35 of Nation's Top Dance Teachers in Friendly Battle for Greatmats Instructor of the Year Award

4th Annual Award Honors Dance Instructors Who Have Positively Influenced Their Communities

Diana McCormack

Thirty-five dance instructors from 26 states around the nation find themselves in a friendly competition for the prestigious 2018 Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize instructors who have demonstrated service, integrity, and quality to make a positive impact on the lives of their students and community as a whole.

This year’s nominees hail from the states of North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, Arizona, New Jersey, Missouri, Florida, Missouri, Louisiana, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, New York, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, Nevada.

Up for the award are:

  • Crystal Sizemore - Center Stage Dance Studio - Enterprise, Alabama
  • Danielle Cicogna - Diamond Dance Works - Anthem, Arizona
  • Deb Shligersky - Dance Amore - Enfield, Connecticut
  • Marley Ramirez-Santana - Encore Dance Theatre - Sunrise, Florida
  • Heather Hardin Englemen - Stars of Grace - Chatsworth, Georgia
  • Gina Underwood - The Dance Factory - Pocatello & Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Kimmie Knott - Project Dance Company - Macomb, Illinois
  • Yvette Walts - THR!VE - Evansville, Indiana
  • Jim Kochert - Talent Factory Arts and Dance - Lebanon, Indiana
  • Lori South - Creative Dance N’ - South Bend, Indiana
  • Heather Fortier - LA Petite School of Dance - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ketti Voisin - Inspired 2 Dance Performing Arts Center - Houma, Louisiana
  • Holli Faria - Studio Life Performing Arts - Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Lori Beccia-Gorgone - Dance On Dance Center - Hudson, Massachusetts
  • Ariel Lask - Limelight Dance Center - Ware, Massachusetts
  • Maria Zullo - Miss Maria’s School of Dance - Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Michelle Marzejon - Michelle’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts - Hartland, Michigan
  • Tiffany Pleus - Elite Performing Arts - Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Jennifer Story - Gateway Dance Conservatory - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Gina Davis - Western Nevada Performing Arts Center - Carson, Nevada
  • Nancy Dixon - Dixon’s Dance Academy - Vineland, New Jersey
  • Elaine Russell - Russells Dance and Baton Studio - Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Maria Ruffato - The 716 Dance Lab - Lancaster, New York
  • Alyssa Hudgins - Riverwalk Youth Ballet - Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Bonita Simpson - Bonita’s School of Ballet - Monroe, North Carolina
  • Julie Marks - Dance Etc. - Milford, Ohio
  • Mikayln Haney - The Lotus Studio - Salem, Oregon
  • Danielle Lykens - Star Performance Dance Academy - Duncansville, Pennsylvania
  • Leandra Maley - Crimson Academy for the Performing Arts - Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
  • Lea Wolfe - Pocono Academy of Dance - Sciota, Pennsylvania
  • Julie Martin - Julie’s Fancy Feet Dance Academy - York, South Carolina
  • Diana McCormack - The Wilson County School of Ballet - Floresville, Texas
  • Jennifer Lumpkins - Turning Pointe Dance Center - Meridian, Texas
  • Nick Bloxsom-Carter - NBC Dance - Provo, Utah
  • Corinthia Rilko - Lil Jammaz Hip Hop Company - Morgantown, West Virginia

Finalists will be determined by an online vote at https://www.greatmats.com/2018-greatmats-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year.php between Nov. 15 and 29, 2018.

Greatmats will choose between the two finalists to determine the winner based on their demonstration of service, integrity, and quality.

Greatmats is a national dance flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

View all of Greatmats' dance flooring at http://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring.php

Source: Greatmats.com

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