Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO)
2018-19 Board Bios (terms begin Oct. 1 2018)
Amy Crow- President
Amy Lang - Crow is currently a dance educator and pom coach at Valley Vista High School in Surprise, Arizona. This is her 13th year teaching and coaching at Valley Vista. Amy was given the opportunity to start the Dance Program and Spirit Line program at Valley Vista in 2006 and they have since grown leaps and bounds. The dance program is comprised of 10 dance classes and approximately 290 students. The Spirit Line program has seen many successes in the past 11 years with 2 Overall Division 1 Coed State Championship titles, the Cheer Squad placing 1st at AIA state in 2014, Pom Line placing 1st at AIA state in 2016 and in 2017 and making it to USA nationals in California. The Pom Line took 1st place at 2017 USA Nationals in Intermediate Large category, making history for Valley Vista. She received the Kathy Lindholm-Lane Dance Educator of the Year for 2017 awarded by AzDEO. Last year she was blessed to be honored with Dysart Hero through her school district. For 6 years now she has held the role of instructional leader for the Fine Arts Department at her school. She is past co-treasurer of the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) and will take office as President for AzDEO in October 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from Arizona State University under Dr. Mila Parrish, Kathy Lindholm Lane and Becky Dyer. While at ASU she held the historian position on the AzDEO student chapter. She earned some of the following scholarships while at ASU; Artsbridge, Marilyn Stroud Scholarship and the Kathy Lindholm-Lane Scholarship. She also received her secondary teaching certificate from the College of Education. Amy is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in dance education at University of North Carolina Greensboro through the MADE program. She has presented statewide and nationally in for dance education advocacy. Amy Crow loves what she does! She truly enjoys coaching and teaching but above all is a proud mother of her 9 year old son, Brayden.
Andrea Downing-President -Elect
With performance in her soul, Andrea found her love of dance in a beginning dance class at Red Mountain High School during her sophomore year, and life has never been the same. She put all of her energy into her new passion, and has been teaching dance in studios and secondary schools around the east valley for the past 18 years, including most recently The Dance Spot, Just Dance AZ, and Club Dance. Andrea studied many styles of dance and choreography at Chandler Gilbert Community College and Arizona State University, and has experience teaching jazz, tap, tumbling, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, clogging, contemporary, hip hop, pom and drill, and musical theater, as well as directing children’s theater productions.
Directing the dance program at Combs High School has been a great teaching and learning experience for Andrea the past 7 years. She is excited to continue to help inspire students to grow in technique and performance, but also in confidence and character.
Andrea continually attends conventions, and master classes to further explore the ever-developing realm of dance, and works to bring these new developments into every dance classroom by presenting at national dance conferences. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students, and helping her students to learn life-long skills, such as dedication, teamwork, and responsibility, which are important in all areas of life.
Andrea is actively involved in AzDEO, serving on the Student Leadership Committee and the committee to create a School Program Award. She also worked on the team that created the SLO performance assessments.
Jeanette Layton- Treasurer
Jeanette Layton started her dance career at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. By senior year she was the student director of the dance company and was a student tutor in multiple beginning dance classes. After high school Jeanette continued her education at Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College, ASU and NAU. She received a Bachelors in English and Dance Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. While she was pursuing her degrees Mrs. Layton stayed active in the dance community by dancing with the Mesa Arts Centers Offcenter Dance Company for nine years, and she performed with Dulce Dance Theater for two years. She also taught dance classes at the Mesa Arts Center for six years and directed the Jr Offcenter Dance Company. Jeanette has been teaching at the high school level for over a decade. She is currently teaching at Westwood High School in Mesa.
Tiffany White- Secretary
Tiffany White, who is originally from New Jersey, started dancing at the age of 3 and never looked back. She entered the competition circuit when she was 12 and then continued her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a BFA in Dance and Choreography and a BS in Creative Advertising. After graduating, Tiffany lived in Washington DC, where she taught at various studios and private schools, performed with several local Dance companies, and was a freelance choreographer. She moved to Arizona in 2013 and immediately became the Dance Director and Pom Line Coach at San Tan Foothills High School teaching grades 6-12th. She is currently in her 2nd year as Dance Director at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, AZ. Tiffany has her Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona and is working on her MEd in School Counseling from Prescott College.Tiffany has worked on the AZ Dept. of Ed's Revision Committee for the 2015 Dance Standards and on the SLO Assessment Pilot team. Tiffany is currently very active in AzDEO, volunteering in any way she can for any of the chapter's yearly events. She is on the Professional Development and Recognition Committees and is looking forward to creating a School Program award in the near future with her fellow Dance peers.
Erika Julian Colombi believes that dance is generous and healing; she uses these beliefs to inspire her work with chronically hospitalized children for the non-profit arts in medicine organization, Beads of Courage. Most recently is developing a program, STEP UP, to provide quality dance education to underserved children in Southern Arizona. She has performed professionally for Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theater, University of Idaho, and Corpus Christi Ballet. Erika has an extensive teaching career that includes teaching for the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. Erika earned her Masters of Science in Physical Education (2001) from the University of Idaho, and her Masters of Fine Arts from University of Arizona (2014). Erika is an instructor at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College.
Lynn Monson: Executive Assistant
Lynn completed Hartford Ballet’s Teacher Training Certificate Program in 1975, and began her teaching career co-directing a branch school for Hartford Ballet. Over the years, she has taught dance to all ages at a variety of organizations. She studied Labanotation at the Dance Notation Bureau and is a certified Labanotation teacher. She completed a BA in Dance at ASU and performed with the Thursday in the Dark Dance Co.
At Carmel Community Arts & Technology Charter School, Lynn worked as the Director of Arts Education and Community Performance, Operations Manager and Executive Director. At Carmel, Lynn was able to connect and expand her dance expertise to the other arts and K-12 education. She briefly worked as a trainer for the City of Phoenix’s Artspace program.
Lynn was a member of the team that wrote the Performance Objectives for the Arizona Dance Standards in 1997 and a member of the planning/writing team to revise the Arizona Dance Standards in 2005-06 and in 2015. She is a member of the Dance Notation Bureau, International Council of Kinetography Laban, National Dance Education Organization, former board member of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, and served on the board of the Arizona Dance Arts Alliance. Lynn was instrumental in the formation of the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO), and served as Secretary and President. She served as the State Affiliate on the NDEO board.