Awards Presentation & Community Celebration

2023 Annual Awards Presentation & Dance Community Celebration 


2023 information coming soon!


Here's how we described the event last year!

Chicago Dance Lovers, 

We are thrilled to announce See Chicago Dance’s 2022 Community Celebration and Awards Presentation.

On Tuesday, October 11, we will gather with 250 dance friends and artists to celebrate our dynamic community and honor two very special people, as we do every year.

This year we are pleased to present the See Chicago Dance Legacy Award to Joan Gray, long-time executive director of Muntu Dance Theatre and a leader and mentor in our community for decades. We are equally excited to honor Ginger Lane with this year’s Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award in recognition of her groundbreaking artistry and advocacy, establishing Chicago as a city at the forefront of dance and disability.  Click here to read more about the honorees.

After two years of online and hybrid celebrations, we will return this year to our familiar format: a cocktail reception, seated dinner with awards presentation and, of course, performances. We are lucky that Ginger has a new piece to present, fresh off its premiere at the CounterBalance Festival in September. And we’ll close the evening with a rich, energizing performance by Muntu Dance Theatre, who have much to celebrate in 2022 as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.


When:  Tuesday, October, 11, 2022, 5:30 – 8 pm

Where:  Venue West*, 221 N. Paulina (There is abundant free parking in the lot across the street.)


  • Inidividual tickets are available for $250.
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500.

Click Here to submit your ticket/sponsorship order.

For more information about sponsorship or to purchase a table, contact Julia Mayer at


Digital Program Book - Tribute and Promotional Ads Available

Click Here to purchase a tribute ad or promtional ad in this years digital program book.

For more information on purchasing an ad in this year's digital program book, contact Solomon Bowser at


*Venue West is fully accessible. SCD will be providing ASL, CART captioning, audio description, and large print programs at the event. If you require other accommodations, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Surinder Martignetti at

Please mark your calendars now for what is sure to be one of the most fun, most uplifting events of the year!


Event Co-Chairs: Esther Grisham Grimm and Princess Mhoon

Host Committee: Rachel Arfa, Pam Crutchfield, Turiya Gray, Judie Moore Green, Sheilah Rae Gross, Michael McStraw, Brian Smith.

SCD Board of Directors: Amanda Banks (Secretary), Debra Bernstein-Siegel, Patti Eylar, Colleen Flanigan, Michael Foster, Ladonna Freidheim, Sarah Lombardi, Meghan McNamara (President), Jorge Perez (Vice President), Melissa Platt, Dawn Stanislaw (Treasurer), Shiwali Tenner, Sarah Venuti-Yates


 The Legacy Award is awarded to an artistic leader who has enriched their community and made a significant and sustained impact on dance in Chicago.

The Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award is awarded to those that make vital contributions to the health and vibrancy of the Chicago Dance sector.


Previous Awardees:


Joan Gray, Legacy Award

Ginger Lane, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Hema Rajagopalan, Legacy Award

Randy Duncan, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Joel Hall, Legacy Award

Gail Kalver, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Lou Conte, Legacy Award

Amina Dickerson, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Shirley Mordine, Legacy Award

Angelique Power, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Dame Libby Komaiko, Legacy Award

Pamela Crutchfield, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Richard H Driehaus, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award



Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin, Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award