Instagram Greatest Hits: DT Summit 2013

Seen & Heard At the Dance Teacher Summit

A Night of Celebration!

August’s Dance Teacher Summit in New York City was a blast! Like the rest of the attendees, the DT staff stayed busy, soaking up teachers’ (and readers’) wisdom during three days of intensive seminars and movement classes, not to mention the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge Fashion Forward fashion show, Capezio A.C.E. Awards Finals and presentation of the Dance Teacher Awards. We’ve rounded up our favorite photo memories from the experience, and we shared tons more on our Instagram feed, danceteachermagazine. Hashtag #DTSummit to share your Summit pics!

Photos by Kyle Froman

Frank Hatchett shows the crowd his Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Teacher.

Lindsey Nelko's Awakening tied for second runner-up




Robin Fisher of FIsher Dance Center in Chicago accepts a DT Award.

Jacob Jonas tied for second runner-up at the A.C.E. Awards with In a Room on Broad Street.

Abigail Agresta-Stratton receives the K-12 DT Award

DT Awardee Stacy Reischman FLetcher of University of Southern Mississippi addresses the DTS crowd

The winning number, Black Flies/Heavy Skies, by Erica Sobol

Andre Kasten's Family Matters won first runner-up at the A.C.E. Awards.

A.C.E. Award winners (from left) Lindsey Nelko, Jacob Jonas, Andre Kasten and Erica Sobol

And the winner is... Erica Sobol
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