Nominate Your Favorite Dance Teacher for a DT Award!

That's our 2015 Lifetime Achievement awardee, Jenifer Ringer, peeking through the middle!

If you’re in this field, chances are it’s because you had a special dance teacher growing up—someone who paid extra attention to you in a K–12 program, introduced you to modern dance in college or helped you realize your talent at your hometown studio. Now’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve!

Dale Lam, another one of our 2015 awardees, gave a rousing speech at the acceptance ceremony.

Each year, the Dance Teacher Awards honor four outstanding educators for their contributions to the field. We need your help to find this year’s best in the profession. Do you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized as a leader and role model? Nominate him or her for a 2016 Dance Teacher Award! Your nomination should include the following:

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

Send nominations by March 1, 2016. You can fill out this online form, send us an e-mail ( or mail nominations to:

2016 Dance Teacher Awards

Attn: Rachel Rizzuto

Dance Teacher magazine

333 7th Avenue, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001


DT Awards will be presented at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Nominees must be available to attend.

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