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2010 Lester Horton Awards

May 24, 2010
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The Lester Horton Dance Awards are a local recognition presented by the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles to acknowledge the impact and craft of dancers, dance companies and others in the dance community. This year’s award ceremony brought together many talents from the vibrant LA dance community and highlighted their contributions. The following are the award winners for this year:

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company
David Rousseve/Reality, Saudade, David Rousseve
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Male
Kevin Williamson, Fruit, KDUB DANCE
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Female
Marissa LaBog, Really All About Eve, Collage Dance Theater
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Small Ensemble (Duets/Trios/Quartets)
Bahareh Ebrhimzadeh, Rogelio Lopez Garcia, Andrew Merrell and Jennifer Parra, The Presence of
Absence, Keith Johnson/Dancers
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Long Form (more than 15 minutes)
David Rousseve, Saudade, David Rousseve/Reality
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Short Form (less than 15 minutes)
Bradley Michaud, volenti non fit injuria, Method Contemporary Dance
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Ryan Heffington, Really All About Eve
Outstanding Achievement in Music for Dance
Alexander Marchand Say the Body is Like This Lamp, Alyson Boell
Outstanding Achievement in Set Design
Matt Scarpino, Silk or Cotton, Bare Dance Company
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Eileen Cooley, The Crossings, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
Outstanding Production of a Festival or Series
50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration produced by Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Outstanding Achievement in World Dance
Viver Brasil, Feet on the Ground/Aiye, Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró

Horton Awards
Photo by Chiabella James

In addition, to the amazing dancers and industry professionals whose achievements were noted above, three industry recognition awards for excellence were given.

Furthering the Visibility of Dance
Jamie Nichols, Producer of Celebrate Dance
Excellence in Teaching
Ron Brown, Artistic Director of Evidence Dance Company
Service to Our Dance Community
Carol Zee, Artistic Director of Everybody Dance!

I had the pleasure of speaking with both Jamie Nichols and Carol Zee while at the awards, and was amazed at the humility and passion of both these women. In my next set of blogs I will talk more about the organizations they are involved with, as they are worth sharing with both other dancers and the world at large. Briefly, Celebrate Dance brings together area dance companies for an annual stage production that regularly sells out and offers opportunities for up and coming dance companies to showcase their works. It also engages local schools to provide opportunities to students to see the show and receive training. Everybody Dance! is a non-profit providing free dance education to underserved populations in Los Angeles County. They teach classes in a variety of styles and have grown to four campuses serving thousands of deserving dancers who might not otherwise have access to training.

The Dance Resource Center (DRC) of Los Angeles, the sponsoring body of these awards, provides an array of services to dance companies and organizations in Los Angeles County. While there, I spoke with Amanda Lipsey, President of DRC, to learn more about what they offer. Members of the organization get assistance with marketing, funding, rehearsal spaces and other resources to help them thrive.

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  1. May 27, 2010 4:40 pm

    Thank you, Vanessa, for the lovely coverage! We should talk more. Considering the lack of dance coverage by major news resources in LA, I’d love to put together a list of bloggers, etc. who review dance and/or write about dance that can fill that gap and give LA dance the coverage it deserves.

    Thanks again for attending the Horton Awards!

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