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Nominations Open April 1 for
Dance Council Honors

Reception . Awards . Performance . Silent Auction
October 28, 2018 . 3 - 5PM
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Tickets Available in September.

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.

How to Nominate:

History: The Legacy Awards began in 1987 when a Dance Council founder,
Mary Bywaters, received the first award. In 1997, the award categories were
expanded to include the present awards; in 2005, the awards were renamed
the Dance Council Honors. Each award is named for important Dance Council
leaders whose lives attested to lifelong dedication to dance in the North
Texas area.

DCNT Membership Benefit: Only Dance Council of North Texas members nominate individuals for the prestigious Honor Awards. However, DCNT
membership is not required to receive a Dance Council Honor. DCNT Board of Directors and staff are not eligible to receive Honors. A candidate may be
nominated for only one award per year. If not selected, the candidate will be considered for two more years. The Nominators may share updates of their candidate’s accomplishments each year. The Dance Council Honors Committee decides who the Honors recipients will be. Evaluation criteria are:
Mary McLarry Bywaters Award for Lifetime Contribution to Dance
DCNT’s highest award is presented to someone having made lifelong, significant contributions to the art of dance. Organizations that support dance and/or
someone having given major financial support to the dance community are also eligible for this award. Endeavors may include work as dancer, choreographer, company director, dance presenter, or dance writer. Please note these examples
are not intended to limit eligibility for the Mary Bywaters Award. While no
geographic qualification is applied, preference is given to individuals making a significant contribution in Texas or nearby states.
Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence The Natalie honors a y
ounger person who is an emerging artist and active in the dance world. The
recipient has been recognized for artistic excellence in her/his chosen area.
The recipient may be pursuing a career anywhere but should have grown up
in Texas, be residing in Texas, or had received significant training in Texas.
Most of the recipients have been dancers, yet this award may recognize
achievement in other artistic fields related to dance.
Mary Warner Award for Service to Dance The Warner award honors an individual or organization for longtime service to the dance community in any
activity that is essential to the dance enterprise. Examples of professions
supporting dance are entrepreneur, videographer, costumer, photographer,
scenic or lighting designer, administrator, or media designer. These examples
are not intended to limit eligibility for the Mary Warner Award. The recipient
may be recognized for compensated and/or uncompensated activities that
support dance.
Larry White Dance Educator Award The White award recognizes an
individual who has made exemplary, inspiring or innovative contributions to
their students’ development and/or to dance as arts education in Texas. The
Larry White Award recognizes outstanding dance educators who teach at a college/university, private or public school, or professional academy.
Buster Cooper Tap Legend This honor is inspired by the 1989 Congressional Resolution signed into law by President H. W. Bush establishing National Tap
Dance Day ( This
individual is recognized for exemplary contributions as a dancer, director, and/or choreographer who advances, promotes and celebrates tap dancing, America’s original dance form. While no geographic qualification is applied, preference is
given to individuals making a significant contribution in Texas or nearby states.

Prepare a letter of nomination that describes the candidate and explains why you feel the person is ready for the award. Please note: If the requested information is not complete,
the candidate will not be considered for DCNT Honors.
Include the following items:

• One to two page résumé of the nominee
• Two letters of recommendation
• Optional: High resolution .jpg headshot photograph

Email the documents to: Shelby Campbell: and Christie Bondade: by Monday, April 30 at
11:59 pm.THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. Nominee portfolios received after April 30 will be held over to 2019.

Read About Our Esteemed 2017 Dance Council Honorees:

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

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.

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