Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO)  

    2019-2020 Board Bios (terms begin Oct. 1 2019)            
                                                            

                                    

 
Andrea Downing-President

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 20 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 9 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. 

Amy Crow- Past-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. 

 Jennifer Florey- Treasurer

Jennifer Florey (Yuma, AZ) received her BA in Dance Education from Hope College in Holland, MI in 2012. She recently completed her sixth year of teaching at Kofa High School in Yuma, AZ where she directs the dance program and is Fine Arts Instructional Lead. Florey directs the Kofa Royal Dancers and has provided opportunities for her dancers to travel to Hawaii, San Diego, and New York City. Florey has presented twice at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference and serves as the lead for the Southwest Regional Committee for AzDEO. She recently received her Master of Arts in Dance Education degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2019.

 Lauran Stanis- Secretary

Lauran received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and an MA in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Lauran started the dance program at Metro Tech High School in 2015. Since then she has grown the program, collaborated with the theatre teacher for after school musicals, is a valued leader in the Dance teacher PLC in PUHSD, writes assessments, is the keeper of the dance curriculum Notebook for the district, and was named 2018 Teacher of the Year. Lauran moved to AZ from NYC  is an Equity performer who continues to work in professional musical theatre as a performer. Lauran travelled in 2018 to Wisconsin to choreograph at the Palace Theatre and will be off to Illinois in the fall to choreograph at Circa 21. Lauran choreographs and teaches throughout the Valley at Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, East Valley Children's Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, GreasePaint Youth Theatre among others. 
Lauran received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and an MA in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

 Susannah Keita -Higher Ed Rep

Susannah Keita, MFA is director of the Dance Department at Grand Canyon University where she has led degree programs in dance and dance education since 2010. She leads the pre-professional student company, Ethington Dance Ensemble, and engages K-5 grade youth in metropolitan Phoenix with the GCU Elementary Dance Tour.  Growing up as a student of Joffrey Ballet principal dancers at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet, she trained in modern dance at the University of Michigan and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts at the University Of Arizona School Of Dance.  She appeared with Arizona-based companies including Orts Theatre of Dance and New Articulations while pursuing a path as a K-12 dance educator.  In 2012, she became a certified teacher of the Katherine Dunham Technique. She serves as Pedagogy Chair for the Institute of Dunham Technique Certification and presents workshops in Dunham Jazz at conferences across the U.S. As a past-president of the Arizona Dance Education Organization, her focus is to guide future dance educators to build cultural competencies through a holistic study of dance.

 
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.