Archive for Sunday, June 29, 1997


June 29, 1997


Two Kansas University dance students were honored at last month's University Dance Company and KU Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Lied Center.

Chih-Pei Gan, junior from Singapore, received the 1997 Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Award, which is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in dance.

The award is named in honor of Sherbon, KU emerita professor of dance who performed in the Martha Graham and Jean Erdman dance companies in New York City. Sherbon, 89, was in the audience to see the presentation.

The award winner receives a cash prize, and his or her name is inscribed on an award plaque in the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Studio Theatre.

Gan transferred to KU from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln after her freshman year. A member of the University Dance Company, Gan has represented KU at the American College Dance Festivals for the past two years. At KU, she has choreographed dances for Malaysian Night and Chinese New Year celebrations. After she graduates in 1998, Gan plans to return to Malaysia to teach and choreograph.

Kooi-Lan Tan, sophomore from Malaysia, received the Phillips-Stone Dance Award. The award is given in memory of Harris Stone, who was a professor of architecture and devoted supporter of dance at KU. The award includes a cash prize.

Tan has distinguished herself as a dancer of baroque, ballet, modern and jazz styles. After graduation, she plans a professional performing career. She also plans to develop her own dance technique combining Western and Asian dance forms.

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