On July 12, 2001 The New York City Tap Festival - Tap City 2001 presented their first awards. The NY Committee and Marda Kirn received the first Tap Preservation Awards and Gregory Hines received the first Hoofer Award.
in 2001, Al Heyward and Carl Schlesinger received the Preservation
of Our Heritage - American Dance Award from Oklahoma City University's School
of American Dance & Arts Management. The school created the award as recognition
of excellence in our American dance history by honoring those people who have
supported American dance through their advocacy. These are the spokespeople
for American dance and its preservation through the years and into the new millennium.
Without these writers, historians, and champions, the world would be less aware
of the uniquely American dance forms and the talents involved. It is through
their diligence and dedication that American dance remains in the hearts and
minds of the American public and the world. 1999
marked the inaugural presentation of the Preservation of Our Heritage-American
Dance Award. Melba Huber, Sali Ann Kriegsman, Jacqui Malone, and Robert Reed
have received Preservation of our Heritage-American Dance Awards in past years.