30 Nov 2016
Lynn Dally served as a Center panelist in dance in 2013. She is the artistic director of the Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE), which she co-founded in 1979. A Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer, she has created a large body of original tap choreographies and performed worldwide on tour with the JTE. She has appeared with numerous tap legends, from the Nicholas Brothers to Brenda Bufalino. In 2012, JTE was selected by Dancemotion USA, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, as one of four dance companies to represent American dance artistry around the globe. Among her many grants and awards, she was the first tap dancer to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (in 2001), and a recipient of the "Hoofer Award" at the 2006 New York Tap City Festival. Her work has been commissioned by many companies and venues, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Joyce Foundation, and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Dally is currently emeritus adjunct professor in UCLA's department of world arts and cultures. She is the author of "No Maps on My Taps: An Appreciation," which appears in the anthology Envisioning Dance.