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October 30, 2019

Julie L. Pentz presents at National Dance Educators Organization Conference

Submitted by Julie L. Pentz

Julie L. Pentz, professor of dance, presented four student-focused presentations at the 21st National Dance Educators Organization Conference, "THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Choreography, Choice-Making, and Communication" Oct. 23-27, in Miami.  

"Taking Care of You: Self Care Movement Session for Students" — as dancers, students and teachers, it is so important that they remember to take care of themselves. The session discussed rejuvenating your mind body and spirit before heading into the rest of your busy week. The session reminded the students of the benefits and joys that movement and dance can bring to your life. Throughout the session, participants focused on relaxation, body awareness and intention of movement. The movement was designed to help students relax, be in the moment, and discover without fear of judgment, and for the sole purpose of dancing for their own joy.

"So You Want To Go To Grad School?" This session defined the various types of degrees there are to choose for a graduate program. It explored different types of graduate degrees that are offered in the field of dance and dance education, including the Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education. It took a look into what each type of degree prepares you for and what you can expect to study within these programs. This session enabled students to discuss the pros and cons of the various programs and degrees to help determine which program and degree is best fit for them and their future goals. It also discussed what universities look for in potential candidates. 

"So you want to get a job?" This session reviewed how to create an effective resume and cover letter outlining your experience, how to format a resume with what essential components should be included in a resume and the type of keywords and language that should be included in a resume. The session discussed how to begin networking and building connections within your desired field and helped students prepare for the three components of an interview; the interview preparation, the actual interview itself and the interview follow up. 

A Student Special Interest Group session brought the student population of the National Dance Education Organization together to discuss relevant topics that were specific to students from the private sector, K-12 public schools, and higher education.  

The National Dance Education Organization is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts. The organization 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. The organization provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance education centered in the arts. Our members teach multiple dance genres in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, K-12 schools, dance studios, colleges and community centers.

Pentz serves as the director of students for the organization.