Karen Hildebrand, here. I can’t believe our 2013 Dance Teacher Summit is over! We had a great time, and like all of you who joined us here in NYC earlier this week, we’re brimming over with ideas and inspiration.
We are already delving into many of the hot topics that were discussed, so if you missed the DT Summit this year, stay tuned for coming issues of the magazine. And thanks to our partner/producer Gil Stroming of Break the Floor Productions, and conference director Katy Malone, for making the event our best yet.
One of my favorite parts of the DT Summit every year is the night we honor five teachers for their contributions to the field. Here is Sheila Barker presenting Frank Hatchett with the Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.
And there’s nothing like the excitement onstage when the newest A.C.E. Award winners are announced.
Big congratulations to Erica Sobol on her first-place title for “Black Flies/Heavy Skies.” She won a $15,000 production budget toward her own show in NYC next summer.
Runner-up awards went to:
Andre Kasten for “Family Matters”
Lindsay Nelko for “Awakening”
Jacob Jonas for “In a Room on Broad Street”
If you’re an emerging choreographer, mark your calendar for the 2014 contest entries: danceteachersummit.com/aceawards
Here is the video Erica sent that got her picked as one of the 16 finalists:
Photos by Kyle Froman
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