Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Announces 2020 Dance Awardees & Scholarship Recipient

Published: May 12th, 2020

State Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Awardees

AzDEO is proud to announce that four students earned our state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement award: Carle Schield from Highland High School, Kamryn Smith from Desert Mountain High School, Tristan Hooks from Apollo High School, and Megan Barrie from Gilbert High School.

AzDEO adjudicates a state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award to any Arizona NHSDA High School student who applies to the National Dance Education Organization’s National Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation.

These students represent the best in dance and this award highlights their exemplary hard work, and the wonderful job our high school teachers do every day. Congratulations to these students and their teachers!

Romero-Wolf Scholarship Recipient

AzDEO is honored to announced that Eric Moreno, a student at Westview High School studying dance with McKenna Streett, has been awarded the Romero-Wolf Scholarship for continued study in Dance after High School.

The scholarship is given to a student who plans on continued study of dance after high school, and 1) plays an active role in school dance program at least 2 years; 2) demonstrates growth in dance performance and quality movement; 3) exhibits overall excellence in leadership for choreography, performance and dance company and organization roles; and 4) inspires others. Eric exemplified all of these qualities as a dancer, and we are sure he will be successful in his dance career.

The Romero-Wolf was begun by Michelle Taylor of Taylor’d Dance in 2010. The Romero Wolf Scholarship honors Michelle’s mentor/teacher, Margie Wolf.  To honor the legacy that Michelle began, AzDEO is continuing to fund this scholarship.