WVDEO (West Virginia Dance Education Organization)
WVDEO (West Virginia Dance Education Organization)
  • WVDEO Board

    Yoav Kaddar

    WVDEO President

    WVU Associate Professor of Dance

    WVU Area Coordinator, Dance
    PhD – State University of New York-Albany
    MFA – University of Washington-Seattle
    BFA – Juilliard School
    Dr. Kaddar has performed nationally and internationally as guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent NYC choreographers and has choreographs for dance and theater.
    His teaching, professional movement coaching and choreography consist of both national and international appointments. Among others these include the Limon Dance Institute in NYC, The National School of Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Novosibirsk Opera Ballet in Novosibirsk, Russia; The Juilliard Drama Division; Shadowland Theatre, NY; New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre; Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Bard College, NY; The Signature Theatre, NYC; The Rubin High School for Music and Dance in Jerusalem Israel; The International Latin American Dance Festival in Maracaibo, Venezuela; Stamford City Ballet, CT; and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been performed nationally and at such venues as the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC and in Ottawa Canada. His tribute piece Standing Tall has been restaged and performed nationally at dance festivals, universities and private dance studios. The work is also in the permanent archives at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City.
    Dr. Kaddar presents workshops on topics related dance, dance education and dance as a theatre art at national and international conferences. These have included presentations at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDA), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the national conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), The Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), The World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver BC, and at various art related conferences such as the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Hawaii and at the Fashion Institute of New York in NYC.
    Dr. Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School, is a recent Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the Fellowship/ Scholar Award from ATME and the SOFA Award from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. He has been invited to serve on the New York Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions. He has been nominated for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service and is a member of NDEO and serves on the board of directors of ACDA. Dr. Kaddar serves on the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee and was recently appointed as a member to the US Student Fulbright National Screening Committee. 

    Stephanie Lorenze

    WVDEO Vice President

    WVU Chairperson and Clinical Associate Professor 

    WVU Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

    EdD-Curriculum and Instruction-West Virginia University

    MA-Secondary Education-West Virginia University

    BA-Foreign Language-West Virginia University


    Dr. Stephanie Lorenze has been working in the field of education in West Virginia for over twelve years, seven of which were spent as a public high school teacher of mathematics, dance education, and Spanish. She played a leadership role in her school as she held positions on the faculty senate, 5-Year Strategic Planning Committee, GoGlobal team, professional development team, and PLC group. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to work as a curriculum designer and professional development facilitator for the West Virginia Department of Education and as a writer and reviewer of dance education standards at the state and national levels. Dr. Lorenze has developed dance education programs for West Virginia public schools and continues to champion this endeavor. Currently, she directs the undergraduate elementary education program at West Virginia University and teaches professional education courses within the College of Education and Human Services.  

    Andrea Kilmer

    Brianne Soloman

    WVDEO Treasurer

    Hannan High School Visual Arts and Dance Educator


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    Christa Crawford

    WVDEO Media and Communication Director/NDEO Liaison 

    Jefferson High School Dance Educator and Dance Department Director

    BA Elementary K-8 Shepherd University

    Endorsement Social Studies 5-8         

    Christa is in her 8th year of teaching dance at Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, where she runs a dance program which includes around 80 students, Dance I-IV classes and an auditioned ensemble called Charisma that performs at school, local, regional, state and national events. 

    Christa was recently selected as the 2017 WVAHPERD Dance Teacher of Year and serves on the West Virginia Department of Education Arts Alive Planning Team. She has been invited to be a part of the the WVDE Arts Standards Revision Work group this winter. She also recently presented at the WVAHPERD State Conference.  

    Christa has attended two week-long WVU Summer Dance Teacher Academies where she received professional development and certificate from DEL (Dance Education Lab NYC) and graduate level college credits for recertification through WVU., a week long Integrating Science and Dance course at West Liberty University and  two NDEO National Conferences, as well as, numerous workshops, sessions and master classes at NHSDF, RHSDF and WVDF to continue growth as a dancer, artist and educator. Christa will begin pursuing her master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction, dance education or arts integration in 2018-2019.