National Arts Awards
|Recipient:||Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau
Arts Education Award
Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau, founding artistic directors of American Ballroom Theater, are internationally renowned performers and teachers. They are the1993 recipients of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award for their contributions to the field of dance, as well as recipients of the National Dance Council of America Award in 1992 and the Dance Educators of America Award in 1990. That same year, Mr. Dulaine and Ms. Marceau were awarded the 1989–1990 Astaire Award for “best dancing on Broadway” in the roles they created and choreographed as the mellifluous couple in Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel.
As educators, Mr. Dulaine and Ms. Marceau have been guest faculty members at the School of American Ballet since 1986 and The Juilliard School since 1991. In 1994, they transformed their performing company into the outreach program Dancing Classrooms, which last year taught ballroom dancing in 68 schools in all the New York City boroughs. Starting from a single school, they, along with 34 teachers, currently reach nearly 8,000 10- and 11-year-old elementary school children each year. Their program is the subject of the current documentary hit film Mad Hot Ballroom and a fictional film, Take the Lead, based on Pierre’s teaching experience and starring Antonio Banderas, which will be released by New Line Cinema next year.