“Mom I won, I won, I won!”
Last night was a great night for TWB. We won two awards at the Metro DC Dance Awards held at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Last season’s Highland Fling: La Sylphide and Celts won the Outstanding Production/Large Venue Award and Jeff Bruckerhoff won Best Lighting Design for Wunderland, on our pastFORWARD program last spring. We were also finalists in three other categories: Jonathan Jordan, for Outstanding Performer for his high-flying adaptation of Peter Pan; Andile Ndlovu for Outstanding Emerging Performer for his solo Beyond Skin; and Highland Fling: La Sylphide and Celts was also a finalist in the Outstanding Group Performance category. Additionally, Jon Jordan and Sona Kharatian performed a duet choreographed by Sona’s dad during the Awards show—they were stunning. The Awards show was emceed by NYC-based Richard Move who channeled Martha Graham. He/she was a scream. I had worked with Richard/Martha once before in a show he/she hosted at Dance Place years ago. Favorite line: when introducing the scantily-clad DC Cowboys, an urban-country dance group who performed the finale of the show, he/she quipped a real-life Graham quote “In my ballets, we dress the women, and undress the men.”
Earlier in the evening Board member Tim Bork and his wife Shigeko (and their delightful dancing daughter Skye) hosted a swell evening at their G’town home in honor of the many Japanese dancers in our School, Studio Company and Company. About one hundred social and corporate types who have ties to Japan, as well as the Japanese Ambassador to the US, attended and four of our dancers performed on a stage Tim had built on his terrace. We used this opportunity to launch our new TWB Japan/USA initiative which will do three things: 1) fund scholarships for Japanese students to study at TWSB; 2) help fund the recruitment and retention of Japanese dancers in our Company and Studio Company; and 3) the commissioning of a major world premiere ballet by a Japanese choreographer on a Japanese theme for an upcoming Kennedy Center season.
I guess you could call last night a one-two-punch kinda night.