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Published: Published: June 12th, 2019

Susan Griffin Recognized as National Dance Education Organization 2019 Outstanding Dance Educator (PreK-12)

Today the National Dance Education Organization Announced the 2019 Award Recipients including Arizona’s Susan Griffin from Phoenix Union. Congratulations Susan! Thank you for all you’ve done for Arizona students over the years.

2019 NDEO National Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement – Naima Prevots

Outstanding Dance Educator (PreK-12) – Susan Griffin

Outstanding Leadership – Barry Blumenfeld

Outstanding Dance Education Researcher – Wendy Oliver and Marijeanne Liederbach

NDEO will honor the National Award recipients at the Grand Opening Dinner of the 2019 NDEO National Conference in Miami, Florida in October.

Susan Griffin has taught dance to students at every age and level since she graduated from Rutgers University in 1976. She was an Associate Instructor while she pursued her master’s degree at Indiana University and taught as a member of professional dance companies in Bloomington, IN, and Rochester, NY. She taught dance and created choreography at the University of Rochester and Centre College, and taught at Arizona State University. She was the dance teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary School (NC) before joining the faculty of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ, where she has been teaching since 2003. She is active in developing dance curriculum and assessment both for Phoenix and statewide for Arizona. She has served AzDEO, NDEO’s state affiliate in Arizona, and NDEO in various capacities since 2006 and was president of AzDEO from 2009-2011. AzDEO named her the Katherine Lindholm Lane Dance Educator of the Year in 2014. That same year, Phoenix Union High School District recognized her as the Teacher of the Year for the entire district in all subject areas. Graduates of her program in Phoenix have gone on to become successful teachers and performers, including one student who is dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Excerpt from Student Support Letter:

“She was a mentor, a counselor, a mom, a cheerleader, and so much more. Walking into her class, you knew you were going to learn more than just dance. Her studio was a safe place that fostered teamwork, leadership, creativity, and diversity. Her approach to dance was not one-sided. She encouraged us to use our voices and bodies to express how we felt. She invited individuality while teaching us how to work as a collective. There was always a greater message behind every piece she created for us. From immigration to border patrol and self respect, her choreography was accompanied by research and facts. She took us to see dance outside of the classroom. She welcomed the hard conversations and answered the tough questions. She taught us movements along with the steps.”

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Published: Published: April 15th, 2019

STUDENT DANCE SCHOLARSHIP- 2019 Romero Wolf Student Scholarship

Announcing the 2019 Romero Wolf Student Scholarship

Awarded to a student showing excellence in leadership qualities in dance performance and dance education.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Dancer who plays an active role in school dance program at least 2 years.
  2. Dancer demonstrates growth in dance performance and quality movement.
  3. Overall excellence in leadership for choreography, performance and dance company organization roles.
  4. Inspires others.

Students must be attending a NDEO/AZDEO member school.

This scholarship will require a short essay on the applicant’s dance experience during their high school years and a recommendation from their dance instructor.

Scholarship Award is $150.00 for further dance education. Click here to apply!

Applications are due May 1st.

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Published: Published: March 25th, 2019

Congratulations Arizona Art Educators Association Visual Art Teachers of the Year

Happy Youth Arts Month! Today we are highlighting two educators from Scottsdale Unified School District who received the Arizona Art Educators Association Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you Cathy Saraniero visual arts teacher at Cocopah Middle School and Michelle Peacock visual arts teacher at Saguaro High School for your dedication to excellence in arts education! Your students benefit every day from your hard work & the creativity you bring to the classroom.

Cathy Saraniero is the visual arts teacher at Cocopah Middle School in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).  She has been a member of the SUSD community for 14 years.  She is a leader in our arts education community and strives to create unique and meaningful opportunities for all of her students.

In November 2018, Ms. Saraniero was named the state’s Outstanding Middle School Art Educator by the Arizona Art Education Association. Her leadership in the organization, active participation in the arts education community and portfolio of student work speaks to her dedication to her students.

Michelle Peacock has been with SUSD for 15 years, and her impact on our arts community cannot be overstated.  She has taught at all grade levels and in all art mediums.  At Saguaro, Ms. Peacock continues to push her students to achieve beyond what they think they can do through a variety of on- and off-campus partnerships.  Most recently, she has overseen a huge project to add murals to the walls of the Saguaro Auditorium.

In 2017, Ms. Peacock was named the Arizona’s Outstanding Secondary Art Educator; in November 2018, she was named the Arizona Art Educator of the Year by the Arizona Art Education Association.  This peer-nominated award is a testament to her commitment to arts education and leadership throughout the state.

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