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Help Us Find Four Extraordinary Educators to Receive the 2020 Dance Teacher Awards

Karen Hildebrand (center) with 2019 DT Awardee Marisa Hamamoto and members of Infinite Flow. Photo by Joe Toreno

Every year in our summer issue, we honor four dance educators for their outstanding contributions to the field. Recipients have included studio owners, professors, program directors, K–12 teachers and more, whose specialties run the gamut of dance genres.

We need your help to identify this year's best in the profession. Do you have a colleague or mentor who deserves to be recognized as a leader and role model?

Send your nomination by March 1, 2020. You can e-mail us at danceteachereditors@dancemedia.com with the following details:


  • Award category: Studios and Conservatories; Colleges and Universities; K–12.
  • School or studio name and location, nominee's position at the institution.
  • Nominee's contact info.
  • Your relationship to the nominee.
  • In 200 words or less, tell us why this teacher deserves an award. What are their leadership qualities, for instance, and list some notable accomplishments. Feel free to include any helpful photos or videos, as well!

2019 DT Awardee Marisa Hamamoto

Joe Toreno


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