The Washington dance community prides itself on offering support to a wide range of dance, dancers and choreographers. The fourth annual Metro D.C. Dance Awards, held Monday in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, managed to strike a balance between celebrating the entire community's efforts and honoring excellent artistry.
Winners made it through a three-round selection process; an 11-member committee makes final selections. Among the honored were Washington Ballet, which won for the studio series "7x7," and Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company, who won for Burgess's tender abstraction of his family's immigrant experience, "Tracings."
All awards but one singled out performances from the 2003-04 season. Choreographer Liz Lerman received the Alan M. Kriegsman Award (named for the longtime Washington Post dance critic), recognizing long-term achievement. Presenting the award, Washington Performing Arts Society President Emeritus Douglas H. Wheeler commended Lerman's "excellence, innovation and community building."
Performances by Arachne Dance Arts, Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble, Ziva's Spanish Dance Company, Young Dancers of the Washington Ballet, Ludovic Jolivet, Tiempo de Tango and Burgess's company rounded out the program.
Emerging Choreography: Jessica Marchant.
Stage Design/Multimedia: Nejla Yatkin.
Sound Design or Original Composition: Charlie Barnett for DanceSmith.
Group Performance in a Dance Production: Coyaba Dance Theater for its February 2004 Dance Place performance.
Youth Performance: Tappers With Attitude for its May 2004 Millennium Stage performance.
Costume Design: Judy Hansen for Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company.
Emerging Performer or Group: Pinling Lin for NY2 Dance.
Individual Performance in a Dance Production: Connie Fink for Jane Dudley's "Harmonica Breakdown" with CityDance Ensemble.
Lighting Design: Robin Lyttle for Deborah Riley Dance Projects.
New Work: Meisha Bosma for "I Love, I Don't."
Achievement in Dance Education: Lynn Welters.
Overall Production in a Small Venue: The Washington Ballet for "7x7."
Overall Production in a Large Venue: Dana Tai Soon Burgess for "Tracings."
Alan M. Kriegsman Award: Liz Lerman.