Announcing the 2015 Dance Magazine Awards

Soledad Barrio

Karen Kain

A soulful flamenco idol, a princely partner, a determined leader, a beloved scholar, a boundary-breaking choreographer. This year, Dance Magazine honors five dance luminaries who have pushed our field forward and made dance an even richer art form. We are delighted to present 2015 Dance Magazine Awards to flamenco star Soledad Barrio, American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, National Ballet of Canada artistic director Karen Kain, dance historian and archivist David Vaughan and Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

David Vaughan with Pepper Fajans

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

The ceremony to celebrate these amazing dance artists will take place December 7 at 7:30 pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. As The New York Times has put it, “As far as dance celebrities are concerned, the annual Dance Magazine Awards is as close as they come to a star-studded event.” Mikhail Baryshnikov will present the award to Kain; Millicent Johnnie to Zollar, Julie Kent to Gomes, Martín Santangelo to Barrio and Valda Setterfield to Vaughan. Members of Urban Bush Women and ABT will dance in tribute to these honorees, and Barrio will perform along with live flamenco musicians. Tickets are available for $50. To purchase, contact Nicole Buggé at 212-979-4872 or

Marcelo Gomes

Clockwise from top left: Photo by Chris Bennion, courtesy Noche Flamenca; Karolina Kuras, courtesy NBoC; Crush Boone, courtesy UBW; Gene Schiavone, courtesy ABT; Gilbert Gaytan.


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