At the Crossroads of Dance Diasporas

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NDEO'S 2013 conference comes to Miami.

For its annual conference in October, the National Dance Education Organization chose hotel headquarters with views that take in both present-day prosperity and postcard-Florida charm: downtown skyscrapers looming over a palm-lined promenade at the mouth of the Miami River. But the appeal of this location will go further for the more than 500 expected participants, As conference coordinator Helene Scheff points out, "It's always fun to research new areas and find out how rich each Is in culture and arts. Miami ranks high in both."

Scheff praises the preparations of on-site coordinator Daniel Lewis, who says, "I want to show off my city beyond belief. Participants should walk away with awareness of our area as productively arts-conscious. We have a mayor who's committed $1.4 million to the arts-unheard of these days-and a school superintendent who understands how arts education helps with academics in general." Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho will speak at the conference awards dinner Saturday night.

For Lewis, fostering arts education involves a continuing community effort. Conference attendees will be able to return to their own school districts with a practicable model of how this works, thanks to a bus tour to Miami's dance programs at Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts, South Miami Middle Community School and New World School of the Arts, where Lewis was founding dean of dance. "It'll give a feel not just for specific educational steps-such as how to prepare for auditions-but also for the long-term tracking of students," he says. …

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