|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
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
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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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: firstname.lastname@example.org and Christie Bondade: email@example.com 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.