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TWU's Keeton to receive dance educator award


 DENTON — Gladys Keeton, Texas Woman’s University associate professor of dance, has been named a recipient of the Larry White Dance Educator Award from the Dance Council of North Texas.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Dance Council of North Texas for my work as a dance educator in the university and public school settings as well as in the community,” Ms. Keeton said. “My passion for teaching eventually led me down the path of promoting quality dance programs for all ages and abilities in a variety of venues in the state and nationally. I feel that dance contributes to the holistic development of individuals allowing them to personally relate to the world in which we live.”

Ms. Keeton joined the TWU faculty in 1969. She is founder, artistic director and a performer with the TWU International Dance Company, which has performed nationally. She also is director of the TWU Community Dance Center, which offers dance classes for all ages and abilities and conducts dance residencies in public schools as a dance artist for the Texas Commission on the Arts.

She is immediate past president of the National Dance Association and is a member of numerous boards, including the Texas Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, the Texas Education Agency Fine Arts Advisory Panel and the State Board for Educator Certification Dance Standards Review Committee.

The Larry White Dance Educator Award is named for the late dance educator at Southern Methodist University. The 2012 Dance Council of North Texas will present its annual honors awards Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. For more information, visit

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