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The National Dance Education Organization's (NDEO) Registry of Dance Educators Announces the Registered Dance Educator (RDE) Accreditation

The Registered Dance Educator (RDE) Accreditation provides proof that the dance educator meets the criteria to be called a master teacher and agrees to follow the RDE Code of Ethics and pursue continuing education and professional development.

Currently, in the United States, there are no federal guidelines or agencies that regulate the dance education industry or that issue standardized, rigorous qualifications for dance educators. Various states, colleges, universities and private sector entities offer certifications, credentials, exit exams, and/or degrees, which differ significantly among institutions and states.

Given such inconsistencies, the mission of the NDEO's Registry of Dance Educators is to establish highest standards for teaching and learning dance in the United States, and to strengthen the role of the dance educator and the profession of dance in American education, culture, and life.

To this end, NDEO’s Registry identifies, recognizes, and promotes highly qualified dance educators, known as master teachers, through Registered Dance Educator (RDE) Accreditation.


For more information on the RDE program please go to www.ndeo.org/rde.

RDE Accreditation is open to all dance educators teaching in any sector of dance education: private studios, public and independent PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, community and cultural centers, performing arts organizations, and other diverse environments. As long as you have the minimum of ten years of dance teaching experience and a membership with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), you can begin the application.

To begin the application process, you will complete Part 1 of the Application and pay the $75 Part 1 application fee.  You will then have the ability to log back into this account to complete Part 2 of the Application to upload your Professional Portfolio and Teaching Video and pay the $225 Part 2 application fee.  Please allow up to 8 weeks for notification of your status.