Oregon Dance Education Organization serves as a vital voice and as a convening body for dance educators, and the dance community who live, learn, and/or work throughout the state of Oregon.

 *Oregon Dance Education Organization (ODEO) is a recently established state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). ODEO members receive dual membership with NDEO. To become an ODEO member one must enroll through NDEO. Upon joining NDEO, Oregon residents are automatically enrolled in ODEO. Oregon residents who were members of NDEO prior to ODEO becoming an affiliate will be enrolled in ODEO upon renewal.


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 (2 hours, interactive workshop with HeARTwork Collective)

Session 2: Racism & The Dance World, February 4, 2021, 7:30-8:30 pm  (1 hr, lecture with Karida Griffith)

Session 3: Racial Equity in Practice, March 2021 (1 hr, panel discussion, dates/times TBD)

Session 4: LGBTQ+, Rainbow Inclusive Dance Education, April 2021 (1hr, workshop and discussion, dates/times TBD)

Session 5: Dancing with Disabilities, May 2021 (1 hr, workshop and discussion, dates/times TBD)

Session 6: The Access Divide: Socio-economic and regionals access to dance, June 2021 (1hr, panel discussion, dates/times TBD)

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Full Series

Can't attend live?  No problem!  Purchase a ticket and receive a recording after the event.  

Scholarships available!  Apply here! 

Professional development credit and clock hours available upon request


Coming Up Next

Session 2: Racism & The Dance World

February 4, 2021, 7:30-8:30 pm

Featuring Karida Griffith 

Workshop Description: The "Racism & the Dance World" workshop will take a brief but deep dive into fundamental aspects of race and dance history that even savvy educators have often missed. We all dance and teach in front of the "backdrop" of race and history, whether we've been aware of it or not. The "backdrop" of history affects so much of our experiences and choices today, so we will examine this history more closely, so that it might provide clarity on our current circumstances, and shine new light on the road ahead.

More about Karida Griffith:

Karida Griffith Walker grew up training in a variety of dance styles in Portland, OR, primarily with local legend, Sally Mack. After finishing her business degree at New York University, Karida actively pursued her professional dance career. Highlights include: The Radio City Rockettes, Cirque du Soleil, The Tony Awards, Today Show, recurring appearances on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, European tour of Black & Blue, and the critically-acclaimed Tap dance company, Dorrance Dance. 

She has worked with world-class dancers and choreographers including Henry LeTang, Dormeshia, Randy Skinner, Casey Nicholaw, Derick K. Grant, Mable Lee, Michelle Dorrance, Pat Birch & more. 

Other company work includes: Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, TiDii with Jared Grimes, the Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies, Barbara Duffy & Company, and Sebe Kan, a traditional West African Dance company founded by her husband, Derrell Sekou Soumah Walker. 

Karida has performed solo works in the NYC Tap Festival, Spoleto Arts Festival, Vancouver Tap Festival, CREATIONS: Choreographic Introductions, and for The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard. 

As an educator and choreographer, Karida has worked in a variety of settings including Pace University as an adjunct professor, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the Children’s Theatre Company of NY, for Festivals & Conventions, and in a variety of wonderful recreational & competitive local dance studios. Karida also provides choreography, in-school residencies, and lectures about Tap Dance History in the public school setting for students of all ages. 

Now raising 2 young daughters, Karida is sticking closer to home, and has focused her professional energy on empowering dance educators around the world. She has incorporated the breadth of her experience into online professional development programming that gives dance educators the strategies and tools they need to confidently meet the demands of 21st century dance education. 

To this end, Karida founded The Tap Teachers’ Lounge in 2018, a comprehensive online training program for Tap Dance educators. And in 2020, Karida began offering seminars about Race & Dance History to public and private institutions. She also founded the Roots, Rhythm, Race & Dance program, a six-week professional development program which helps dance educators (from all styles & educational settings) to confidently introduce age-appropriate lessons around race and dance history to their students.

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Oregon Dance Education Organization

PO Box 82813
Portland, OR 97282

Photography by Melissa Nornes