IRREPLACEABLE DANCE TREASURES
June 21, 2016
Eye on Dance Named America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasure
Monday, July 13, marked the celebration of the newest additions to Dance Heritage Coalition’s esteemed
collective of American’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures, among them Eye on Dance.
It was back in the fall of 1999 when the Dance Heritage Coalition first solicited nominations for the first
100 America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures to recognize the rich heritage of American dance and
heighten public awareness; over 900 nominations flooded in. Selections were made through a three-stage
Those honored had made a significant impact on dance as an art form, demonstrated
artistic excellence, enriched the nation's cultural heritage, demonstrated the potential to enhance the lives
of future generations, and shown itself/themselves as worthy of national and international recognition.
From 2003 to 2009, the first 100 Treasures were celebrated in a national, collaborative touring exhibition,
which opened at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Following the acclaim
surrounding the exhibition, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Dance Heritage Coalition
support to create an Online Exhibition of the Dance Treasures, and soon after,13 new legendary American
Treasures were named.
The recent celebratory evening evening honored these newly named Treasures, including Josephine
Baker, Ann Barzel, Joan Myers Brown, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Eye on Dance, Michio
Ito,La Meri, Lar Lubovitch, Isamu Noguchi, Pilobolus, Ginger Rogers, and Urban Bush Women.
The special guest honoreesof the event featured Joan Myers Brown (of Philadanco), Celia Ipiotis and Jeff
Bush (of Eye on the Arts), Chanon Judson (of Urban Bush Women), Lar Lubovitch (of Lar Lubovitch
Dance Company), and Jill Williams (of the Clark Center for the Performing Arts).
Each was recognized in a speech made by an affiliate and short video/imagery segments highlighting the
work, history, and impact they had made on the dance field. Following, a lively panel discussion among
the honorees ensued. Most profound was the interconnectedness among all of the honorees and their
organizations, highlighting the true sense of community that grounds the dance world.
To learn more about the Treasures and view the Online Exhibition, visit
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY – Jenny Thompson