The Dance/USA Honor, 'Ernie', and Champion awards recognize an individual’s contributions to dance in America and acknowledges the roles they play in the national dance community. Presented by the Dance/USA Board of Trustees, these awards are presented to outstanding members of the national dance community.
Nominations for Dance/USA's Honor and 'Ernie' awards are accepted from the entire dance field, and the final selection is made by the Dance/USA Board of Trustees. Each year, the Champion Award is selected by the local Host Committee.
The 2017 Honorees are:
Dance/USA Honor Award - Cleo Parker Robinson, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ Award - Gina Gibney, Gibney Dance
Dance/USA Champion Award - Billie Mahoney, Kansas City Dance Artist
Dance/USA Trustees Award - Douglas C. Sonntag
The 2017 awards will be presented during the Opening Night Celebration on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Union Station in Kansas City, MO.
The festivities will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and an awards ceremony recognizing the 2017 awardees.
The Honor Award is given to an individual for demonstrated achievements, extraordinary leadership, and exceptional contributions in the national dance field which consistently reflect a high level of artistic excellence, creative force of vision, and breadth of work.
|1986 Antony Tudor and Martha Graham |
1988 Robert Joffrey and Merce Cunningham
1990 Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey
1992 Katherine Dunham and Bella Lewitzky
1994 Alexandra Danilova and Charles Reinhart
1996 William Christensen and Donald McKayle
1998 Judith Jamison and Bruce Marks
2000 Jeraldyne Blunden and David R. White
2002 Chuck Davis
2004 Arthur Mitchell
|2006 Anna Halprin |
2008 Frederic Franklin
2009 Tina Ramirez
2010 Carmen de Lavallade
2011 Lar Lubovitch
2012 Helgi Tomasson
2013 Joan Myers Brown
2014 Liz Lerman
2015 Trisha Brown
2016 Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
2017 Cleo Parker Robinson
Freed of London is proud to exclusively sponsor this year’s Dance/USA Honor Award presented to Cleo Parker Robinson.
The ‘Ernie’ Award is given to an individual working “behind the scenes” within the infrastructure of the national dance field, who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, outstanding value in the field, and whose achievements have influenced and significantly advanced the work of artists and supported their creativity.
|1990 Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath |
1992 Richard E. LeBlond Jr.
1994 Martha Hill Davies and Bessie Schonberg
1996 Barbara Horgan and Ivan Sygoda
1998 Deborah Jowitt
2000 Norton Owen and John R. Killacky
2002 Cora Cahan
2004 Sage Cowles
2006 Madeleine Nichols
|2008 Anna Kisselgoff |
2009 Sali Ann Kriegsman
2010 Richard J. Caples
2011 Verdery Roosevelt
2012 Sam Miller
2013 Barbara Weisberger
2014 D. David Brown
2015 Linda Shelton
2016 Ann Williams
2017 Gina Gibney
The Champion Award is given to any organization, business, foundation, or individual in appreciation for their achievements, leadership, outstanding service, and dedicated efforts that have sustained and significantly advanced dance field in the Annual Conference host city.
|2010 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Meyer Foundation |
2011 Pamela Crutchfield
2012 Chris & Warren Hellman and Kary Schulman
|2014 Dr. Robert and Katherine Goodale |
2015 Toby Lerner Ansin
2016 Sarah & Dr. Ernest Butler
2017 Billie Mahoney
The Trustees Award is given at the discretion of the Dance/USA Board of Trustees to recognize an outstanding professional whose work has special significance to the field.
|2004 Alan M. Kriegsman |
2007 Dr. Richard Gibbs
2008 Rena Shagan
2011 Andrea Snyder
|2012 C.C. Conner, Jr. |
2013 Sharon Gersten Luckman
2015 Raven Wilkinson
2016 Ella Baff