October 8-10, 2021, Velenje, Slovenia

We are delighted to announce the 4th International Dance Pedagogy Conference in Slovenia, entitled “Effects of Dance”.  

All of us who practice dance know its positive effects on an individual’s physical, mental, social and cognitive development. However, we are unsure on how to systematically and professionally develop dance and adapt it to modern times and new generations of children. This topical question will be addressed at the 4th International Dance Pedagogy Conference. We will deal with recent discoveries in the field and develop new ideas and incentives to maximize the effects of dance, as the main purpose of the conference is to promote links between dance and education as well as establish links between people working in general education and those who enrich children's leisure time through dance.

Lectures and workshops at the conference are aimed at kindergarten, primary and secondary school teachers, professional dancers and choreographers, dance teachers, dance therapists, students of art and education faculties, theoreticians and researchers from the fields of pedagogy, psychology etc.

The conference will allow the participants to actively acquaint themselves with topics from the fields of dance pedagogy and creative movement.

The conference will also host a mini festival of children dance groups entitled “PIKA MIGA” (PIPPI MOVES).

The conference will be held in accordance with the instructions and recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and will employ a hybrid model, using both live and online sections.


Susan R. Koff (US), Ed.D. Clinical Professor, Dance Education Program - NYU School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York, Chair of Dance and the Child International (daCi)

Jeff Meiners, PhD, (AUS), Lecturer, Arts Education (Dance), Division of Education, Arts & Social Sciences, University of South Australia, Chair-Elect of Dance and the Child International (daCi)

Eeva Anttila, PhD, (FIN), Professor in Dance Pedagogy at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, and leads the Dance Pedagogy MA program.

Aleksandra Schuller (SLO), certified dance-movement therapist (ZPGTS/EADMT) and IAAP Router (SZAP/IAAP), specialised in Jungian PGT Authentic Movement approach and Creative Supervision


Vesna Geršak, PhD, (SLO), Assistant Professor of Dance Expression at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana

Anja Bornšek (SLO), choreographer, dancer, dance pedagogue, Body-Mind Centering® practitioner

Neva Kralj (SLO), dance pedagogue, dance therapist

Dejan Srhoj (SLO), choreographer, dancer and dance pedagogue

Urša Urbančič (SLO), inclusive dance practitioner

Sabina Schwenner (SLO), choreographer, dancer and dance pedagogue

Urša Rupnik (SLO), choreographer, dancer and dance pedagogue

Ana Romih (SLO), choreographer, dancer and dance pedagogue

Urša Strehar Benčina (SLO), theatrical pedagogue

and others …

PS: The final schedule will be finalised in early September.

Best practice examples:

​The conference will present best practice examples in the field of dance pedagogy. Conference participants are invited to write down such examples (either in the form of a lecture, by using project learning approach ...) and send it by July 1 to

The contributions will be reviewed and the senders will be informed by September 1 whether they have been accepted. Accepted contributions will be presented at the conference in the form of a round table.

For more information write to:

You are invited to the 4th International Dance Pedagogy Conference!

Nina Meško, Nina Mavec Krenker and Vesna Geršak








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Zbornik 2021

Conference Proceedings
(2.4 MB, pdf)