The DeLavallade Award is named after the incomparable Carmen DeLavallade, to honor her immeasurable contribution to dance and to the personal development of all, and people of color. Her artistry and humanity, like yours, has inspired generations of dancers and non-dancers alike; and for each of them, provided a guiding light that supported dreams. For your dedication to the fine art of Dance, you are being awarded the DeLavallade Award for Dance, the highest symbol of recognition for achievement awarded by the New York Dance Festival. You have demonstrated a remarkable ability as an innovative, creative force in the world of dance, and have utilized your abilities to bring hope, life, and inspiration into the hearts of people the world over. Your pioneering and continuing leadership in the fine arts dance world has left a significant mark on the world community, to one and all, regardless of age, color, or creed.