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she taught dance as part of the fine arts rotation forK-6.While working at Stevens Park she simultaneouslyworked on her teach- ing certification for dance.At the same time, she and a partner, ChristinaGarcia-Valdez, opened a dance studio in Plano,which operated for five successful years before Susanmoved on toW.E. GreinerMiddle School.Obviously an education-junkie, Susan is currently looking to pursue aDoctoralDegree inEducationwith a focus on the arts.

BusterCooperTapLegendHall of Famewill be presented to:

LaneAlexander –Co-founder andArtisticDirector of theChicago HumanRhythmProject

Pictured: Lane Sullivan

Lane is an acknowledged pioneer in the Texas tap dance community. His inspiration andmentorship has provided the jump start to numer- ous tap festivals, tap programs, tap ensembles, tap teachers, tap chore- ographers, and supporters in Texas. Anative Texan, Lanewas born in FortWorth, living inDallas andEl Paso,where he studied tapwith Laine Johns and percussionwith JohnVana, beforemoving to San Antonio in 1976,where he studied with SusanB.Connally.He credits herwith endless encouragement andmentorship,while he

impressed his teacherswith his dedication, requesting extra studio time to practice. Lane attended theUniversity of Texas, latermoving

toChicago,where he co-founded,withKellyMichaels, the first pre- senting organization in theU.S. dedicated toAmerican tap and per- cussive arts, theChicagoHumanRhythmProject.CHRP achieves its 25thAnniversary this year and is aworld class institution, pre- senting, promoting and fostering a greater understanding of American tap dance, honoring its richmusical and historical roots and encouraging ongoing collaborations on a global stage. In its first 15 years,CHRP had awarded scholarships of over $200,000 to talented and deserving young dancers forworkshops etc.CHRP received anEmmy nomination, aswell as national airings, for its co-productionwithChicago’s PBS affiliate,WTTW, of JUBA!Masters of Tap and PercussiveDance, the documentary about tap dance at the end of the 20th century,which Lane directed. Lane has received accolades frommany prestigious groups, including theNational Endowment for theArts and the Chicago Tribune.Championing the art ofAmerican tap dance, Lane is a facultymember and senior advisor to theBeijingContemporaryMusicAcademy and other international bodies.He has also performed internationally, as soloist inMortonGould’s innovative TapDance Concerto,with lead- ing symphony orchestras, including theDallas Symphony at the Meyerson.

The 2015DanceCouncilHonors beginswitha receptionat 2:00p.m. fol- lowedbyperformance at 3:00p.m. Tickets range from$25.00 - $45.00 andare availableAugust 10 throughTICKETDFW: online at, byphone (214) 871-5000, or inpersonat the AT&TPerformingArtsCenter InformationCenter, 2353FloraSt., Dallas, TX75201.DCNTmember, family, andgroupdiscounts are avail- able.Student rushticketspurchasedwithin90-minutes of eachperform- ance are $15.00.Formore information, visit

LynneRichardsonis a devoted dance aficionado and advocate for the artswho enjoyswriting aboutwhat she loves.

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