Arizona Dance Standards

On May 18th 2015, the State Board of Education adopted our newly revised Dance standards. AzDEO helped select the writing team who came

from the ranks of AzDEO.  Thanks to their efforts, we have an improved set of standards. Our new standards define and describe

the artistic literacies and processes of Creating, Performing, Responding and Connecting.

Our new standards will go into effect for the 2016-17 school year. We have a year to try them out.


Do you need training or in-service on anything you see in the standards? Let us know and we will try to provide it for you.

Just email with any concerns, questions or suggestions.


Curriculum Resources

Please contribute curriculum/lesson ideas. Send to

Find lesson ideas from your fellow teachers at
Click here for the resources

Teacher Evaluation Observations

What your administrators or evaluators need to know about evaluating dance educators

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Dance Resource Library 
Go to
Click on “Find Books & More”
Click the search button (you do not need to enter anything into the search field).
On the left side, under “Special Collections”, click on Arizona Dance Education Organization.
AZDEO members are able to request materials via our “Ask A Librarian” form at:

GCU  added a GCU Affiliation that says “Other” in the dropdown menu. AzDEO members will need to self-identify themselves

in the question/comment field that they are AZDEO members and provide title information. 

Materials will ship directly to you for a 4-week checkout period.
You can mail back (book rate) or drop off the materials to GCU. Submit reimbursement for mailing to AzDEO.
Their staff has been updated with procedures to process requests for materials from AZDEO members.
AzDEO will add to the collection periodically. We would also welcome any donations to the collection if you have publications, books etc,

you no longer need and feel someone might be able to use.

Teacher Database

Looking for other teachers, here's the 2018-19  teachers' database.

Click Here

Concert Dates

Fall 2018

Find concert dates from schools, colleges and studios.

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Federal & State Updates

National Endowment for the Arts Investment Fact Sheet, Arizona
Produced by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) This two-page document explores the reach of NEA and Arizona Commission on the Arts grant awards,

including an overview of NEA appropriation trends and dollars leveraged; talking points on citizen benefits of public funding for the arts;

and data on the local impact of state and federal funding for the arts.
Impact of the Arts
The arts are a positive investment. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production contributes more than $763.6 billion to the nation's economy.

This equates to 4.2 % of GDP, which is greater than construction ($739.9 billion) or transportation ($546.2 billion). The arts create jobs.

Arts and culture support 5 million wage and salary workers and many more independent jobs. The arts strengthen education.

Research confirms that the arts cultivate young imaginations and facilitate success in school, enhancing students' academic achievement in multiple subject areas.

The arts provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a productive 21st -century work force.

Arizona Arts & Culture Industries
According to new data released on March 6, 2018, by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),

Arizona’s arts and culture industries contribute $9 Billion to the state’s economy, employing 90,000 Arizonans who earned a combined $4.9 Billion in Fiscal Year 2015,

contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and forestry combined. Nationally, the arts contribute $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy,

more than agriculture, transportation, or warehousing, and employ 4.9 million workers across the country. Click here to learn more

Click here to learn more.

New ESSA Mapping Information
For the latest info on how to advocate using ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

go to

The link below may have information that could be helpful in advocating for better stipends.
Click here for the info.

Dance Links




Welcome to AZDEO


AzDEO provides many resources for dance educators such as curriculum, standards, assessments, a teacher database, a free dance resource library, online professional development, advocacy and updates and information on state and federal education laws and guidelines.