Dance Magazine Awards 2023

2023 Posthumous Dance Magazine Awards

A tradition dating back to 1954, the awards feature several changes for 2023, including the addition of an annual theme, the establishment of criteria for the selection committee, and the inclusion of posthumous honors to recognize some of the many artists who were not given awards during their lifetimes. 

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Celebrating Dance Magazine Award Honoree Maria Torres

The same energy that crackles in Maria Torres’ choreography is present whether she is in the classroom, the director’s chair, or gazing toward future projects. Alongside that energy is a technical precision and fierceness that mark her work as grounded, clear-eyed, and vital. And she’s excited to keep sharing those gifts.

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Celebrating Dance Magazine Award Honoree Norton Owen

For Norton Owen, the director of preservation at Jacob’s Pillow, archives activate a place where the past is in dialogue with the present. Owen’s efforts have helped dance feel like a bigger place, and dance history like an evolving story that unites us all.

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Celebrating Dance Magazine Award Honoree Alicia Graf Mack

A review of Alicia Graf Mack’s first five years at the helm of The Juilliard School’s dance division—she is its youngest and first African American head—reveals that her 2018 appointment was an undeniably historic event. It has signaled a paradigm shift both in terms of race and representation and the school’s pedagogical philosophy.

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