The Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. FDEO envisions a state where every citizen gets equal access and opportunity to quality dance arts education regardless of gender, age, race, culture, or socio-economic status, ability or interest.
The Florida Dance Education Organization, is a proud state affiliate of The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), a growing organization that provides several kinds of services and information for dance educators. Each year in October, FDEO presents an educators conference featuring guest presenters, roundtable discussions, networking sessions, and performances. FDEO regularly partners with other regional, state, and national organizations to teach, perform, create, advocate, evaluate, and support growth in arts education.
FDEO is host to the Annual Florida Dance Performance Assessment, which is a standards based evaluation of student performance that provides invaluable feedback to teachers and students.
FDEO is the State Affiliate for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) and manages all of the NHSDA chapters in the State of Florida. FDEO formally recognizes NHSDA dancers who have achieved a high level of artistry, leadership, and academic success. Selected students are invited to perform in the Annual Florida Honors Concert. FDEO also serves to identify honor students of middle and senior high school age for nomination for the National Dance Education Organization Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation.
FDEO provides opportunities for secondary students to study with, audition for, interview with and be mentored by college professors at least once a year.
Beyond recognition of students, FDEO honors exemplary educators. Although our core skills are expanding, our goal to forge the infinite possibilities of dance education centered in the arts remains constant.
As a community of educators, administrators, dancers, choreographers, directors, and advocates, we stand firmly against discrimination, institutional racism, and racial injustice. However, we recognize standing still, albeit passionately, is not what this moment calls for, as words are not enough. Instead, this is our cue to move with our black, indigenous, and people of color communities in solidarity toward a better tomorrow for our lives and our children’s future. We, as a dance community, share a collective pulse, and our broken hearts beat as one. Our inherent knowledge of how to move together in a space, no matter how small or suffocating, will prove invaluable throughout the coming days and months, as we rise and sink together. Hand in hand, we will lift and support our brothers and sisters, and, with grace and dignity, balance on the precipice of what was, however painful, and what urgently needs to be. We will amplify the voices of those who have been silenced, validating their truth and illuminating their beauty. Together, with love, through dance education, collaboration, creation, and performance, we will do better. We must do better. This is our plea: Unmask the injustice. Embrace our humanity. Find the breath and hope to create a new legacy for the next generation, one of empathy, endurance, and equality. We are all created equal. This is our truth. Black lives matter. This is our promise.
“If the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are “promissory notes to which every American was to fall heir” (Martin L. King), then I am asking myself what can I do to insure all aspects of my dance spaces (training, education, outreach, research, performance, etc.) are fully inclusive and actively anti-racist?”
- Clarence Brooks