We're privileged to honor four extraordinary educators with this year's Dance Teacher Awards in August at our New York Dance Teacher Summit. The awardees include Julie Kent, Djana Bell, Rhonda Miller, Sue Samuels and Stephanie Kersten.
Sue Samuels arrived in New York City as a tall teenager, encouraged by her ballet teachers back home in Florida to join the Rockettes. But she fell in love with jazz, studying with greats like Luigi, Nat Horne, Phil Black and, most significantly, JoJo Smith. "With JoJo," she says, "I learned a lot of musicality, how to contract and release, and how to get the jazz conversation into my body."