2016 seminar – Teaching Dance for Students with Disabilities

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This year, UDMA is pleased to offer a brand new seminar at every show location.  The seminars are open to any dance teachers, studio owners or managers.

The seminar is titled “Teaching Dance for Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Success” and will be led by our two master instructors,  Theresa Purcell Cone (at the MA, NJ, IL locations) and Merry Lynn Morris (GA location).

This session presents teaching strategies that are applicable for a self contained or inclusion Dance class. The strategies are experienced by participants through learning dances that address social interaction, motor skill development, technique, creativity, self expression and community building. Dances and strategies demonstrate how to include students with a range of disabilities.

Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, at Rowan University. She teaches Teaching Concepts of Adapted Physical Education and Teaching Concepts of Dance in Physical Education and is a Supervisor for Clinical Practice. She also directs the Rowan University and Kingsway Learning Center Physical Activity program where the Rowan students teach sport skills, fitness activities, dances, and games to students, ages 15-21,who have disabilities.
Dr. Cone is the co- author of Teaching Children Dance (3rd ed) Assessing Dance in Elementary Physical Education, and Interdisciplinary Elementary Physical Education (2nd ed), and has written articles and conducted presentations on teaching dance and physical education for students with disabilities. She was the Editor for the 2015 Journal of Dance Education issue focused on teaching dance to students with disabilities and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Special Olympics New Jersey and has been an advocate for individuals with disabilities on the Rowan University campus. Theresa also taught dance and physical education in the South Brunswick Public Schools, NJ where she also directed a Children’s Dance Performance program and she also taught and choreographed for the American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School.

Merry Lynn Morris is the Assistant Director for the Dance Program and a full-time faculty member invested in teaching and research. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University and is a PhD candidate at Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Morris has served on the faculty of the USF dance program since 1998 focusing in both teaching and research. Courses include: Dance Improvisation, Dance Kinesiology, Research in Dance, Laban Movement Analysis, Ballet Technique, and Dance Conditioning. Her background experience and training in dance includes extensive classical ballet training expanded by undergraduate (USF alum.) and graduate study in various modern dance techniques/styles and other dance forms. Ms. Morris’s early professional performance background includes performance and study with the Tampa Ballet and Dance Theatre of Florida. Merry Lynn Morris has been working in the field of dance and disability since 2001. She is currently the Education Director for REVolutions Dance, an inclusive dance program in Tampa, FL. She also is a board member for VSA Florida, the state-wide organization for arts and disability. Her research involves re-conceptualizing assistive technology design from a dance perspective (see Rolling Dance Chair Project http://artsanddisability.blogspot.com/).

Pre-registration is $25 per person.  Registration onsite will be $30 per person and is subject to space availability.

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