In Service to our Mission, DEAW:
Upholds dance education which includes: the elements of dance, improvisation, composition, historical and cultural context, aesthetics, criticism, technique, performance, production, and career paths.
Promotes dance as a basic part of PreK-12 curriculum for all students.
Incorporates dance as an essential element of classroom teacher professional development.
Supports pedagogical training in dance degree programs in higher education.
Cultivates partnerships among arts agencies and organizations, schools, studios, businesses, teaching artists, performers, choreographers, companies, educators, and dance professionals.
Provides quality professional development opportunities including: workshops, seminars, and conferences.
Fosters excellence in dance education through research, advocacy, and model programs.
Champions dance values including: community, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, perseverance, resilience, lineage, and learning in Washington State.