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11 Department of Dance students and nine faculty members attended the National Dance Education Organization’s annual conference in Miami

As Utah faced an unseasonably cold snap at the end of October, 20 BYU dancers were enjoying the Miami sun. The warmth, however, did not distract them from their purpose — to attend a national forum on dance education and hone their craft as leaders and teachers.

The annual conference, hosted by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), featured lectures, panels and workshops led by dance educators from across the nation. 11 students and nine faculty from the Department of Dance attended.

Dance Education Students in Miami

Students and faculty attend the 2019 NDEO Conference in Miami. (Keely Glenn)

“The NDEO conference offers the opportunity for dance educators from around the world to network with other educators, engage in professional development and present their work,” said Pam Musil, associate chair of the department. “We like our students to attend because it helps them see the scope of dance education beyond Utah and gives them opportunities to rub shoulders with students and educators throughout the nation.”

Six of the attending BYU professors shared their research at the conference, as did dance major Cait Shill. Shill– who has been struggling with a knee injury for the past year — has found that diving into the academic side of dance has provided her with a new way to engage in the field she loves.

Read more about Shill and other students’ experiences at

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