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 (interactive workshop with HeARTwork Collective)

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

Session 3: Equity in Practice, March 6, 2021, 3-4 pm (panel discussion 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 (workshop and discussion)

Session 5: Dancing with Disabilities, May 1, 2021, 3-4 pm (workshop and discussion)

Session 6: The Access Divide: Socio-economic and regionals access to dance, June 5, 2021, 3-4 pm ( panel discussion)

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

Session #3: Equity in Practice

Saturday, March 6, 2021 3-4 pm

Featuring Oluyinka Akinjiloa, Kristen Brayson, Thomas Bruner, and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner

Workshop Description: ODEO hosts a panel discussion with dance makers and educators from across Oregon who are addressing equity and social justice in their programs, performances, choreography, and teaching. Dive into the successes, challenges, and ongoing work being done in Oregon’s dance community to address racism, equity, and inclusion. How can a major school district address social justice in the classroom and how does that apply to the dance classroom? How can dance studios and dance companies implement more equitable practices and policies?  What changes are college and universities making to their curriculums and programs to dismantle systematic racism? What can artists and companies do to elevate the voices for social justice within performance?  ODEO is very honored and excited to have the following panelists contribute to the discussion: 

- Oluyinka Akinjiola, Artistic Director of Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater and Dance Teacher with Portland Public Schools

- Kristen Brayson, Program Administrator for Visual and Performing Arts at Portland Public Schools

Thomas Bruner, Oregon Ballet Theatre Executive Director

- Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Oregon University (WOU)

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Oregon Dance Education Organization

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Portland, OR 97282