Deborah Damast (BFA Dance, SUNY Purchase, MA Dance Education, NYU Steinhardt) is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Artistic Advisor to the Dance Education Graduate program at NYU Steinhardt where in addition to teaching Pedagogy, Technique, Production and Choreography, is Director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Dance Concerts, and founded and directs the annual study abroad program to Uganda. Deborah has collaborated with numerous musicians, visual artists and motion capture research projects and has danced for many independent companies and choreographers since 1988. In addition, she teaches early childhood and middle school dance at LREI.
Deborah conducts Professional Development for NYC DOE dance teachers and for Pre-K for All teachers through the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects and is a member of the Dance Education Leadership Team (DELTA) through the NYC DOE since 2005. She has directed programs at Peridance, Harvey School Cavalier Camp, Steffi Nossen and The Yard.
She is on Faculty and a DEL Ambassador at the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92Y teaching regular teacher training workshops in Early Childhood Dance, DEL Foundations, and African Dance. In the summer she choreographs, teaches and directs Kids Do Dance at the Yard in Martha's Vineyard. Deborah has co-written curriculum for New York City Ballet and Paul Taylor, the 92Y and The NYC Blueprint for Dance. She has been on faculty of DEL, Peridance, 92Y, Dance In Education Fund/Steffi Nossen, LREI, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Yard, Paul Taylor, West Virginia University, and others, and has shown choreography in numerous venues in NYC including Skirball Center, Frederick Loewe Theatre, World Financial Center, Alvin Ailey, Peridance, Radio City Music Hall, St. Marks Church, Judson Church, Context, 92Y, New York City Ballet, Cooper Union, University
Settlement, Riverside Church, among others, and nationally in MA, OR, NY, and internationally in Italy, Japan, Korea, Canada and Uganda. She has presented at Kyambogo Music Education (UG), National Dance Education Org, ACDFA, Dance Teacher Magazine, Face to Face, CUNY, NYSDEA and Forum on Education Abroad conferences. Deborah is a recipient of the 2009 NYU GSO Star Faculty Award, the 2010 NDEO Outstanding Educator Award (Higher Education) and the 2017 NYU Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award.
She is on the Board of Directors of Peridance, has served on the Board of Directors of NDEO, and has just completed her term as President of the Board of New York State Dance Education Association.
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UDEO FALL CONFERENCE
The purpose of the UDEO Fall Conference is to provide our Utah dance education community an opportunity to learn, share, gather new ideas and gain insights about the art of dance. Educators are able to hone their pedagogical and artistic skills while learning from relevant artists that are forging forward in the dance community.
WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE?
The next UDEO Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at The Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (BTSAEC) at the University of Utah. Breakfast begins at 8 am, classes end at 3pm and lunch is included.
Option 1: The Utah State Board of Education has provided a generous grant that allows all dance educators in K-12 to register for HALF PRICE if you register by October 12th, 2018. Use the discount code 'USBE' when registering to add the discount.
Option 2: If more than five dance educators or BTS specialists register from a single district the sixth attends free! To get this special pricing, the District Arts Coordinator would need to register the group online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more instructions.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Dancers, educators in private studios and school settings, inter-disciplinary artists, PTA members, choreographers, presenters, collaborative artists, administrators, advocates, and anyone interested in networking, professional development, advocacy and promoting the art form of dance as an essential educational component of life-long learning.
CALL FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Share your teaching practice, research, stories and experiences through a poster presentation at the UDEO Fall Conference. The posters will be on display for the entirety of the conference and presenters will have the opportunity to informally present their research or projects from 11-11:40 am that day. Any dance research or special projects are acceptable for the poster presentations.
Submit a poster presentation by September 10th. Presenters will be notified by September 12th.