2013 Community Dance Advocacy Award Winner Announced – Diana Hart Johnson

Western Michigan University's Department of Dance and Partners in Dance are proud to announce
this year's Community Dance Advocacy Award winner, Diana Hart Johnson. The award will be presented
at a dinner event on Feb. 1, 2013 as part of the festivities surrounding the Department of Dance's annual Winter Gala Dance Concert at WMU. 

Partners in Dance created the Community Dance Advocacy Award to highlight and recognize dance
activity and leadership in the greater Kalamazoo area. It is given annually to honor a leader or volunteer
who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in advancing and supporting dance in the greater Kalamazoo region. Nominations are accepted each fall.

Ms. Hart Johnson's record of service to the art of dance is diverse, deep, and sustained. A native
of Michigan, Ms. Hart Johnson held the prestigious role of soloist with the internationally acclaimed
Martha Graham Dance Company. 

As a dance educator, she has taught at universities as well as public elementary and secondary schools.  Most recently, Hart Johnson has served the Kalamazoo area as a dance teacher, program coordinator, curricular developer, and mentor to over a thousand students. As a dance educator, her accomplishments are extensive. She founded the dance program at the Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts and has taught for Education for the Arts at Woods Lake Elementary, Winchell Elementary, Washington Writer's Academy, Ryan Intermediate, Spring Valley and Lake Center Elementary.

Hart Johnson is noted for the breadth of her career, her dedication to dance and, especially, the sustained influence she has had on students through her work in public education.  

For questions or additional information, call (269) 387-5845.