* Daniel Lewis, founding dean of dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, received the National Dance Education Organization’s Lifetime Achievement award at its annual conference in October at Arizona State University. Deborah Damast of the New York University Steinhardt School of Education received NDEO’s Outstanding Educator award, and the Outstanding Leadership award went to Julie Kerr-Berry, associate professor of dance at Minnesota State University.
* The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that Tony Award–winning choreo-grapher Bill T. Jones will receive a 2010 Kennedy Center Honor on December 28. The presentation will be broadcast on CBS. Other honorees are Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.
* At the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s fifth annual Harold Clurman Festival of Arts in September, Alexandra Wells, ballet teacher at The Juilliard School, received the MAD Spirit Award for her work as an artist and humanitarian.
* The Washington Performing Arts Society awarded the 2010 Pola Nirenska Award for Lifetime Achievement to Seda Khoyan Gelenian. In addition to performing with several Washington, DC–area dance companies, Gelenian taught creative dance for children at the Norwood School in Bethesda, MD, for 36 years.
Photo:Daniel Lewis (Jeffery A. Salter, courtesy of Daniel Lewis)