Dance Council of North Texas Announces 2012 Honorees

Working in the performing arts arena is really a labor of love. So many individuals are overworked, underpaid and a lot of what they do goes unnoticed by the general public. The Dance Council of North Texas understands this and it’s one of the reasons the organization created the Dance Council Honors.

What began as the Legacy awards in 1987 has now turned into a full afternoon of dance that includes a silent auction, reception and a performance showcase featuring DCNT scholarship recipients and company members from Dallas Black Dance Theatre. This year’s event will also include a piece from Bob Fosse’s Chicago performed by Guyer High School (Denton, TX), a winning production at the DSM High School Musical Theatre awards competition.

This year’s Dance Council Honorees include Tracy Jordan, Teresa Espinosa, Kay Daiziel, Yvonne Lovell, Gladys Keeton and Laura Price.

Tracy Jordan. Photo: courtesy of the DCNT

Tracy Jordan will be receiving the Mary McLarry Bywaters Award for Lifetime Contribution to Dance. Jordan is currently the executive director of the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. He has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years and was featured in 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Jesus Christ Super Star and Fiddler On The Roof.

The Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence will go to Teresa Espinosa.

Teresa Espinosa. Photo: courtesy of the DCNT

Espinosa is a Dallas native and Alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is a nationally acclaimed hip-hop choreographer, dancer and teacher. She is also a member of the dance crew “Beat Freaks,” which appeared on Season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew. This past March she was a featured guest artist at the DCNT’s annual Dance Planet event.

Kay Daiziel will be receiving the Mary Warner Award for Service to Dance. Daiziel has been in the dancewear retail business since 1984. In 2003 she opened Artful Dancewear LLC in Dallas. She also sponsors a DCNT teacher scholarship.

Yvonne Lovell. Photo: courtesy of the DCNT

The Larry White Dance Educator Award will go to Yvonne Lovell and Gladys Keeton. Lovell is the owner and director of Stage Door Dance in Mesquite, TX. London-born Lovell uses RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) curriculum for her classical ballet classes and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for her tap curriculum. Her studio has been involved with The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Garland Summer Musicals.

Keeton’s career in dance education spans more than 40 years. She is currently an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University where she teaches courses in Dance History, World Dance Forms, Arts Activities for Elementary Teaching and Dance Performance just to name a few. Keeton is also the director of the TWU International Dance Company and

Gladys Keeton. Photo: courtesy of the DCNT

has influenced dance education and fine arts in Texas through her work with the Texas Education Agency.

And the Texas Tap Legend Award will go to Laura Price. Price has been involved in the dance world for more than 50 years. She has performed with several local civic dance and theatre companies in productions such as Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Whoopee, Peter and the Wolf, A Chorus Line, The Nutcracker, and Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto.

Laura Price. Photo: courtesy of the DCNT

Price currently teaches at Tuzer Dancenter in Richardson, TX, and Forcher’s Dance Center in Irving, TX.

The 2012 Dance Council Honors will be held Sept. 30 at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 2:30p.m.

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