Magazine article Dance Magazine

IZZlE AWARDS HONOR BROAD SPECTRUM OF BAY AREA DANCERS

Magazine article Dance Magazine

IZZlE AWARDS HONOR BROAD SPECTRUM OF BAY AREA DANCERS

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With Bay Area dance doyenne Anna Halprin and John Killacky, executive director of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as congenial masters of ceremony, the Bay Area celebrated its own during the fifteenth annual Isadora Duncan Awards on April 23. Held in the Green Room of the War Memorial Veterans Building, they were co-sponsored by the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum.

One of this ceremony's most appealing aspects is in its gathering, and honoring, of the widest possible spectrum of Bay Area dancers. Special Awards for Sustained Achievement were given to Judy Job, who has taught at Peters Wright Creative Dance Studio, San Francisco's oldest dance school, since 1945 and has been its director since 1985; Jocelyn Vollmar, who teaches for the San Francisco Ballet School and has been associated with the company since 1939; and Nontsizi Cayou, who started the Dance Department at San Francisco State University.

Izzies were also awarded for best choreography to novice choreographer Yuri Possokhov for his Magrittomania (for San Francisco Ballet) and master of the craft Bill T. Jones for Fantasy in C Major (for AXIS Dance Company).

This was clearly a bumper year for SFB and AXIS, two companies that could not be more different. The first is America's oldest ballet company and the second a fourteen-year-old ensemble of dancers with and without disabilities. SFB's Discovery Program--a special program of six world premieres, four of them by SFB dancers--won its own special award. …

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