Yuriko to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Today's archive photo is of Yuriko Kikuchi (just Yuriko for those in-the-know). On November 26 she will receive a Martha Hill lifetime achievement award. In addition to being a member of the Graham Company, Yuriko directed her own troupe, the Yuriko Dance Company from 1967 to 1973. She received an honorary doctorate from the Boston Conservatory in 2006. Here's a video of Yuriko coaching Eugene Lang College students in Graham's Chronicle: http://www.dancemedia.com/v/375.

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Battery Dance Brings Dance Classes to Frontline Healthcare Workers

For over 40 years, Battery Dance has lived by is mission to be "artistically excellent and socially relevant." The New York company runs countless public programs around the globe and in 1982 founded the hugely popular annual Battery Dance Festival.

So it's perhaps not surprising that the company has started an initiative to bring dance to frontline healthcare workers across the country. Called Mindful Movement, these free virtual sessions last just 15 minutes and require no prior dance experience. They're designed to provide relaxation and relief from the daily stress that healthcare workers are now experiencing.