Rarely does someone come along who embodies seemingly every aspect of both the art and science of dance. From performer to teacher, choreographer, artistic director, inventor, scholar, author, and more, Billy Siegenfeld does it all, and we are excited to honor him with CNADM’s 2016 Artistic Achievement Award.
A longtime friend of our association, Siegenfeld is widely known for his work with JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project, where he has served as founder, artistic director, principal choreographer, vocal arranger, and ensemble performing member. He is also the creator of three groundbreaking teaching concepts: Jump Rhythm® Jazz Technique, the Standing Down Straight® system for movement efficiency and injury prevention, and American Rhythm Dancing®.
In fact, Dancer magazine credits Siegenfeld with “inventing the first genuine jazz technique in 40 years.”
As an advocate and pioneer of injury prevention for dancers, our honoree has devoted much of his research and work to gravity-directed posture and motion. In addition to his accomplishments as an educator, author and public lecturer, Siegenfeld has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Dance Chicago’s Choreographer of the Year, a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, and an Emmy® Award winner.
CNADM is pleased to acknowledge Billy Siegenfeld’s groundbreaking body of work with our 2016 Artistic Achievement Award. Please join us in congratulating Billy!