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May 20, 2009
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

KU music and dance department presents awards to two outstanding juniors

LAWRENCE — Two juniors have received awards from the University of Kansas Department of Music and Dance.

Larry Mallett, chair of the department, presented the awards to Timothy J. Flattery of Onaga and Alessandra “Ali” Ainsworth of Manchester, Mo., at a University Dance Company performance in April at the Lied Center.

Flattery received the 2009 Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Award, an annual cash award recognizing outstanding achievement in dance. The award is named in honor of a former KU professor of dance who died in 2000. Sherbon was a scholar, educator and dancer for the Martha Graham and Jean Erdman dance companies in New York City.

Flattery is majoring in dance in preparation for a career that will include performance and choreography for professional companies. His long-range goal is to form his own company. Last summer, he was selected for an internship at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious dance studios. Within the intensive internship program, he was selected for the Pre-Professional Track. Flattery has been a dance scholarship student since his freshman year and has performed with the University Dance Company in faculty and guest artist works, including two works choreographed by Kennedy Center honoree Twyla Tharp.

He is the son of Vickie and Chris Flattery of Onaga and a graduate of Onaga High School.

Ainsworth received the 2009 Phillips-Stone Dance Award. The award is given in memory of Harris Stone, who was a professor of architecture and a supporter of dance at KU.

Ainsworth is majoring in dance and human biology, preparing to study medicine with a specialization in pediatrics. She is a member of the University Honors Program and this spring received an Undergraduate Research Award to study “Neurobiology, Intelligence and Dance.”

In her own words, “My interests in dance are based on both the enjoyment and discipline of movement and the biological and physiological components, which drive this movement.”

Ainsworth has been a dance scholarship student and a member of the University Dance Company since her freshman year. She has performed in guest artist works by Karole Armitage and Carl Corey, as well as dances choreographed by KU dance faculty.

She is the daughter of Linda and Charles Ainsworth of Manchester, Mo., and a graduate of Visitation Academy in St. Louis.

The awards are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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