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Published: Published: May 29th, 2020

Congratulations 2020 High School Musical Theatre Award Winners

In an online ceremony Saturday night, musical performances from high schools across the state were celebrated during the ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards. If you missed the show, it is still available for viewing at http://www.asugammage.com/HSMTA. 

Congratulations to everyone who was highlighted in the online ceremony. For those of you who had shows interrupted by COVID19, we share your disappointment & look forward to your return to the live stage during safer times. In the meantime, we have enjoyed the innovative ways your creativity & self expression live on during the pandemic.

A huge congratulations to everyone who participated in the show and congratulations to the following 2020 High School Musical Theatre Award Winners.

 

2019 – 2020 Winners

Best Musical

  • Chandler High School – All Shook Up

Best Lead Male and Female

  • Brach Drew – Marcos De Niza High School
  • Angelica Santana – Dobson High School

Best Supporting Male

  • Lucas Oland – Phoenix Country Day School

Best Supporting Female

  • Tyler Velarde – Saguaro High School

Best Vocalist

  • Nainoa Aguano – Chandler High School

Best Dance Ensemble

  • “Seize the Day” Dance Ensemble – Maricopa High School

Best Set and Prop

  • Presley Symington – Marcos De Niza High School

Best Lighting

  • The Chandler High Lighting Team – Chandler High School

Best Sound

  • The Chandler High Sound Team – Chandler High School

Best Hair and Make-up

  • Cara Richman – Desert Mountain High School

Best Costumes

  • Dorian Williams – Marcos De Niza High School

ASU Gammage Leadership Awards

  • Macey Clausen  – Casteel High School
  • Aunah Johnson – Shadow Mountain High School
  • Luke Morton – Williams Field High School
  • Jordan Wiener – Arizona School for the Arts

Excellence in Stage Management Award

  • Maya Channer – Shadow Mountain High School
  • Alysya Mitchell – Saguaro High School

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Published: Published: May 12th, 2020

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

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.

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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: May 6th, 2019

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Announces 2019 State Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Awardees

 

AzDEO is proud to announce that ten students earned our state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement award:

 

  • Alexis Jackson from Centennial High School
  • Amanda Carter from Desert Ridge High School
  • Ashley Reafleng from Valley Vista High School
  • Desiree Berry from Highland High School
  • Kamryn Smith from Desert Mountain High School
  • Inai Luevano Palomera, Jordyn Lugo, and Maire Grimes from Apollo High School
  • Kaithlyn Nathan and Sidney Torres from Washington 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 the students and their teachers.

 

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