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Monday, 09 September 2013 09:59


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A Touching Note From Princess...

One of the most momentous event of my life happened on June 18, 2010 at the Dance/USA Conference awards ceremony which was held at the National Botanic Gardens in Washington, DC. It was beautiful and very elegant. At this event, I realized my endeavors to establish this dance company are far beyond my personal wants, but engulfed in my desire to bring dance to Greensboro and beyond is my passion for dance and those before me, as well as those around me. The vision for this company cannot only be my vision, but all inclusive of those who have experienced and pioneered dance in the past, those who are shaping it now, and those who will be affected by it in the future.

At the awards ceremony, I was greatly moved by the presentation of the 2010 "Ernie" award in which Lar Lubovitch so eloquently spoke about what dance is...it was the best, most moving explanation I had ever heard and I wish with all my heart that I could regurgitate it word for word for you, but as the words flowed out of his mouth, my eyes welled up with tears and flowed down my face because his words described exactly what I feel about dance. Next, Gus Solomons, Jr. presented the 2010 Honor Award to Carmen de Lavallade for 60 YEARS in service as a dance artist! I was once again greatly moved and watched teary-eyed as a beautiful, black woman spoke about her adventures as a dancer.

She made me realize just how much of a path my ancestors paved for me as a black female. I was able to speak with her following the ceremony and she wiped my tears and told me that she is proud of me and that she wishes the best for me. We took a picture together. I will never forget that moment and that night when Carmen de Lavallade wiped my tears and told me she was proud of me and Lar Lubovitch spoke perfect words about dance. It was truly an honor to be in their presence and to get so close to them. In that short time, I was taught the importance of humility and never giving up.


- Princess Howell Johnson, Founding Director


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