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Jacob's Pillow just named Liz Lerman as recipient of this year's Dance Award (which comes with a $25,000 cash prize). If you've never familiarized yourself with Lerman's work, now's a great time to get acquainted with her particular brand of community engagement, creative research and interdisciplinary practice. Although she left the company she founded, Dance Exchange, in 2010, much of the work she created there remains synonymous with her multigenerational, research-driven style.

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Choreographer Liz Lerman has joined the faculty at Arizona State University in Tempe. As institute professor, she will direct cross-disciplinary programs through the new Ensemble Lab—a cooperative of artists and collaborators from diverse fields of study. A 2002 MacArthur Fellow, Lerman founded the Washington, DC–based Dance Exchange in 1976 and developed the groundbreaking feedback system Critical Response Process. Her latest dance-theater work Healing Wars, about the Civil War and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was staged most recently at the La Jolla Playhouse, near San Diego. “I am thrilled to be invited to ASU and hope that I will be able to consolidate some of my many interests in one place,” Lerman said on her website.

Photo by Lise Metzger, courtesy of Lerman

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Watch these kids, but more importantly, watch the teachers!

The first thing you’ll notice in this video is how many children are dancing. And if you’re like me, the next thing you’ll see is all the teachers (in orange and blue) who are on the floor, dancing full-out to keep the kids moving in unison and with energy.

As part of a new outreach program called Dance eXchange, Philadelphia-based contemporary company BalletX is spending 11 weeks teaching dance at Andrew Jackson, a local pre-K–8 public school.

In preparation for the residency, BalletX company members and staff trained with teachers from New York’s National Dance Institute to learn the organization’s methods for building dance skills while promoting self-confidence.

Watching the video, you can feel the positive vibe in the room and see the progress third- to fifth-grade participants have made just one week into the voluntary after-school program. Since students have not necessarily been exposed to dance before, teachers stick to simple choreography with waving, bouncing, clapping and counting out loud. In addition to this performance, Dance eXchange will present a mid-semester and final showcase that will be open to students, families and the public.

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