Professor Emeritus of Dance to Receive NDEO’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Darwin Prioleau, former Dean of the School of The Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will be honored with the National Dance Education Organization’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on September 14.

Prioleau’s professional dance career spans over 12 years in New York City, dancing with various dance companies and as a featured dancer in several off-Broadway musicals. She has worked intensively with such dance masters as Alvin Ailey, Jimmy Truitte, Joyce Trisler, and Matt Mattox. Prioleau was the founder and director of the Young People’s Dance Company in NYC from 1978-1982. In addition to her academic career, she has been a free-lance modern and jazz dance choreographer and master teacher in Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Missouri, and Europe.

Nationally, Dr. Prioleau is actively involved in arts education advocacy has published articles in the Journal of Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review and has presented papers on Leadership of the Arts in Higher Education and Jazz Dance at NDA, NASD, NDEO, National Conference on Liberal Arts, CAS and CODA. She was a founding member of NDEO and served as President (2011-2014) of the board. Prioleau is the recipient of the National Dance Education Organization’s 2006 Outstanding Leadership Award. She was inducted into the Marguerite Hare Brown Society in 2017 by the College at Brockport and the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Marquis Who’s Who.   

The award will be presented at a virtual event on September 14. Registration is available through the link below.         

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