Janet Hamburg, professor of dance at the University of Kansas, died unexpectedly September 4 in New York City. Hamburg joined the KU faculty in 1979 and later became dance department chair. She was certified by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, received the institute’s first Laban Award for Creative Achievement in 2004 and was a core faculty member of the New Mexico Laban Certification Program. She also served as director of senior wellness and exercise for the Center for Movement Education and Research in Los Angeles and was a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She taught in the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance and was a frequent guest teacher at The Juilliard School, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute and the Sports Training Institute, all in New York City.
Sally Sevey Fitt, professor emeritus of modern dance at the University of Utah, died in August in Loveland, CO. The last 25 years of her teaching career were at the University of Utah, where she retired as head of the dance kinesiology department. The author of numerous publications, Fitt’s book Dance Kinesiology (1988) still serves as the primary text in many college dance departments around the world.
Patricia A. Rowe, Ed.D, founder of New York University’s Department of Dance and Dance Education, died in June. Rowe was instrumental in the 20-year effort to achieve dance certification for K–12 in the state of New York and foster degrees in undergraduate and graduate majors in dance. Her lifetime of contributions to dance education was honored with a celebration on September 27 at The Joyce Theater in NYC.