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Metro DC Dance Awards 2005

August 2, 2005

Metro DC Dance Awards Announces
Finalists for 2005 Awards and
Winner of the Alan M. Kriegsman Award

Winners to be announced at 5th anniversary ceremony on
September 26, 2005 at the Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON, DC — The Metro DC Dance Awards (MDCDA) announces the finalists for the 2005
Awards, and names Beth Davis as the recipient of the 2005 Alan M. Kriegsman Award for lifetime
achievement and service to the Metropolitan DC dance community. This year, there are 57 finalists in 13
categories, representing the diversity of dance in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The winners will be
announced at the 5th Annual Metro DC Dance Awards ceremony on Monday, September 26, 2005 in the
Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. A full list of the finalists appears on page three.

Awards will be presented in 13 categories, including Outstanding Individual Performance,
Outstanding Group Performance, Outstanding Youth Performance and Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Education. Eligible performances occurred between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005. Winners will be chosen
by the MDCDA’s selection committee in a secret ballot vote, and will be revealed at the MDCDA ceremony
on September 26. The 2005 Pola Nirenska Award, given by the Washington Performing Arts Society to a
noted performer, choreographer and mentor to DC-area dancers, will also be presented at the ceremony.
This year’s awards were given to dance critic Jean Battey Lewis and choreographer Ed Tyler.

Beth Davis was selected by her peers as the recipient of the 2005 Alan Kriegsman Award for her
life’s work as an artist and ardent supporter of dance in the DC area. Johanna Seltzer, director of Dance/MetroDC, congratulated Ms. Davis by saying, “Beth, through her work with In Good Company and
the Hall of Mirrors Performance Series, has touched the lives of so many artists, as well as been a springboard
to accelerate their careers. She has been, and continues to be, a true pioneer for dance in the Washington
Metropolitan area by providing artists with a place to call home.”
The celebration on September 26 will feature performances by previous winners, representing the
breadth of dance in the Metropolitan DC area. Artists include Meisha Bosma, Coyaba Dance Theatre, Liz
Lerman Dance Exchange and Jessica Marchant. A special fifth anniversary tribute performance to late
choreographer Eric Hampton will open the program, with performances by Lucy Bowen McCauley, Allison
Crosby and Natalie Moffet-Smith. A reception and silent auction in support of the MDCDA will follow the
ceremony.

The Metro DC Dance Awards was founded in 2000 and presented its first awards in 2001. Through
the annual gala awards evening, the organization aims to create greater awareness of dance in the
Metropolitan DC area, including suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. The ceremony recognizes and
celebrates excellence in dance through its presentation of awards, and showcases the diversity of dance in the
area through performances ranging from tango to modern dance to tap. MDCDA is the only opportunity for
local artists and audiences to recognize outstanding contributions to dance in our community.

Finalists for the 2005 Metro DC Dance Awards

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Dance Production

Sharon Mansur, (Un)Identified, Dance Place, March 5-6, 2005
Naoko Maeshiba, Trace, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, September 15, 2004
Meisha Bosma, Blind Spot, Dance Place, May 7, 2005
Nejla Yatkin, NY2Dance, Dance Place, November 13-14, 2004
Carla Perlo, Farewell performance, Dance Place, November 20-21, 2004

Outstanding Group Performance in a Dance Production

Step Afrika!, Kennedy Center Theatre Lab, January 23, 2005
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Hirshhorn Museum, May 8, 2005
BosmaDance, Dance Place, May 7, 2005

Outstanding Youth Performance

Dance Place Step Team, MDCDA Nominating Party, Mexican Cultural Institute, May 26, 2005
Daughters of Coyaba with Youth Dance Festival, Dance Place, April 30-May 1, 2005
Crash by Helanius J. Wilkins, Joy of Motion’s YouthDance Intensive: Program Levels III & IV, The Jack
Guidone Theater at Joy of Motion Dance Center Friendship Heights, May 22, 2005
Washington School of Ballet Annual Spring Performance, Lisner Auditorium, May 26-27, 2005
Joy of Motion Youth Dance Intensive Program, Levels III & IV, Spring concert, The Jack Guidone
Theater at Joy of Motion Dance Center Friendship Heights, May 22, 2005

Outstanding New Work

Ordinary Landscapes by Deborah Riley Dance Projects, Dance Place April 2-3, 2005
Trace by Naoko Maeshiba, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, September 14-15, 2004
(Un)Identified by Sharon Mansur/mansurdance in collaboration with Gesel Mason, Boris Willis, Ed
Tyler and Naoko Maeshiba, Dance Place, March 5-6, 2005
Blind Spot by Meisha Bosma, BosmaDance, Dance Place, May 7, 2005
KeNako by C. Brian Williams and Jason Nious, Step Afrika! Footworks Concert, The Music Center at
Strathmore, May 13, 2005

Emerging Performer or Group

Ginger Wagg of Ginger Wagg and Jane Jerardi, Transformer, February 5, 2005
Vincent E. Thomas of VTDance Dance Place, October 16-17, 2004
Dance Smith, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, November 18, 2004
The Washington Ballet Studio Company, The Washington Ballet’s England Studio Theater, May 18-19,
2005
Eileen Schwartz of BosmaDance, Black Rock Center for the Performing Arts, May 22, 2005

Emerging Choreographer

Meisha Bosma of BosmaDance, Dance Place, May 7, 2005
Reggie Glass for Flesh and Blood, Combined Forces, Choreographers Showcase, Dance Place, March 25-26, 2005
Stephen Clapp for Endgame, Combined Forces, Choreographers Showcase, Dance Place,
March 25-26, 2005
Natalie Moffett-Smith of Dance Smith, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, November 18, 2004

Excellence in Costume Design

Laurel Gray for Silk Road Dance Company, Publick Playhouse, April 2, 2005
Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, Kennedy Center Theater Lab, February 11-13, 2005
Susan Reynolds for Tiempo de Tango, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, September 27, 2004

Excellence in Lighting Design

Catherine Eliot for Naoko Maeshiba, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage September 14-15, 2004
Catherine Eliot for Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp, Dance Place, December 11-12, 2004
Jessica Marchant for Step Afrika!, Kennedy Center Theater Lab, January 17-23, 2005
Catherine Eliot for Clancyworks, Dance Place, April 23-24, 2005
Paul Jackson for Alvin Mayes, Dance Place, February 5-6, 2005

Excellence in Sound Design or Original Composition

Naoko Maeshiba for Trace, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, September 15, 2004
Lucas Zarwell for (Un)identified, mansurdance, Dance Place, March 5-6, 2005
Lucas Zarwell for Off White, mansurdance, Dance Place, March 5-6, 2005

Excellence in Stage Design

Sharon Mansur for Off White, mansurdance, Dance Place, March 5-6, 2005
Daniel Phoenix Singh and Ludovic Jolivet for Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center, September 24-25, 2004
Nicholas Phillips for The Rite of Spring, The Washington Ballet, The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater,
February 23-27, 2005

Outstanding Overall production in a Small Venue

IN SITE by Ginger Wagg and Jane Jerardi, Transformer, Revolution Records and Warehouse, Feb. 5,
March 19, April 30-May 1, 2005
Dance Bethesda by Douglas Yeuell (Chair), Bowen McCauley Dance, CrossCurrents, Jennifer Archibald,
Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Dance Exchange and Maryland Youth Ballet Round House Theatre Bethesda,
February 19, 2005
(Un)Identified by Sharon Mansur/mansurdance with guest artist David Dorfman, Dance Place, Mar.
5-6, 2005
7X7: Unplugged by The Washington Ballet, The Washington Ballet’s England Studio Theater, May 4-15,
2005

Outstanding Overall production in a Large Venue

Trace by Naoko Maeshiba, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage September 14-15, 2004
Haft Paykar: Seven Beauties by Silk Road Dance Company, Publick Playhouse April 2, 2005
The Washington Ballet: Giselle, The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, October 20-24, 2004
The Washington Ballet: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, The Warner Theatre,
December 9-26, 2004
Concert by Bowen McCauley Dance, The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, November 3, 2004

Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education

Mary Day
Helen Hayes
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Alvin Mayes
Naima Prevots

Alan M. Kriegsman Award

Beth Davis
Beth received her BFA, Summa cum Laude, from Ohio University in 1975 and in 1976 made her New York
City debut dancing on top of a fountain on Wall Street at lunchtime. As a dancer, she has toured nationally
and internationally with the companies of Kenneth Rinker and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. In 1992,
she became an Artist-in-Residence at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, and the Artistic Director for In Good
Company, a not for profit organization whose mission is to support the emergence and experimentation of
the arts in the DC area. Beth has also organized a support group called The Lab for area performing artists
of any genre, and began the Hall of Mirrors Performance Series in 1992. For six years, the Series provided a
venue for new talent to get started and for seasoned artists to take risks. These multi-disciplined events were
described by the Washington Post as “…the SoHo of DC, tantalizing programs before a responsive audience,
engaging, with a touch of the provactive…first-rate.” Beth’s choreography has been commissioned by the Liz
Lerman Dance Exchange, the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, American University, the Maryland State Gifted
and Talented Program, the Institute for Policy Studies and the In Series at Mt. Vernon College. Beth has also
had the pleasure to work as a choreographer with both the New York City and Washington, DC theater
communities. As a teacher, Beth has worked with high school students, college students, senior citizens, the
staff and residents of DC Village, and for a variety special populations on tour with Liz Lerman including:
nurses, teachers, substance abusers, rape crisis victims, and the physically and mentally challenged.