Carol K. Walker, retired Dean, School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance, has been awarded the DeLavallade Award for Dance, the highest award given by the New York Dance Festival, recognizing leading figures in the world of dance.
The award will be presented on July 18 at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, N.Y. Thomas Warfield, who entered the Conservatory of Dance as a freshman, the year Ms. Walker became Dean, will accept the award in her absence. Also being recognized is Patricia Nannon, founder of The Yard.
The award is named after performer Carmen DeLavallade for her immeasurable contribution to dance and the personal development of all. It recognizes the artists for their vision, professionalism, dedication and insight for keeping dance on the cutting edge of performance art for many years, and for their pioneering and continuing leadership in dance which has left a significant mark on the world community.
As Dean of the Conservatory of Dance since 1984, Ms. Walker has overseen an eminent Conservatory program, which has launched numerous careers in dance. Conservatory of Dance alumni are on stage in almost every concert hall in New York City, and perform on Broadway and in international companies. They work as freelance choreographers and have founded their own dance companies.
Ms. Walker has established student exchange programs with leading professional training institutions in Australia, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and Taipei. The Purchase Dance Corps has been invited to perform in France, Holland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing and Germany.
She served on the New York State Council for the Arts as chair of the Dance Panel for three years, is a member of the International Dance Council, a Board member of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, is on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Dance Notation Bureau, is a member of the World Dance Alliance, Dance USA, National Association of Schools of Dance, and has represented Purchase at the Council of Dance Administrators. In 2002 she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in recognition of her contributions.