The mission of ILDEO is to support and advance dance as an essential component of life-long learning that informs the human experience as a creative process, discipline, and performing art in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K – 12 schools, colleges, universities, and community centers.


  • To build a broad, collaborative membership of educators, dancers, choreographers, arts organizations, dance companies, and advocates from throughout out the state to create a diverse organization that provides opportunities for networking, advocacy, sharing knowledge, and communication.

  • To provide quality training through professional development and opportunities for creating, performing, and viewing dance for all.

  • To support an Illinois dance community with a focus on dance as an integral part of education for the whole person and as a varied, transformative art form and cultural manifestation.