Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year Contest

Greatmats Seeking Nominations for National Dance Instructor of the Year

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The 2016 Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year finalists have been named!



The 2016 finalists for Greatmats 2nd Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year award are: Terri Fortin of Terri's School of Dance in Abington, Massachusetts, and John Culbertson of Dance Attack in Miami, Florida.

Nearly 2,700 votes have been cast over the 2 years of the contest, which is part of Greatmats Annual National Award Series. The Greatmats Award Series is designed to recognize instructors, trainers and coaches, who have had a positive impact in their communities and the lives of their students. Greatmats will name the winner on Dec. 30, 2016!

Terri Fortin Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
Terri Fortin
Abington, MA

John Culbertson Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
John Culbertson
Miami, FL

Congratulations to all who were nominated for their demonstration of service, integrity and quality in the training practices as well as their involvement in their communities!

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Voting is live through Nov. 30, 2016!


Visit Greatmats Facebook page to vote for this year's National Dance Instructor of the Year. Find the photo gallery ballot associated with the National Dance Instructor of the Year Contest and click like on the photo of the Dance Instructor you'd like to win. Each ''like'' counts as one vote. Only likes to the original post count as votes. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote, but remind them to like the original post to make sure their votes count. The two dance instructors with the most ''like'' votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Thanks to those who nominated a special dance instructor and good luck to those nominated!


2016 Nominees
If you have nominated someone and do not see them on this list, please review the ''How to Nominate'' section on this page and make sure you have completed all steps or email brett@greatmats.com.

Shannon Purcell Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
Shannon Purcell
Rhythm Academy Dance Company, Toccoa, Georgia

Grace Badillo Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
Grace Badillo
Dancing with Grace Productions, Tampa, Florida

Jenny Lespi Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
Jenny Lespi
Dream Makers Dance, Columbiana, Alabama

Terri Fortin Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
Terri Fortin
Terri's School of Dance, Abington, Massachusetts

John Culbertson Greatmats Gymnastics Coach of the year contest
John Culbertson
Dance Attack, Miami, Florida

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Want to honor a dance instructor for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style or humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the 2nd Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize dance instructors who have made a difference in the lives of their clients and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate
To nominate the dance instructor for this award, email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Nov. 1, 2016. Nominators will not be identified.

1. Dance Instructor's Name
2. Name and Location of the Dance Studio (Must be located in the USA)
3. A brief description of why you are nominating this instructor, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
4. A photos and/or video of the Dance Instructor

How the winner is chosen:
1. Voting will take place on Greatmats' Facebook Page from Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2016. The two dance instructors with the most votes will be named finalists.

2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
A. Demonstration of Service
B. Demonstration of Integrity
C. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize
1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the studio
2. Instructor/studio profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on Dec. 30, 2016.
3. National Dance Instructor of the Year Certificate
4. Greatmats Coffee Mug

Greatmats is a national dance flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

View all of Greatmats' dance flooring at http://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring.php

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Take a look at Greatmats 2015 National Dance Instructor of the Year - Rosanne Vavasis.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.


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2015 Winner - Rosanne Vavasis
Gotta Dance
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2015 Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year Rosanne Vavasis