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National Awards

National Awards Applications Open for 2022

New this year.... NDEO Members and Non-Members are Eligible to Apply for an Award and we have increased the number of Awards from 4 to 9!

Deadling to Submit the Quick Phase 1 Application is May 31st

View Eligabilty Requirements and Award Guidelines Here

Submit Phase 1 Quick Nomination Application Here

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

There are four categories of Leadership Awards in the following areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Higher Education, K-12, and Private Sector. These awards are given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in creating ideas for programs, curriculums, and/or projects that have had a significant impact on their specific field of dance education and who has demonstrated leadership on a national 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. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees DO NOT need to be members of NDEO at time of application for an award.
  • The nominator does not need to be a member of NDEO.
  • A person may nominate themselves (self-nominate), except for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Current NDEO Board Members are not eligible for a National Award in 2022.
  • No person that has received a National Award in the past five years (2017-2021) is eligible for a National Award in 2022

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

  • The nominee’s name should be submitted as he/she wishes it to appear on all NDEO printed materials, including the actual award.
  • To apply for the award, nominator/nominee must complete the Phase 1 quick online application form. The link to the Phase 1 interest application can be found on this page. The Longer Phase 2 application form will be emailed out to interested applicants. 
  • Nominators (individual or organization) may nominate only one (1) candidate in each category.
  • Nominators and award recipients should expect to attend the Virtual Awards Ceremony in September 2022, prior to the National Conference. Exact date is TBD.
  • If attending National Conference award recipients are invited to a special event at National Conference with NDEO's Board or Directors and Staff.
  • Awards will be given only when warranted at the sole discretion of the Awards Committee.
  • 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