20 Dance Teachers Vie for the Title of Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year

Northampton, Pennsylvania instructor in lead with three days left in Facebook vote

2017 Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year Leaders

Dance instructors from all across the United States have been nominated for the 3rd annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, presented by Greatmats. The award is part of the Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominated by their peers and community members for their displays of service, integrity and quality, the National Dance Instructor of the Year nominee field will be narrowed to two finalists via a social media vote on the Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30, 2017.

Greatmats will choose the finalist it feels best represents service, integrity and quality while serving her community to win the award.

This year's National Dance Instructor of the Year will win the choice of new dance flooring or a cash option. 2017 nominees hail from 15 different states. They include:


Alison Woodward of Crazy About Dance in Anniston


Patricia Hoffman of Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs


Amanda Pollard of Delaware State University and Danceworks Dance Studio of Delaware in Dover and Newcastle, respectively


Tara Foxworth of Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jacksonville


Stephanie Pairitz of Epic Dance Studios in Elkhart


Allie Blau of Studio Dee in Fort Wright, and Amber Bryant of AB Training Facility in Somerset


Elizabeth Warshauer of Articulate Motions Dance Academy in New Orleans


Kassandra Serafini of Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis


Heidi Sulminksi and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy in Millbury


Laura Perez of Just for Kix in Spring Valley

North Carolina

Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Ballet in Monroe


Mandy Conforth of South Lane Ballet Academy in Cottage Grove


Danielle Fritz O'Brien of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, and Alice Mount of Adrenaline Dance of York in York


Ashlie Wells of Center Stage Dance Company in Winchester


JoJean Retrum of Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Meaghan Johnson of Neenah-Menasha YMCA in Neenah, Anne Marie Abderholden of Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, and Alicia Knopps of Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire

Learn more about the 2017 National Dance Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring/greatmats-annual-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

Source: Greatmats

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