Awards & Honors

In recognition of his sustained outstanding contributions to the fields of dance, education, dance education, and urban education, in 2015 Mark DeGarmo was honored with three awards:

The Martha Hill Dance Fund's 2015 Mid-Career Award

The Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Award recognizes “continued outstanding achievement and significant contribution in the field of dance and dance education.” The award was presented at the Martha Hill Dance Fund’s 15th annual award ceremony by William Whitener, MDD Board Member, former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and Bob Fosse, and former Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet.

Mark DeGarmo recalls:

“Martha Hill was a visionary educator and founder of the dance programs at Juilliard, NYU and Bennington. She was responsible for helping to develop the field of Modern Dance in the USA and internationally. I studied with Miss Hill at Juilliard. She encouraged my professional mentorships with Hanya Holm, a founder of American Modern Dance and an innovative Broadway choreographer, and Anna Sokolow, who invited me to join her Players Project ensemble and was a dance theater innovator with a keen sense of social justice and a mentor of Germany’s dance-theater pioneer Pina Bausch.”

Carl Wolz, another former student of Martha Hill and founder of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts describes the Martha Hill Awards as:

“Our goal is to honor a professional in the dance field who exemplifies any or all of those qualities for which Martha Hill was most revered–whether an educator or a creative force who has made a significant contribution to the field of dance ‘behind the scenes’.”

For a list of past winners, please visit Martha Hill Dance Fund’s page.

The 2015 Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation Award

Mark DeGarmo was honored with this award in recognition for creating sustained dance programs for PreK-5 kids and their teachers in Title 1 public schools in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and across New York City. The 2014 awardee was National Dance Institute’s founder Jacques d’Amboise.

Moscow Costume Exhibitions 2015 and 2012

Mark DeGarmo was honored in Moscow in 2012 at the opening and press conference of the “Enchanted Wanderers” exhibit at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum of Russia. Photographs of DeGarmo’s work as a dancer and choreographer were featured alongside images of legendary Russian ballet dancers and artists who developed ballet in the West and made significant contributions to world culture such as Sergei Diaghilev, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Oleg Briansky, Sonia Arova, HSH Princess Grace of Monaco and others. The exhibit entered the archives of the Museum.

Mark DeGarmo’s choreography and costumes are featured again in “Costume Design @ The Turn of the Century, 1990 – 2015,” the most comprehensive international costume design exhibition ever curated, that opened in June 2015 at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow. Mark appears in costumes by Igor Roussanoff, who serves on the MDD Advisory Council and is an internationally acclaimed costume and set designer, producer, and art director. The exhibition will tour to several international museums.