2020 Community Celebration: Moving Forward
See Chicago Dance (SCD), the dance industry's nonprofit marketing and advocacy organization, reimagines its sixth annual dance Community Celebration with a six-week video series and awards celebration. The event celebrates Chicago's thriving, resilient dance community and honors two individuals who have been critical to its success. Joel Hall, Founding Artistic Director of Joel Hall Dancers & Center, will receive the Legacy Award recognizing his artistic leadership. Gail Kalver, former Executive Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago, will receive the Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award in recognition of her leadership in the arts. SCD's Board of Directors hosts the event with Lou Conte and Jacqueline Sinclair will serving as Co-Chairs.
Proceeds raised during the annual Dance Community Celebration support a variety of programs that bolster dance organizations and artists, and educate audiences, such as Chicago Dance Month (our annual celebration promoting 60+ dance performances and educational/audience engagement events every April); Moving Dialogs (a forward-thinking discussion series for artists and audiences); quarterly convenings of the dance community (peer networking and guest speakers representing funders, advocacy groups, and professional services); a membership program for dance companies, organizations, and individual artists (90 organizations in 2019), and subsidized rental of a portable dance floor and sound equipment for use by member organizations and artists.
Gail Kalver - Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award
Joel Hall - Legacy Award
The Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award, underwritten by The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, is awarded to those that make vital contributions to the health and vibrancy of the Chicago Dance sector. The Legacy Award is presented to an artistic leader who has enriched their community and made a significant and sustained impact on dance in Chicago.
Previous awardees include:
- Amina Dickerson (2019 Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award)
- Lou Conte (2019 Legacy Award)
- Angelique Power (2018 Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award)
- Shirley Mordine (2018 Legacy Award)
- Pamela Crutchfield (2017 Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award)
- Dame Libby Komaiko (2017 Inaugural Legacy Award)
- Richard Driehaus (2016 Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award)
- Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin (2015 Inaugural Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award)