to Oct 6

DEAW Annual Professional Development Conference

This year’s theme is “EVERY BODY IS A DANCING BODY”

As dance educators, we constantly use our bodies to communicate information and make meaning. To feel as though we are thriving in our profession, it is important to take time to feel connected to our form, treat our bodies with safety and love, and become knowledgeable about current understandings of how it functions best.

We believe all bodies are dancing bodies, and want our teaching practices to be inclusive of a diverse student body and support students in a full range of abilities and identities.  It is important that we are always learning new ways to welcome every body into our classrooms and helping students find power in their unique body.

This year, we want to fill the conference with workshops that renew connection to our bodies and provide us with tools to inspire every student to express who they are in their dancing body.

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Dance Educators in Performance
7:30 PM19:30

Dance Educators in Performance


This event provides dance educators with the opportunity & encouragement to engage in their own artistic process. By creating a platform for teaching artists to showcase their choreography, DEAW aims to shine light on the intersection of choreography, dance performance and education. Dance Educators in Performance is a fundraiser for DEAW. All proceeds from the concert will support DEAW progamming including statewide conferences, workshops and networking events, professional development scholarships, and regional dance advocacy.  

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1:00 PM13:00

DEAW Fall Mixer


Back to School Social: Gear up / Get Ready!

Join DEAW for an energizing cup of coffee/tea and conversation. What are your rituals, routines and re-juvenation methods for getting started? What are your go-to teaching tools for getting to know a new group of students? Let's get together and share ways to start the teaching season strong!

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5:30 PM17:30

DEAW Back-to-School Picnic :: Bellingham

  • Firehouse Arts and Events Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All dance teachers are welcome, no need to be a current DEAW member. This picnic is hosted by Hannah Andersen, the DEAW NW Regional Ambassador, and will offer time to network, converse, and provide structured dialogue about upcoming events as a means to support all schools and studios in the region.

In addition, on Saturday, September 15, Hannah Andersen is hosting a contemporary dance WORKSHOP from 2:30-5p in the Firehouse Arts and Events Center main space. The focus of this WORKSHOP is spiraling. beginning with a somatic-oriented exploration and improvisation, class will progress into a fluid and dynamic contemporary technique class. Intermediate-Professional dancers are welcome ages 14+. $25/$20 students/$15 DEAW members


Workshop registration here.

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