School of Dance Director Donna Faye Burchfield to Receive American Dance Festival's Distinguished Teaching Award

Award-winning dancer, choreographer, educator to be honored June 10

April 14, 2011

The American Dance Festival (ADF) will award the 2011 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching to Donna Faye Burchfield, director of the University's School of Dance and former ADF dean.

The award-winning dancer, choreographer and dance educator will be honored at a ceremony on June 10 at Duke University's West Campus. ADF Dean Emeritus Martha Myers will present Burchfield with the prestigious award, which recognizes educators who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of dance.

Burchfield first arrived at the ADF as a student in the summer of 1982 and spent the next 28 years helping build and nurture the vibrant community. As the ADF dean from 2000 to 2010, she worked tirelessly to keep the school's curriculum at the forefront of modern dance, structuring an environment for students to develop their skills and creativity.

She also served as artistic director of the Hollins (Va.) University/ADF Master of Fine Arts in Dance program and chair of the school's Dance department from 1993 to 2010, when Burchfield joined the University of the Arts.

Called "one of the nation's most important institutions" by The New York Times and "the world's greatest dance festival" by the New York Post, the ADF was founded in 1934 in Bennington, Vt., and remains an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment.

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Above: Donna Faye with UArts dance students

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