Mission Statement

The mission of DEGAS is to serve as the Georgia state affiliate of NDEO, dedicated to advancing dance education and providing support for dance educators.


Dance Educators of GA Society, Inc. (DEGAS) non-profit was founded in 2018 to serve as the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). DEGAS serves dance educators and students by providing professional development for teachers, supporting dance students with educational opportunities, advocating for dance education, keeping abreast of current dance research, and promoting the National Honors Society for Dance and provide special opportunities for members.   


DEGAS, Inc. was first dreamed up (the name literally came to Dean Williams in a dream) during the 2017 NDEO conference. Founding members of the organization are :

Anna Dunn

Patrice (Bryant) Yantawood

Mary Mattmann

Molly Howel

Ellen Tshudy

Tamara Irving

Sally Cramer

Brianna Wiggins-Smart

Tina Martin

The current Board Members are:

Anna Dunn, Board President

Patrice Bryant Yantawood, Board Vice President

Mary Mattman, Board Treasurer

Molly Howel, Board Secretary


Brianna Wiggins Smart, Director of Communications


Eileen Edwards, Co-Director of K-12 Schools, Advocacy Representative to NDEO


Reyna O’Leary, Co-Director of K-12 Schools


Tamara Irving, Co-Director of Membership


Sally Cramer, Co-Director of Membership

Tina Martin, Director of NHSDA

Ellen McCollister, Director of Professional Development

Michelle Jericevich, Director of Studios

Courtney Bromwich, North GA Director

Lauren Hawthorne, Southeast GA Director


DEGAS, Inc. would like to recognize the earlier work of the Dance Educators of Georgia, Inc. and their President, Pam Walden,  who from 1996-1999 provided opportunities for dance educators.

Click the link below to visit the National Dance Education Organization website.

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Making A Difference



At Dance Educators of GA Society 

Vision: Our vision is for every Georgia resident to have access to quality dance education opportunities.


Core Values

• Professional development and resources for K-12, studios, and universities

• Promoting the art form of dance and life long learning for Georgia residents

• Fostering a community of dance educators invested in the growth of Georgia dance

• Cultivate opportunities for all Georgia residents to engage in dance experiences



The mission of DEGAS is to serve as the Georgia state affiliate of NDEO, dedicated to advancing dance education and providing support for dance educators.


OUR TEAM - The Board of Directors



NHSDA Georgia

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education. The NHSDA offers three levels of induction: The Junior Program for grades 6-8, The Secondary Program for grades 9-12, and The Collegiate Program for students in college or university dance programs. Establishing an NHSDA chapter in your school is one very important way that you can honor your students and help advance the field of dance education. 

As the state affiliate for NDEO in Georgia, DEGAS manages all the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) chapters in the state of Georgia.



Get in touch with Dance Educators of GA Society to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

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Professional Development



The Dance Educators of GA Society is looking for you!

Join Us 

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NDEO provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance arts education.


 Members of NDEO teach multiple dance genres in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, K-12 schools, dance studios, colleges/universities and community centers.


Join NDEO to advance your career and benefit your students. Become a part of a community that shares your passion for excellence in teaching the art of dance.

Click on the NDEO logo below and you will be redirected to the NDEO website.

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Board Elections

Expectations of Board of Directors

  • Hold and maintain a current NDEO Membership status. 

  • Commit to a 2-year term

  • Working Board. The success of the organization is contingent on the Board of Directors and their committees following through with organization and committee goals. Plan to commit a minimum of 1-2 hours per week to the organization. 

  • Financial Contribution expected from every Board Director. A personal financial contribution demonstrates your commitment to the organization and encourages giving from others. Some foundations only grant to organizations where every board member makes a financial contribution.

  • Conduct bi-monthly meetings with Committees. Typically occur online in even numbered months.

  • Attend bi-monthly Board meetings. Typically occur online on odd numbered months. January and July are in-person meetings. 

  • Attend General Membership Meeting. Typically held in March. 


Board of Directors- Positions Currently Open: 

-Membership Director  

-Collegiate Director 

-Southwest Georgia Director


Application Process:

Nominees should submit their basic information, NDEO Membership number, resume, and 200 character bio to by 11:59pm on May 31st.

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