The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), the international service organization for dancers of color announced its 2013 IABD Honors Celebration Awardees. Amongst the honorees was Philadelphia’s Brenda Dixon-Gottschild. The awards will be given on Saturday, January 26, 2013 during the IABD International Performance Showcase, which is part of the 25th Annual IABD Conference being held in Washington, DC, January 24 – 27, 2013.
“It is with great honor and pleasure that we pay tribute to these individuals who through their professional accomplishments, stewardship, and passion have made outstanding contributions to the Black dance community. Their contributions to the art form are un-measurable and they have touched the lives of so many while advancing the field of dance,” said IABD Chair, Denise Saunders Thompson.
Presented for the first time by the IABD Board of Directors, the IABD Award recipients include: Dance School Director Award, Charles L. Augins; Founders Award, Camille A. Brown; Scholar Award, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild; Legendary Choreographers Award, Louis Johnson; and International Acclaim Award, Dianne McIntyre. The Honors are awarded to those individuals whose professional presence and commitment to Black Dance are exemplified through extraordinary qualities in Artistic, Education, Leadership, and Developing Artists in the dance field. The Honorees through creativity, force of vision, and professional work have significantly impacted the Black dance community and the Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge their service.
Brenda Dixon Gottschild is the author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts; Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era—winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication); and The Black Dancing Body – A Geography from Coon to Cool—winner of the 2004 de la Torre Bueno prize for scholarly excellence in dance publication). Her most recent book, titled Joan Myers Brown and The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina-A Biohistory of Performance and Race, was published in January 2012. She is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a former consultant and writer for Dance Magazine, and she performs movement theater works with her husband, choreographer Hellmut Gottschild.