Dance/USA Honors Sarah and Ernest Butler: Choreographing a Life of Wonder and Philanthropy
Austin, Texas, philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler have dedicated much of their philanthropic energy to providing “risk capital” as an investment in what might be for arts organizations like Ballet Austin. This month they receive Dance/USA’s Champion Award for their generosity and vision. Learn more here.
Dance/USA Honoree Jawole Willa Jo Zollar: Liberating the Pelvis … and the Dance Field
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women, laid the underpinnings for a company and a process of working that draws on her commitment to the culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. This week she receives Dance/USA’s Honor Award for her extraordinary leadership in the field through both artistic excellence and force of vision.
How Audience Research Can Help Build Arts Audiences
Market research expert Bob Harlow shows how arts organizations can use qualitative and quantitative research to attract and retain new audiences. Watch a video of Harlow distill lessons about audience research, get practical tips and more
Determination and Perseverance: Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ Awardee Ann Williams Builds a Legacy in Dallas
Ann Williams receives the Dance/USA Ernie Award this month at Dance/USA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. Williams founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre and her tireless dedication to the dance world and to encouraging black dance around the country has empowered young dancers, leaving a lasting legacy.
Ella Baff, 2016 Dance/USA Trustees Awardee: Sustaining a Dance Mecca in Western Massachusetts
As this year’s Dance/USA Trustees awardee, Ella Baff is being recognized at our annual conference in Austin, Texas, for her contributions to dance — particularly 17 years at the helm of Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Read on for more on how Baff advanced the dance field.