Dance/USA - Honors a Legend: Philadanco's Joan Myers Brown by Merilyn Jackson
If you ever met Joan Myers Brown, you'd know you met the epitome of glamour.
She's the elegantly 80, legendary impresario who founded The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!) in 1970. In 1988 she was a founder of the International Conference of Black Dance Companies and in 1991 she founded the International Association of Blacks in Dance, of which she is now an honorary chair. She may never have been celebrity enough to be chosen for the popular BlackGlama fur campaign, but she boldly wears fur, and would wither anyone with a stare if challenged.
Despite limited funding and not nearly enough local appreciation, Philadanco has toured the world for many years and Philadelphia considers Brown its greatest cultural ambassador. This decade has brought her and the company more local recognition and stability. In 2004, The Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater gave Philadanco a permanent presence on the Avenue of the Arts where the troupe often sells out the house as dance company in residence. Among Brown's many awards and honorary doctorates was her 2010 Philadelphia Award. She plowed back much of the $25,000 award into beefing up Daniel Ezralow's Xmas Philes, a funny and often moving, holiday favorite. For her extraordinary artistic guidance, her nurturance of many dancers and choreographers, visionary leadership, and grace under fire in the dance field, Myers Brown is one of the 2013 Dance/USA honorees.
Event Info - Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts - Perelman Theater
300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA