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  • Faculty Spotlight: Stephen Ursprung, Assistant Professor of Dance Studies

    Stephen Ursprung

    Assistant Professor of Dance Studies, Stephen Ursprung, presented at the 20th Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference held Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7, 2018 in San Diego, CA. 

    The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts. NDEO provides the dance artist, educator and administrator a network of resources and support, a base for advocacy and research, and access to professional development opportunities that focus on the importance of dance in the human experience. 

    Ursprung moderated the panel discussion, Dance 2050: Opportunities for Community Engagement Within Higher Education, alongside fellow panel members Barbara Angeline (Rutgers University), Kristin Kusanovich (Santa Clara University), and celebrated dance scholar Lynnette Young Overby (University of Delaware). 

    The discussion was developed through a think tank group, Dance 2050, that Ursprung contributes to within the NDEO that envisions the future of dance in higher education. The group identified community engagement as a central theme in the direction of dance education and is working to help motivate dance educators to step beyond the walls of their institutions to bring dance into the community, to find and celebrate dance where it already exists, and to build bridges between various populations.

    During the conference, the panel discussed how dance educators are working as engaged scholars and how their collective work furthers both the missions of their institutions and the development of the field.

    “I shared my personal experiences working in communities through my work with the American Dance Legacy Initiative and how I tie this into my teaching here at Dean College,” said Ursprung. “It is important for our students gain transformational, hands-on experience through access to community work and I look forward to even more opportunities for engaged scholarship within the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College.”

    NDEO members work in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges, performing arts organizations, and community centers. At Dean College, students have the opportunity to engage in honors course work in Dance and to be inducted into our very own chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, which honors the accomplishments of outstanding students in Dance and which is facilitated by NDEO.

    To learn more about the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, visit




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