The annual Dancers Choice Award is awarded to individuals or organizations working in the Bay Area dance community that are finding creative solutions that impact dance—behind the scenes, in the classroom, or on the stage.
Congratulations to to the 2016 winners! We’ll also celebrate them in person at the Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off on Friday, April 22. Learn more!
Julia Tsitsi Chigamba
Julia Tsitsi Chigamba grew up in the rich cultural traditions of Shona music and dance. She is the daughter of the highly respected gwenyambira, Sekuru Chigamba, and a longtime member of Mhembero, the Chigamba family dance and mbira ensemble. Julia came to the U.S. in 1999, and two years later, in Oakland, California, she established the Chinyakare Ensemble, a family of musicians, dancers, and teachers who are committed to preserving and sharing the traditional culture of Zimbabwe. In addition to directing the Chinyakare Ensemble, Julia also teaches Zimbabwean dance and culture in after school programs around the bay area. In 2015, Julia founded the Kumusha Foundation to educate and train artists in the U.S. in the cultural arts of Zimbabwe, such as dance, music, and theater, as well as plan performances, and contribute to the international recognition and celebration of Zimbabwean cultural arts.
Annie Rosenthal Parr
Annie Rosenthal Parr is a Bay Area dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is founder/director of RoCo Dance in Marin County. Annie received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a member of Della Davidson Dance and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company before she founded RoCo Dance in 1993. RoCo programs 250 plus classes weekly and employs nearly 50 Bay Area instructors annually for its two locations. Parr presents work as an independent choreographer, performer and educator. She has served as an adjunct professor, guest teacher and commissioned choreographer to UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, San Francisco State and The Boston Conservatory. Annie has had an ongoing career as a performer, collaborating with numerous Bay Area artists and is the director of BodyLanguage, RoCo’s youth contemporary company. Annie’s business and artistic pursuits continue to evolve through her desire to serve the community in which she lives and support dance as a relevant form, capable of enriching and altering many lives.
Congratulations to past Honorees:
Danica Sena 
Sarah Crowell 
Della Davidson & Ernesto Sopprani 
Antoine Hunter 
AXIS Dance Company 
Alleluia Panis 
Jessica Robinson Love