2012 Honors Celebration
Join Dance/USA at the 2012 Honors Celebration to recognize this year’s recipients of the Honor, Ernie (named for the late Ian “Ernie” Horvath), Champion, and Trustees Awards. This extraordinary event, taking place at the the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Forum, is cause for reflection upon these individuals’ contributions to dance in America and an acknowledgement of the roles they play in the national dance community.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival | 2012 Mayor Honoree
The largest and most comprehensive event of its kind in North America, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival annually presents the diverse ethnic dance companies and cultural traditions of the Bay Area. During its rich, 34 year history, the Festival has celebrated and fostered appreciation for the distinct communities in the Bay Area and Northern California, through its performance season of dance styles that have included traditional classical dance, sacred dance genres, vernacular dance forms, social dance and folk dance presentations.
Helgi Tomasson | 2012 Dance/USA Honor HonoreeThe Honor goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field by reason of artistic excellence and/or force of vision.
Helgi Tomasson was first discovered by Jerome Robbins in his native Iceland and offered a dance scholarship to New York’s School of American Ballet. Subsequently, he began his professional career with The Joffrey Ballet, The Harkness Ballet, and later joined New York City Ballet where he became one of the company’s most celebrated principal dancers.Read More
1986 Anthony Tudor and Martha Graham
1988 Robert Joffrey and Merce Cunningham
1990 Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey
1992 Katherine Dunham and Bella Lewitzky
1994 Alexandra Danilova and Charles Reinhart
1996 Willam Christensen and Donald McKayle
1998 Judith Jamison and Bruce Marks
2000 Jeraldyne Blunden and David R. White
2002 Chuck Davis
2004 Arthur Mitchell
2006 Anna Halprin
2008 Frederic Franklin
2009 Tina Ramirez
2010 Carmen De Lavallade
2011 Lar Lubovitch
Sam Miller | 2012 Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ HonoreeThe ‘Ernie’ goes to an individual working “behind the scenes” within the infrastructure of the dance field, whose achievements have significantly empowered artists and supported their creativity individually or as a community.
Sam Miller is President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). A devoted advocate for the arts, Sam Miller brings a nationally recognized profile to the organization. Most recently, he spent five years as President of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), developing efforts centered on increasing direct support for artists.
1990 Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath
1992 Richard E. LeBlond Jr.
1994 Martha Hill Davis and Bessie Schoenberg
1996 Barbara Horgan and Ivan Sygoda
1998 Deborah Jowitt
2000 Norton Owen and John R. Killacky
2002 Cora Cahan
2004 Sage Cowles
2006 Madeleine Nichols
2008 Anna Kisselgoff
2009 Sali Ann Kriegsman
2010 Richard J. Caples
2011 Verdery Roosevelt
C.C. Conner | 2012 Dance/USA Trustees Honoree
The Trustees Award is given at the discretion of the Dance/USA Board of Trustees to recognize an outstanding professional whose work has special significance to the field.
C.C. Conner joined Houston Ballet as Managing Director in 1995 and recently retired from its Foundation on February 15, 2012, which was proclaimed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker as Cecil C. Conner, Jr. Day. Prior to his tenure, Mr. Conner served as the Executive Director of The Joffrey Ballet in New York City and led the strategic planning process to move The Joffrey to Chicago.Read More
2004 Alan M. Kriegsman
2007 Dr. Richard Gibbs
2008 Rena Shagan
2011 Andrea Snyder
Chris & Warren Hellman, and Kary Schulman | 2012 Dance/USA Champion Honorees
The Champion Award is given to any organization, business, foundation, or individual in the Annual Conference host city whose achievements, leadership, and support have sustained and/or significantly advanced dance in their home community.
Chris and Warren Hellman have shaped the region’s artistic and cultural life for over four decades. They have served causes and institutions around the country, both actively and philanthropically.Read More
For the past 30 years Kary Schulman has been the Director of the Grants for the Arts program of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the municipal funding agency for San Francisco’s arts community. Under her leadership, funding for the agency has grown over six fold, now granting almost $9 million dollars to 220 arts organizations and cultural projects, ranging from ethnic neighborhood celebrations to the San Francisco Opera.Read More
2010 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Meyer FoundationDance/USA is deeply grateful to DeWitt Stern Group for their generous sponsorship of the 2012 Honors Celebration.
2011 Pamela Crutchfield