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Dance Metro DC Awards 2008

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company selected for two Metro DC Dance Awards in 2008

Washington, DC—September 9, 2008—Metro DC Dance Awards presented DC-based dance organization, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company two awards for their new work Bell Song. Dakshina was a finalist in two categories for the 2008 Metro DC Dance Awards and won both of them: Emerging Group and Excellence in Costume Design (shared with Roxann Morgan). Stacey on the left is wearing Roxann and Daniel’s design–which was inspired by a traditional Bharata Natyam costume. This year we’ve continued the tradition of presenting excellent work. Melissa Liu Greco and Stephanie Yezek performed Lullaby as part of the awards ceremony and looked stunning in the piece. Please join me in congratulating them for their beautiful performance as well. The awards were presented as part of the Metro DC Dance Awards at the Kennedy Center last night. The awards recognize Dakshina’s path breaking work in creating a vision of dance that is multi-cultural, collaborative, and socially relevant.

As many of you know, Dakshina was given the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance in 2007. For this year’s award, Singh selected Aysha Upchurch for the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance. Cheles Rhynes presented the award to Aysha Upchurch.

“The awards recognize the syncretic work our company is creating by working with Bharata Natyam and Modern dance. This award validates our unique vision and offering to the community,” said Daniel Phoenix Singh, artistic director of Dakshina. “The word Dakshina means both ‘offering’ and ‘from the South of India.’ We share our work as one of many offerings for the DC community. Our company’s mission is to demonstrate that dance is universally accessible; that it is a system of communication that transcends boundaries, cultures, and time; and that it can be used as a vehicle for social change and community development.” Singh also gratefully acknowledged his wonderful dancers, and collaborators and his mentor and friend Pamela Matthews along with his artistic advisors Mim Rosen, Libby Smigel, Karen Bernstein, and Harriet Moncure Williams for their support and help.