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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!

LEGENDS OF DANCE
NOMINATIONS
OPEN

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.
EDUCATION GUIDES

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

2023Honorees

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

2022Honorees

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

2021Honorees

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

2020Honorees

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

2019Honorees

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

2018Honorees

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

2017Honorees

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

2016Honorees

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

2015Honorees

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

2014Honorees

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

2013Honorees

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

2012Honorees

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

2011Honorees

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

2010Honorees

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

2009Honorees

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

2008Honorees

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

2007Honorees

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

2006Honorees

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

2005Honorees

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

2004Honorees

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