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Welcome to the 2022 Dance Magazine Awards

A tradition dating back to 1954, the Dance Magazine Awards recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of dance.

Thank you to our sponsor First Republic Bank

All net proceeds go to the Harkness Promise Awards, which provide support to early-career choreographers with $5,000 and 40 hours of studio space. To make a donation, visit



Welcome Remarks

Frederic Seegal, CEO & chairman, Dance Media


Chairman’s Award Presentation for Jim Herbert


Choreography: Andrea Miller

Music: “Pearls,” by Sade

Performers: Harrison Ball and Patricia Delgado 

Premiere: Chelsea Factory, October 2022

Linda Shelton presenting to JIM HERBERT


Harkness Promise Awards

Raja Feather Kelly introducing Joan Finkelstein

Joan Finkelstein presenting to KAYLA FARRISH* and JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER




Presentation for Brenda Dixon-Gottschild

Video: Interview with Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, courtesy of PBS WHYY

Rennie Harris presenting to BRENDA DIXON-GOTTSCHILD


Presentation for Herman Cornejo

Kevin McKenzie presenting HERMAN CORNEJO


Presentation for Lucinda Childs

Excerpt from Étude 18

Choreography: Lucinda Childs, produced by Pomegranate Arts and created in honor of Philip Glass’ 85th birthday

Music: Philip Glass

Pianist: Anton Batagov

Performers: Kyle Gerry and Caitlin Scranton

Premiere: Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, September 2022

Yvonne Rainer presenting to LUCINDA CHILDS


Presentation for Dianne McIntyre

Excerpt from Love Poems to God, 1992

Concept: Hannibal Lokumbe and Dianne McIntyre

Choreography: Dianne McIntyre

Poetry and music: Hannibal Lokumbe

Original costumes: Brenda Brunson-Bey

Lighting: Melody Beal

Performers: Demetia Hopkins (dancer) and Tina Fabrique (singer)

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar presenting to DIANNE MCINTYRE


Presentation for Kyle Abraham

Excerpt from Love Letter (on shuffle) 

Choreography: Kyle Abraham

Music: James Blake

Costumes: Giles Deacon

Lighting: Dan Scully 

Performers: Harrison Ball and Jonathan Fahoury, courtesy of New York City Ballet

Charmaine Warren presenting to KYLE ABRAHAM


Closing Remarks

Joanna Harp, president, Dance Media


The Selection Committee for the

2022 Dance Magazine Awards Includes

Dance Magazine editor at large Wendy Perron (committee chair)

Master teacher Sheila Barker

Dance Magazine contributor Joseph Carman

The Dance Edit editor in chief Margaret Fuhrer

Dance Media president Joanna Harp

MoBBallet founder Theresa Ruth Howard

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Susan Jaffe

New York City Center vice president for programming Stanford Makishi

Dance Magazine senior editor Lydia Murray

Former American Dance Festival director Charles L. Reinhart


Dance Magazine Awards Team

Maria Caprio, Josephine Daño, Joanna Harp, Amy Jones, Raymond E. Mingst, Caitlin Sims

Stage manager: Jana Prager

Video editor: Meghan Keeney


Chelsea Factory crew:

Executive director: Lauren Kiel

Managing director: Donald Borror

Director of production and venue operations: Barry Stagg

Production manager: Duncan Gallagher

*Kayla Farrish Choreography made with collaborations:


Martyr’s Fiction- Film Excerpt

Nik Owens, Kayla Farrish

Camera: Kerime Konur, Jake Kruty, and Joe Hill


To Dream A Lifetime

Kayla Farrish

Black Light Summit at the Clarice


Roster- Open Air Series (Four/Four Presents)

Kayla Farrish, Melanie Charles

Anya Clarke, Kayla Farrish, Gabrielle Loren, Kerime Konur, Mikaila Ware


Sunny Side- Inside the Laughing Barrel

Kayla Farrish, Ben Stamper, Melanie Charles, Naomi Extra

Armstrong Now!- Louis Armstrong House Museum

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