Isadora Duncan Dance Awards

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The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards or Izzies honor San Francisco Bay Area dance artists for outstanding achievements in a range of categories including: choreography, sustained achievement, individual performance, company performance, costume design, and set design. The awards are presented annually and named in honor of Isadora Duncan. The awards began in 1986 and were revitalized in 2004 via a partnership with Bay Area National Dance Week after a slump due, in part, to a perceived lack of credibility.[1][2]

2016-2017 Season Award Winners and Honorees[3][edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography[edit]

  • Lizz Roman, Sunset Dances: Architectural Meditations II, Lizz Roman & Dancers, home salon performances, San Francisco

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Individual[edit]

  • Isaiah Bindel, les vérités, dawsondancesf, YBCA Theater, San Francisco

Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Ensemble[edit]

  • MaryStarr Hope and Karla Quintero, "The Two Sisters" from Grace and Delia Are Gone, Flyaway Productions, Firehouse at Fort Mason, San Francisco

·Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company[edit]

  • Abhinaya Dance Company of San José, Vaanara Leela: Monkeys in the Ramayana, School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San José

Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design[edit]

  • Brian Jones and Susan Roemer, Wandering, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Outstanding Achievement in Restaging / Revival / Reconstruction[edit]

Special Award Honoree[edit]

  • Antoine Hunter, for the 2017 Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival[5], which united exceptional deaf and hearing dancers and increased their visibility in the Bay Area

Sustained Achievement Honorees[edit]

  • La Tania, for her mastery and fostering of flamenco in the Bay Area as a teacher, choreographer, and performer for the past 24 years
  • RJ Muna[6][7][8], for his artistic contributions to the community that capture the choreographers and dancers of the Bay Area through photographic excellence
  • Harry Rubeck, for over 20 years of outstanding contributions supporting Bay Area dance artists through the field of lighting design


  1. ^ David Wiegand (2004-03-10). "Izzies Making a Comeback". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  2. ^ Rachel Howard (2007-04-26). "Dance Awards Buoyant, Despite a Tremendous Loss". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ "2018 Press Release". The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  4. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "Yerba Buena Center for the Arts selects Marc Bamuthi Joseph as Director of Performing Arts". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  5. ^ "2017 Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival". URban jazz Dance Company. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  6. ^ "HOME". RJ MUNA PICTURES. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ "RJ Muna: Tips on Lighting & Composition, Studio and Dance Photography -". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  8. ^ "RJ Muna: Alonzo King LINES | San Francisco International Airport". Retrieved 2018-03-28.

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