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H&H take prize of National Dance Instructors of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Brett Hart

Giving back to the community is anything but a second thought for this year's Greatmats Dance Instructors of the Year. For the first time, the award will be shared by two instructors - 34-year-old Milbury, Massachusetts, twins Heidi Sulminski and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy. Known around the community simply as H&H, Heidi and Heather were stunned upon learning that they had been nominated for the award.

''We were very surprised and immediately touched by the thoughtfulness of some to nominate us,'' they said. ''It means a lot to us that someone felt we portray the qualities (of service, integrity and quality), and that made us feel special.''

H&H has made a habit of supporting others whenever possible - whether its the local soccer or baseball organizations, D.A.R.E program, Santa breakfasts, or benefits for students - past and present - with health concerns. They have even gone so far as to create a scholarship in the name of a member's mother who lost a battle with ALS and created a new program at their studio, called the Shooting Stars progam, in honor a past student with down syndrome who lost a short battle to leukemia. H&H have volunteered their time and skills to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and Boston's Children's Hospital among others.

''Born and raised in the town our business is inn, we feel pride to be able to give back to many organizations, and encourage our dancers to do the same,'' they said. Read more.

 

UPDATE: Millbury sisters win national dance instructor honor

Millbury sisters humbled over dance teacher recognition

Millbury-Sutton Chronicle | on December 14, 2017

By Robert Fucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Sulminski admits being caught off guard after learning she and her twin sister, Heather Gerardi, were named finalists for the third annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award.

The award is part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities.

“It was very surprising,” Heidi said. “And for both of us to be nominated was very special. It was surprising and exciting at the same time.”

The Millbury natives, who have owned and operated H&H Dance Academy in Millbury for 10 ½ years, were notified on Nov. 2 that they were nominated as finalists. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 15. The fact that someone would consider them among the best in the country was a humbling experience.

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Cheryl Alderman Scholarship Award 2016!

Congratulations to Emily Day and Madeline Day for both receiving the Cheryl Alderman Scholarship Award this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Ella Grace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H&H is honored to establish the Cheryl Alderman Scholarship Award.

Cheryl Alderman was a beloved friend of HHDA. She was part of the original adult tap class created 19 years ago. She loved to dance and touched so many lives. After a courageous battle with ALS, Cheryl became what we always knew she was, an Angel. One of her daughters, Kara Alderman was a member of our dance team both on the company and competitive levels, and now is an active alumni at the studio. We have been dancing together for over 15 years creating memories that will last forever.

The lucky recipient is a student who portrays some of the amazing qualities that we loved about Cheryl. The recipient must demonstrate a strong work ethic, positive attitude, determination to strive for excellence and one who is a role model in and out of the studio.

Congratulations to Hannah for winning the first annual award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack your bags! HHDA is heading to Disney in December, 2016.

If you would like to receive more information about this trip, please email H&H.

 

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