California Dance Education Association (CDEA) is a non-profit professional organization serving emerging, practicing and master dance artists, teachers and scholars through advocacy and professional development opportunities that advance dance as a performing art in diverse educational sectors and communities throughout California.
CDEA identifies and acts in constructive and strategic ways to positively shape public, social and education policy.
CDEA promotes greater knowledge, appreciation, and support of the processes of dance education and promotes excellence in practice, performance, and presentation of dance ;
CDEA plans and provides stimulating and forward looking professional development opportunities and supportive local networks for dance teachers and educators;
CDEA acts as a clearinghouse and for issues directly related to the quality of dance arts education in dance studios, K-12 schools, higher education, teaching artist contexts and outreach programs of performing arts organizations in California.