Dance Professor Karen Brown to Receive Bessie Award

Her work with Paradigm, Dance Legends in Concert to be honored Oct. 24 at the famed Apollo Theater

Assistant Dance Professor Karen Brown will receive a New York Dance and Performance Award, better known as a Bessie Award, for her work from the 2009 – 2010 season with Paradigm, Dance Legends in Concert, where she has been a dancer since 2008.

The awards ceremony, hosted by actress Bebe Neuwirth, will take place on October 24 at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem and will feature presentations by a stellar lineup of internationally renowned dance artists, including Charles Atlas, Carmen deLavallade, Ralph Lemon and Tere O'Connor, as well as a performance by students from the Harlem School of the Arts' acclaimed dance program and videos of all the nominated work.

Brown was appointed assistant professor of Dance at the University of the Arts in 2007. Prior to joining UArts, she served for six years as artistic director of the Oakland Ballet Company in California. The Augusta, Ga., resident spent 22 years as a principal ballerina, featured artist, master teacher and lecturer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) and was a master teacher and adjudicator for the ground-breaking and innovative community-focused program at the DTH's Kennedy Center Community Outreach Residency in Washington, D.C.

An arts advocate and administrator of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations over the past 14 years, Brown currently serves as a board member for Dance USA; the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative in Philadelphia; and as an advisory board member for Contemporary Ballet Theatre in the Bronx.

Established in 1983, the Bessie Awards acknowledge outstanding creative work by independent artists in the fields of dance and related performance in New York City.

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