The 2010 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be given to the “mother of modern dance in China”, Yang Meiqi. This coveted award was established in 1991 and recognizes the dual role of teachers in passing on dance history and tradition and in guaranteeing the future creativity of the art form. With the unwavering support, enthusiasm, and encouragement from ADF Director Charles L. Reinhart, and the long-term financial support from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the USIA, Yang Meiqi was given the opportunity to revolutionize dance in China. “The founding of China’s first modern dance company has been solemnly recognized as one of the major accomplishments in China’s history during the sixty years following the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. … Since 1987, this movement to bring forth the rise and development of modern dance in China has been the product of the collaborative effort of artists from China and America, educators and cultural organizations who worked closely together on this journey.”– Yang Meiqi
The award ceremony will take place on July 18 at 7:30pm at the Griffith Theater at Duke University, and is free and open to the public. Also, acclaimed choreographer, Shen Wei, will speak at the ceremony about his former teacher Yang Meiqi, among others.