MDEA Conference Session Proposal
Event: MDEA Conference 2020
Event Theme: "Taking Dance Beyond the Steps: Making Holistic Connections"
Event Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Event Address: Towson University Department of Dance, Center for the Arts Building, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
Questions? Contact us at (443) 850-7224 or
Proposals are due by January 31, 2020.

The MDEA Conference Planning Committee requests that each potential presenter complete a Session Proposal Form. The Conference Planning Committee will review all proposals and contact all who have submitted a proposal as to the acceptance of the proposal. Submissions will receive a confirmation upon receipt and a response by February 14, 2020. Proposals are due by January 31, 2020.


•One presenter per session will be compensated with a complimentary conference registration for a session proposal that is accepted by the planning committee and presented at the conference.

•All presenters must complete the registration process. If a session has multiple presenters, compensation will be determined by the lead presenter who submits the session proposal.

•Presenters and co-presenters must be current and up to date with their MDEA/NDEO membership through the MDEA Conference date.

•No honoraria are paid to MDEA members.

•Presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses; unless otherwise specified and agreed.

•Presenters are responsible for duplicating and providing all presentation material and handouts. You may provide an email address whereby you will be responsible for sending handouts to the participants. If your handouts can be emailed to MDEA, we will make those materials available to conference attendees.

•LCD projectors, sound equipment, etc. are available upon request. Please communicate those tech needs if your proposal is accepted.

•The presenter is responsible for room set-up, introducing themselves and completing the evaluation tasks. (All presenters must provide time for the participants to complete the evaluation forms to be turned in at the end of each session.)

•Lead presenters will be responsible for informing all co-presenters of the Conference Planning Committee's decision regarding their submission.

Your proposal will be reviewed based on the criteria below:
• Relevance to MDEA conference theme, mission, and vision
• Clarity of intent, description, and design
• Clarity of presentation objective(s) and description
• Degree of participant engagement, such as hands on learning and interactive discussions
• Practical usefulness to participants and demonstration of best practices in fine arts dance
• Innovation and creativity

For the 2020 MDEA Conference, we are interested in sessions that provide time and ability for participants to deepen their understanding on a topic. Priority will be given to sessions that have multiple parts or run at least 90 minutes.

CONFERENCE THEME: "Taking Dance Beyond the Steps: Making Holistic Connections"

For the 4th Annual MDEA Conference, the selected theme provides an opportunity to speak to the connections between dance education and other related fields such as social-emotional learning, arts integration, somatic practices, etc. In a medical setting, holistic refers to addressing the whole person, including their physical, mental, and emotional health, while taking social factors into consideration.
-How do dance educators make holistic connections?
-How can we, as artists, deepen our understanding of other art forms in order to make connections?
-How does the teacher-student relationship benefit from a holistic approach to dance education?
-How can we address social-emotional needs in the dance classroom?

Additionally, we ask you to consider the three guiding initiatives that have been created by NDEO to help shape the future of dance education nationally and through the work of the state affiliates. The three initiatives/priorities are:
1. Connect the Field
2. Build Knowledge
3. Cultivate Leadership
MDEA Conference Session Proposal: Section 1 of 5
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