Dana Blair awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from TDEA

Dana Blair, director of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, was honored by the Texas Dance Educators Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual convention Jan. 12 in Houston.

As a member of the Rangerettes from 1981-83, Blair was both a Rangerette Lieutenant and Swingster. After two years at KC, she attended The University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of the Texas Stars (1984-86) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1986.

Blair returned to KC in 1986 as the Rangerettes’ assistant director and choreographer under director Deana Bolton Covin. She also taught dance in the KC Fine Arts Department from 1986-94 and attended UT Tyler where she earned a Master of Education in 1991.

She held the position of assistant director until Covin retired in 1993.  After Covin’s retirement, Blair was promoted to become only the third director since the organization's inception in 1940.

Blair taught for NCA Superstar (1980-93), Starmakers Dance and Performance camps and is currently on staff with Encore Creative Productions.

She is a lifetime member of Rangerettes Forever and the director of the Rangerette summer camps for high school and college students.

Blair was also inducted into the TDEA Hall of Fame in January of 2012.

About the Texas Dance Educators Association:

The Texas Dance Educators Association promotes the advancement of dance education throughout the state of Texas by providing opportunities through its annual convention, summer workshops, quarterly newsletters and online resources available to members.  Membership is comprised of dance educators from public/private schools, dance studios, school administrators, collegiate students, exhibitors and other individuals dedicated to supporting dance education.  More info: www.tdea.org