April 30, 2004

Contact: Janet Hamburg, music and dance, (785) 864-5168.

Two KU dance students receive awards during spring concert

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas dance students were honored at the University Dance Company concert April 22 at the Lied Center. Steven Hedden, dean of fine arts, presented the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Award and the 2004 Phillips-Stone Dance Award at the opening of the concert. Each recognition also includes a $500 cash prize.

Nathaniel Beau Hancock, Hugoton senior in dance and American studies, received the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Award. Rachel Moses, Great Bend senior in dance, biology and pre-medicine, received the Phillips-Stone Dance Award.

The Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Award, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in dance, is named in honor of a KU professor of dance from 1961 to 1975. Sherbon, who was a scholar, educator and dancer for the Martha Graham and Jean Erdman dance companies in New York City, died in June 2000 at the age of 92.

Hancock is an honor student with a 4.0 grade-point average who received the J. Michael Young Undergraduate Research Award for his study "Dance in the Mexican, Swedish and Volga German Communities in Kansas." He plans to travel in May to Japan as a Kansas-Asia scholar. He is the son of Steven and Jennifer Hancock of La Grange, Texas, and is a graduate of Hugoton High School.

During his four years at KU, he has distinguished himself as a member of the University Dance Company, dancing principal roles in ballet, modern, jazz and baroque dance and serving as president of the company this year. He has performed at the American College and Kansas Dance Festivals, on tour with the Cohan/Suzeau Dance Company, and is a founding member of the Bowery Dancers, a touring dance company formed by dancers trained at KU. With interests in choreography and research, Hancock plans to pursue doctoral studies and teach at the university level.

The Phillips-Stone Dance Award is given in memory of Harris Stone, who was a professor of architecture and devoted supporter of dance at KU. His widow, Joan Stone, is a dance historian and choreographer on the KU dance faculty.

Moses, who received the Phillips-Stone Dance Award, has distinguished herself as a featured performer of ballet, modern, jazz and baroque dance with the University Dance Company, New Dance and other concert programs regionally and at KU. She is a scholarship and honors student with a 3.84 grade-point average who also has performed at American College Dance festivals in New Mexico and Colorado.

In addition, Moses has developed and led dance and health classes as well as cultural enrichment arts field trips for young people at El Centro, a family community center that serves Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas with improvement and empowerment programs in Spanish and English. For her work at the Mac’as-Flores Family Center in Kansas City, Kan., Moses has received a Kansas Health Foundation Fellowship, a Kansas Community Leadership Corps grant and El Centro's 2004 Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Wyandotte County. She is the daughter of Earl and Kathleen Moses of Great Bend and is a graduate of Great Bend High School.

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