Amber Richetelli ’20, a dance education major from Hamden, CT, was recently awarded the 2019 Undergraduate Student Scholarship from the New York State Dance Education Association. Richetelli was honored at the annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization in Miami, FL.
Professor Olivia Mode-Cater, Hofstra’s director of dance education, called Richetelli, “a gifted teacher who shows great promise for our field. I believe that the work she has done so far in her undergraduate studies is exceptional and is deserving of such recognition.”
In addition to her studies, Richetelli is vice president of Rhythmix, Hofstra’s tap dance club, and past-president of Teaching Dance as Art club (TDAA).
“One of the first things that stands out about Amber is her tremendous leadership,” Professor Mode-Cater wrote in nominating her for the award. “For some students, being involved in clubs, faculty works, and student pieces would affect their schoolwork. However, Amber manages to accomplish everything and do it well… Being able to thrive with all of these obligations shows that Amber will be able to handle the demands of working in a public school and will excel as a dance teacher.”
Richetelli is the recipient of the Provost’s Scholarship at Hofstra, a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has taught at the Joan Lynn Dance Company in Hamden as well as the Dynamic Dance Academy in Massapequa, NY. She has served as a lead teacher for Hofstra’s partnership with AHRC Nassau, an initiative that allows students to explore the joy of dance with adults who have developmental disabilities.
The Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance provides its students with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills as performers, and deepen their appreciation for the arts. Hofstra’s dance degrees include a BFA in Dance, a BA in Dance, and a BS in Education, Dance Education.