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March 28, 2023

Legends of Dance 2023 is Here!

Legends of Dance
2023 Nominations

The Dance Archive is looking for nominations for its annual Legends of Dance awards! Legends represent all dance styles and forms as well as those behind the scenes such as philanthropists and photographers.
Nominate the Dance Legend in your life!


The Dance Archive is accepting nominations for the 2024 Legends of Dance. Previously nominated individuals will be considered but will require a new 2024 nomination submission. Nominees are judged on the following criteria. Criteria includes but is not limited to:
  • The individual is still living (i.e. no posthumous awards) and/or the organization is still in operation.
  • Significant and sustained impact on dance in the state of Colorado
  • Diversity (both in that year’s set of nominations and past award winners) in:
          • Dance styles/forms
          • Geographic representation in the state
          • Racial/ethnic/cultural diversity
          • Gender diversity
Note: It is not required that Legends of Dance be dancers or performers – we have honored producers, directors, philanthropists, photographers, and people in other fields who have made significant and sustained impacts on dance in the state.
Nominations are due February 29th.

Are you interested in providing your students with new and interesting lesson content? The Dance Archive at the University of Denver has lessons based on archival content as a novel way to engage students through visual imagery and movement-based active learning. 

Lessons include:

  • Mexican Folkloric content and dance (4th grade)
  • African dance and its connections to hip hop and tap dance (middle school)
  • Dancing through Time (middle school)
  • Holocaust (8th grade)
  • Square Dance (high school)

Participating teachers will receive a stipend. All lessons noted above are organized around the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) standards and can be adapted for any grade level. The Holocaust module follows the CDE history standards. All other lessons follow the CDE dance standards. Additional lessons can be created based on individual requests by teachers. 

Legends of Dance

Since 2004, the annual Legends of Dance in Colorado honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in our state. As part of being a Legend of Dance, an oral history is recorded with each honoree. The oral histories are available online in our digital repository.

Living Legends


  • Amy Anderson
  • Patricia Hoffman
  • Jesse Manno
  • Chuck Palmer
  • Damien Patterson
  • Julia Wilkinson Manley


  • Denver Turnverein
  • Judi Hofmeister
  • Jan Johnson
  • Louise Leise
  • Stan Obert
  • Larry Southall


  • Chung-Fu Chang
  • Peter Davison
  • Dawn Fay
  • Duke Hartman
  • Donna Mejia
  • Ann Sanders


  • Judy Bejarano
  • Nancy Cranbourne
  • Jan Justis
  • Chandra Kuykendall
  • Maria Vazquez
  • John “Mr. Tap” Williams


  • David Andrews
  • Barbara Ellis
  • Karen Genoff-Campbell
  • Gregory Gonzales
  • Kim Robards


  • Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
  • Ana Claire
  • Denver Ballet Guild
  • Nada Diachenko
  • Kathy Hill
  • Jane Spain


  • Gene GeBauer
  • Celeste Grynberg
  • Maria Mosina
  • Fran Page
  • Deborah Reshotko
  • Damian Woetzel


  • 3rd Law Dance/Theater
  • Colorado Springs Dance Theatre
  • Judy Graese
  • Stephen Seifert
  • Nii Armah Sowah


  • Garrett Ammon
  • Monica Hill
  • Jane Slusarski-Harris
  • Nancy Smith
  • Ingvar Sodal


  • Gil Boggs
  • Rita Flores de Wallace
  • Noel Hefty
  • Howard Sayette
  • Debbie Stark
  • Hope Moore Waggoner


  • John Bradford
  • Linda Kent
  • Tom Masterson
  • Susan Tracy


  • Glenn Giffin
  • Darlene Handler
  • Mary Wohl Haan
  • Henry Lowenstein
  • Pablo Rodarte


  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
  • Don Atwood
  • Barbara Dilley
  • Sandra Minton


  • Joan Brown
  • Beulah Cherne
  • Patricia Renzetti
  • Phoebe Smedley


  • Beverly Elinoff
  • Hannah Kahn
  • Chris Kermiet
  • Michelle O’Bryan Hamel
  • Jerry Rumley
  • Lynne Taylor-Corbett


  • Esther Kenny
  • Henry Miles
  • David Taylor
  • Roberta Thornsberry
  • Jeanette Trujillo


  • Rene Heredia
  • Gloria Kubel
  • Cleo Parker Robinson
  • Virginia Putnam
  • Nancy Spanier


  • Ann Marie Blessin
  • Martin Fredmann
  • Marda Kirn
  • Letitia Williams


  • Dulcy Amter
  • Gwen Bowen
  • Marilyn Cohen
  • Katherine Detre
  • Charlotte York Irey


  • Al Brooks
  • Lillian Covillo
  • Reike Love
  • Florence Ruston
  • Vera Sears
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