Ruth Page Honors Diane Rawlinson with 2014 Ruth Page Award
Venetia Stifler, Executive and Artistic Director of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and The 2014 Ruth Page Award Committee has announced its selection for this year's Ruth Page Award. For her tireless dedication to teaching young dancers for almost 30 years not only the discipline of the art form, but also the importance of community philanthropy and citizenship, Diane Rawlinson has been selected as the 2014 Ruth Page Award recipient. Ms. Rawlinson is the Orchesis Director and Dance Teacher at Wheeling High School (Wheeling, IL) and is the Founder of Dance for Life's "Next Generation," an annual student produced concert benefiting Dance for Life and The Children's Place Association having raised over $170,000 since 1994.
"Diane has dedicated herself to teaching dance in a unique way," explains Venetia Stifler, Executive and Artistic Director of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. "As professionals, we all know that dance teaches discipline and self-esteem. Diane extends that teaching to the next generation of young dancers in a real-world manner, imparting understanding of how each of us is connected and the vital importance of community, philanthropy and citizenship."
The Award will be presented at a private reception at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Sunday, March 23. Tickets to the 2014 Ruth Page Award are $50 and include the reception at 12:30 p.m. followed by a performance of the Houston Ballet's production of Aladdin at 2 p.m. As part of its annual Ruth Page Festival of Dance, the Ravinia Festival will co-present with the Auditorium Theater Houston Ballet's magical take on the ageless Aladdin in the acclaimed production choreographed by David Bintley. Tickets to the Ruth Page Award will be available for purchase on February 10 at www.ruthpage.org. For additional information, please contact Silvino da Silva, Director of Marketing & Communications at 312-337-6543.
The Ruth Page Award has been given annually by the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on behalf of the Ruth Page Foundation and the Chicago dance community since 1986. This award, in honor of dance icon, Ruth Page (1899-1991), is a unique opportunity for the Ruth Page Center to acknowledge or help further an individual's or organization's artistic momentum. The award also continues the tradition of honoring those whose contributions to dance share Page's passion, artistry, and vision.