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between Indian andAmerican cultures throughworkshops, pre- sentations and performances. IndiqueDanceCompanywas co- founded by Shalini in 2008, to take classical Indian dance in new directions. Themission is to reach a broader,more diverse audience by blendingmodern, relevant themeswith the story-telling artistry of Indian classical dance styles. The intent is to spark an interest for dancewith newaudiences,while captivating traditional patrons of the arts through performances that blendmodern themeswith the story-telling artistry of classical dance style.Consequently, her chore- ography incorporates various styles and themeswhilemaintaining the integrity of the dance form. It is Shalini’s goal to both shine her own light and encourage others to do the same.

MaryWarnerAward for Service toDance,Hall of Famewill be presented to:

TonyTucci – LightingDesigner Pictured: Tony Tucci

Tony Tucci started lighting in high school inUtica,NY, although as an interest, not a career choice.After graduating fromUticaCollege of SyracuseUniversitywith a degree in Psychology, he served in themili- tary beforeworking atQueens College in FlushingNY, coaching students on technical theater and where he observedmany visiting professionalmodern dance compa- nies, includingAlvinAiley, Jose Limón,DonaldMcKayle, Lar Lubovitch and Paul Taylor. Tony credits a spell of assistingGilbert Hemsley, lightingAmericanBallet

Theater for a season at theNewYork State Theater, as an intense learning period, exposing himto high-caliber classical repertoire and lighting expertise. TheHarknessBallet ofNewYorkwas his first professional opportunity in dance,which enabled himto tour Europe and hone his craft and aesthetic.After five years he fol- lowed aHarkness director to a newcompany inCaracas,Venezuela. Aftermoving toAustin some 20 years ago, Tony is nowresident lighting designer of theAustinBallet, and regularly lights forBruce WoodDance Project, TexasBallet Theater,HoustonDance Salad, MetropolitanBallet,Mejia InternationalBallet aswell as other major dance companies, operas andmusical theater productions around the country and abroad. Tony has been sought-out towork on newand renovated theaters in theU.S., LatinAmerica and Europe.Among themany highlights of his storied career, he counts the video Baryshnikov:Dancer and TheDance, and the 1996 Summer CulturalOlympiad inAtlanta.He has received twoB. Iden Payne Awards andCritics TableAwards. Stephen Smith,ArtisticDirector ofAustinBallet and a renowned choreographer,whoseworks Tony has lit over 25 years, says, “His design does not simply illuminate, but elevates thework. Fromclassical to non-narrative pieces, Tony Tucci creates context andmeaning.”

LarryWhiteDanceEducatorAwardHall of Famewill be pre- sented to:

RonelleEddings –Elledanceworks,CreekviewHigh School

Ronelle has taught dance at all levels in both the private and public fields since graduating fromArizona StateUniversity, Tempewith herMasters inEducation in 1995.Alongwith instructing student teachers at TexasWoman’sUniversity, earning their praise and

DANCE!NORTHTEXAS a publication of the dance council of north texas Pictured:RonelleEddings

enthusiasm, she has continued her own educationwith courses and classes, attaining accreditation in many areas of dance andmove- ment.Her stated aimis tomake the art of dance readily available to, and understood by, a diverse group of students. She does thiswithin theDallas Independent School District atCreekviewHigh School, Carrollton,where she directs the FineArts program.Having devel- oped the dance curriculumthere twelve years ago,Ronelle consis- tently updates and initiates new ideas for the students. Seeing that

male studentswere drawn to the dance classes, she created an all- male-class,where youngmen could learn and experiment in a safe environment. The classes proved very popular, expanding rapidly to two classes,with twelvemale dancers currently taking part in the company productions.Afewmale students even choreograph for the school dance performances.Ronelle has led theCreekviewstu- dents to national recognition,winning awards for their choreogra- phy andmusical theater performances.Ronelle alsoworks directly withCollinCountyCollege through her position asCo-Director of Elledanceworks, a dynamic non-profit professionalmodern dance company inDallas.Her consistent and careful nurturing of dance as art is credited as having had a huge impact on the development of quality dance programs throughout theCarrollton-Dallas commu- nity.

LarryWhiteDanceEducatorAwardHall of Famewill also be presented to:

SusanSavarese –W.E.GreinerMiddle School andAcademy for theExploratoryArts

Pictured: Susan Savarese

Susan Savarese has been a dedicat- ed dance educator in theDallas area for the last 25 years. She got herMasters inDance at Texas Woman’sUniversity,Denton and herBAatRutgersUniversity,New Jersey,where she also has taught, danced, and performed, as she has at TWU,CollinCountyCommunity College, various non-profit dance groups, and private dance studios. Susan hasmany dance interests but places special focus on the dance programand dance students atW.E.GreinerMiddle School and Academy for theExploratoryArts,

where she has taught for the last 15 years. Susan (Vislosky) Savaresewas born and raised inEastBrunswick,NJ. She started dancingwhen shewas 3 years old and continued dancing all through elementary and high school.Her first lovewas ballet;mod- ern followedwhile shewas atRutgers. Itwasn’t until later she also became interested in tap, jazz andmusical theater.Even later, she found her real direction in education, although Susanwas a gradu- ate teaching assistant at TWUand, for several years, adjunct faculty atCollinCountyCommunityCollege.Eventually, in 1995 shewent towork forDallas ISDat Stevens ParkElementary Schoolwhere

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