PRESS RELEASE: Dance/USA to Recognize Local Dance Champions Robert and Katherine Goodale and Colleen Callahan-Russell at Annual Conference in Minneapolis

May 2, 2014

Contact: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, will honor local dance champions Robert and Katherine Goodale and Colleen Callahan-Russell at the 2014 Dance/USA Annual Conference this June in Minneapolis. The Goodales will receive the Dance/USA Champion Award and Callahan-Russell will receive the Special Citation: Inspiration Award.

As previously announced, Dance/USA will present Liz Lerman with the Dance/USA Honor Award and D. David Brown with the Ernie Award. Learn more about the 2014 Dance/USA Honorees here. All the awards will be given at the Dance/USA 2014 Annual Conference June 18-21, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about the 2014 Annual Conference speakers, schedule, breakout sessions, and more on the Dance/USA Conference website.  If you are a member of the press and would like to attend, email Dance/USA here.

“Bob, Kathie, and Colleen have played vital roles in nurturing and championing dance in the Twin Cities,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. “Their passion and generosity for dance and the performing arts are an inspiration to us all.”

The Dance/USA Champion Award will be given on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at the first Annual Conference Performance Showcase. The event will take place in the Goodale Theater at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis and will feature performances by the following local companies and artists: Shapiro & Smith Dance, Ragamala Dance, TU Dance, Morgan Thorson, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Hijack.

This evening’s performances are the first in a series of four unique Performance Showcases featuring a wide range of dance artists from the Twin Cities. Find a Twin Cities Dance Directory and a listing of more dance performances around town created by the Minneapolis host committee on the Dance/USA Conference website.

Dance/USA will present the Special Citation: Inspiration Award to Callahan on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the 2014 Opening Night Celebration, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, which kicks off the Dance/USA Annual Conference. The festivities will take place at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis and feature dinner, a site-specific performance by Twin Cities-based choreographer Vanessa Voskuil, and the celebration of Liz Lerman and D. David Brown, the 2014 Dance/USA Honorees. Learn more about the Dance/USA Honorees and the Opening Night Celebration here.

Dance/USA is deeply grateful to Target and Dewitt Stern for their support of the 2014 Dance/USA Opening Night Celebration.

Nominated and voted on by the 2014 Minneapolis Host Committee, the Dance/USA Champion Award and the Special Citation: Inspiration Award recognize individuals in the Annual Conference host city. The Champion Award is given to any organization, business, foundation, or individual in the Annual Conference host city whose achievements, leadership, and support have sustained and/or significantly advanced dance in their home community. The Special Citation Award was initiated this year to highlight an individual who has significantly prepared and empowered young dancers to become part of the dance community in Minnesota and beyond. 

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About the Dance/USA 2014 Annual Conference
Dance/USA will host its 6th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN from Wednesday, June 18 – Saturday, June 21, 2014. From executive directors and emerging arts leaders, to managers and presenters, agents and artists, nearly 500 individuals associated with the professional dance field will gather for creative conversation, enriching training sessions, discussion on important issues facing the field, and performances. The conference represents the largest gathering of dance professionals in the US. Dance/USA is grateful to American Harlequin Corporation, Title Sponsor; DeWitt Stern, Title Sponsor; Target, Gold Sponsor; Freed of London, Silver Sponsor; HGA, Bronze Sponsor; Tessitura, Bronze Sponsor; Patron Technology, Bronze Sponsor; Shuler Shook, Bronze Sponsor; The Walker Art Center, EDA Host Partner; & Host Partners The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and Northrop of UMN; for their support of the 2014 Annual Conference. 

About Dance/USA
Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA serves a diverse national membership of dance groups working in the genres of aerial, ballet, contemporary, culturally-specific, hip-hop, ice, international, jazz, liturgical, single-choreographer, and tap, dance presenters, dance service organizations, dance agents, dance educators, independent dancers, freelance choreographers, students of arts administration and/or dance and business in service to dance, and individuals related to the field. Learn more about Dance/USA by visiting our website,

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