Tribute To My Teacher Award

Dear Friends,

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 my honor to announce the 2017 Tribute To My Teacher Award Winner, Sammy Baker owner and teacher at The Dance Academy in Columbia Missouri.  This wonderful story was written by Megan Metz who is the mother of Lizzy Sue a student of Sammy’s.  CONGRATULATIONS to Sammy, Lizzy Sue and Megan and we are honored to share this inspirational story with others.

On behalf of my family, I would like to say thank you for participating in this special award as we recognize and honor dance teachers for all that they do in our lives each and every day.

Darin Troglia Signature
Founder and CEO
Tribute National Talent

2017 Tribute To My Teacher Award

Sammy Baker and Lizzy Sue Metz

Read the winning essay written by Megan Metz 


2016 Tribute To My Teacher Award

Pam Simpson and Brittney Erickson

Read Brittney’s Essay Here


2015 Tribute To My Teacher Award

Kelly Marie Gordon and her grandmother Grace Wakefield

Read Kelly’s Essay Here

Grace and Kellly

2014 Tribute To My Teacher Award

Tessa Medinger and her mother Kathy Lombardi

Read Abigail’s Essay Here

Tessa Won