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 Prashant Sitaram: Artistic Director of Rangeela Dance Troupe for bringing joy to others through his exuberant dancing and company, Rangeela Dance Troupe.
Prashant Sitaram, Founder and Artistic Director of Rangeela Dance Troupe, was born and raised in the Bronx, and trained with Penelope Kalloo in the Lehman High School dance program, and at the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He has performed with the Gestures Dance Company, under the direction of Nina Klyvert, in venues such as Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Apollo, Aaron Davis Hall and Lincoln Center. He is currently finishing his Masters Degree in dance education in Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program while teaching dance full time to children in grades K-5 at the Harriet Tubman Charter School. His solo work has been highlighted in choreography by Pedro Ruiz and he tours nationally and internationally with his company, Rangeela Dance Troupe, which fuses Contemporary Modern, African, Ballet, Jazz, Latin and Kathak styles of dance. Prashant is a member of NDEO National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA).
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.