FDEO Conference 2017

FDEO Conference 2017

FDEO Conference 2017


October 19-21. Two full days of Workshops, Lectures and Panel Presentations from Leaders in the Field, Networking Opportunities, and the Opening Night performance of Miami City Ballet's 2017/2018 season, and the Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler. Tickets for Miami City Ballet are only free by registering before September 22, 2017

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Welcome Cocktail Reception
Technique Classes
Lectures & Panel Presentations
Networking Opportunities
Free ticket to Miami City Ballet Opening Night Performance (If registered by 10/22/2017)
Free ticket to The Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler


See what sessions you would like to attend. Up dated on 10/10/2017

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Our recommended hotel is the Hotel Riviera South Beach. Please book your reservation online to receive a discounted rate of $155/per night.

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We are currently accepting proposal submissions for the 2017 FDEO Conference, October 19-21 at Miami City Ballet. Submissions should be relevant to the theme, Focus on Dance Education: Versatility and Diversity in Dance. All submissions will be reviewed by the FDEO Board of Directors, and presenters will be notified via email no later than September 15, 2017.

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Opens August 1st, Closes September 8th, 2017


FDEO offers vendor and sponsorship opportunities at our annual conference. Take this opportunity to network and promote your store and services as well as represent the Miami Dade dance community. All vendors will have a designated area at Miami City Ballet. The fee for vendors is only $100.00. You may bring any style of display, and we welcome vendors of dance apparel and footwear, costumes, dance supplies, dance training equipment, educational materials, etc. The conference brings educators and dancers from across the State of Florida to work together in meeting the challenges of bringing dance to the next generation of young artists.

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If you need further information, please contact the conference chair, Corinne Colon, at (813) 625-9539 or via email: corinne.a.colon@gmail.com

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If you need additional tickets or want to see more about the programs the links are below.

  • October 20, @ 8:00 Miami City Ballet, Early Bird Prior to 10/22/17 – Early Bird Registration includes ticket to Miami City Ballet Miami City Ballet
  • October 21, @ 3:00 & 8:00 Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler, Free to all registered attendees. These concerts are free to all attendees. Dance Sampler
  • Participating dance companies are; Adele Myers, Arts Ballet Theatre, Association of Performing Arts of India, ATMA Yoga Dance, Dimensions Dance Theater, Dance Now Miami, IMEE (Infinite movement ever evolving), Karen Peterson, Momentum, New World School of the Arts, Sandra Portal Andreu.

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keynote Presenter

Tina Santos-Whal

Tina Santos-Wahl began her professional career in dance, theatre, television and as a top fashion model in her native Philippines. She became a founding member of Dance Theatre Philippines in 1968 and its youngest principal dancer. In 1970, she traveled to the USA and became a Soloist with The Harkness Ballet of NY, wherein she toured all over Europe and Latin America. Her repertory encompassed the more contemporary styles of Ben Stevenson, Norman Walker, Vicente Nebrada, and Brian MacDonald's lead in Time Out if Mind and The Princess in Firebird. She was soloist for one Spain’s top Spanish choreographers of the '70's, Jose de Udaeta, in his ballet, Bolero de los Picaros. In 1973, Ms. Santos and her partner/husband, Gary Wahl, joined the San Francisco Ballet as principal dancers. Ms. Santos was well-known for her versatility on stage. National and international critics called her acting talents "absurdly comic" to "intensely dramatic" while her technique in dance encompassed classical virtuoso, Balanchine ballets, jazz and modern-contemporary. Memorable roles included: The Geisha in Shinju, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Quattro A Verdi, Scherzo (Smuin); Purple Lady in Moves (Robbins); The Vamp in Souvenirs (Bolender); Nutcracker, Lucretia in Scarlatti Portfolio (Christensen); Concerto Barocco corps, Russian in Serenade, Phlegmatic in 4 Temperaments, Trio in Agon (Balanchine); to name a few. In 1978, Ms. Santos was elected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women of California and received a "Medal of Distinction in Dance" in 1979 from the Arts Council of the City of Manila, Philippines.

As an international teacher for over 35 years, Ms. Santos emphasizes purity of movement and unmannered technique encompassing today’s contemporary styles. The Filipino critic from Dance Magazine described her classes as "energetic, musical, positive, tough and precise". She studied various systems with Poul Gnatt (Danish); David Howard, Ben Stevenson, Terry Westmoreland, and Kathaleen Crofton (British); Perry Brunson (Checetti); Richard Gibson, her teaching mentor; Tatiana Grantzeva, Alexander Minz (Russian); Lew Christensen (Balanchine). Ms. Santos also studied intensive Jazz with Luigi, Matt Maddox, Ron Forella and Modern at the Graham and Ailey schools. Teachers Workshops include The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The National Ballet School in Toronto, Finis Jhung and the Giordano Dance Chicago (jazz studies). Ms. Santos moved to South Florida and joined The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton as Resident Faculty from 1989-1997. A year later, she joined the New World School of the Arts faculty. She traveled to Arizona as Ballet Mistress in 2003 and 2004 with the NWSA Dance Ensemble and the Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre. Ms. Santos has won 6 Teacher Recognition Certificates sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Guest teaching credits include Ballet Florida, Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive 2007-08, Thomas Dance Studio (WPB), Central Florida Dance Celebration (Lakeland), Tennessee Assoc. of Dance Conference in 2008, Florida Dance Festival, Florida Dance Masters’ Teachers’ Seminar on Pointe Work, National HS Dance Festival, Booker T. Washington Magnet (Montgomery, AL), Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre and National Ballet Syllabus schools in Manila.

Keynote Presenter

Michael Blake

Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and a 2010 Bessie Award for Dance and Performance. He began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company where he danced from 1982-1984. In 1985, Michael moved to Osaka, Japan to become the manager of Studio Dancin’. In 1986 he joined the Jose Limon Dance Company, dancing principal roles until 1991. Michael danced with Donald Byrd/The Group from 1991-1998. He has also danced with PARADIGM Dance, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Shapiro and Smith, and Janis Brenner and Friends. He has appeared on stage in Vinnette Carroll’s, What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby? At the Supper Club, NYC, the national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, the Public Theater’s rock-musical, Lenny and the Heartbreakers, toured with Cab Calloway in Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Review, and danced in the films THE ADVENTURES OF CRI CRI (Murray Louis), and UNSETTLED DREAMS (Donald Byrd). He has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally. Michael is the Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive, and The Joffrey Experience.

Refund Policy

Full refund until 09/20/2017. Partial refunds untill 10/6/2017. No refund after 10/7/2017

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