The Dance Council of North Texas announces its honorees for 2013.
Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson – Mary Bywaters Award for Lifetime Contribution to Dance
The husband-and-wife team of Bill Atkinson and Ann Etgen is truly a Dallas institution. Each had extensive professional ballet careers in New York, Canada, and South America before coming to Dallas. Etgen was a member of the New York Metropolitan Ballet Company and Atkinson has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Ballet AAA. In addition to maintaining the Etgen-Atkinson Ballet School and directing the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Etgen has also served on the Dance Panel of Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities and both have held offices in Regional Dance America/Southwest (RDA/SW). Their dancers have joined the ranks of many professional ballet companies, including the New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Wallonie of Belgium, Hamburg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and others.