We are thrilled to announce our 2020 DanceCrush Awards. This year, DanceCrush is doing a special “Decade Edition” for 2020, celebrating contributions to local dance from artists and organizers who have been invested in Seattle dance for a decade or longer!

The 2020 DanceCrushes are:

Shawn Roberts
Peggy Piacenza
Markeith Wiley
Tracey Wong
Jim Kent
Hendri Walujo

And our Reader’s Choice Award:
Xaviera Vandermay

Learn more about this year’s DanceCrushes in our announcement post!

About DanceCrush

Because of the Covid pandemic, DanceCrush 2020 has shifted models. Read more about this year’s program, DanceCrush Decade Edition HERE.

DanceCrush is SeattleDance’s program designed to recognize and support achievements in local dance. Started in 2016, SeattleDances annually honors dancers, choreographers, organizers, educators, and productions we have a total crush on. The aim of DanceCrush is not to identify an objective “best,” but rather to recognize local artists making thoughtful, ambitious work, or other significant contributions to Seattle dance. It is our hope that these recognitions will help promote individual artists and create prestige for the dance community as a whole among other arts genres. Because SeattleDances aims to empower community voices, one DanceCrush is the Reader’s Choice Award, picked from nominations submitted by the Seattle dance community and viewers.

This year we are not holding our usual “DanceCrush Celebration,” due to the ongoing pandemic, but instead each awardee will receive an unrestricted $500 grant and be featured in an article published throughout the year on the SeattleDances site – an effort to sustain dialogue and publicity surrounding their work.

Special thanks to Case van Rij for underwriting the DanceCrush program 2016-20.

The 2019 DanceCrushes were:

Alia Swersky for choreography and performance
Ivana Lin for artistry in performance
La Tercera Reina for dynamic performance
Anita Kuroiwa-Schiff for foundational contributions to Seattle dance
Mikhail Calliste for artistry in performance
Hey There Peach Pot for creative narrative in choreography
Simone Pin Productions for production and performance
Elby Brosch for performance and choreography
And our Reader’s Choice Award:
Meg Fox for championing Seattle dance through lighting and mentorship

The 2018 DanceCrushes were:

Black Bois for choreography and performance (Read DanceCrush Feature)
Oleaje Flamenco for exquisite artistry
Tequila con miel y limón for choreography and performance (Read DanceCrush Feature)
Amy J Lambert for use of humor in choreography (Read DanceCrush Feature)
A Dance for Dark Horses  for choreography and performance
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
Noelle Price for using dance to raise mental health awareness
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
Still Wonder Full for choreography and performance
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
And our Reader’s Choice Award:
Kimberly Holloway  for performance (Read DanceCrush Feature)

The 2017 DanceCrushes were:

Daniel Costa  for performance and community presence (Read DanceCrush Feature)
The beginnings of an emergent truth about whipped cream (Lauren Linder) for thoughtful use of props (Read DanceCrush Feature)
The Purple Lemonade Collective for their fierce performances all over the city
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
The SOLO(s) Project (Mary Sheldon Scott) for choreography and performance
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
Nia-Amina Minor for her performance in Spectrum Dance Theatre’s SHOT
Theory 11: Study Two (Marlo Ariz) for performance and choreography
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
one great, bright, brittle alltogetherness (Cherdonna) for ambitious vision and outstanding production (Read DanceCrush Feature)
Isla (Cameo Lethem) for choreography and performance (Read DanceCrush Feature)
And our Reader’s Choice Award:
Nico Tower  for being a multi-disciplinary Seattle dance super-hero
(Read DanceCrush Feature)

The 2016 DanceCrushes were:

Randy Ford for powerful performance (Read DanceCrush Feature)
Palms for incredible design (Read DanceCrush Feature)
A Glimmer of Light or Skin or Hope for outstanding overall production
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
This and This Too for performance and choreography 
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
Cold Side (of the Pillow)  for performance and choreography
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
Anatomy of an Accident for potent melding of theatre and dance 
(Read DanceCrush Feature)
an attic an exit for performance and choreography (Read DanceCrush Feature)
Black Like Me for performance and choreography (Read DanceCrush Feature)
And our Reader’s Choice Award:
What’s Poppin’ Ladiez? for trail-blazing community organizing 
(Read DanceCrush Feature)