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Dance Council Honors
Reception . Awards . Performance . Silent Auction
October 29, 2017 . 3 - 5PM
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

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Each year, the Dance Council of North Texas celebrates the accomplishments of individuals for their lifetime contribution; artistic and educational achievement; and service to the community. The awards are named for four talented and prestigious names in the dance community of North Texas: Mary McLarry Bywaters (founder of Dance Council) award for lifetime achievement to dance, Natalie Skelton (Founder of Dance Council) award for artistic excellence, Mary Warner (Initial Board Member of DCTV) award for outstanding service to dance, Larry White (Premier Dance Educator at SMU) excellence in dance education award, and the Buster Cooper Tap award.
The afternoon recognizes excellence of education, performance, and community support for dance in Texas. Past recipients include such luminaries as Nathalie Krassovska, Tom Adams, Ben Stevenson, Patsy Swayze, Ann Williams, Anita N. Martinez and Veletta Forsythe-Lill.




Kathy Chamberlain
Mary Bywaters Award
for Lifetime Achievement
in Dance

Stephanie Rae Williams
Natalie Skelton Award
for Artistic Excellence



Alpana Kagal Jacob
Larry White Excellence in
Dance Education Award


Patty Granville
Mary Warner Award
for Outstanding Service
to Dance
 

Malana Murphy
Buster Cooper
Tap Legend


Read About Our Esteemed 2017 Dance Council Honorees:


Kathy Chamberlain ~ Mary Bywaters Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance

Kathy Chamberlain will receive the Mary Bywaters Award, which recognizes a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to dance. Dance Council of North Texas is delighted to join with Chamberlain School of Ballet, (CSB) Plano, as it celebrates its 40th Anniversary. CSB, a premier dance school, offers classes in ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, musical theatre dance as well as Mommy-and-Me and Creative Dance classes for toddlers. Chamberlain School of Ballet is the supporting school for Chamberlain Performing Arts, a leading North Texas pre-professional dance company founded by Kathy Chamberlain.  Kathy Chamberlain received the prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship for study at the School of American Ballet, NYC.
Stephanie Rae Williams ~ Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence

Stephanie Rae Williams, a current member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, is the recipient of the  Natalie Skelton Award honoring a person who icurrently performing in the dance world. Ms. Williams was featured in Dance Magazine's "On the Rise" in 2013. In, 2005, she received the South Dallas Dance Festival Scholarship from DCNT. Stephanie was a Fellowship recipient at the Ailey School, a 2006 National Foundation for the Arts Award Winner, a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Winner as well as a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist. Stephanie was a Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master.

Alpana Kagal ~ Larry White Excellence in Dance Education Award

Larry White Educator Award recognizes Alpana Kagal for her inspiring and innovative contributions to her students' development. Ms. Kagal has been dancing for over three decades. Ms. Kagal has been dancing for over three decades. After her Arangetram and graduation, she has been teaching Bharata Natyam to many young children and adults in Dallas. Alpana has been a guest lecturer at both UNT and TWU for a number of years; she has served as choreographer and teacher for Dallas Theater Center Summer Workshop projects. Alpana has taught students at the BTWSPA and at Brookhaven College and Richland College frequently.  She is a disciplined  and loving teacher to all her students.

Patty Granville ~ Mary Warner Award for Outstanding Service to Dance

Mary Warner Award for service in dance recognizes Patty Granville, who exemplifies the individual whose longtime support of dance is  essential to the dance community. Ms. Granville has been the Director of the Garland Center for the Performing Arts since its opening in 1982. She was one of the founder and has served as producer for Garland Summer Musicals since 1983. In 2003, The Garland City Council unanimously voted to rename the Performing Arts Center to Patty Granville Arts Center. Patty has provided countless opportunities for performers, musicians and craftsmen to participate their love of musical theatre.

Malana Murphy ~ Buster Cooper Tap Legend
Buster Cooper Tap Legend Award will celebrate the exemplary contributions of Malana Murphy to America's original dance form: tap.Malana began her professional career at the age of 14 while performing in the production of “Calling All Kids”, choreographed by Gracey Tune. In addition to graduating from Booker T Washington High School,Malana has performed commercially for American Airlines, Redken, Mary Kay, Frito Lay, and other industrials. Her performing career also includes dancing for Fabian, The Monkeys, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheells.  Her love for tap dancing has inspired her to share her passion and knowledge with students locally and throughout the states.

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See more award recipients in the Honors Awards Hall of Fame.