Dance/USA 2022 Honorees

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Pamela M. Green

Dance/USA 2022 ‘Ernie’ Award

Judith Smith

Dance/USA 2022 Honor Award
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“This year’s Honorees are inspiring and trailblazing dance leaders who have had a profound impact on the national dance ecosystem,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei.  “We look forward to celebrating their considerable contributions at the Awards Ceremony this Spring.”

Kellee Edusei

Executive Director, Dance/USA
About the Honorees

Mrs. Green holds a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Drama from Duke University and an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. She began her arts administration training at the Durham Arts Council and furthered her experience working for the American Dance Festival. She was Company and Managing Director for The Chuck Davis  African-American Dance Ensemble (1985-1989).  She was the Director of Touring and Presenting for the North Carolina Arts Council (1989-1992).

In 1992, Mrs. Green founded her own company, PMG Arts Management, to provide booking, touring, management, producing and consulting services to established, mid-career, and emerging artists, including  Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Philadanco!, The Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble, The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Bebe Miller, Karole Armitage, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Helen Simoneau, Dalton-Hartel Dance, Nia Love, Leine Roebana and vocalists Philip Hamilton and the Grammy-nominated Nnenna Freelon (special projects).

 Mrs. Green has been instrumental in the career development of choreographers Ronald K. Brown and  Camille A. Brown among others. Some career highlights include her production and tour arrangements for One Shot, RKB/Evidence’s commission to open the August Wilson Center that toured nationally with a photo exhibit by Charles “Teenie” Harris. She has helped secure funding, creative development, and touring resources for many of the major works in the EVIDENCE repertory including Come Ye, Walking Out the Dark, and The Equality of Night and Day. She helped produce, tour, and provide creative development support for Camille A. Brown’s trilogy of African-American identity works, Mr. TOL E. RAncE, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, and ink. Both Ron and Camille’s works are beloved and admired works in the Black dance canon.

In addition, she co-produced and arranged a multi-year tour for the late master dancer, teacher, and choreographer Kariamu Welsh’s tribute to the legacy of African-American washerwomen, The Clothesline Muse with vocals and visuals by  Nnenna and Maya Freelon. More recently, she is proud to have produced a 20 city national tour to celebrate Philadanco’s 50th anniversary and Joan Myers Brown’s contributions to the dance field. In 2021, at the invitation of producer Mikki Shepard, she was an integral part of the team that produced  Little Island’s NYC Free Festival, helping bring live dance back to the stage in NYC. Currently, she is a senior advisor for Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in the company’s partnership with the Joyce Theater. She continues to work behind the scenes in the field providing consultations and mentorship to artists and colleagues.

 Mrs. Green has served as a board member, consultant, panelist, and/or workshop leader for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), South Arts, the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), the North American Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), the City of Durham North Carolina’s Cultural Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC). She received the 2017 NAPAMA Liz Silverstein Award for Agent-Manager of the Year at APAP. She currently serves on the Western Arts Alliance board, where she co-chairs the Black Arts @ WAA committee.

Judith Smith, Founding Member and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Prior to becoming disabled in a car accident at age 17 in 1977, Judith was a champion equestrian. She transferred her passion for riding to dance after discovering contact improvisation in 1983. Judith helped launch AXIS in 1987 and she grew the Company to be the one of the world’s leading physically integrated dance ensembles. She has been instrumental in developing the field of integrated dance and bringing disability into contemporary dance.

Under Judith’s direction from 1997-2017, AXIS commissioned more than 35 works from high profile artists including Bill T Jones, Stephen Petronio, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, Joe Goode, Remy Charlip, Kate Weare, Marc Brew and Yvonne Rainier. These critically acclaimed works earned seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. During her tenure AXIS  toured to over 125 cities and appeared twice on FOX TV’S So You Think You Can Dance. 

Judith led the development of the field’s most extensive integrated dance education/outreach programs with a range of programs serving all ages and interests from recreation to the pursuit of a professional career. Cornerstone programs she created were AXIS’ in-school assemblies, Dance Access Day free in-theater performances, Summer Intensive and an apprenticeship for dancers with disabilities. She has been on the faculty of Florida Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. 

A passionate activist, Judith’s advocacy and equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA in 2016, followed by six regional townhalls throughout the country. This project culminated in an extensive report and the launch of the AXIS Artistic Advancement Platform to Advance Artistry, Opportunity and Equity for Dancers with Disabilities. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Deaf and Dance Affinity Group.

Judith has received many awards including an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement and the inaugural O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award. She has been one of Theatre Bay Area’s 40 People That Have Changed the Face of Bay Area Theatre and was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. Judith is extremely honored and humbled to have received Dance/USA’s Honors Award.

Since retiring from AXIS in early 2018, Judith has continued work in the field of dance and disability. She serves on numerous grants panels and advisory committees. She also raises butterflies, drives carriage horses, is an avid hiker and birdwatcher and transports injured wildlife and feral cats for several organizations. She received her CA Naturalist certification and helps with a Birding for All program at Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program.

Dance/USA 2022 Awards Ceremony

Dance/USA will celebrate the 2022 Honorees in a virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm ET. Join us and celebrate the Honorees!

Nominations for Dance/USA Awards are accepted from the entire dance ecosystem and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions to the dance community. Final selections are voted on by the Dance/USA Board of Trustees.

For questions about the awards ceremony, please contact Dance/USA’s Programs team.