Colwell-Waber Earns NC Dance Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

Meredith College Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber received the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) Annual Award during the organization’s annual event, October 20-22, 2012.

The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina. Recipients of the Annual Award receive a $500 honorarium to be used toward their work, or to designate as a one-time scholarship in their name.

Colwell-Waber has been a strong presence in the North Carolina dance community since joining the faculty of Meredith College in 1984. There, she developed the school’s dance program and founded Meredith Dance Theatre. She earned an MFA in dance at Arizona State University and has trained with Hanya Holm, Daniel Nagrin, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Liz Lerman and Douglas Nielsen. As a performing artist, Colwell-Waber performed several solo and duet concerts including Soloflight, an evening of solos by Jack Arnold, Liz Lerman, Mark Taylor and Jan Van Dyke. She has received two Dance Artist Project Grants from the N.C. Arts Council, a Raleigh Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award and a Perry Artistic Achievement Award.

Colwell-Waber served as board member, officer and president of the N.C. Dance Alliance from 1989-94 and more recently, as a board member for Raleigh Dance Theatre and Even Exchange Dance Theater.

During the 2012 NCDA Annual Event, the organization celebrated 30 years of serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina. With a theme of “Moving Forward, Looking Back,” the event featured more than 30 different classes in a variety of dance forms, scholarship auditions, the annual NCDA Choreographers Showcase and Annual Award Presentation, a 30th Anniversary Gala, and an adjudicated performance featuring works by North Carolina dance students.

About the North Carolina Dance Alliance
The North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) is the nonprofit state service organization established in 1982 to serve and support the development of dance in North Carolina. NCDA offers programs and services that address the changing needs of the state’s dance community, including events, awards, scholarships, communications, and artist services.

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