Join Dance/USA at the 2015 Opening Night Celebration, June 17, to recognize this year’s recipients of the Honors, Ernie (named for the late Ian “Ernie” Horvath), Trustees, and Champion Awards. This extraordinary event is cause for reflection upon these individuals’ contributions to dance in America and an acknowledgement of the roles they play in the national and local dance community.
Festive attire recommended for the Opening Night Celebration.
As Raven Wilkinson was unable to join us in person, you can check out the video below of Raven’s acceptance of the award, presented by Misty Copeland, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.
Trisha Brown | 2015 Dance/USA Honor AwardThe Honor goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field by reason of artistic excellence and/or force of vision.
Photo: Lois Greenfield
Instantly immersed in what was to become the post-modern phenomena of Judson Dance Theater, Trisha Brown’s movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of what constitutes performance. In this “hot-bed of dance revolution”, Brown, along with like-minded artists, pushed the limits of choreography thereby changing modern dance forever. *Trisha Brown’s award will be given in absentia.
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
2012 Helgi Tomasson
2013 Joan Myers Brown
2014 Liz Lerman
Linda Shelton | 2015 Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ AwardThe ‘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.
Linda Shelton is the executive director, a position she has held since 1993, and a Trustee of The Joyce Theater Foundation. Prior to this, she served as General Manager of The Joffrey Ballet. Before The Joffrey, she managed tours for the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow Virtuosi, Sankai Juku, and worked with Philip Glass productions. From 1982 – 1988, she held various management positions at The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation.
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
2012 Sam Miller
2013 Barbara Weisberger
2014 D. David Brown
Raven Wilkinson | 2015 Dance/USA Trustees Award
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.
Photo courtesy of Raven Wilkinson
Wilkinson, whose talent and skill enabled her to become the first ballerina of color with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1955 and who went on to be a leading dancer with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, is credited with being the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company.
2004 Alan M. Kriegsman
2007 Dr. Richard Gibbs
2008 Rena Shagan
2011 Andrea Snyder
2012 C.C. Conner, Jr.
2013 Sharon Gersten Luckman
Toby Lerner Ansin | Dance/USA Champion Award
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.
Thirty years ago, Toby Lerner Ansin, the founder of Miami City Ballet invited Edward Villella to her home, persuaded him to be the artistic director of a new ballet company, then convinced a group of friends and associates to donate the seminal funds that brought viability to her vision.Read More
2010 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Meyer Foundation
2011 Pamela Crutchfield
2012 Chris and Warren Hellman, and Kary Schulman
2014 Dr. Robert & Katherine Goodale