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Theater Arts professor Ted Warburton wins national dance award

Edward (Ted) Warburton, professor of dance and associate dean of the arts at UC Santa Cruz, is the recipient of the National Dance Education Organization’s 2016 Outstanding Dance Researcher Award.

The biennial award is given to the individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of dance through creative and scholarly research.

Warburton was recognized for “his rigorous research, national profile, and significant impact internationally.”

In his nomination letter, a senior dance scholar noted that “I always assign Warburton’s work for my students to read because it supports content in the curriculum that I teach, as well as the values of critical thinking, clear writing, and a deep ethical grounding that I endeavor to cultivate…he is generally considered to be among the top five scholars in the dance world today.”

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts. NDEO provides the dance artist, educator, and administrator a network of resources and support, a base for advocacy and research, and access to professional development opportunities that focus on the importance of dance in the human experience.

Warburton’s received the award at the organization’s 2016 national conference in Washington D.C.

“I’m deeply honored to be recognized in this way,” said Warburton. “I appreciate the fact that the award recognizes not only my research and writing on dance cognition and instruction but also my abiding interest and work in practice-led research.”