Jane Bonbright ~ Director of OPDI; Founding Executive Director (1997-2012)
Jane earned her doctorate in education at Temple University.
dedicated fifty-five years to the field of dance specializing in performance, education, research, administration, and dance/arts advocacy at national and state levels.
She began her career as a professional ballet dancer and toured the United States and Europe with major ballet companies.
is founding director of the Maryland Youth Ballet
(MD), home school of artists Susan Jaffe, Julie Kent, Cheryl Yaeger, Roger Plaut, Joanne Danto, and hundreds of other professional ballet dancers .
taught for thirty-five years in professional-oriented training academies, K-12, and colleges and universities before focusing on national issues involving policy, legislation, and funding for arts and education.
Dr. Bonbright served as President and Executive Director for the National Dance Association before joining NDEO as Founding Executive Director in 1998 where she worked to establish NDEO as the national service organization for dance arts in US education.
Dr. Bonbright served as Project Director for Research in Dance Education (2001-2005) and Professional Teaching Standards for Dance in the Arts (2005) and many national task force commissions.
As Founding Executive Director of NDEO, Dr. Bonbright worked with over 100 federal/state government agencies and arts/education associations to ensure dance arts is included in the national agenda in U.S. education.
is the recipient of CORDâ€™s Outstanding Leadership in Dance Education Award (2005), CODAâ€™s Alma Hawkins Award of Excellence in Dance in Education (2007), and NDEOâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award (2009).
is grateful to every dance educator in America who works on a daily basis to advance dance as art in education, culture, and life.