Editor's Note: We originally published this on Dec. 14, but the event his this weekend, so here's a reminder.
North Texas dance critic Margaret Putnam, formerly of the Dallas Morning News and now the chief dance critic for TheaterJones, is being honored by the Dance Council of North Texas with a scholarship in her name for dance writers and performers.
The award will be announced at a celebration for Putnam on Jan. 29 at Sammons Center for the Arts. The event will feature performances from flamenco dancer Delilah Buitron, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation and a new work from choreographer Bruce Wood, who has created a solo piece for Putnam called "Surrender."
Putnam, a former dancer, has been writing about dance since 1980. Her work has been published in D Magazine, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Playbill, Stagebill and Dance Magazine.
Janice LaPointe-Crump, president of the Dance Council, has written an essay about Putnam's writing. An excerpt:
In all things, Margaret Putnam feels the dance as a dancer would. She is vividly present in the moment of dance and freely brings her expressive abilities to reconstitute the visual form and emotion into the realm of words and syntax. Gutsy and direct, Putnam makes no apologies for her intensely personal take on a performance. Unlike many dance critics of yore, she does not see herself as an advocate of the choreographer or dancer. What she does ask is for dancers in D/FW to measure their successes by the best in America and not be content with being the best in North Texas. Her sights are higher than that, and she sees dancers and choreographers needing to aim high as well.
The event will be 2-4 p.m., Jan. 29, 2011, at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas. Tickets are $25, and proceeds will benefit the Margaret Putnam Scholarship Fund.