The Dance/USA Honor, 'Ernie', and Trustees 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, theses 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. Nominations have closed for the 2016 Honors. The awards are presented at the Honors Celebration during the Dance/USA Annual Conference.
Dance/USA Honor Award - Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women
Dance/USA 'Ernie' Award - Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dance/USA Trustees Award - Ella Baff, formerly of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Dance/USA Champion Award - Sarah and Ernest Butler
The Honor goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field by reason of artistic excellence and/or force of vision. This year's Honor Award is sponsored by Freed of London.
|1986 Anthony Tudor and Martha Graham||2006 Anna Halprin|
|1988 Robert Joffrey and Merce Cunningham||2008 Frederic Franklin|
|1990 Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey||2009 Tina Ramirez|
|1992 Katherine Dunham and Bella Lewitzky||2010 Carmen De Lavallade|
|1994 Alexandra Danilova and Charles Reinhart||2011 Lar Lubovitch|
|1996 William Christensen and Donald McKayle||2012 Helgi Tomasson|
|1998 Judith Jamison and Bruce Marks||2013 Joan Myers Brown|
|2000 Jeraldyne Blunden and David R. White||2014 Liz Lerman|
|2002 Chuck Davis||2015 Trisha Brown|
|2004 Arthur Mitchell||2016 Jawole Willa Jo Zollar|
The 'Ernie' goes to an individual working “behind the scenes” within the infrastructure of the dance field, whose achievements have significantly empowered artists and supported their creativity individually or as a community.
|1990 Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath|| 2008 Anna Kisselgoff|
|1992 Richard E. LeBlond Jr.|| 2009 Sali Ann Kriegsman|
|1994 Martha Hill Davis and Bessie Schoenberg|| 2010 Richard J. Caples|
|1996 Barbara Horgan and Ivan Sygoda|| 2011 Verdery Roosevelt|
|1998 Deborah Jowitt|| 2012 Sam Miller|
|2000 Norton Owen and John R. Killacky|| 2013 Barbara Weisberger|
|2002 Cora Cahan|| 2014 D. David Brown|
|2004 Sage Cowles|| 2015 Linda Shelton|
|2006 Madeleine Nichols|| 2016 Ann Williams|
Dance/USA Trustees Award
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|| 2012 C.C. Conner, Jr.|
|2007 Dr. Richard Gibbs|| 2013 Sharon Gersten Luckman|
|2008 Rena Shagan|| 2015 Raven Wilkinson|
|2011 Andrea Snyder|| 2016 Ella Baff|
Dance/USA Champion Award
The Champion Award is given to any organization, business, foundation, or individual in the Annual Conference host city whose achievements, leadership, and support have sustained and/or significantly advanced dance in their home community.
|2010 The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation |
and the Meyer Foundation
|2014 Dr. Robert and Katherine Goodale|
|2011 Pamela Crutchfield ||2015 Toby Lerner Ansin|
|2012 Chris & Warren Hellman and Kary Schulman||2016 Sarah & Dr. Ernest Butler|
The 2016 Honor Award is sponsored by Freed of London.