Photography by Melissa Nornes

Choreography by Rita Honka Photo by Pam Cressall




I.D.E.A. SERIES (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access)

ODEO is proud to present the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A) Series, a series of online professional development workshops and panel discussion for dance educators and the dance community. Sessions will feature leaders and experts from Oregon and the Pacific NW leading the way towards a more inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible dance community in Oregon.


Session 1: Cultivating Equity, January 9th, 2021, 3-5 pm (with HeARTwork Collective)

Session 2: Racism & The Dance World, February 4, 2021, 7:30-8:30 pm  (with Karida Griffith) 

Session 3: Equity in Practice, March 6, 2021, 3-4 pm (with Oluyinka Akinjiloa, Kristen Brayson, Thomas Bruner, and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner

Session 4: LGBTQ+, Rainbow Inclusive Dance Education, April 8, 2021 7:30-8:30 pm  (with Brittain Jackson, Phoenix Grey, and Terra Lyn Anderson)

Session 5: Dancing with Disabilities, May 8, 2021, 3-4 pm (with Alito Alessi, Corrie Cowart, and Kelly Ramis)

Session 6: The Access Divide: Socio-economic and regional access to dance, June 19, 2021, 3-4 pm (with Lisa Greiner, Kasandra Gruener, and Kathryn Harden)

The views expressed in each presentation are those of the speaker(s) and do not constitute endorsement by ODEO

No cost to attend.  Reserve a ticket and receive a zoom link by email  

Professional development credit and clock hours available upon request

Coming Up Next

IDEA Series #5: Dancing with Disabilities: May 8, 2021, 3-4 pm

Workshop Description: This session will include a discussion with dance artists and leaders in Oregon's disability dance community.How can dance culture and the dance community be more inclusive to those with visible and invisible disabilities?  What strategies have dance companies and programs utilize to identify and dismantle able-ism?  What work does the dance community have to normalize and make visible disabled dancers in professional and commercial dance spaces?  In private studios and dance programs?  How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the disabled dance community and what strategies can improve inclusion and access during a major public health crisis?

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