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Awards & Scholarships
AzDEO offers programs and opportunities for dance educators and their students such as scholarships and awards that honor and celebrate their expertise and the exemplary work they do.
Teacher Awards & Scholarships
Katherine Lindholm Lane "Arizona Dance Educator of the Year”
In the spirit of Katherine Lindholm-Lane and her dedication and contributions to Dance Education in Arizona
the “Arizona Dance Educator of the Year” was established by AzDEO in 2005, and will be awarded yearly.
A perpetual plaque will be temporarily housed at the recipient’s school until the next honoree has been named.
This award is open to all members and non-members of AzDEO.
2005 Margie Romero Wolf – Dobson High School
2006 Denise Rapp – Arcadia High School
2007 Micah Kriston – McKlintock High School
2008 April Leher – Ironwood High School
2009 Chaille Martin – Casa Grande Union High School
2010 Kelli Abramovich – Washington High School
2011 Kristen Little – Mesa High School
2012 Nikki Fox – Red Mountain High School
2013 Mary Anne Herding – Xavier College Prep
2014 Susan Griffin- South Mountain High School
2015 Kristen Grippo- Desert Ridge High School
2016 Rachel Wight- Cortez High School
2017 Amy Crow-Valley Vista High School
2018 Alyssa McMichael- Apollo High School
Bill Evans Excellence in Teaching Award
In the fall of 2008, the Arizona Dance Education Organization established a teacher award
in honor of master teacher, Bill Evans. This award is open to all members and non-members of AzDEO.
2009 – Amanda Kinnaird – Maryvale High School
2012 – Kathy Silk – Trevor G. Browne High School
2013 – Liza Noriega – Desert Mountain HS
2015- Kelli Abramovich- Washington High School
AzDEO Scholarships to the NDEO Conference
AzDEO awards two scholarships to the NDEO annual conference to provide premier professional development
to promote dance educators' continual learning. The scholarships are open to any member in good standing.
Membership must be maintained from the time of application through the dates of the conference.
Student Awards & Scholarships
Through the generous donation of Michele Taylor, AzDEO awards these two scholarships to high school students
that are planning to study dance after high school. Students must be attending a school, a studio or studying under a teacher
that is a NDEO member.
AzDEO Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest
The Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest is open to middle, high school and college age students, providing students an opportunity to express their ideas and feelings on how dance has affected their life, community or world. Winners are provided a monetary award for their school dance program, and the winning essays are hung at the Arizona Department of Education.
AzDEO Student Choreography Contest
One of our newest programs, the choreography contest promotes and encourages students to further their development in creating dance, and to help promote their school dance program. Open to middle, high school and college age students.
AzDEO supports Movement Source's guiDANCE Mentorship Program
An inspiring mentorship program created and directed by Mary Anne Fernandez Herding connects young artists with working dance professionals. guiDANCE offers a unique opportunity for dance students (high school age juniors and seniors) that are considering a career in dance to connect with a dance mentor. Students can ask questions one–on-one with a professional dancer, experience a master class with the mentor, attend a performance when available and build a relationship in the dance community.
For details go to https://www.movementsourcedancecompany.org/guidance/