DT Awards

Nominate a Teacher for a 2015 DT Award

August 5, 2014 by

Each year, the Dance Teacher Awards honor four outstanding educators for their contributions to the field. Recipients have included studio owners, professors, program directors and more whose specialties run the gamut of dance genres. We … Continue reading

The 2014 Dance Teacher Awards

At the Dance Teacher  Summit
August 1–3 • New York City 
Four remarkable educators: Jane Carter, Andrea Kramer, Karyn Tomczak and Joan Sheary nurture their students with real-world performing experiences, financial support and emphasis on academic success, not to mention top-notch training. 

Jane Carter
Building a California competition … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Franco De Vita

July 1, 2014 by

How I teach ballet
In Franco De Vita’s class, less is more. Trim and poised, a neck scarf tucked neatly into his popped collar, he leads his Level 5 students through short, simple combinations, maintaining a brisk … Continue reading

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Dawn Rappitt

July 1, 2013 by

Instilling A work ethic in Ontario
Three years ago, Dawn Rappitt was giving birth on August 29. Two weeks later, she was back in the studio teaching a full schedule of classes. The owner of Elite … Continue reading

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Abigail Agresta-Stratton

July 1, 2013 by

Bridging high school with college and beyond in Virginia
When her teaching hours dropped roughly 38 percent between September 2011 and June 2012, Abigail Agresta-Stratton had an inkling. New York State school dance programs were … Continue reading

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Stacy Reischman Fletcher

July 1, 2013 by

Role model for self-sufficiency in Mississippi
Stacy Reischman Fletcher has earned quite the nickname from her students at The University of Southern Mississippi: “God.” “Everything she does is gold,” says 2009 graduate Lauren Soutullo Smith. … Continue reading