Lifetime Achievement Awards

2016 Honoree

At its Annual Meeting & Gala in Las Vegas in 2016, The ADCC was thrilled to name Jo Rowan as the second annual recipient of The ADCC Lifetime Achievement Award.

A nationally renowned ballet dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, Jo Rowan is Professor of Dance and Chairman of the Dance Department at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, Oklahoma City University.

She has had a long and distinguished career, appearing in ballets, musicals, and on television, and touring the world with The American Spirit Dance Company, of which she is founder and director.

Jo Rowan is a frequent lecturer on the history of ballet and American dance and has written and narrated “American Dance Styles” and “Seventy Years of American Dance” for television. She has served as spokesperson for National Dance Week Education, and was honored by Dance Teacher magazine as National Teacher of the Year in Higher Education, among many other honors and awards.

In choosing this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree, The ADCC Board recognizes Jo Rowan’s vast experience, her commitment to excellence, and her lasting influence on the field of dance.

Having been taught by Jo Rowan is an experience that no dance student can ever forget. What sets Jo aside from all the rest is her unique perspective on what it really means to be a dancer. She draws on her vast knowledge of dance and her own life experience and shares it all with her students, propelling each dancer from the studio… to the stage… to life. DREW VAMOSI

2015 Honorees

Art & Nancy Stone were named in 2015 as The ADCC’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement honorees. Art and Nancy are both internationally recognized as dance teachers, business leaders and dance industry professionals.

Early in his career, Art Stone began teaching for organizations such as Dance Caravan, Dance Educators of America (DEA), Dance Masters of America (DMA), and the National Associate of Dance & Affiliated Artists (NADAA), and was soon recognized as a leading choreographer at dance conventions. In 1960, he founded Art Stone/The Competitor® to produce costumes and built Art Stone Theatrical into the nation’s premier theatrical and dance costume company. In 1976, Art joined his father Jules Stone in launching Dance Olympus, a dance education workshop, and the DanceAmerica competition in 1983—setting new standards for the industry. Art served as President of both trend-setting companies until his retirement. Art is past President of the United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) and has received numerous awards including the Presidential Award from Dance Masters of America.

Nancy Robison Stone opened a dance studio in Jackson, Georgia, a small rural town in 1961. Nancy and Art married in 1977, seventeen years after their first meeting. Nancy maintained her dance school in Georgia, but also became Vice President of Art Stone Theatrical, where she was technical director of the costume catalogs, and Vice President of Dance Olympus/DanceAmerica. Now retired as well, Nancy serves on the advisory board of Dancers Responding to AIDS and Dance Teacher, is chairman of the board of the National Dance Week Foundation, and has served on the board of United Dance Merchants Of America.

“Arthur and I would like to thank you and the membership of ADCC for the wonderful honor of being chosen as the first Lifetime Achievement Award winners. You made our year!!” NANCY STONE

Together, Art and Nancy were recipients of the prestigious Preservation of Our Heritage Award in American Dance from Oklahoma City University’s American Dance and Arts Management School.