Dance/USA to Honor Judith Smith and Pamela M. Green

January 14, 2022

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announced today the Dance/USA 2022 Honorees:

  • Judith Smith, Founding Member and Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company, will receive the Dance/USA Honor Award.
  • Pamela M. Green, Founder and President, PMG Arts Management, will receive the Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ Award.

Dance/USA will celebrate the 2022 Honorees in a virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm ET. Registration and additional details about the event will be announced in February. 

“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.”

The Dance/USA Awards have been given to extraordinary dance leaders for more than thirty years. The Honor Award is given to an individual for demonstrated achievements, extraordinary leadership, and exceptional contributions to the national dance ecosystem which consistently reflect a high level of artistic excellence, creative force of vision, and breadth of work. The ‘Ernie’ Award is given to an individual working “behind the scenes” within the infrastructure of the national dance community, who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, outstanding value in the ecosystem, and whose achievements have influenced and significantly advanced the work of artists and supported their creativity.

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.

About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.

Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at

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