P-12 Master Dance Educator of the Year
Danielle Laurion, LMHP, BC-DMT, GLCMA

is a dancer, educator, dance/movement therapist, and choreographer in Omaha, Nebraska.  She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling and a graduate level certificate in Laban Movement Analysis.  Her undergraduate degrees are in Dance and Secondary English Education from the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point.  Currently, Danielle leads the dance program at Omaha South High School and serves as adjunct faculty for the dance courses at the University of Nebraska—Omaha.  In addition, she directs Reach for It, a movement therapy group for older adults and people with Parkinson’s, and The Moving Company, a modern dance company.  Danielle specializes in using movement with diverse populations to address the spectrum between wellness and therapeutic needs, focusing on psychosocial approaches.  She also enjoys curriculum writing and program development, currently working on designing dance curriculum for the Omaha Public School System and helping redraft the fine arts standards for the state of Nebraska. Danielle serves as a board member and education committee chair for Nebraskans for the Arts, is a member of the Standards in Action committee for NDS, co-chair for NDS’s Student Council, and most recently accepted the position as conference chair for the NDS summer conference in Omaha. She also serves on the board for Omaha Jitterbugs and is in the current cohort for NDS’s Leadership Academy.