The Kennedy Center Honors 2015
Dear IABD Family:
Join our campaign to nominate the legendary Donald McKayle to receive The Kennedy Center Honors 2015:
"Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, has been named by the Dance Heritage Coalition as 'one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100.' " His choreographic masterworks, considered modern dance classics, Games, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, District Storyville, and Songs of the Disinherited are performed around the world. He has choreographed over ninety works for dance companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre serve as repositories for his works. He is the Artistic Mentor for the Limón Dance Company. Ten retrospectives have honored his choreography. In April 2005, Donald McKayle was presented with a medal as a Master of African American Choreography... donaldmckayle.com
The annual televised Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing the highest contributions in American fine arts, is attended by the United States of America President. It is a monumental display of excellence for one's contributions in the arts. With extensive history of excellence in TV, film, stage, literature, music, and more, Mr. McKayle, now in his 80s, having endured several health issues, is still teaching/choreographing at UC Irvine and presenting his dance company Etudes. He is invincible!
Please have your company members, staff, faculty, students and patrons, friends, community, city arts officials, etc. to help make this a reality by following this link and clicking on "Recommend an Honor."
Suggestion: Lead your groups of voters by having them each pull out their cell phones, ipads, computers, etc. and vote at the same time. Then it is done!!
If you have any inquiries, please contact C. Anthony Cole, (assistant to IABD board member, Sandra Foster-King, presenter of the 2001 IABD Conference and Festival held in San Diego, CA.)
C. Anthony Cole, MFA
Executive Artistic Director