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National Awards

Lifetime Achievement

Three women are pictured on a stage, one applauding, another laughing, and the third smiling and holding a raised award plaque.The most prestigious award conferred, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given for exemplary leadership, scholarship and/or artistry, and philanthropy or service to dance education.

Outstanding Leadership

This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in creating ideas for programs, curriculum, and/or projects that have had a significant impact on the field of dance education and who has demonstrated leadership at the local, state, regional, national, or international level. Additionally, the recipient of this award should inspire and cultivate vision and leadership in others.

Outstanding Dance Educator

This award acknowledges a stellar dance educator from the membership. The award is granted on a yearly rotating basis to a dance educator from a different teaching environment each year. Additionally, the recipient of this award should inspire and motivate their students and have a significant impact in their school community. 

Outstanding Dance Education Researcher

This award recognizes an individual who has made a unique contribution to the field of dance education through creative and/or scholarly research. The recipient of this award should cultivate the importance of scholarly and creative research throughout the field of dance education.

Organization Awards

The Executive Director's Award for Service to NDEO and President's Commendation for Excellence for Service in the Field are chosen by the NDEO Executive Director and President respectively to honor deserving members who have shown excellent service to the field of dance education and to NDEO. There is not an open application process for these awards.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees must be NDEO members in good standing. Nominators do not need to be NDEO members.
  • All nominees must have consistent NDEO membership of five years or more prior to nomination as either a Professional or Institutional Member (as the main contact on the account).
  • Nominators may nominate only one candidate in each category.

Nomination Guidelines

  • All award nominees may self-nominate except for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting materials.
  • Submit all required information in the online nomination form by the published deadline.
  • Please be sure to list the nominee's name as they would like it reflected on the award and all published materials.

Additional Information

  • Nominators and award recipients should expect to attend the annual NDEO National Conference and awards presentation. If the honoree cannot attend the Annual Conference, they should appoint a person to accept the award in their honor and prepare a written statement of acceptance. The nominator may be asked to present the award.
  • Award recipients are given a complimentary registration to attend National Conference to accept their award.
  • Awards will be given only when warranted at the sole discretion of the Awards Committee.
  • Special consideration may be given to candidates who have contributed time and energy on behalf of NDEO.
  • The Committee, at its discretion, may hold interviews with appropriate persons from the candidate’s work environment.
  • Nominations will not be held over for submission the following year.
  • Only the required materials will be reviewed. Additional materials will not be forwarded to the evaluation committee.