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National Dance Coaches Association
HomeOf The Year Awards

One of the purposes of the NDCA is to recognize, honor, and award people in our profession who have excelled in their respective dance team leadership position.

NDCA will be awarding a Coach of the Year Award to (1) High School, (1) College and (1) All Star coach – A total of (3) awards.  We also award (1) Associate Member of Year, which applies to any other type of Dance Team Professional, such as Choreographers, Consultants, Judges, etc.

To be considered for an award, nominees must be a member of the NDCA and have worked in the profession for at least five years. Nominators do not have to be NDCA members (for example, a dancer can nominate her coach).

The Coaches of the Year and Associate Member of the Year will receive a contemporary art design award presented at the annual conference. The NDCA will also feature their accomplishments on the website and in social media postings.

Nominations are due each year by December 31. Nominees will be notified by March 1 that they are on the ballot for selection by the NDCA General Membership. Voting will take place online the last two weeks of March (only current NDCA members will vote). All nominees will be introduced at the Gala during the annual NDCA National Dance Coaches Conference, and the winner will be announced live on stage. 

To nominate a person for the Coach of the Year or Associate Member of the Year, please complete the online nomination form which includes a written statement of no more than 500 words explaining why this person should be considered.

In your comments below, consider discussing how the nominee demonstrates:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Individual Dancer and Team Development
  • Sportsmanship
  • Philosophy – What is it and why?
  • Integrity and Character
  • Family and/or Community Involvement
  • Advocate for students, teams, and coaches


Previous Award Nominees


ALL STAR                   

Angela Nieman - Champion Legacy


ASSOCIATE MEMBER                  

Nicholas Kade Clement - NKC Choreography

Toya Ambrose - TRA Choreography



Amy Bunting - University of Central Michigan

Bettina Rogers - Eastern Kentucky University

Kelley Tafazzoli - University of Tennessee

Kaitlyn Marquette - Manhattan College

Melissa McGhee - The Ohio State University

HIGH SCHOOL             

Tara Foglia - Smithtown West HS

Shelli Vaughan - Notre Dame de Sion HS

Kim Hille - Tumwater HS

Maureen Maguire - Seminole HS

Jenny Matthews - St. Thomas More HS

Debbie Kishpaugh - Pendleton HS




All Star                     

Breanna Griego – Schmitt - Dimensions School of Dance & Music

Kristen Reeb-Wardlaw - Heavenly Rhythm


Associate Member                

Chelsea Pierotti - Passionate Coach



Erin Alvarado - Texas Tech

Tasha Hinex - Oklahoma City University

T J Maple - Stephen F. Austin University

Melissa McGhee - The Ohio State University


High School            

Cindy Clough - Brainerd HS

Pamela Didier-Delwisch - Scappoose HS

Carrie Nitchoff - Broomfield HS

Angela Ottmann - Ponderosa HS