Join us for the DEAW 2018 conference!

Dance Saves Lives: Awakening Radical Joy through Movement

September 29-30, 2018
Delridge Community Center
4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

As movement specialists, we know dance has the power to change lives. It has shaped our own and those of our students. During DEAW’s 2017 conference, we dug deep into the work of confronting biases in our field and making access to dance equitable. As a result, we are more aware than ever that nurturing joy through equitable education creates opportunities for lives to change for the better.

We need joy in our work because the experience of moving and dancing is inherently joyful. However, there are still teaching practices, structures, and stigmas that exclude and dishearten students. Those need to be challenged and replaced.

We need joy in our work because experiencing self-love, empowerment, agency, hope, gratitude, resilience and acknowledgement is a vital and radical aspect of how we develop as individuals, how we form trusted communities, and how we change the world.



This year, we want to feature dance educators and professionals who prioritize creating joyful, safe, and healing spaces in their classrooms and communities, and be inspired to empower our students’ sense of self, power, and strength.

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge, expertise, and joy-creating methods with us? Submit a proposal here!

Presenter line-up will be announced in late summer 2018. Check back soon!



Saturday, Sept 29, 2018 1-6pm
Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 8:30-5pm

Delridge Community Center


$80/ Full

$45/ Sat
$115/ Full

*pricing for Sunday
includes catered lunch

Come awaken joy with us!



This year, we want to deepen our state-wide community ties by connecting out-of-towners with Seattle locals for homestays over the conference weekend.

If you are a Seattlite with a guest room, air mattress, or free couch and you’re interested in hosting someone from out of town the weekend of September 28-30, please fill out the "Room to Offer" form.

If you’re coming from out of town and would like to stay with a local member of the dance community, please let us know with the "Seeking Room" form.

If you’re coming from out of town and homestays aren’t your thing, we encourage you to reserve at room at The Grove West Seattle, a great hotel with reasonable rates just nine blocks from the conference location. Additionally, hotels and hostels on or near 3rd Avenue in Seattle’s Downtown and Belltown neighborhoods are an easy bus ride away.