Ana Marie Forsythe, an internationally recognized master teacher and documenter of the Lester Horton technique, will be awarded the American Dance Festival’s 2012 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, which honors educators who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of dance.
A special ceremony will be held June 16 at 5pm in White Lecture Hall on Duke University’s West Campus, Durham, North Carolina.
With a career spanning more than five decades in over a dozen countries, including Japan, Israel, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany, Forsythe is celebrated for her passion and dedication to preserving the modern dance heritage while forging new paths. She began teaching the Horton technique in the 1960s and has devoted more than 20 years to documenting this modern dance form, including co-authoring the book The Dance Technique of Lester Horton and serving as artistic director of three Horton videos.
Forsythe has taught at The Ailey School since 1973 and has served as the chair of the Horton department since 1979. She worked to initiate the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts Program and conducts pedagogy workshops each summer for professionals who teach
Horton technique. She has also been on the faculty of Vassar College, The Boston
Conservatory, The New School, and the State University of New York at Albany.
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The American Dance Festival (ADF) will award the 2011 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching to Donna Faye Burchfield, former ADF dean and director of the Hollins University/American Dance Festival MFA program.
The presentation will take place June 10 at 4pm in White Lecture Hall on Duke University’s West Campus in Durham, North Carolina. ADF dean emeritus Martha Myers will present the award.
Established by the ADF in 1991, the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for
Distinguished Teaching honors educators who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of dance. Burchfield first arrived at the ADF as a student in the summer of 1982 and spent the next 28 years helping build and nurture the dance community. As the ADF dean, Burchfield worked to keep the school’s curriculum at the forefront of modern dance, structuring an environment for students to develop their skills and creativity. In 2010 she was appointed director for the School of Dance at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Burchfield has served on a multitude of panels and organizations around the globe in support of
dance and the arts. At Hollins, she was awarded the Herta Freitag Distinguished Faculty award and a distinguished service award in addition to numerous travel/research grants that helped to make possible the extensive study of dance in Tunisia, Italy, China, Hong Kong, England, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Cuba. She has taught in Moscow, Seoul, and Shanghai, and her works have been commissioned by The Mallarme Players, North Carolina State’s Center Stage, and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth.