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Dance Magazine Awards: Monday, 9 December 7:30pm

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2013 Dance Magazine awards recipients were announced today:

  • Yuan Yuan Tan, to be presented by Christopher Wheeldon
  • Martha Clarke, to be presented by Charles Reinhardt
  • Mats Ek, to be presented by Jorma Elo
  • Patricia Wilde, to be presented by Robert Barnett
  • Philip Glass, to be presented by Damian Woetzel

The presentation will be held at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (405 West 55th Street, NYC) at 7:30pm on Monday, 9 December. (Doors open at 7, with a reception to follow in the Ailey Studios.)

Performing will be: Ashley Bouder, in an excerpt from "Square Dance" to honor Wilde. A selection from Martha Clarke's "Cheri" will be danced by Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo.

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Congratulations to all, especially Bay Area favorite, Yuan Yuan Tan. (I like the press release description of her as 'otherwordly': very apt.)

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Check out the link above to the press release -- it's got a list of former winners. Such a pleasure to think about them!

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Check out the link above to the press release -- it's got a list of former winners. Such a pleasure to think about them!

The order of selection was interesting to me too - in 1957 we see Lucia Chase and Jerome Robbins selected, the next year Gene Kelly, the next year Astaire and Balanchine. I assume these selections had as much to do with popularity in a particular year as lifetime achievements. The very first year of the awards was all about dance on TV (so it had a different purpose in the beginning).

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To me, it looked like the first ten years or so was just trying to recognize everyone they could, though I'm sure that some of the timing had to do with specific events. (when were the first broadcasts of Balanchine's Nutcracker telecasts?)

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Highlights (well, 4 1/2 minutes of them) from the Awards. Brief glimpses of Bouder in ‘Square Dance’, and Ferri (those feet!) and Cornejo in ‘Cheri’.

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Thanks for those highlights, Peggy R.

I did not expect YuanYuan Tan to be a contralto.

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