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    Honor societies are established through the National Dance Education Organization for the purpose of promoting and honoring artistic achievement in dance students 11-18 years of age, encouraging well-rounded young dance artists to be leaders in their communities, and to identify honor students for nomination to the NDEO's Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award (one of the highest honors' programs in the United States). Students earn points for induction and accrue points over years of study.  Seniors graduate with honors and wear honor cords and gold honor pins in high school graduation ceremonies. Click here to learn more.

AACPS belongs to the following organizations:

  • National Dance Education Organization -
    NDEO focuses on research in dance education, methods of teaching dance, and information about dance programs from kindergarten through university level throughout the country. NEDO holds an annual national conference on dance education, has an online library of dance literature and research, and publishes an e-newsletter and a quarterly journal.

    Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA) -
    MDEA serves Dance educators and elevates the subject of Dance in the State of Maryland as a creative process, discipline, and performing art that informs the human experience in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, dance studios, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, recreational and community centers.

    AACPS teachers who have been awarded MDEA K-12 Dance Teacher of the Year:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kassi Serafini (2017), Jennifer Mossburg (2021), Tony Jackson (2023)

    2020 MDEA Outstanding Leadership: Nicole Deming - Anne Arundel County Dance Teacher Specialist

    AACPS teachers who have been awarded MAHPERD Dance Teacher of the Year:
    Judi Fey, Patti DeMarco, Dianne Rosso, Patty Jepson, Joanne Markiewicz, Chase Haglund, Jillian Murphy