The 2017 Martha Hill Awards Gala
On Monday November 20th at 6pm, the Martha Hill Awards Gala was once again held at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. This year the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were Alice Teirstein and Norton Owen and the 2017 Mid-Career Award recipients were Denise Roberts Hurlin and Robert Garland.
Alice Teirstein, MA, has been choreographing, performing, and teaching dance in New York since the early 1970's. She is Founding Director of Young Dancemakers Company, a tuition-free company of NYC teens, now entering its 23rd season, presenting free, touring concerts of original student choreography throughout NYC. Ms Teirstein designed and directed the dance curriculum for grades 7-12 at the Fieldston School, where she served on the faculty for over 30 years. She initiated the dance program's Dance Out Project, bringing her students into the city's homeless shelters, leading dance workshops for which she received an award from the City of NY Human Resources Administration. She designed and led the decade-long Fieldston Summer Performing Arts Institute. in the1980's. Her awards include a 2012 "Bessie" and 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the NY State Dance Education Association and from the American Dance Guild.
Ms. Teirstein was presented by Joan Finkelstein.
Norton Owen has been associated with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival since 1976 and has been Director of Preservation since 1990. He is a key member of the team that produces Virtual Pillow, an online engagement effort that reaches audiences worldwide. Previous awards received are from Dance Films Association, Dance USA and the José Limón Dance Foundation.
Mr. Owen was presented by Deborah Jowitt.
Denise Roberts Hurlin graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College with a BFA in Dance. As a dancer, she was a founding member of Parsons Dance and performed for six years with the Paul Taylor Dance Company where she danced many lead roles. In 1991, she and Hernando Cortez co-founded Dancers Responding to AIDS. She continues to lead the program's efforts to provide a safety net for the dance community. She is also an inaugural member of the advisory council for The Dancers’ Resource, a program of The Actors Fund founded by Bebe Neuwirth.
Ms. Hurlin was presented by Jodi Melnick.
Robert Garland was a principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Arthur Mitchell invited him to create a work for The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and upon his retirement from the stage, he was appointed the organization’s first Resident Choreographer. He has created works for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and their School Ensemble as well as for New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and Oakland Ballet, among many others. His commercial work has included music videos, commercials and short films.
Mr. Garland was presented by Theresa Howard.
Mary Ann Goodell Alice Teirstein
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Inc.
Jody & John Arnhold Jerry Bywaters Cochran
Ann Hutchinson Guest Dr. Allen Maniker
Janis and Alan Menken Charity Fund
Lynn Garafola Kathleen Harty Gray
Roger Kluge Hilda Kraker
Neil Baldwin Miriam Roskin Berger Andra Corvino
Ernesta Corvino Mercedes Ellington Lawrence Reed Hansen
Daniel Lewis Dawn Lille Peggy Lyman Liz Maxwell
Arthur Mitchell Elizabeth G. Radke Jeanne Ruddy
Vernon Scott Ani Udovicki Megan Williams
Sponsors for Students
Helene Breazeale Ernesta Corvino Beth Hoge
Virginia Johnson Patricia K. Knowles Wendy Larrow
Allen Maniker Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas Vernon Scott
Lance Westergard Megan Williams
and The Martha Hill Dance Fund
Jody and John Arnhold Arthur Aviles Anna Glass Marcelo Gomes
Virginia Johnson Sali-Ann Kriegsman Joe Lanteri Sara Mearns
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer Melanie Person John Mario Sevilla
Pamela Tatge Liz Thompson Heather Watts Norman Walker
Sharon Williams-Duncan Damian Woetzel