Celebrating Excellence in Dance Education

Published: April 1st, 2019

Tiffany White, Dance Director at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, was awarded the 2019 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Desert Ridge High School, March 2nd.  This award honors a teacher for demonstrating support for and contributing to the larger dance education community, inspiring students and colleagues through example, enthusiasm and encouragement, and advocating for quality dance education and the arts.  Tiffany truly exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community. 

Tiffany White started dancing at the age of 3 in New Jersey before attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where she earned her BFA in Dance & Choreography and BS in Creative Advertising. In 2013, Tiffany moved to Arizona and immediately became the Dance Director & Pom Line Coach of San Tan Foothills High School and Mountain Vista Middle School in Florence USD. She earned her Master’s in Education from University of Arizona in 2015 and is now in her 2nd year as Dance Director at Mesquite High School in the Gilbert Public School District. Tiffany has worked on the Revision Committee of the Arizona Department of Education Arts Standards and the Student Learning Objectives Assessment Team. She is the Secretary of the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) and serves as a volunteer on the State High School Dance Festival and Professional Development Committees. She has spoke to state legislatures at AZ Arts Congress, presented work at the AZ Superintendents Association Conference, and served in a support position for the National Core Arts Standards Pilot program. Currently, Tiffany is working on her Master’s in School Counseling from Prescott College, all while taking care of her active one-year old son Jason.