October 18, 2018
DSU Dance Professor and Co-Director Sara Gallo recently presented "Meaningful Movements: Building Community and the Scholarship of Engagement Through a University Modern Dance and Improvisation Club" at the 20th Annual National Dance Education Organization’s Conference in San Diego, CA.Gallo’s presentation, "Meaningful Movements: Building Community and the Scholarship of Engagement Through a University Modern Dance and Improvisation Club," illustrates a model for inclusivity and leadership roles in a campus club and/or performance group, as well as highlighting activities that serve as to exemplify Boyer’s Scholarship of Engagement. The presentation speaks to physical, mental, and social concerns specific to university dance major students and provides evidence as to how the DSU Modern Dance and Improvisation Club provides balance to the pressures associated with being a college student, while also building coping and social skills among participants. The Modern Dance and Improvisation Club serves, in part, as a means to counter anxieties and feelings of self-doubt by offering students opportunities to come together in dance creation and performance. An inclusive and mutually supportive atmosphere contributes to both artistic productivity and a sense belonging. Concurrent to building this community, club activities promote the Scholarship of Engagement, comprised of 1) the Scholarship of Discovery, 2) the Scholarship of Integration, 3) the Scholarship of Application, and 4) the Scholarship of Teaching. According to the organization’s website “NDEO provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance arts education. This year's conference Connections, Knowledge, and Leadership: A New Era in Dance Education was held October 4-7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego, CA, and was attended by hundreds of dance artists and educators from throughout the United States and beyond.