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Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee Announces Nominees and Honorees for 2013-2014 Season

Awards Ceremony to be Held on March 23, 2015

The Committee of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, known as The Izzies, has announced the nominees and honorees for the 2013–2014 performance season. Awards are given for Outstanding Achievement in nine categories to choreographers, designers, composers, dance companies, dance scholars, as well as to Special Award Honorees and Special Achievement Honorees.

The annual award is presented for exceptional creative achievements and important contributions to dance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year the Committee views over 400 eligible performances, selecting the final nominees and honorees at an annual voting meeting held in September.

A complete list of nominees and honorees is at the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards web site.

The winners will be honored in an awards ceremony to be held on March 23, 2015 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco.

CounterPulse Announces New Executive-Artistic Dual-Leadership Team

New Leaders to Drive Change

CounterPulse has hired a new Executive Director and Executive-Artistic Director in dual-leadership roles. Tomás Riley has been appointed Executive Director in partnership with recently appointed Artistic Director, Julie Phelps.

Tomás Riley has nearly twenty years of leadership in creative community engagement and education. His previous positions include Executive Director of ArtsChange in Richmond, as a “poet mentor” initiating literacy programs throughout the Bay Area for the organization Youth Speaks, and he served as Director of Experience and Community Engagement at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. He is also a founding member of the Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets.

A CounterPulse verteran of over seven years, Julie Phelps was appointed Artistic Director in the fall of 2014, having served most recently as Program Director. Her project leadership has included moving from a rental venue to an entirely curated program, launching community-based programming with low-income neighboring residents, and initiating cross-cultural exchange projects with Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, and in Africa. Her upcoming projects includes the design of the facility and programming at CounterPulse’s new home on Turk Street. She has also toured nationally and internationally as a performer.

CounterPulse provides performance space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, while celebrateing diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

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