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OCU’s Jo Rowan Wins NADAA Lifetime Achievement Award
OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma City University Dance Chairman Jo Rowan returned home from her most recent teaching trip with an extra piece of cargo – a National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Rowan in a surprise announcement June 25 in Windsor Locks, Conn. at the organization’s 60th anniversary Greater New England Convention and Competition. Rowan, who teaches full time at OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management and directs the school’s highly-acclaimed American Spirit Dance Company, was a headliner faculty member at the three-day convention. NADAA National Board Member Karyn O’Toole said Rowan was selected for the award because of her contribution to education. “We wanted to honor teachers who had made a significant impact on the dance world, particularly in the area of training teachers and Jo has done a lot of work in that area,” O’Toole explained. “We felt it was most fitting to give this award to someone who has made an impact on the dance teacher.” Rowan was honored with colleague and renowned dance entrepreneur Art Stone. “I was completely surprised and thrilled to have been given the Lifetime Achievement Award from such accomplished teachers. They are my colleagues and great ladies and gentlemen,” Rowan said. “It was a wonderful weekend and I’m happy to be part of a profession that is aimed at helping everyone find joy in movement. I have great respect for these fine teachers and for my friend and fellow honoree Art Stone.” Stone said he was equally surprised to receive the award. “I have the greatest respect for Jo. She’s a fabulous teacher and I was thrilled to be on the same podium with her,” he said. The National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of dance professionals and serious students of dance.