Professional Development
Workshop Series 

Workshops are conceived and presented based on specific needs/concerns of the dance community. Workshops are announced via email and posted at Have an idea for a workshop? Let us know! Dance New Jersey is dedicated to developing current and pertinent initiatives that will benefit a significant number of members as well as support the work of the presenters/speakers.

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DancEdNJ on the Move:
Studio Owners & Independent Program Directors

Thursday, November 8, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
(Registration 9:30am - 10:00am)

DanceWorks Studio
127 Grove Street
Montclair, NJ 07042


Kathy Costa McKeown
Director, DanceWorks Studios

Kathy will share with fellow studio owners and program directors her approaches and strategies in studio operations and curriculum design.

Daniel DeFranco
CEO, Groove Dance Competition and Convention

The Social Strategy
The Social Strategy explores how we arrived at the 6th phase in the evolution of marketing and how we operating in the digital error. We will explore creating and curating content, brand awareness and personality, channel selection and much more. We will attempt to define the difference between the different platforms as well as their respective opportunities with different markets and paid advertising.

Also included:

  • Meet & greet with a representative from Gerriets, a Dance NJ Sponsor, to introduce members to our floors.

  • A question-&-answer/networking session to connect with fellow studio owners & program directors, as well as to share your needs with DanceNJ.

Workshop Fees: 
Non-Members $50 


Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 31st

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DancEdNJ on the Move: K-12

Thursday, November 15, 2018
9:30am - 2:30pm
(Registration 9:00am - 9:30am)

Passaic County Technical Institute
45 Reinhardt Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Workshop Leaders:

Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski
Dance Educator, Trenton Central High School

How to Maximize DonorsChoose.Org: Connecting Donors to Your Program
Need Barres? Mirrors? costumes? or other necessities that your school can't provide yet? DonorsChoose.Org can help you get what you need quickly! DonorsChoose.Org is a crowdfunding platform that provides a means to mitigate district funding limitations by providing a teacher-only site to propose needed materials and education experiences. With over $8,000 of successfully funded projects, Elizabeth Zwierzynski, will present a how-to workshop to get your first or next DonorsChoose.Org project up and running. The goal is to help teachers create a project within the hour by collaborating in small groups to create a proposal. Nationwide exemplars of dance projects, outreach strategies, corporate match offers, and commonly requested dance materials will be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the workshop and data about how many students their program serves, a photo of their classroom in action and a photo of themselves.

Loretta Fois
Professor/Director of Dance, Raritan Valley Community College

Espressione Corporea:
Making Connections between Artistic Disciplines and Body Movement
Espressione Corporea is a Dalcroze-based technique that has, as its objective, body movement in relation to musical language and to all forms of artistic expression. In this way, the elements common to the various artistic disciplines (time, space, energy) are expressed through the body. This workshop will look at the relationship between musicality, graphic/visual elements and their relation to movement, and involve bodywork, free exploration, elemental analysis, and improvisations. Focusing on musical and visual concepts through social and interactive methods, participants will explore musical phrasing of movement, the expressive potential of the voice, and the development of rhythmic sense. This workshop will provide teachers with tools useful for designing an interdisciplinary modality and experimenting with the expressive dimensions of the body. Through Espressione Corporea participants will experience a greater awareness of their own resources, acquire greater mastery of body language, and live the arts through the body.

Also includes:

  • Lunch provided by DanceNJ & PCTI

  • Dance PLC working lunch meeting

    Professional development hours will be distributed!

Workshop Fees:
Current DANCENJ Members $25
Non-members $60


Registration deadline: Monday, November 12th


Thursday, March 28, 2019

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Center for Arts Education
24 Rector Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Registration will open
Monday, February 11, 2019.

2018 Highlight PHOTOS COMING SOON!

DancEdNJ on the Move
Professional Development
Workshop Series Success!

K-12 Dance Educators
GLOUCESTER county institute of technology

Studio owners & program directors
Inspira performing arts & cultural center

Thank you to all of the workshop leaders, participants, and hosts for supporting the community of dance educators in new jersey!

We are feeling our presence in numbers!

Highlights from DancEdNJ on the Move
May 5, 2016

Highlights from DancEdNJ on the Move
 November 3, 2015
Paramus High School

Professional Development for K-12 NJ Dance Educators provided by Dance New Jersey. The day involved learning, sharing, and inspiring while uniting the dance educators throughout the state.

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