Choreographer, dancer, and educator Phyllis Lamhut is the recipient of the 2013 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She began her lifelong dance career at the early age of fifteen, when she joined Alwin Nikolais at the Henry Street Playhouse Theater on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
She was a dancer in the Nikolais Dance Theatre for over twenty years, performed as part of the Murray Louis Dance Company, and officially incorporated the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company in 1970. She has choreographed works on the Limón Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and the Theatre Ballet of Canada, among many others. Ms. Lamhut currently serves on the dance faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and continues to mentor choreographers and dancers.
For over four decades Phyllis Lamhut has remained dedicated to teaching the exploration of motion and kinetic expression to students throughout the world. Her zeal for the art form and continued commitment to teaching the principles of choreography have earned her critical acclaim, and she is a widely sought after teacher and mentor for both students and emerging choreographers.
“From her stunning work as a performer with the Nikolais and Murray Louis companies, to directing her own company, to mentoring young artists, Phyllis Lamhut has been an inspiration to many. Her dedication to teaching the craft of choreography and her insightful vision, guidance, and support to future dance artists have made her an outstanding choice for this prestigious award,” said ADF Co-Dean Gerri Houlihan.
Ms. Lamhut will be honored in a ceremony at White Lecture Hall on the Duke University East Campus this Friday, June 14th, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to all interested members of the public.