Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development is essential to building a resilient dance field. Dance/USA strives to ensure that dance professionals have equitable access to the latest information and innovations on which to build our collective future. Through convenings, collaborative partnerships, and presentations, we connect our members to a wide range of ideas, leaders, and opportunities.

Information on Dance/USA’s exclusive professional development opportunities, which include convenings, webinars, trainings, and office hours, may be found by exploring both our Conference and Leadership and Learning pages.

Below, we also host a user-generated listing of opportunities from members and affiliates. For more information on getting your upcoming professional development opportunity listed and applicable fees (listings are FREE for Dance/USA members), please contact our Membership Team.

Arts for Learning Maryland: Early Learning Teaching Artist Roster

Arts for Learning Maryland is recruiting a new cohort of teaching artists to join our Early Learning Teaching Artist Roster and teach in early childhood classrooms throughout Maryland, working with children ages 3-6, families, and educators.


Artists! Use your creativity to inspire our youngest learners! Teaching Artists  in puppetry, dance, and storytelling are invited to apply for Arts for Learning Maryland's Early Learning Teaching Artist Roster. All accepted artists will receive a week of paid training prior to stepping into a classroom, building skills to deliver developmentally appropriate, arts-integrated learning experiences to Prek and Kindergarten students. Arts for Learning Maryland provides competitive pay to its artists, who can earn up to $3,000 per 5-session in-school residency.


Applications are due January 22. Register for our upcoming info sessions on January 6 and 18 to learn more! Click here for more information and apply. 

Mark Morris Dance Group: Culturally Responsive Educational Approach in Dance

Jan. 24 – 2:00 - 4:00pmET


Organization: Mark Morris Dance Group


Location: Online or in-person


Mark Morris Dance Group Education Staff will lead this session to address what a culturally responsive educational approach is, provide examples of what it looks like when teaching dance, and give opportunities for faculty to create culturally responsive activities for their own classes. There will be a specific focus on supporting student-led activity creation across technical styles. RSVP HERE!

Mark Morris Dance Group: Internal and External Focus of Attention in Teaching Dance

Feb. 15 – 10:00am-12:00pmET


Organization: Mark Morris Dance Group


Location: Online or in-person


Presented by Clare Guss-West, dancers of all ages and abilities can benefit from research on how Focus of Attention impacts motor skills learning. Research has brought significant understanding to the central role of the attention and the mind in developing strength and stamina, precision, consistency, balance, fluidity, multi-tasking and the ability to manage stress. RSVP HERE!

TMI Design and Consulting: The Growing Dance Educator
Organization: TMI Design and Consulting
Location: Atlanta, GA


Starting, rejuvenating, or maintaining a dance program can be challenging. Especially when you don’t have a roadmap. This 6-week self-led course will provide a foundation to build sustainability within your dance program. The course is led by Tamara Irving. 


Tamara Irving spent 12 years in the classroom and has over 20 years of professional dance and theater experience -including Disney’s “The Lion King”. She's taken her combined 32 years of educational and arts experience and used it to transform and advocate for her programs, engage her students, and continue her own personal development. Tamara is excited to announce a new course for dance educators, The Growing Dance Educator. In this course, dance educators will learn strategies to create sustainable dance programs while also growing as dance educators themselves.

So what happens when you actually enjoy your job as a dance educator? What's next? How do you continue to grow your program while growing and sustaining yourself? The course is self led with lots of resource downloads to provide you with the ultimate professional development support.


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