A Letter from NYSDEA President, Deborah Damast:
The hosts of the NYSDEA event include:
I write this one day after my return from the amazing NDEO conference in Washington D.C. I was so impressed by the turnout from New York State, both teachers and students, we had the largest amount of attendees of all of the states! Second year in a row that NYSDEA has had the largest attendance at National Conference, that is wonderful that so many from our state are participating in this valuable Professional Development.
Our NYSDEA reception and awards ceremony was very well attended, and our rooftop party room was a beautiful setting for our evening celebration. I was so happy to see so many of you there, and to personally greet you, we are an extraordinary group!
I would like to thank our sponsors of the event, who helped to make this possible. You might not be aware, but the cost of the NYSDEA reception at NDEO is generally pretty high, due to the charges that the hotel dictates. We would not be able to host this wonderful event without generous contributions from our institutional members and from kind individuals. We also received so much organizational support from our NDEO Conference Director and from our Past President extraordinaire, Pat Cohen. A giant thanks to you both!
College at Brockport, SUNY
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Nardin After School Dance Program
I would also like to extend my congratulations to the 2016 NYSDEA awards and scholarships recipients, we are honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate these wonderful educators, and in turn celebrate all of our constituents. What an amazing Emcee for the evening and Director of Awards, Karen Camp, thank you Karen!
Allison Bohman - Presidential Citation for Excellence in Service to NYSDEA (Presented by Deborah Damast)
Susan Russo - Outstanding Educator, Private Sector (Presented by Abigail Agresta-Stratton)
Andrea Markus - Outstanding Educator, Teaching Artist (Presented by Patricia Cohen)
Megan Minturn -Outstanding Educator, PreK-12 (Presented by Catherine Gallant)
Anita Feldman - Outstanding Educator, Higher Education (Presented by Andrew Jannetti)
Dr. Susan Koff - Outstanding Researcher (Presented by Carla Flores)
Anne Wilcox - Outstanding Leadership (Presented by Jeanne Fornarola)
Shirlene Blake - Diana Domorocki-Kisto Scholarship Award (Presented by Jen Katz Burk)
Dr. Diane Duggan - Lifetime Achievement Award (Presented by Deborah Damast)
We were able to award 4 student scholarships to outstanding graduate students in Dance Education. These students received significant stipends to support their attendance of this year's NDEO conference.
The student awardees were presented to
We also were so pleased to celebrate 2 of our NYSDEA members who were awarded prestigious NDEO awards this year! We are so proud of these two amazing women!
Kathleen Isaac - Outstanding Leadership Award
Raegan Wood - Outstanding Educator, Private Sector
I would also like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to our NYSDEA Board of Directors, who give many many hours of volunteer time and energy to ensure the longevity and forward motion of NYSDEA. We have an incredible board, and if you see them please give them a THANK YOU!
Deborah Damast: President
Andrew Jannetti: President-Elect
Mary S. Burns: Treasurer
Jeanne Fornarola: Secretary
Abigail Agresta-Stratton: NYSED Liaison
Margaret Bary: Director of Communications
Karen Camp: Director of Scholarships and Awards
Kerrianne Cody: NYSED Liaison
Susan Epstein: Director of Conferences
KristiAnne Francis: Director of Fundraising
Elisabeth Gosselin: Assistant Conference Director and Director of Workshops
Cynthia Hanna: National Honor Society Director
Deborah Lipa-Ciotta: Assistant Director of Advocacy
Kevin McEwen: Student Representative
Daniel Reichert: Advocacy Director
Allison Bohman: Administrative Assistant
We want to invite you to our 2017 Winter Conference to be held at NYU Steinhardt in NYC the weekend of February 4 and 5 and also our first mini-conference at Harrison High School in Westchester on October 15. Please join us for these incredible Professional Development Events.
I am writing this with much gratitude to all of you for making my job of President so rich and rewarding. Have a great semester and see you at NYSDEA events!
(Photo: Andrew Jannetti, Karen Camp, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Diane Duggan, and NYSDEA President Deborah Damast.
Photographer: Kevin McEwen)
SAVE THE DATE!!
NYSDEA Winter Conference Line Up!
Celebrating Students as Teachers & Teachers as Students
February 4-5 NYU Steinhardt, NYC – open to NYSDEA members only
Look for classes, schedule, registration fees and special event announcements on our event page!
Click here to join NDEO/NYSDEA and register today!
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Thumbs Up to Joy Guarino!
is a professor at Buffalo State College. She designs her collegiate
classes with an emphasis on community. These projects of great value
intertwine the students and the community. Joy challenges her students
to be a positive force using dance as a vehicle. Congratulations, Joy!
Thank you for all you do for dance education in New York State.
NYSDEA wants to know who deserves a thumbs up, so please send in your accolades to Allison Bohman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the following: Email subject: THUMBS UP Dance Recognition. Name of person or Institution. Job Position/Title and/or brief biography. A picture of the individual (Please limit your answer to three sentences or fewer).
The next Thumbs Up will be given next month - let us know who it should be!
Thank you for joining us for our 2nd Annual
New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA)
fundraising event “All Things Isadora”
at The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, Long Island
Photo Credit: Jeff Schultz (http://www.jeff-schultz.com/)
It was a wonderful evening that included a
Cocktail party followed by a performance of Isadora Duncan’s work
danced by Beth Jucovy and her company Dance Visions to classical music
in the magical gardens of the Madoo Conservancy
Reminiscent of the bygone era when Isadora Duncan
danced barefoot on the great lawns of the Newport mansions
NYSDEA would like to give special thanks for the generous support of
Madoo Conservancy, Dr. Dennis Gross skincare and Beth Jucovy and Dancers
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