Over the last few years in November and December before our competition season begins, I have invited dancers, parents and teachers to write essays about their own dance teachers and the impact they have had on their lives. Adding this portion to our essay awards is something that I feel so honored to share. I am so thankful for so many of the amazing dance teachers that I have been blessed to meet over my career. Each one in some way has touched my heart and I am forever grateful for the impact they have made on my own life. A dance teacher does more than teach an art, they are mentors and leaders and have a huge impact on others in many ways.
It is an honor for me to announce the winner of the 2018 Tribute to my Teacher Award. Congratulations to Julia Thomalla, a dancer at Triple L Dance Company in Maplewood, Minnesota. You can read her award winning essay about her dance teacher Laura Linder below.
On behalf of my family, I would like to say thank you to all who participated in this special award as we recognize and honor dance teachers for all that they do in our lives each and every day.
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2018 Tribute To My Teacher Award
Laura Linder and Julia Thomalla
2017 Tribute To My Teacher Award
Sammy Baker and Lizzy Sue Metz
2016 Tribute To My Teacher Award
Pam Simpson and Brittney Erickson
2015 Tribute To My Teacher Award
Kelly Marie Gordon and her grandmother Grace Wakefield
2014 Tribute To My Teacher Award
Tessa Medinger and her mother Kathy Lombardi