Past Winners

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

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

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Robin Fisher

July 1, 2013 by

Empowering young women in Chicago
In the second-floor office of Fisher Dance Center is a desk that sees a lot of activity. It’s
covered with paperwork and mail, and spanning its edge, facing the room, is a … Continue reading

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Hatchett

July 1, 2013 by

The 1980s left jazz dancers hungry for a new leader. Enter Frank Hatchett, whose dynamic approach brought street cred to classic jazz.

During a candid moment at last year’s Dance Teacher Summit, a class of teachers … Continue reading