MDEA AWARDS

The Maryland Dance Education Association annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of dance education in the state of Maryland in one of the following categories: 

Dance Educator of the Year – Teaching Artist

Dance Educator of the Year – Postsecondary Education

Dance Educator of the Year – K-12 Education

Dance Educator of the Year – Private Sector/Dance Studio

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Education (statewide leadership)

Living Legacy (recognize a local professional dancer/choreographer's body of work)

Friend of MDEA (non-dance person or organization that positively affects dance education)

Emerging Leader (student award)

The Dance Educator of the Year nominee must have a minimum of five years teaching experience.  In addition, the Dance Educator of the Year must meet criteria 1 through 6. Outstanding Leadership and Living Legacy must meet criteria 4 through 6.

  1. Serves as a positive role model epitomizing fine arts dance education for all students;

  2. Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences;

  3. Conducts a balanced and sequential curriculum;

  4. Assumes responsibility for his/her professional growth;

  5. Evidences professional commitment through involvement in local, state, and national organizations; 

  6. Nominees, except Friend of MDEA, must be NDEO/MDEA members in good standing. Nominators do not need to be NDEO members.

2020 MDEA Award Winners:

  • Dance Educator of the Year - K-12: Tricia Gooley, Albert Einstein High School – Visual and Performing Arts Academy

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Higher Education: Lynda Fitzgerald, Anne Arundel Community College

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Teaching Artist: Nicole Martinell, Deep Vision Dance Company

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Private Sector: Jennifer Aversa, Dance Connections

  • Outstanding Leadership: Nicole Deming, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • Living Legacy: Vincent Thomas, Towson University

  • Friend of Dance: Roger Wood, Towson University

2018 MDEA Award Winners:

  • Dance Educator of the Year - K-12: Serene Webber, Notre Dame Preparatory School

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Private Studio: Amanda Standard, Divine Dance Institute

  • Living Legacy: Patricia Enoch, The Moving Company Dance Center
     

2017 MDEA Award Winners:

  • Emerging Leader: Gabrielle Stoler, Goucher College and Old Mill Middle School South

  • Dance Educator of the Year - K-12: Kassi Serafini, Bates Middle School

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Higher Education: Elizabeth Ahearn, Goucher College

  • Dance Educator of the Year - Teaching Artist: Anne O'Brien, Dancemoves Studio of Dance and The Bryn Mawr School 

  • Outstanding Leadership in Dance Education: Suzanne Henneman, Karen Kuebler, and Sonia Synkowski, Founding MDEA Board

  • Friend of Dance: Randi Benesch, formerly Managing Director of The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, currently Director of Advancement at Center Stage

  • Living Legacy: Dr. Helene Breazeale, retired Towson University Dance Department Chair

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