Congratulations to 2014 NYSDEA Award Recipients
Thank you all for your commitment to dance education!
For descriptions of awards, visit the Awards page or click here.
Outstanding Leadership: Pat Cohen and Joan Finkelstein
Outstanding Dance Educator - Post Secondary: Bill Evans
Outstanding Dance Researcher: Elizabeth McPherson
Life Achievement: Elsa Posey
Diana Domorocki-Kisto: Traci Hinton-Peterson
Undergraduate Awards for NDEO conference: Teresa Schmitt and Victoria Shadle
Graduate Awards for NDEO conference: Minami Hara and Jessica Marshall
K-12 Dance Educator Scholarship: Kerianne Cody and Rachel Wurman
Thumbs Up to Cynthia Angarola!
has been dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing for most of
her life. She received her first dance teacher certification in 1994 at
age 24 from Dance Educators of America, and currently a registered dance
educator in NYS. This year she celebrates over 30 years of educating
and training students all over the country in the art of dance. Her
students have gone on to professional careers in television, film,
broadway, NBA and NFL dance and cheer teams. They have been accepted to
the Joffrey, ABT & Philadelphia Ballet schools, as well as receiving
scholarships to the countries leading college dance teams including
Towson University. Her own teams have brought home numerous world,
national and regional titles, scholarships and trophies. She has judged
and taught for the leading National and Regional talent organizations,
as well as coached and judged various National beauty pageants. In 2007
she was named and awarded "Teacher of the Year" and over the years
received numerous accolades and recognition for her technique and
choreography. This current year Cynthia was honored with the
"Outstanding Teacher of Excellence Award" by the Star Dance Alliance and
her team was named 2014 World Dance Champions. World Class has
consistently been ranked one the top ten dance studios in the Northeast
region by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Cynthia continues to
educate and train dancers of all ages who thrive and pursue a passionate
and fulfilling career of their own.
Thumbs Up to Denise Brown!
Ms. Brown teaches dance in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New
York City where her students are exposed to the diversity of dance.
from Rhode Island, Ms. Brown studied Modern Dance with Elizabeth Spatz,
Kathy Nicoli, and Heather Ahern as well as dramatic and comedic acting
with Wendy Overly and Constance Crawford.
Brown holds a B.S. in Consumer Studies, from the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst where she continued her study of dance and theatre
with professors Billbob Brown, Ching Hosier and Julie Nelson. She later
traveled to live and study the Spanish language and Spanish dance forms
in Seville, Spain. In 2004, Ms. Brown began graduate study and received
an M.A. in Dance Education/K-12 Certification at New York University’s
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2006.
She has been employed with RI Dance Alliance as a dance educator for the
outreach program Chance to Dance, under the direction of Helene Scheff
and Marty Sprague and has worked extensively with Rhode Island Youth
Theatre, a non-profit theatre company, as a choreographer and/or
Brown has performed in the works of Deborah Damast and Andrea Markus,
the New Music and Dance Ensemble in Genoa, Italy and New York, in
collaborations with New York composer/musician Jonathan Zalben., Benny
Simon, Te Perez, SHEmotion (directed by Julie Klein), with the Movement
of the People (directed by Joya Powell), and with Moore Dance Collective
(directed by Sarah Moore). In addition, Ms. Brown has performed in NYU
Masters/Faculty concerts, at the Apollo theatre, and presented her own
choreographic work entitled (B.O.D.Y) Bordering on Destructive
Yearnings. Ms. Brown continues to develop her pedagogy and training in
both dance and yoga, finishing her 3rd Anusara 36 hour yoga immersion
and completing the "Teaching Contemporary LImon" two week intensive in
NYC, the Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at the Ailey School, and the
Luigi Jazz Technique Intensive in NYC. She has also presented at
National Dance Education Conferences throughout the country and has
begun a chapter of the National Dance Honors Society.
The New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) is growing and evolving to meet the needs of our dance community in the 21st century. The officers of NYSDEA invite you to join us as we enter a new and exciting era for dance in New York State.
NYSDEA serves dance educators who teach diverse populations in schools of dance, PreK-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and education outreach programs. Click here to see a list of our institutional members.
NYSDEA is a state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). When you become a member of NDEO, you automatically become a member of NYSDEA. Checks are made payable to NDEO and a portion is returned to NYSDEA.
We look forward to forging new creative paths in dance and dance education. We thank you in advance for your consideration in joining NYSDEA.
Benefits of membership include:
- Networking for dance educators across the state and nation
- Membership in the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
- The Journal of Dance Education, a national peer review publication
- National NDEO Conferences
- NYSDEA Workshops throughout the state
- NYSDEA Website: Information sharing, Dance events and calendar, Program announcements
- National Honor Society for Dance Arts
- A major voice in developing NYS dance policy and curricular issues
Dance educators are defined as, but not delimited to, those teaching or administering dance programs in K-12, higher education, performing arts organizations, private studios and schools of dance, cultural/community centers, etc. It includes dance specialists, teaching artists and choreographers, artists-in-schools, studio teachers, and generalists teaching dance or movement education.
To become a member of NYSDEA, go to the NDEO website at www.ndeo.org/membership.
You can register online and pay by credit card or print an invoice and mail in a check to the NDEO home office. This process automatically registers you as a member of our organization. If you do not have internet access and wish to join our organization, please call 301-585-2880 and your registration can be taken over the phone.