We happily attended the 2023 Dance/USA conference in Atlanta, the largest gathering since the pandemic. We met hundreds of people who share our passion for dance from all over the US. We really enjoyed learning and networking and were inspired by the conference theme of EMERGE | BECOME | MOVE.
We also felt inspired by the experts who talked about how to protect our heritage from erasure and how to plan for the future. We were amazed by the creative and advanced AI tools that are being used in dance.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Alumni in the House
See the image at the top of the page. From left to right, Douglas Scott, Judy Tyrus, Nena Gilreath, Waverly T. Lucas II, Virginia Johnson
With four Dance Theatre of Harlem alumni receiving awards, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces in the audience. Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, founders of Dance Theatre of Harlem, made an impression on us and changed the face of ballet forever. They proved that ALL PEOPLE given the opportunity can perform ballet at the highest level. Their exemplary work motivated us to continue to evolve the art form after we left the stage.
The Power of Archving
It was a real honor to receive the Ernie Award. According to Dance/USA, this award is given to an individual working “behind the scenes” in the national dance community. The recipient must demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding value in the dance ecosystem. Achievements must influence and significantly advance the works of artists and their creativity.
I never expected to be honored for preserving artistic legacy when I started with Dance Theatre of Harlem 45 years ago. I’m incredibly grateful to Dance/USA for this award and for valuing the importance of archiving.
Our team at ChromaDiverse is creating a way for dance companies of all sizes to preserve, update, and share a “living archive.”
CEO ChromaDiverse, Inc.