“I find it amazing that a dance from 1942 can win over the amazing contemporary works currently choreographed. This just proves the need to preserve our dance heritage and bring these master works back to life for future generations.”
-Greg Halloran, Associate Professor of Dance

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Dance Professor Receives Recognition for Excellence

Written by Cheryl Dudley

MOSCOW, Idaho – Greg Halloran, associate professor of dance in the Department of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance, was recently recognized by Metro DC Dance Awards for his excellent restaging of Sophie Maslow’s dance “Folksay.” CityDance Ensemble, which performed the dance June 15, 2008 through August 31, 2009, received an outstanding group performance award by Metro DC Dance Awards.

Halloran contracted for the reconstruction of Folksay through the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City and set the dance from the Labanotated score, a written language of movement, last summer. He worked with Abby Blatt, Maslow’s daughter and heir of her works, for the project.

“I am thrilled the dancers received the MetroDance award for group Performance,” said Blatt. “Greg has surpassed the challenge of working with choreography and movement in a different style that demanded so much physically, mentally and emotionally. I know Sophie would have been proud and I am so grateful Folksay was given the performance it deserved.”

Maslow, who passed away in 2006, created Folksay in 1942 from a poem written by Carl Sandburg on the beauty of ordinary people and ordinary things. Halloran had actually performed the dance in 1989 under Maslow’s direction.

“I find it amazing that a dance from 1942 can win over the amazing contemporary works currently choreographed,” said Halloran. “This just proves the need to preserve our dance heritage and bring these master works back to life for future generations.”

The dance restaging project was supported by an American Masterpieces Dance Reconstruction Grant aimed at acquainting Americans with the best of cultural and artistic legacy. “It is so important to share the dance legacy with the community,” said Mei-Chen Lu of the Dance Notation Bureau, who wrote to congratulate Halloran on the award.

The Metro DC Dance Awards was founded in 2000 as a means of recognizing excellence in local dance and building community among DC area dance artists and organizations.