2002 - Sali Ann Kriegsman, writer and adviser, served as president of the Dance Heritage Coalition, the national alliance of leading dance archives and libraries; executive director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; director of the Dance Program of the NEA; dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution and executive editor at the American Film Institute.
has published a book, and her
articles and essays have appeared in magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books.
wrote SAVION GLOVER - IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE for PBS, and was associate producer of a biographical essay on Charles 'Honi' Coles for the MACNEIL-LEHRER NEWS HOUR.
is a recipient of the Flo-Bert Award (1997), Oklahoma City University's Heritage Preservation Award (1999), and a Distinguished Service Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
2001 - Marda Kirn is the founder and former Director of the Colorado Dance Festival
, one of the top four dance festivals in the US, recognized nationally for its innovation and quality programming.
She has served as a grants panelist for the NEA and other granting organizations.
In addition to starting CDF
, Marda has founded innumerable dance and arts organizations and received several awards.
Tap projects included CDF's
first 2-week rhythm tap festival (1986), co-directed with Sali Ann Kriegsman
(under the aliases of Nip and Tuck) which became the model for tap festivals across the country; the first Creative Residencies for rhythm tap ever held (led by the late Charles "Honi" Coles with Brenda Bufalino, Jimmy Slyde and Sarah Petronio); the first Tap Conservatory
(co-curated and co-developed by Lynn Dally and Brenda Bufalino), and a variety of tap humanities conferences, and activities focusing on the history, theory, and criticism of the art form.