Heritage High dance teacher wins national award

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Heritage High School dance teacher Kimberleigh Anderson was named National Dance Educator of the Year.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented the award to Anderson.

Anderson won Washington Dance Educator of the Year in 2010, qualifying her for Northwest District Educator of the Year in 2011. That positioned her as one of five finalists at the national level. The organization interviewed Anderson and another finalist in Boston earlier this month before naming Anderson the winner.

Anderson works with more than 180 students at Heritage. The school’s competitive performance team, Wolf Pack Dance Team, has won many awards in the 11 years Anderson has served as its coach.