The Dance Drill Coaches Association of Oregon Lifetime Achievement award recognizes individuals for their level of achievement throughout their career as a coach, an associate or judge. The award was first presented in 2007.
Criss Hiscoe Haneburg’s dance journey began in the Centennial gym in 1974. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Haneburg decided to audition for the Hi-C dance team as a freshman.
She spent the next four years dancing alongside her friends, creating lifelong memories, and earning three state championships.
During her senior year, her coach asked her to assist at a summer dance camp. She enjoyed working with other dancers and the camp experience so much that she is still on staff at Thunderbird Dance Camp. This summer will be her 44th year.
In 1979, she was asked to join the dance coaching staff at Cleveland. Coaching was new to her, but her passion and talent came to life.
Cleveland became known for its creative routines, pushing the boundaries, drill down, and their fun and wacky spirit.
Alongside her co-coaches and close friends, she would lead Cleveland to 19 District Championships, four state titles, and decades of laughter.
Although she hasn’t been the head coach for several years, Haneburg has been involved with the dance team at Cleveland for the past 43 years.
She has continued choreographing and performing in parades with the One More Time Around Again marching band, teaching and entertaining with the legendary “hand dance” at Thunderbird Dance Camp, and traveling to teams around the state to design shows and team drill, all while helping her daughter coach her first middle school dance team and go on to coach at Cleveland. Haneburg’s passion for dance has always been strong and contagious.
In 1997 she was awarded DDCA Coach of the Year and in 2007, she was inducted into the Cleveland Hall of Fame.
Recipients of the DDCA service award have made significant contributions to improving and implementing the goals of the DDCA. The award, established in 1994, annually honors individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the organization by volunteering their time and talents to DDCA programs.
This year’s honorees are David McCall, Roshny Martuscelli and Marlena Nunley.
McCall began his dance training at Grants Pass and continued at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). After college, he danced professionally and trained with the State Ballet of Oregon.
McCall has been coaching dance team for 35 years. He began coaching his alma mater, Grants Pass, followed by a brief time at Sherwood. After leaving Sherwood, he coached the Gresham Rhythmettes before coming to Tigard. He has been coaching and creating show design for Tigard for over 20 years.
He is a certified drill down caller and performance judge. He has judged at both the local and state level.
Along with his full-time job at US Bank, he is the current chairperson for the DDCA Board of Directors. He has given countless hours in helping to keep high school dance team alive during these past two years with the Covid pandemic.
Martuscelli has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. She began her dance training at the age of six in Panama City, Panama where she was born.
Since immigrating to the United States, she has trained with some of the finest instructors from Eugene, Springfield, Portland, and Los Angeles in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and African dance.
Her dream has always been to own and direct a dance studio and made that dream come true from 2011-2019 as the director of the Dance Factory.
Her mission has always been to give back to the community that helped shape her.
Her involvement with the DDCA extends many years under many different capacities including coaching, choreographing and is a current member of the DDCA Board where she has had an essential part in creating new scholarship opportunities for dance teams across Oregon.
She is always a student first and is constantly expanding her repertoire so she can be the very best coach, choreographer, and mentor to aspiring dancers everywhere.
Today, she is the proud artistic director of Elite Dance Company.
Nunley has served on the DDCA Board of Directors for the past six years.
As a board member she served as the Drill Down co-coordinator, All-State Director, Scholarship Director, and Board Secretary. She has done an amazing job in all of these roles.
Nunley was responsible for transitioning the All-State audition to a virtual format in response to the COVID pandemic. Her efforts ensured that the senior classes in 2021 and 2022 would still have the opportunity to audition for the All-State team.
Nunley is a wonderful example of someone who gives so much to the DDCA.
Prior to joining the Board, Nunley coached dance for three years at David Douglas before becoming the head dance coach at Reynolds. She served as Reynold’s head coach for 10 years.
She was named 6A Coach of the Year in 2018 and previously received the DDCA Service Award in 2020.