Diane Rawlinson to receive the 2014 Ruth Page Award

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Diane Rawlinson, 2014 Ruth Page Award recipient

Since 1986, the Ruth Page Foundation has awarded passionate and influential members of the dance community with the Ruth Page Award. In 2004, Keith Elliott and Dance for Life received the award. With Elliott recently departing Chicago for a new business endeavor in Scottsdale, Arizona, it seems fitting that Diane Rawlinson would receive the Ruth Page Award ten years later, in part for her tremendous support of the Dance for Life Foundation. Rawlinson is the Orchesis Director and Dance Teacher at Wheeling High School, and partners with Dance for Life to produce the annual student concert “Next Generation”. This year’s concert was Elliott’s last Dance for Life event in Chicago, netting $16,000 in one day. Since 1994, Rawlinson’s efforts have raised more than $170,000, but perhaps more importantly, she has created a culture of philanthropy among suburban teens.

The 2014 Ruth Page Award will be presented this Sunday, March 23rd at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress), in conjunction with a matinee performance of Houston Ballet’s ‘Aladdin’. Tickets are $50, including a reception at 12:30pm and performance at 2pm, available at ruthpage.org

 

 

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.