New York State Dance Education Organization

New York State Dance Education Awards

NYSDEA is now accepting nominations for 2017 Dance Educators!

Applications will be accepted through September 1, 2017.  

Please see the attached award descriptions and nomination forms.  

Email with any questions.  

2017 Dance Education Researcher 2017 Dance Education Researcher (277 KB)

2017 Dance Educator Award 2017 Dance Educator Award (263 KB)

2017 Diana Domoracki Kisto Award 2017 Diana Domoracki Kisto Award (276 KB)

2017 Leadership Award 2017 Leadership Award (277 KB)

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award (289 KB)

2017 Student Scholarships 2017 Student Scholarships (274 KB)

Award Descriptions:

• Outstanding Leadership: This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in creating ideas for programs, curriculums, and/or projects that have had a significant impact on the field of dance education and who has demonstrated leadership on a national level. Additionally, the recipient of this award should inspire and cultivate vision and leadership in others.

• Outstanding Dance Educator (Pre-K - 12): This award acknowledges a stellar dance educator from the Pre-K - 12 sector from the membership. The award is granted to a dance educator from K-12 Education, Private Sector Education, Teaching Artists and Post-secondary Education. The recipient of this award will have an established record of teaching dance in an educational setting.

• Outstanding Dance Education Researcher: This award recognizes an individual who has made a unique contribution to the field of dance education through creative and/or scholarly research. The recipient of this award should cultivate the importance of scholarly and creative research throughout the field of dance education.

• Lifetime Achievement: The most prestigious award conferred, the Lifetime Achievement Award, is given for exemplary leadership, scholarship and/or artistry, and philanthropy or service to dance education for at least the past 15 years.

• Diana Domoracki-Kisto Award: In honor and memory of former board member and inspirational Dance Educator, Diana Domoracki-Kisto, the NYSDEA board has established a grant to annually fund a Pre-K-12 Dance Educator $500 toward the cost of attending the NDEO conference. Any NYSDEA PreK-12 Dance Educator may apply.

• NYSDEA Dance Student Scholarships:NYSDEA wishes to recognize and encourage student participation in the dance education community by supporting undergraduate and graduate students at the 2016 NDEO Conference.

NYSDEA offers a number of scholarships and awards for New York State dance educators and dance education students. 

For more information about any of the scholarships or awards listed please contact Karen Camp, Director of Awards at  


Congratulations to 2016 NYSDEA Award Recipients

Thank you all for your commitment to dance education! 


NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award - Anne Wilcox

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding PreK to 12 Dance Educator Award - Megan Minturn

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Private Sector Dance Educator Award - Susan Russo

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Teaching Artist Dance Educator Award  - Andrea Markus

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Post Secondary Dance Educator Award - Anita Feldman

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Dance Researcher Award - Dr. Susan R. Koff

NYSDEA 2016 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement  Award- Dr. Diane Duggan

NYSDEA 2016 Diana Domoracki-Kisto Award - Shirlene Blake

NYSDEA 2016 Presidential Citation Award - Allison Bohman

NYSDEA 2016 Graduate Student Awards: Daria Fitzgerald, Chie Kurokawa, Jacqueline Ledesma and Emma Russo

NYSDEA 2016 Undergraduate Award: Elizabeth Kaltenbach

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.

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